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2:10 PM ET, August 27, 2011

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Locked Up and Left Behind: Hurricane Irene and the Prisoners on New York's Rikers Island  —  “We are not evacuating Rikers Island,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a news conference this afternoon.  Bloomberg annouced a host of extreme measures being taken by New York City in preparation …
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msnbc.com:
Hurricane Irene batters N.C., killing 1  —  Falling tree limb kills man in Nash County, N.C.; tropical storm conditions extend into Va., Md., Del.  —  Below:  —  updated 2011-08-27T15:43:06  —  Top developments:  —  Hurricane Irene battered the North Carolina coast with wind and rain Saturday …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, PhotoBlog and ABCNEWS
CNN:
Strong winds, heavy rain lash N.C. coast  —  Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (CNN) — Somewhat weakened but still ferocious, Hurricane Irene slammed into the North Carolina coast Saturday morning, drenching the coastline and starting an ominous northward march up the Atlantic Seaboard.
Kamalwallace / This Just In:
Live blog: Storm blamed for two deaths  —  Are you there?  Share your story with iReport and be a part of CNN's coverage.  —  Hurricane Irene continues to crawl north after making landfall Saturday morning in North Carolina.  The storm is expected to head up the East Coast from Virginia to Maine …
Discussion: USA Today and CNN
New York Times:
Hurricane Irene Hits, Raising Fears of Storm Surge  —  WILMINGTON, N.C. — After several anxious days of dire forecasts that forced much of the East Coast into unprecedented levels of lockdown, a weakened but still ferocious Hurricane Irene made landfall on Saturday morning along the southern coast of North Carolina.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
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.
James Barron / New York Times:
Evacuations Ordered in New York as Hurricane Irene Nears
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
Discussion: Don Surber
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
State Department: Don't Invade Privacy of Cleric on CIA Kill List  —  While the New Mexico-born cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, is the first American on the CIA's kill or capture list, the U.S. State Department refuses to release documents about al-Awlaki citing his right to privacy.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
HRC's Solmonese to Step Down, Sources Say No Replacement Has Been Selected  —  On Friday night, Aug. 26, Pam Spaulding at Pam's House Blend reported that Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese will be stepping down in the coming months from his leadership role at the nation's largest …
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Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
BREAKING: Joe Solmonese to leave HRC in December; official announcement on Tuesday  —  This is a Pam's House Blend exclusive.  —  Yes, it's the end of an era.  The Blend has learned, from a trusted source in a position to know the details, that Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign …
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 …
First Read / msnbc.com:
Ron Paul: No FEMA response necessary  —  GILFORD, N.H. — After a lunch speech today, Ron Paul slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and said that no national response to Hurricane Irene is necessary.  —  “We should be like 1900; we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960,” Paul said.
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The Note:
Ron Paul: Who Needs FEMA Anyway?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ron Paul rejects FEMA role in hurricane response
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama offers 2012 election supporters change they can believe in — next term  —  Three years after storming the White House with the “fierce urgency of now,” President Obama has a new message for his reelection campaign: be patient, democracy is big and tough and messy.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Times Retracts Issa Hit Piece, One Correction at a Time  —  I wrote here about the hit piece on Congressman Darrell Issa by Eric Lichtblau that appeared on the front page of the New York Times.  Lichtblau's article, which sought to create the impression that Issa has misused …
Discussion: New York Times and Pajamas Media
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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