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The Midday Brief: Aug. 8, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Perry to "remove any doubt" on Saturday about his intentions; governor then heading to New Hampshire; Perry in fourth in new Iowa poll

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New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "In our latest unscientific survey of Capitol and political insiders, we asked if they have any remaining doubts that Rick Perry will run for president, and how they think he'd do in that race." — Inside Intelligence: With Perry on the Verge...

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina on Saturday to make clear that he's running for president, POLITICO has learned. … It's uncertain whether Saturday will mark a formal declaration, but Perry's decision to disclose his intentions the same day as the Ames straw poll — and then hours later make his first trip to New Hampshire — will send shock waves through the race and upend whatever results come out of the straw poll." — Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday, Politico
  • "While most of the rest of the Republican presidential field will be in Iowa this Saturday for the straw poll, Gov. Rick Perry is heading to New Hampshire for a meet-and-greet at the home of a state lawmaker as he continues to test the waters of a potential presidential bid." — Gov. Rick Perry is New Hampshire bound, Texas Politics
  • "In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Donald Trump praised the Texas governor, as well as active GOP White House candidate Michele Bachmann and possible contender Sarah Palin.  'I do know the governor of Texas,' Trump told Blitzer. 'He’s a very interesting candidate, I think, a very interesting candidate.'" — Donald Trump says he’s intrigued by a Rick Perry presidential candidacy, Texas on the Potomac

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