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5:50 AM ET, August 26, 2011


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Bill Keller / The 6th Floor:
Tougher Questions for the Candidates  —  In my latest column, I wrote about asking our presidential candidates more questions regarding their religious beliefs.  Here's the general questionnaire I sent to the candidates:  —  1. Is it fair to question presidential candidates about details of their faith?
Discussion: Vox Popoli and National Review
John / Verum Serum:
For Bill Keller: A Score of Religious Questions for President Obama  —  I posted a link this morning.  After reading Keller's piece calling for more careful examination of people's religious beliefs I have to agree with Ace, he may regret this.  —  Keller takes pains to assure readers …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Guy Benson /
Guy Benson Of Course: NYT Editor Suddenly Very Interested in Candidates' Churches
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Gaddafi's desperate bid to save regime revealed  —  Secret documents detail clandestine lobbying of Nato and even Obama following fear of full-scale US invasion  —  The Gaddafi regime carried out an extraordinary clandestine lobbying operation to try to stop Nato's bombardment of Libya …
Discussion: EA WorldView and Via Meadia
In the ruins of Gadhafi's lair, rebels find album filled with photos of his ‘darling’ Condoleezza Rice  — and Associated Press report:  —  “Deeply bizarre and deeply creepy.”  —  That's how the State Department is describing a surprising find inside the compound …
Anne Penketh / Pundits Blog:
Gadhafi and his ‘darling’ Condi
Discussion: The Note and CNN
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
‘Angry’ Mitt Romney ‘Loses His Cool’ With Voter At New Hampshire Town Hall  —  Former GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney got into a heated exchange with a voter at a New Hampshire town hall event Wednesday over his support for a balanced budget amendment, and by the mainstream media's …
Discussion: Swampland, GOP 12 and The Note
Jillian Rayfield /
IN GOPer: I Just Talked About Baseball With The Young Man I Solicited On Craigslist  —  State Rep. Phillip Hinkle, the anti-gay marriage Indiana Republican accused of offering to pay a young man he met over Craigslist for “a good time,” admits that he paid the man but contends …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Huntsman Up Close  —  This afternoon I had the opportunity to attend a journalists' Q&A with former Utah Gov. John Huntsman (R) put on by Bloomberg View.  I'll probably write about it more going forward.  But I just wanted to share some quick impressions while they are fresh in my mind.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Will Rick Perry's ‘Homosexuality Is Like Alcoholism’ Comparison Hinder His Campaign?
Discussion:, The Spot and Advocate
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Huntsman says if elected he would call on wealthy to ‘sacrifice’
Discussion: American Power
Kase Wickman / The Raw Story:
AFL-CIO president: Obama is aligned with tea party, not fixing jobs  —  Richard Trumka, president of union giant AFL-CIO, delivered a scathing review of President Barack Obama at a press breakfast Thursday morning.  He accused him of abandoning Democratic ideals and aligning himself with the conservative tea party.
Discussion: Odd Man Out and Booman Tribune
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
AFL-CIO Pres: Obama Aligned Himself With Tea Party To Cut Middle Class Programs
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Potomac Falls woman removed from son's Boy Scout troop  —  (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) |  From left, Jaden Steele, 9, Jackson Steele, 12, and mothers Denise Steele and Jackie Funk, load their plates with tacos for dinner in their Potomac Falls home.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Boy Scouts Of America Removed Mother From Troop After Discovering She Is A Lesbian
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
With Hurricane Bearing Down Cantor Spox Says Disaster Relief Should Be Paid For With Spending Cuts  —  Looks like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) will extend his requirement that federal disaster relief be paid for by cutting spending elsewhere in the budget to Hurricane Irene.
The Huffington Post:
Rick Perry Sought State Profits From Teacher Life Insurance Scheme … WASHINGTON — Two weeks before Thanksgiving in 2003, top officials from Texas Governor Rick Perry's office pitched an unusual offer to the state's retired teachers: Let's get into the death business.
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Obama Leadership Image Takes a Hit, GOP Ratings Decline  —  Continued Dissatisfaction with Republican Field  —  OVERVIEW  —  The public is profoundly discontented with conditions in the country, its government, political leadership and several of its major institutions.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson Suggests Crack In The Washington Monument Was A Sign From God  —  During The 700 Club's “The Sign Of The Times” series on the end of the world this week, Pat Robertson today addressed Tuesday's earthquake on the east coast that left a four-foot long crack in the Washington Monument.
Special prosecutor: No charges for Prosser, Bradley in fracas  —  Neither Supreme Court Justice David Prosser nor fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley will face criminal charges for a June altercation, a special prosecutor has determined.  (673)  —  FROM: News » Politics
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Nikki Haley joins Michele Bachmann town hall  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Several minutes into a Michele Bachmann town hall meeting here Thursday, freshman Republican Tim Scott announced he had a question from an undecided voter named Nikki.  —  Gov. Nikki Haley walked out from behind …
Discussion: CNN
Lindsey Christ /
State Supreme Court Sides With Teachers' Union On Evaluations … The State Supreme Court ruled on the side of the state teachers' union Wednesday, saying that according to an existing law only 20 percent of teachers' evaluations can be based on standardized test scores.
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Molly Ball / Reuters:
Clock ticking on Sarah Palin entry into 2012 presidential race  —  Even for Sarah Palin, there are deadlines.  —  The former Alaska governor seems to believe that most of the rules of politics don't apply to her - that with her media appeal and her grassroots following …
Jeff Masters / Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog:
Irene an extremely dangerous storm surge threat to the mid-Atlantic and New England  —  Back in 1938, long before satellites, radar, the hurricane hunters, and the modern weather forecasting system, the great New England hurricane of 1938 roared northwards into Long Island, New York at 60 mph …
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Ohio GOP Rep. Wants Drug Tests For Anyone Who Seeks Unemployment Benefits
Noah / Noahpinion:
Japan's low unemployment is easily explained
Paul Krugman:
Fiscalization Watch  —  A correspondent informs me that Wolfgang …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
Christine Harper / Bloomberg:
Banks in U.S. Face Main Street Squeeze as Sputtering Economy Saps Earnings
 Earlier Items: 
St. Petersburg Times:
Fla poll: Romney beating Obama, neck and neck w Perry
Discussion: GOP 12 and Politics
Adam Serwer:
The Nice Guy And The Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Anne-Marie Slaughter / Financial Times:
Why Libya sceptics were proved badly wrong
Nick Schulz / National Review:
Steve Jobs: America's Greatest Failure