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4:05 PM ET, August 29, 2011

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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Michele Bachmann rally draws over 1,000 in Sarasota, but some prefer Rick Perry  —  SARASOTA — Hurricane Irene bypassed the state and spared Michele Bachmann's first campaign foray in Florida this weekend, but now she has to contend with Hurricane Perry.  —  Even as the Minnesota congresswoman …
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Bachmann Campaign: Bachmann Spoke ‘In Jest’ When She Said God Was Communicating Via Earthquakes And Hurricanes  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) presidential campaign says critics are making much ado about nothing when it comes to her viral quote stating last week's East Coast earthquake …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: Hurricane Was A Message From God To Washington About Spending (Updated)
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Bachmann: Irene Was God's Warning
David Wessel / Wall Street Journal:
Labor Economist to Fill Key Post  —  President Barack Obama on Monday plans to nominate Princeton University's Alan Krueger to be chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, a White House official said.  —  If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Krueger, a labor economist …
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CNN:
New CNN Poll: Perry sits atop GOP field  —  Washington (CNN) - A new national survey is further proof that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance earlier this month into the race for the White House has dramatically altered the battle for the Republican presidential nomination.
Hayley Peterson / Campaign 2012:
Three minutes, two teleprompters  —  President Obama required two heavy-duty teleprompters on Monday during a three-minute speech in which he nominated Alan Krueger to serve as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers.  —  “I am very pleased to appoint Alan and I look forward to working with him …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Alan Krueger's Key Insight
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Krueger to replace Goolsbee in White House
Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
Is Rick Perry dumb?  —  Another Texas governor who drops his “g's” and scorns elites is running for president and the whispers are the same: Lightweight, incurious, instinctual.  —  Strip away the euphemisms, and Rick Perry is confronting an unavoidable question: is he dumb - or just misunderestimated?
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Jack Cashill / American Thinker:
Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write  —  On November 16, 1990, Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, published a letter in the Harvard Law Record, an independent Harvard Law School newspaper, championing affirmative action.  —  Although a paragraph from this letter …
Discussion: Power Line
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republicans Against Science  —  Jon Huntsman Jr., a former Utah governor and ambassador to China, isn't a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination.  And that's too bad, because Mr. Hunstman has been willing to say the unsayable about the G.O.P. — namely, that it is becoming the “anti-science party.”
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Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Leaders Bring Some Bad Blood to Race
Discussion: The Note and Political Insider
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Cantor: No Disaster Relief Funding For Hurricane Irene Without Budget Cuts  —  Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere.
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House GOP announces jobs plan focused on cutting regs, taxes
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Kos
Patricia A. Turner / New York Times:
Dangerous White Stereotypes  —  ONE of the most noteworthy movies of the summer is “The Help.”  Set in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, it focuses on the relationships between white upper-middle-class women and the black domestics who took care of them and their children.
Joseph W. McQuaid / unionleader.com:
Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notes  —  The waitresses at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester weren't happy with the Mitt Romney picture they have on their wall of fame.  It's out of focus, they told him the other morning.  —  As he was about to leave, one of them grabbed him by the arm.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
American Theocracy Revisited  —  During George W. Bush's presidency, many liberal and secular Americans came to regard religious conservatives not merely as their political opponents, but as a kind of existential threat.  The religious right, they decided, wasn't a normal political movement.
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — August 2011  —  The August tracking poll examines the views of Americans without health insurance, with a particular focus on how they think the health reform law will affect them.  Findings from the poll include:  — Although estimates are that 32 million …
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Kos
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Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Poll finds knowledge of healthcare law slipping
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Daniel S. Hamermesh / New York Times:
Ugly?  You May Have a Case  —  Daniel S. Hamermesh, a professor of economics at the University of Texas, Austin, is the author of “Beauty Pays,” published this month.  —  BEING good-looking is useful in so many ways.  —  In addition to whatever personal pleasure it gives you …
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
New Blue Nightmare: Clarence Thomas and the Amendment of Doom  —  Lord of the Rings aficionados know that the evil lord Sauron paid little attention to the danger posed by two hobbits slowly struggling across the mountains and deserts of Mordor until he suddenly realized that the ring …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum: Gay community on ‘jihad’ against me for stance on marriage  —  Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the gay community has “gone out on a jihad” against him for his stance against gay marriage.  —  “So the gay community said, 'He's comparing gay sex to incest and polygamy …
NY Daily News:
Editorials: Dance of the duds  —  Miss him yet?  The candidates for his seat might make you.  —  The two candidates seeking to fill the Brooklyn-Queens congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner sat for interviews with the Daily News Editorial Board last week.  “Horribly dispiriting” is the capsule review of the sessions.
The Daily Beast:
The City: Beijing  —  Ai Weiwei finds China's capital is a prison where people go mad.  —  Beijing is two cities.  One is of power and of money.  People don't care who their neighbors are; they don't trust you.  The other city is one of desperation.  I see people on public buses, and I see their eyes, and I see they hold no hope.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Rate Computer Industry Best, Federal Gov't Worst  —  Image of federal government is at an all-time low  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans view the computer industry the most positively and the federal government the least positively when asked to rate 25 business and industry sectors.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Qadhafi family surfaces in Algeria  —  Former Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi's wife and three of his children have fled to Algeria, that country's government said in a statement on Monday.  —  Qadhafi's wife, Sofia, one daughter and two of his seven sons crossed the Libya-Algeria border on Monday morning …
TheAustralian:
Barack Obama's uncle has been arrested and held as illegal immigrant  —  President Barack Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, at a closed immigration hearing last year.  Onyango, half-sister of Obama's late father, moved to the United States in 2000 and she was ordered deported in 2004.  Source: AP
Michael Winerip / New York Times:
Teachers Get Little Say in a Book About Them  —  Can an education reform movement that demeans and trivializes teachers succeed?  It's hard to imagine, but that is what is going on in parts of America today.  —  In Steven Brill's new book celebrating the movement, “Class Warfare …
 
 
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Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Judge puts hold on Alabama immigration law
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ABCNEWS:
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Mitt Romney keeps distance from tea party groups
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The Note:
Rick Perry Wades Into Foreign Policy with Speech to Veterans
Discussion: National Review
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Masked Protesters Aid Time Warner's Bottom Line
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Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
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Forbes.com:
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The Independent:
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
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The Daily Beast:
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
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