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3:15 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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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.) …
msnbc.com:
Hurricane Irene batters N.C.; 3 confirmed dead  —  Falling tree limb kills man in Nash County, N.C.; tropical storm conditions extend into Va., Md., Del.  —  Below:  —  updated 2011-08-27T18:08:23  —  Top developments:  —  Hurricane Irene battered the North Carolina coast with wind and rain Saturday …
Kamalwallace / This Just In:
Live blog: New York transit in shutdown mode  —  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.
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.
Bob King / The Politico:
Was Hurricane Irene caused by global warming?
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.
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
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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 …
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
HRC's Solmonese to Step Down, Sources Say No Replacement Has Been Selected
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Harvey: “There's No Proof” LGBT People Exist  —  Mission America's Linda Harvey dedicated her weekend broadcast to criticizing the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, one of her favorite targets.  Harvey was particularly perturbed by the GLSEN Sports Project, which works towards …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, Salon and Wonkette
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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: The Hill, 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.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Man Accused of Stalking via Twitter Claims Free Speech  —  Even the Buddha of compassion might have been distressed to be on the receiving end of the diatribes that William Lawrence Cassidy is accused of posting on Twitter.  —  They certainly rattled Alyce Zeoli, a Buddhist leader based in Maryland.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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