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2012: Palin's not-so-subtle threat

BACHMANN: Two pieces of news -- and a glittering platter of little things -- emerged from Bachmann’s appearance at the National Press Club yesterday, NBC’s Jamie Novogrod notes.  The first news item: Bachmann’s re-affirmation of her opposition to Boehner’s debt bill.  The Washington Post notes Bachmann’s delicate effort to give Boehner credit for his effort, even as she announces she won’t support his plan.  But the Los Angeles Times describes the speech as an “open revolt.” 

Meantime, the Associated Press chose to lead its coverage of the speech with Bachmann declaring her family off-limits. Asked about the practice of reparative therapy for gay clients of her husband’s Christian counseling firm, Bachman said the focus should be on her. “My husband is not running for the presidency, neither are my children, neither is our business," she said. 

And then there are the little things that reporters learned from the Q&A at the Press Club: How does she consume her news? Via her iPad (“Thank God for iPads,” she said). Who is her favorite Republican president? Abraham Lincoln, with the caveat that George Washington is her “all-time favorite” president.  And who is her favorite Democratic president? Harry Truman, whom she said she admired for becoming president without a college degree -- and for his support of the creation of Israel. Truman, she added, was her father’s favorite president.

Novogrod adds that Bachmann has no events planned today. Her campaign released an Iowa schedule for the weekend, which will take her to Sioux City, Sioux Center, and Arnolds Park tomorrow; Spencer, Storm Lake, and Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Sunday; and Newton on Monday. 

CHRISTIE: After being released from the hospital yesterday, Christie answered a question about 2012 this way, per NBC’s Matt Loffman: "If I decided I wanted to run for president, I think you know me Charlie, I'd do it. And if there's people who don't think I'm up to it then they don't have to vote for me. But we're not at that stage of life at the moment so I don't have to worry about it."

HUNTSMAN: On FOX last night, Huntsman gave this comment about the debt debate on Capitol Hill: “This is what people hate about Washington, the fact that something this important to our well-being and our overall economic competiveness has been delayed until the 11th hour. The president has shown no leadership; he doesn't have a plan on the table. My opponents in this race haven't even come up with what they support."

He continued, “We've got to get on with this cancer that … has taken over this country. We need to cut it out. We need to radiate it. We need to excise it. This cancer has taken over this country, and we need to do something about it. And the Boehner plan, at least, begins that process of cutting that I think is terribly important." (The problem here: Boehner’s own plan couldn’t pass among House Republicans last night.)

PALIN: “Sarah Palin, in a bruising warning to House Republicans who are wavering and undecided on John Boehner's debt plan,” GOP 12 writes. She wrote: “All my best to you, GOP Freshmen, from up here in the Last Frontier. Sincerely, Sarah Palin. P.S. Everyone I talk to still believes in contested primaries.”

PERRY: Perry is headed to Denver on Friday for the Western Conservative Summit, where his name will appear on a 14-name straw poll ballot. Other potential candidates attending include Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and John Bolton. 

The Austin-American Statesman's Jason Embry talked to an Arkansas state representative who met with Perry on Monday. "He certainly didn’t give any indication that he was backing away from the challenge and he didn’t give any indication he was standing still," said state Rep. David Sanders. 

The NYT: "A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Gov. Rick Perry of Texas by a national group of atheists seeking to block his participation in and promotion of a Christian-centered prayer rally next weekend."

“New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien is among the Granite Staters who were invited to meet with Texas governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry in Texas next week,” the Boston Globe reports. “O’Brien said he is interested in going to the Aug. 4 meeting, but has not made a final decision.”

ROMNEY: NPR notes the irony of Romney's refusal to engage on the debt ceiling fight: "He is the presidential candidate who sells himself for the White House on the basis of his experience as a successful businessman with economic savvy and as a problem solver. Yet, he refuses to engage fully on the debt-ceiling stalemate, a problem if ever there was one, even as the nation seems closer to default than ever."

Ann Romney, wife of Republican candidate Mitt Romney, took a brief break from a family vacation to press the flesh in woodsy Amherst, New Hampshire yesterday, NBC’s Jo Ling Kent notes.

NBC’s Carrie Dann, Garrett Haake, Jo Ling Kent, and Jamie Novogrod contributed.