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The Day Ahead: Thursday, August 18

By on 8.18.11 | 8:47AM

President Obama takes off for a 10-day vacation on Martha's Vineyard (Politico)

71 percent disapprove of Obama's handling of economic affairs (Politico)

Michele Bachmann promises $2-a-gallon gas (USA Today)

Vice President Biden is in China to meet with leaders (New York Times)

Obama: The U.S. is not at risk of a double-dip (CBS News)

Rep. Allen West calls himself a "modern-day Harriet Tubman":

Neoconservatism Interrupted by Neal B. Freeman: Once our president embraced its main tenets, our foreign policy was doomed.

A Big Black Cloud, by George Neumayr: Fears over Rick Perry's entrance into the race.

Skeptical of Perry, by Ross Kaminsky: Won't Mitt Romney be more electable?

Don Casper, Solid as a Rock, by Quin Hillyer: The world is the poorer for his passing.

The Michelle Garden Strategy, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.: Obama's team is all clowns and small gestures.

For the Kids, by James M. Thunder: Maryland governor Martin O'Malley introduces a new argument for gay marriage.

Jerusalem Is Real, by Jay D. Homnick: Why is most everyone -- starting with the White House and State Department -- terrified to call it Jerusalem, Israel?

Bald Tires and Worn Out Brakes, by Eric Peters: The safety inspection racket at an Officially Authorized service station near you. 

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