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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Krugman(?): If only the earthquake had done more damage, the economy would have gotten a boost; Update: Not Krugman  —  Via Timothy Carney, this appears to be real.  —  Is it real or just a goof?  Kevin Williamson isn't sure and neither am I, but given that this is the same guy …
Campaign Fix:
Paul Krugman's Google+ Account is Fake, I Know because I Created It  —  Approximately a month ago, having been laid off and having too much time on my hands, I finally decided to create my own personal account on Google+.  I found it to be extremely boring, mostly because no one I knew …
Paul Krugman:
Identity Theft  —  Well, this is interesting.  I hear that the not-so-good people at National Review are attacking me over something I said on my Google+ page.  Except, I don't have a Google+ page.  —  This is the third incident I'm aware of — there may well be more — in which people are claiming to be me.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Big Government
David Weigel / Slate:
The Krugman Google+ Saga: Or, Why Fact-Checking is Important
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Another Democrat Wouldn't Do Better Than Obama in 2012  —  You know that a president is having a rough time when you start to see speculation that his party would be better off if it replaced him on the ticket.  —  There has been more of this recently: the political scientist Matthew Dickinson argued …
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Des Moines Register:
Steffen Schmidt: Some Dems think the unthinkable: Not Obama  —  I recently had drinks with respected senior Democrats in New Hampshire.  They were Barack Obama supporters in 2008 and now have serious buyer's remorse.  —  They were alarmed at the lack of leadership, which they feel Obama showed …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama at 37% approval, re-elect in Florida
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Rick Perry: The God-Fearing, Know-Nothing, Pistol-Packing Embodiment of Liberals' Worst Nightmares  —  What Rick Perry has achieved in his inaugural strut on the political stage is unprecedented in the annals of modern conservative history from Barry Goldwater to Sarah Palin.
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: AN UPDATE  —  Text-only.  —  The United States is facing profound budgetary and economic challenges.  At 8.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), the $1.3 trillion budget deficit that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects for 2011 …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:   Worse Than It Looks: CBO Says Economic Outlook More Dire Than Reported
Damien Gayle / Daily Mail:
Fears for Nancy Reagan, 90, as she slips and falls on way in to watch speech by Tea Party favourite Marco Rubio  —  Nancy Reagan last night lost her balance and fell as she arrived to watch a speech by Republican freshman senator and Tea Party darling Marco Rubio
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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Scott Wong / Reuters:
Marco Rubio courts establishment Republicans
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Is Marco Rubio the Future of the Republican Party?
Discussion: The Hill and The New Republic
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Perino: Bushes want Jeb to run someday  —  Dana Perino, the former White House Press Secretary to George W. Bush, tells Fox News today that the Bush family hopes Jeb Bush runs for president one day, and that she thinks he will. … Jeb has repeatedly denied (most recently, yesterday) …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Publisher's ‘social’ ties pushed RedState toward Allen  —  A leading conservative blogger and commentator, Erick Erickson, said he shifted his stance in a key Senate race because the company that publishes his RedState.com is “socially connected” to former Virginia Senator George Allen.
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Regarding Jamie Radtke
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
If you're a famous guy with a head full of deep thoughts and nobody to tell you when it might be in your own best interest not to express them, Twitter is the best thing ever.  As long as you've got your iPhone in hand, you can give the whole world instant, unfiltered access to your keenest insights …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Washington Monument cracked in quake  —  The earthquake didn't cause widespread damages or injuries, but it did put a crack in the Washington Monument.  —  After unconfirmed reports suggested the monument was tilting, park officials said Tuesday night that the 550-foot obelisk suffered …
Discussion: CNN, Above the Law and Fox News Insider
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Ron Paul's Strange Freedom  —  For the past couple of weeks I've seen some complaints from liberty-minded friends and acquaintances that Ron Paul isn't getting the level of media attention he deserves.  My view is that the media is probably ignoring him because he's a crank who obviously won't be the GOP nominee.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Althouse
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The GOP will raise taxes — on the middle class and working poor  —  America's presumably anti-tax party wants to raise your taxes.  Come January, the Republicans plan to raise the taxes of anyone who earns $50,000 a year by $1,000, and anyone who makes $100,000 by $2,000.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama, Tiger, Golf and Politics  —  Despite the carping by critics, I'm glad the president went on vacation because one of the most useful things he could do right now is play golf — a lot of golf — but not that friendly foursome thing with his aides that he usually does.
NewsMax.com:
PPP Poll: Perry Takes Double-Digit Lead Over Romney  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  A new poll shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry with a double-digit lead nationally …
Joel Braunold / Haaretz:
With more than 10,000 millionaires, why is Israel still a charity case?  —  At what point should the Diaspora communities say to Israelis that enough is enough- we will give, but we will not allow those in your own society to shirk their responsibilities?  —  The past few years have seen …
Discussion: The Reaction
The Huffington Post:
National Organization For Marriage Repeatedly Rebuked For Disclosure Violations … WASHINGTON — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is one of the best known and well funded anti-gay marriage advocacy groups in the country.  It is also one of the biggest opponents …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Gay candidate can't get seat at GOP convention  —  LAGUNA BEACH — Fred Karger, the only Californian - and the only gay candidate - in the 2012 Republican presidential field, says he knows plenty about closed doors.  But shut out by his own party - and in his own state?
Stephen Stromberg / Washington Post:
Earthquake?  It's Obama's fault.  —  When disaster strikes, the online commentariate...shows the worst of itself.  Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft has already made the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast a dumb partisan issue, writing: … Judging by the comments below Hoft's post …
John Stevens / Daily Mail:
Michelle Obama shows up her husband in tiny purple bike shorts as the President lags behind in jeans  —  Michelle Obama showed off her enviably toned thighs as she powered past the President in tiny purple cycling shorts on the first family's bike ride on Martha's Vineyard today.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Texas GOP Congressional Candidate Compares Welfare Recipients To Donkeys In New Ad  —  Former TX Secretary of State and GOP congressional candidate Roger Williams  —  Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams is running for Congress on a staunchly anti-Obama, anti-government platform.
Gina Cavallaro / Battle Rattle:
For Marines in Afghanistan: be careful where you fart  —  Marine Corps Times is a family newspaper and we only rarely have offensive language in our stories.  —  But this week the word “fart” appears in a story I wrote about the importance of trust between Marines and the Afghan national army soldiers they work with.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Perry signs Susan B. Anthony List pledge  —  The Texas governor has added his name to the list of candidates signing the Susan B. Anthony List's strict anti-abortion pledge, checking a box with social conservatives that distinguishes him from top rival Mitt Romney.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
G-A-Y / Good As You:
NOM's featured press conference speaker: ‘There is a direct connection between earthquakes and homosexuality’  —  At a recent press conference on the steps of the State Capitol in Albany, the National Organization For Marriage opened up their coalition to include one Rabbi Yehuda Levin.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Widener Law School loses major donor over Connell case  —  I posted on Saturday about Alumni Resignations at Widener Law School In Wake of Connell Case.  —  I noted that Widener had confirmed that “[a] member of the Board of Overseers for the School of Law and a member of the School …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
 
 
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Chrismatth / Blue Mass Group:
Eric Fehrnstrom offers sneak peak at Brown's 2012 Strategy
CNN:
Romney turns down DeMint Labor Day forum
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Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Rick Perry's Sophisticated Campaign Machine
NY Daily News:
Naked man goes on stabbing rampage, killing one and wounding four in Washington Heights
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
One-Third in U.S. See Improved Race Relations Under Obama
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
The Hill:
Bardella to return to Issa's office
Discussion: The Politico
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Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Inside A Huntsman Fundraiser
Discussion: Politics
Tom Barkley / Wall Street Journal:
Washington National Cathedral Damaged by Quake
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Centre Daily Times:
Penn State climate-change researcher cleared of misconduct
The Note:
Sarah Palin's Sept. 3 Speech Will Be ‘Major,’ but Will It Be the Big One?
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Big Banks: Under-Capitalized, Overexposed, Opaque
Discussion: Deal Journal
Dr. Milton R. Wolf / Washington Times:
Energy Obamanomics: No green jobs and plenty of red ink
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Daily Mail:
Money doesn't grow on trees: Federal grant of $500,000 to boost Nevada economy by planting trees creates 1.72 jobs
Discussion: Betsy's Page