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9:35 PM ET, August 27, 2011

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Mother Jones:
Rikers Island Prisoners Left Behind to Face Irene  —  “We are not evacuating Rikers Island,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a news conference Friday.  Bloomberg annouced a host of extreme measures being taken by New York City in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene …
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A.Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Ron Paul: We don't need FEMA  —  (CNN) - As Hurricane Irene barrels along the U.S. East Coast, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said the nation would be much better off without the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  —  “I live on the Gulf Coast.  We put up with hurricanes all the time …
New York Times:
Hurricane Irene Pushes North With Deadly Force  —  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 …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Enablers  —  Meet the mainstream media.  —  As a rule, the press is the scourge of presidents.  They're expected to endure unending scrutiny, mistrust, and badgering—plus hostility if they're Republicans—by a hectoring herd of reporters and commentators in the mainstream media.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cheney book: Bush authorized leak on Iraq  —  Dick Cheney writes in his forthcoming book, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” that he was surprised to learn that President George W. Bush had personally authorized a leak about Iraq strategy to a Washington Post columnist …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Mandy Van Deven / Salon:
Why won't America embrace the left?  —  In two centuries, the movement's history in America is plagued by failure.  An expert explains why  —  What has the left really accomplished over the past two centuries?  FDR's New Deal remains one of the great American success stories.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Damien Gayle / Daily Mail:
Gaddafi 'seen in Zimbabwe on Mugabe's private jet' as Libya rebels march on dictator's home town  —  Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has fled Libya to Zimbabwe on a jet provided by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, it was claimed today, as rebels began the march on his home town.
Yahoo! News:
US official: Al-Qaida's No. 2 killed in Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Al-Qaida's second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering another big blow to a terrorist group that the U.S. believes to be on the verge of defeat, U.S. officials said Saturday.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Old Letter Sheds New Light on Joe Hill Murder Case  —  At Woodstock, Joan Baez sang a famous folk ballad celebrating Joe Hill, the itinerant miner, songwriter and union activist who was executed by a Utah firing squad in 1915.  “I never died, said he” is the song's refrain.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
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.
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
HRC's Solmonese to Step Down, Sources Say No Replacement Has Been Selected  —  [FOLLOW-UP ARTICLE: HRC Announces Solmonese's Departure in 2012, Start of “Search Process” for Successor]  —  On Friday night, Aug. 26, Pam Spaulding at Pam's House Blend reported that Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese …
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Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
BREAKING: Joe Solmonese to leave HRC in December; official announcement on Tuesday
 
 
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Associated Press:
Perry bills feds for housing illegals
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Trouble signs for GOP in latest poll on Congress
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR:
‘Polarbeargate’ Scientist To Head Back To Work
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Harvey: “There's No Proof” LGBT People Exist
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Times Retracts Issa Hit Piece, One Correction at a Time
Discussion: New York Times and Pajamas Media
Ben Geman / The Hill:
GOP senator: White House ‘failed miserably’ on economy
Discussion: CNN