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9:00 AM ET, August 27, 2011

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Bob King / The Politico:
Was Hurricane Irene caused by global warming?  —  Hurricane Irene hadn't even made landfall in the United States before some people figured out what to blame it on.  —  “Irene's got a middle name, and it's Global Warming,” environmental activist Bill McKibben wrote Thursday night in The Daily Beast.
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Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
How Global Warming Is Making Hurricane Irene Worse  —  Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a Category Two storm, and is expected to track a path of destruction up the densely populated Atlantic coast, with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordering …
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.
James Barron / New York Times:
Evacuations Ordered in New York as Hurricane Irene Nears
John Seabrook / News Desk:
Irene, Floyd, Katrina, 9/11
Discussion: Associated Press and AlterNet
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
ESPN Moves to Silence Golf Analyst Who Criticized Obama *UPDATED: ESPN Ignores Political Tweets of Other Personalities *UPDATE: More Cherry-Picking  —  A note for future prospective ESPN employees: You can only cheerlead Obama at ESPN.  I'm not joking.  —  Case in point: The network's golf analyst …
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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.
Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Gore: Eat less meat to fight warming  —  Al Gore wants society to ditch meat-heavy diets and go organic to combat global warming.  —  “Industrial agriculture is a part of the problem,” Gore said Friday during an interview with FearLess Revolution founder Alex Bogusky.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Al Gore to Rick Perry: Climate scientists aren't motivated by money  —  Al Gore on Friday bashed the notion that climate scientists are manipulating data for financial gain, a charge levied by global warming skeptics, including GOP White House hopeful Rick Perry.
Discussion: Don Surber
The Note:
Ron Paul: Who Needs FEMA Anyway?  —  ABC News' Jason Volack reports:  —  With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast and taking direct aim at America's biggest city, who needs the Federal Emergency Management Agency anyway?  —  At least that's the question that presidential candidate …
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Louisiana Congressman: GOP ‘Sinful’ To Tie Disaster Aid To Spending Cuts … WASHINGTON — As East Coasters brace for what some say will be a historic pummel by Hurricane Irene, at least one lawmaker is fuming over a requirement by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ron Paul rejects FEMA role in hurricane response
Discussion: msnbc.com, Salon, Wonkette and Daily Kos
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
President Obama's posse stays put as tourists flee
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.
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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Pivots, Signs Anti-Gay-Marriage Pledge
Discussion: Law Blog
Brendan Farrington / Denver Post:
Bachmann says she'd consider minimum wage changes  —  JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.—Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Friday she wouldn't rule out changes to the federal minimum wage as a way to lower the cost of doing business and lure corporations back to the United States.
TWC / Obama Fail Blog:
Update on Obama's Raid on Gibson Guitar (With Video Transcription)  —  Note: You can follow Obama Fail Blog on Facebook and Twitter.  Thanks!!!  —  An update to the story of Obama's raid on the offices and factories of Gibson Guitar... It seems this is a case of the Obama DOJ intimidating …
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
GOP senator: White House ‘failed miserably’ on economy  —  Freshman Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Saturday bashed President Obama's economic record while calling for a balanced budget amendment and a tax code overhaul that lowers rates.  —  Heller's GOP weekly address arrives amid of a wave …
Discussion: CNN
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 and The Other McCain
A.Killough / CNN:
Obama promotes service on 9/11 in weekly address  —  (CNN) - With the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaching, President Barack Obama said in his weekly address Saturday that serving others would be the best way Americans could honor those who lost their lives 10 years ago.
Discussion: The Politico
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
 
 
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Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
BREAKING: Joe Solmonese to leave HRC in December; official announcement on Tuesday
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Answering Jonathan Alter's Challenge
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
Rachel Manteuffel / Washington Post:
Martin Luther King a drum major? If you say so.
Local:
Locks superglued prior to protests of Governor Walker at local school
BBC:
Horror scenes at Tripoli hospital
Rbarrett / iWatch News:
527 group waned after Gingrich campaign imploded in June
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Ron Paul's Hotbeds of Financial Support: New Hampshire, Nevada, Wyoming, and Alaska
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Drum Feed:
Our Oil-Constrained Future  —  I've talked a few times …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Interviewing Mark Steyn About His New Book “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon”
Discussion: YID With LID
CNN:
New CNN Poll: Support for Libya jumps but no bounce for president
Center for American Progress:
Fear, Inc.  —  The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America