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12:00 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?
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
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Asking Candidates Tougher Questions About Faith  —  If a candidate for president said he believed that space aliens dwell among us, would that affect your willingness to vote for him?  Personally, I might not disqualify him out of hand; one out of three Americans believe we have had Visitors and, hey, who knows?
Guy Benson /
Guy Benson Of Course: NYT Editor Suddenly Very Interested in Candidates' Churches
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
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 …
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: Via Meadia
Anne Penketh / Pundits Blog:
Gadhafi and his ‘darling’ Condi
Discussion: CNN and The Note
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 and GOP 12
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
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.
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, Advocate and
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:   Huntsman says if elected he would call on wealthy to ‘sacrifice’
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 …
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.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Boy Scouts Of America Removed Mother From Troop After Discovering She Is A Lesbian
Steve Jobs / The Daily Beast:
Kinky for Perry  —  Kinky Friedman once ran against Rick Perry for the Texas governorship.  So would the singer and writer vote for him for president?  Hell, yes!  The world's most famous Jewish cowboy on why he wants to live in Rick Perry's America.
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:   Perino: Perry is smart to distance himself from Bush
St. Petersburg Times:
Fla poll: Romney beating Obama, neck and neck w Perry  —  A new Sachs/Mason-Dixon Florida Poll finds Barack Obama trailing Mitt Perry in America's biggest battleground and in a dead heat with Texas Gov. Rick Perry among Republicans.  —  “Unlike 2008, if the election were held today …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Politics
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Majority of NJ voters say Obama doesn't deserve reelection
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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
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.
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
New York Times:
U.S. May Back Refinance Plan for Mortgages  —  The Obama administration is considering further actions to strengthen the housing market, but the bar is high: plans must help a broad swath of homeowners, stimulate the economy and cost next to nothing.  —  One proposal would allow millions …
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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: Prairie Weather and ThinkProgress
Christine Harper / Bloomberg:
Banks in U.S. Face Main Street Squeeze as Sputtering Economy Saps Earnings
Matt Levine / Dealbreaker:
How Much Did Warren Buffett Pay For BofA Anyway?
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Anne-Marie Slaughter / Financial Times:
Why Libya sceptics were proved badly wrong
100+ CEOs promise no campaign donations
Discussion: Ballot Box
Market crash ‘could hit within weeks’, warn bankers
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Vox Popoli
Nick Schulz / National Review:
Steve Jobs: America's Greatest Failure