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5:05 PM ET, August 28, 2011

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Fox News:
Do We Really Need a National Weather Service?  —  As Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast, news stations bombard our televisions with constant updates from the National Hurricane Center.  —  While Americans ought to prepare for the coming storm, federal dollars need not subsidize their preparations.
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Ed Henry / Fox News:
Biden Golfed in Hours Preceding Hurricane  —  Delaware was pounded by Hurricane Irene on Saturday night, but Vice President Biden got in one last round of golf in his home state before the heavy stuff started coming down, Fox News has learned.  —  Biden played golf at a Wilmington-area course …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Scared Monkeys
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Right Wing Tries New Tactic To Soften Bush's Katrina Debacle: Say Obama's Leadership On Irene Is Just For Show  —  The President of the United States oversees the national response to Hurricane Irene  —  With the threat of Hurricane Irene to millions of Americans from the Carolinas to New England …
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Seeing Irene as Harbinger of a Change in Climate  —  The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change?
Yahoo! News:
Obama takes charge at hurricane command center
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama: Getting Through Irene Will Be ‘Tough Slog’
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Obama's illegal uncle arrested; ‘Uncle Omar’ hits cop car, tries to call White House  —  A number of media outlets have already reported that an illegal immigrant from Kenya by the name of Onyango Obama, 67, was arrested last week on Wednesday after he rammed his SUV into a police car in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Powell: Cheney taking ‘cheap shots’ in memoir  —  Former Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell accused former Vice President Dick Cheney of taking “cheap shots” at him in his newly released memoir.  —  Speaking on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday Powell criticized Cheney for saying …
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The Note:
Powell Not Sold on Obama in '12  —  ABC News' Rick Klein (@rickklein) reports:  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who famously crossed party lines to vote for President Obama in 2008, said today that he's not necessarily supporting the president for reelection in 2012.
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
One day climate change skeptics will be seen in the same negative light as racists, at least so says former Vice President Al Gore.  —  In an interview with former advertising executive and Climate Reality Project collaborator Alex Bogusky broadcasted on UStream on Friday …
Peggy Fikac / Houston Chronicle:
Perry calls Social Security ‘monstrous lie’  —  OTTUMWA, Iowa - Riding high in the polls, Gov. Rick Perry rode into Iowa on Saturday with tough talk on President Obama, the economy and foreign policy and a declaration that Social Security is not only a Ponzi scheme but a “monstrous lie” for younger people.
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myfoxny.com:
Reporter Gives Update Covered In Sea Foam  —  MYFOXNY.COM - A local news reporter from Washington, D.C. ended up getting covered in what is probably the remnants of raw sewage as he delivered live hurricane reports from Ocean City, Md.  —  WTTG-TV reporter Tucker Barnes was providing live updates …
Jerusalem Post:
Do you support two states for two peoples?  —  I think that you have to first of all support the modern-day state of Israel.  I think you have to support Israel post the '67 borders.  Now, I am not going to sit here and dictate to Israel what their polices should be, but my perspective …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Did We Drop the Ball on Unemployment?  —  WHEN I'm in New York or Washington, people talk passionately about debt and political battles.  But in the living rooms or on the front porches here in Yamhill, Ore., where I grew up, a different specter wakes friends up in the middle of the night.
 
 
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Fall This Summer  —  DID insects hire a new publicist for the summer of 2011?
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The White House:
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Associated Press:
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Dissecting the Mind of the Fed
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Ynetnews:
Islamists hold anti-Israel march in Berlin
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cheney book: Bush authorized leak on Iraq