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8:45 AM ET, August 26, 2011

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James Hohmann / The Politico:
Pataki not running-Perry talking with Trump-Romney, Bachmann staying the course-Huntsman's purple tie-Kimball: Never Quit-GOP turning on Palin  —  SCORE EXCLUSIVE - TRUMP TALKING WITH PERRY: Rick Perry has been speaking with Donald Trump by phone since wading into the presidential race, a Trump representative told Morning Score.
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Wall Street Journal:
Perry's Popping-Off Problem  —  The Republican candidate comes across well as consistent and sincere, but his quick-draw machismo will scare voters away.  —  Rick Perry this week roared away from the pack.  Gallup had him the party favorite, with 29% of Republicans and Republican-leaning …
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Nikki Haley joins Michele Bachmann town hall
Discussion: CNN
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?
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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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
New York Hurricane Could Be 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 inevitable loss of life …
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James Barron / New York Times:
New York Region Prepares for Hurricane Irene
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 …
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Jillian Rayfield / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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 …
LoudounTimes.com:
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.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Boy Scouts Of America Removed Mother From Troop After Discovering She Is A Lesbian
Simonhernandezarthur / CNN:
Source: Pataki decides against White House run  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York Gov. George Pataki will not run for the Republican presidential nomination, a source close to him told CNN.  —  Pataki, who had been flirting with a White House bid for months, was scheduled to appear …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
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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.
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Freakonomics
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.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
On the Future of Libya  —  We join the Libyan people in gratefulness as we hear of Col. Gaddafi's defeat.  The fall of a tyrant and sponsor of terrorism is a great day for freedom-loving people around the world.  But the path to democracy in Libya is not complete, and we must make wise choices …
Discussion: Rumproast and Conservatives4Palin
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.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
For Some in G.O.P., a Tax Cut Not Worth Embracing  —  WASHINGTON — It is hard to find a tax cut that Congressional Republicans dislike.  Unless it is a tax cut pushed by President Obama.  —  In a turning of the tax policy tables, Democrats are increasingly hammering on Republicans who oppose …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
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
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
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
CERN: ‘Climate models will need to be substantially revised’  —  New atomsmasher research into cloud formation  —  CERN's 8,000 scientists may not be able to find the hypothetical Higgs boson, but they have made an important contribution to climate physics, prompting climate models to be revised.
 
 
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Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
‘Joe the Plumber’ may run for Congress: ‘Maybe we need some regular guys in there.’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Salon
Edward Rothstein / New York Times:
Memorial Review: Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Opens in Washington
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ACS Blog
Lindsey Christ / NY1.com:
State Supreme Court Sides With Teachers' Union On Evaluations
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Ohio GOP Rep. Wants Drug Tests For Anyone Who Seeks Unemployment Benefits
 Earlier Items: 
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Will Rick Perry's ‘Homosexuality Is Like Alcoholism’ Comparison Hinder His Campaign?
Discussion: pandagon.net, The Spot and Advocate
Noah / Noahpinion:
Japan's low unemployment is easily explained
Paul Krugman:
Fiscalization Watch  —  A correspondent informs me that Wolfgang …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
Anne Penketh / Pundits Blog:
Gadhafi and his ‘darling’ Condi
Discussion: National Review, The Note and CNN
St. Petersburg Times:
Fla poll: Romney beating Obama, neck and neck w Perry
Discussion: GOP 12 and Politics