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6:45 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  —  President Obama is cutting short his Martha's Vineyard vacation to return to Washington tonight in anticipation of Hurricane Irene's landfall this weekend.  The president warned Americans to prepare for the looming storm as quickly as possible Friday morning.
Discussion: The Note, Reuters, The Politico and Wonkette
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:   How Global Warming Is Making Hurricane Irene Worse
James Barron / New York Times:
Hurricane Irene to Force N.Y. Transit System to Close by Noon Saturday, Officials Say
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
President Obama's posse stays put as tourists flee
John Seabrook / News Desk:
Irene, Floyd, Katrina, 9/11
Discussion: AlterNet
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: The Politico and Healthwatch
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
Eric Felten / Wall Street Journal:
Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear  —  Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars.  The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement …
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TWC / Obama Fail Blog:
Update on Obama's Raid on Gibson Guitar (With Video Transcription)
Discussion: Verum Serum
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.
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 …
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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
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
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
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 …
Mackenzie Weinger / Reuters:
Report: U.S. warns Palestinians it will halt aid  —  The United States has warned it will take “punitive measures” if the Palestinians move forward on their statehood bid, a top Palestinian official said Friday.  —  Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat released a statement quoting U.S. Consul General …
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Ian Deitch / Associated Press:
Palestinian: US warns of aid cut for statehood bid
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mary Fitzgerald / The Irish Times:
Gadafy daughter who ‘died’ in 1986 alive  —  The adopted daughter of Muammar Gadafy, whom he claimed died as an infant in the 1986 US bombing of his Tripoli compound, appears to be alive and worked as a doctor in the Libyan capital, documents discovered by The Irish Times indicate.
 
 
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