Sep 13, 2011

From: The Daily Beast

  Also: Iran to Free American Hikers , GOP Balks at Obama Jobs Bill , Bachmann Stays Alive at Debate
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Morning

September 13, 2011

Eight Republican candidates for president squared off at CNN's Tea Party debate last night—and frontrunner Rick Perry had a target on his back. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney went hardest against his rival, calling out Perry's previous attacks on Social Security as "over the top" and "frightful." Michele Bachmann, while mostly silent in the first half of the face-off, came alive later when she blasted Perry over an executive order he made in Texas mandating that girls receive an HPV vaccine. The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz breaks down the debate's winners and losers. Plus, watch video of the top 10 moments.

Middle East

Their nightmare is almost over: Two American hikers who were arrested as spies after accidentally crossing into Iran in 2009 will be released in two days, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC on Tuesday. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were each sentenced to eights years in prison for spying just last month. (A third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was released in September 2010.) Iran set a bail for both men of $500,000.

On the Hill

The GOP is gathering in opposition to President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill after the president proposed Monday that Congress fund the bill primarily by limiting tax deductions for wealthy families, with the remainder coming from an end to oil-and-gas-company subsidies and changes in depreciation rules for corporate airplanes. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor slammed the recommendation as a "massive tax increase," while Speaker John Boehner's spokesman said the bill "doesn't appear to have been offered in that bipartisan spirit." Republicans are likely to push to break up Obama's plan into several parts and vote for each part individually.


Don't write her off just yet: Rep. Michele Bachmann breathed new life into her struggling campaign at Monday night's debate, aggressively taking on frontrunner Rick Perry. Bachmann's harshest attack came over Perry's failed attempt to mandate an HPV vaccine for middle-school girls in Texas. "The governor's former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company. The company gave thousands of dollars in political donations to the governor, and this is just flat-out wrong," Bachmann said. When Perry replied that he was "offended" by her insinuation, she shot back, "I'm offended for all the little girls and the parents that didn't have a choice." Prior to the debate, a CNN poll showed Bachmann slipping to just 7 percent nationally, tied with Newt Gingrich.


Muammar Gaddafi is still in hiding but the Libyan rebels are moving ahead with a new state anyway. Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head of the National Transitional Council, gave his first speech since Gaddafi's ouster on Tuesday, outlining plans to create a modern democratic state based on "moderate Islam." He said the new nation would not accept any extremist ideology: "We are a Muslim nation, with a moderate Islam, and we will maintain that." However, he did warn against secularism as well, laying out a vision "where sharia is the main source of legislation."

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