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7:25 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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Hurricane prep: Obama ends vacation, NYC orders evacuations
Discussion: Reuters, The Politico and Wonkette
James Barron / New York Times:
Hurricane Irene to Force N.Y. Transit System to Close by Noon Saturday, Officials Say
The Note:
Ron Paul: Who Needs FEMA Anyway?
Discussion: Reuters
John Seabrook / News Desk:
Irene, Floyd, Katrina, 9/11
Discussion: AlterNet
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
How Global Warming Is Making Hurricane Irene Worse
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
President Obama's posse stays put as tourists flee
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  —  Texas governor Rick Perry is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination now, at least in the national polls.  Undoubtedly that's the main reason so many East Coast pundits and Beltway wags are making fun of him.  He likes guns!  He's from Texas!
CNN:
Bachmann's warning to South Carolina voters
Discussion: Healthwatch and The Politico
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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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bernanke's Perry Problem  —  As I write this, investors around the world are anxiously awaiting Ben Bernanke's speech at the annual Fed gathering at Jackson Hole, Wyo. They want to know whether Mr. Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, will unveil new policies that might lift …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
At Jackson Hole, Bernanke Tells The Nation He'll Deliver High Unemployment For Years  —  As I urged below, I think the most important part of Ben Bernanke's speech today is what it does to shape expectations.  The news isn't good.  Ben Bernanke is telling people not only that the Fed …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Bernanke: The Debt Ceiling Debate Nearly Broke the Recovery
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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 …
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.
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):
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
Discussion: Bloomberg and Via Meadia
azag.gov:
ATTORNEY GENERAL TOM HORNE SUES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DECLARE PRECLEARANCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL  —  Attorney General Tom Horne today filed lawsuit against the federal government for an injunction and a declaratory judgment that the portion of the Voting Rights Act requiring Arizona to pre clear …
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Alia Beard Rau / Arizona Republic:
Arizona sues over Voting Rights Act
NY Daily News:
Giant rat killed by pitchfork in Marcy Houses is believed to be Gambian pouched rat  —  It sounds like an urban legend: giant mutant-looking rats roaming a city housing project.  —  Only there's a picture.  —  A photo making the rounds shows Housing Authority worker Jose Rivera minutes …
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
Rbarrett / iWatch News:
527 group waned after Gingrich campaign imploded in June  —  The Newt Gingrich money machine that raised $52 million in just four years to promote his ideas and image, American Solutions for Winning the Future, has quietly gone belly up.  —  Gingrich set up the 527 group in 2007 …
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.
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: Don Surber and msnbc.com
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ron Paul rejects FEMA role in hurricane response
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Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Ron Paul's Hotbeds of Financial Support: New Hampshire, Nevada, Wyoming, and Alaska
Discussion: GOP 12
Kevin Drum Feed:
Our Oil-Constrained Future  —  I've talked a few times …
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Interviewing Mark Steyn About His New Book “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon”
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