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1:25 AM ET, August 27, 2011

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Bob King / The Politico:
Was Hurricane Irene caused by global warming?  —  Hurricane Irene hadn't even made landfall in the United States before some people figured out what to blame it on.  —  “Irene's got a middle name, and it's Global Warming,” environmental activist Bill McKibben wrote Thursday night in The Daily Beast.
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Jeff Masters / Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog:
Irene's eyewall collapses; further intensification unlikely  —  Satellite data and measurements from the Hurricane Hunters show that Irene is weakening.  A 9:21 am EDT center fix by an Air Force Reserve aircraft found that Irene's eyewall had collapsed, and the central pressure had risen to 946 mb from a low of 942 mb this morning.
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
How Global Warming Is Making Hurricane Irene Worse  —  Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a Category Two storm, and is expected to track a path of destruction up the densely populated Atlantic coast, with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordering …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A New York Hurricane Could Be a Multibillion-Dollar Catastrophe
John Seabrook / News Desk:
Irene, Floyd, Katrina, 9/11
Discussion: AlterNet
James Barron / New York Times:
Evacuations Ordered in New York as Hurricane Irene Nears
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
President Obama's posse stays put as tourists flee
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
ESPN Moves to Silence Golf Analyst Who Criticized Obama *UPDATED: ESPN Ignores Political Tweets of Other Personalities *UPDATE: More Cherry-Picking  —  A note for future prospective ESPN employees: You can only cheerlead Obama at ESPN.  I'm not joking.  —  Case in point: The network's golf analyst …
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Michael McCarthy / USA Today:
ESPN ‘reminds’ Azinger to lay off tweets about President Obama  —  UPDATE: ESPN is coming down on Paul Azinger for mocking President Barack Obama on Twitter.  The golf analyst tweeted Friday that the Commander-in-chief plays more golf than he does — and that Azinger has created more jobs this month than Obama has.
David Brooks / New York Times:
President Rick Perry?  —  A few weeks ago it was possible to believe that Mitt Romney would win the New Hampshire primary and cruise easily to the Republican nomination.  It's harder to see that now.  —  There have been a slew of polls showing Gov. Rick Perry of Texas surging to double-digit national leads.
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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Pivots, Signs Anti-Gay-Marriage Pledge
Discussion: Law Blog
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
My Rick Perry Problem — and Ours
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
The Near- and Longer-Term Prospects for the U.S. Economy  —  Good morning.  As always, thanks are due to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for organizing this conference.  This year's topic, long-term economic growth, is indeed pertinent—as has so often been the case at this symposium in past years.
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The Note:
Ron Paul: Who Needs FEMA Anyway?  —  ABC News' Jason Volack reports:  —  With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast and taking direct aim at America's biggest city, who needs the Federal Emergency Management Agency anyway?  —  At least that's the question that presidential candidate …
Discussion: Reuters
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ron Paul rejects FEMA role in hurricane response
Discussion: msnbc.com, Salon, Wonkette and Daily Kos
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Hurricane prep: Obama ends vacation, NYC orders evacuations
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
Republican Politician Naked, Bending Over on Gay Sex Site  —  Puerto Rico's Anthony Weiner is much more thrilling than ours: Last week, images from Puerto Rican senator and GOP cheerleader Roberto Arango's alleged profile on gay hook-up app Grindr surfaced.  When a Puerto Rican TV show confronted him …
Eric Felten / Wall Street Journal:
Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear  —  Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars.  The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement …
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TWC / Obama Fail Blog:
Update on Obama's Raid on Gibson Guitar (With Video Transcription)
Discussion: Verum Serum
Brendan Farrington / Denver Post:
Bachmann says she'd consider minimum wage changes  —  JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.—Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Friday she wouldn't rule out changes to the federal minimum wage as a way to lower the cost of doing business and lure corporations back to the United States.
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CNN:
Bachmann's warning to South Carolina voters
Discussion: Healthwatch and The Politico
Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Gore: Eat less meat to fight warming  —  Al Gore wants society to ditch meat-heavy diets and go organic to combat global warming.  —  “Industrial agriculture is a part of the problem,” Gore said Friday during an interview with FearLess Revolution founder Alex Bogusky.
Greg Wilson / NBC Washington:
Indiana College Bans “Too Violent” National Anthem  —  First it banned the words, now the whole song  —  The National Anthem is a tradition at sporting events, but it is banned at Goshen College.  —  Tiny Goshen College in Indiana has banned the “The Star Spangled Banner …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Steve Brown / Fox News:
Seeds of Discontent for Bachmann in Iowa; Told to Cut the ‘Barack Obama Rock Star Crap’  —  Not two weeks removed from cheers surrounding her momentous victory at the Iowa GOP's Straw Poll, there is a growing chorus of criticism about the way Rep. Michele Bachmann has been conducting her campaign in the Hawkeye State.
New York Times:
U.S. Offers Key Support to Canadian Pipeline  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration gave a crucial green light on Friday to a proposed 1,711-mile pipeline that would carry heavy oil from Canada across the Great Plains to terminals in Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast, saying the project …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Why Far-Off Canadian Tar Sands Have Become A Make-Or-Break Issue For Obama With Enviros
Discussion: Bloomberg and Via Meadia
Rachel Manteuffel / Washington Post:
Martin Luther King a drum major?  If you say so.  —  The memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. has been a little controversial — but not for the right reason.  Someone, somewhere along the line, made a decision that makes King look like something he was not: an arrogant jerk.
 
 
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