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The Midday Brief: July 26, 2011

Your afternoon reading: pro-Perry radio ad airing in Iowa; primary calendar worries Republicans; Perry, gay marriage and the Republican Party

Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media about his possible presidential plans after a meeting of the Cash Management Commitee on July 19, 2011.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Even as the Republican presidential contenders zigzag through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, an uncertain and potentially unwieldy primary schedule in subsequent states is alarming party leaders, who fear that the voting could start earlier, last longer and complicate efforts to confront President Obama next year." — Primary Calendar Stirs Republican Anxiety, The New York Times
  • "The Republican Party may be recalibrating its approach to gay marriage at the highest level since embracing the spirit of the tea party, with its deep mistrust of the federal government and support for states' rights." — Perry, Conservatives and Gay Marriage: An Evolving View?, RealClearPolitics

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