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10:50 PM ET, August 26, 2011

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A New York Hurricane Could Be a Multibillion-Dollar Catastrophe  —  Time to think about the unthinkable.  What if a major hurricane were to pass close to New York City, as several forecasting models now suggest that Hurricane Irene might?  —  Apart from the potential loss of life …
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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.
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.
The Daily Beast:
Global Warming's Heavy Cost  —  Hurricane Irene's dangerous power can be traced to global warming says Bill McKibben—and Obama is at fault for his failed leadership on the environment.  —  Irene's got a middle name, and it's Global Warming.  —  As she roars up the Eastern Seaboard …
John Seabrook / News Desk:
Irene, Floyd, Katrina, 9/11
Discussion: AlterNet
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
President Obama's posse stays put as tourists flee
James Barron / New York Times:
Hurricane Irene to Force N.Y. Transit System to Close by Noon Saturday, Officials Say
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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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Tea Party Supporters Backing Perry for GOP Nomination  —  Perry leads by 21 percentage points over Romney, Bachmann among this group  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Rick Perry's candidacy has attracted strong initial support from Republicans who identify themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
My Rick Perry Problem — and Ours
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Pivots, Signs Anti-Gay-Marriage Pledge
Discussion: Law Blog
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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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.
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  —  And to think, Ron Paul struggles to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate. … To be sure, this isn't exactly surprising.  It's consistent with everything we know about Ron Paul and his ideology.
Discussion: msnbc.com, Salon, Wonkette and Daily Kos
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Hurricane prep: Obama ends vacation, NYC orders evacuations
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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
Jonathan Alter / Bloomberg:
About Jonathan Alter  —  You Think Obama's Been a Bad President?  Prove It: Jonathan Alter  —  Tell me again why Barack Obama has been such a bad president?  I'm not talking here about him as a tactician and communicator.  We can agree that he has played some bad poker with Congress.
Discussion: Hot Air, Don Surber and msnbc.com
Center for American Progress:
Fear, Inc.  —  The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America  —  Anti-Muslim graffiti defaces a Shi'ite mosque at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan.  —  SOURCE: Getty Images/Bill Pugliano  —  Download individual chapters of the report (pdf):
Alia Beard Rau / Arizona Republic:
Arizona sues over Voting Rights Act  —  Arizona has filed another lawsuit challenging the authority of the federal government.  This time, the focus of the federal challenge is the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  —  Arizona is the first state to challenge the constitutionality of sections …
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