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12:55 AM ET, August 28, 2011

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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.
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Yahoo! News:
Obama takes charge at hurricane command center  —  US President Barack Obama warned the US east coast was in for a “long 72 hours” as he led his government's response to Hurricane Irene at a disaster command center in Washington.  —  Obama on Saturday chaired a meeting at the National …
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama: Getting Through Irene Will Be ‘Tough Slog’  —  President Barack Obama offered moral support Saturday to federal emergency management workers hunkered down for Hurricane Irene's weekend march up the East Coast and 14,000 active-duty and National Guard troops were put on standby for post-storm relief work.
Discussion: CNN and The Lonely Conservative
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 …
Kamalwallace / This Just In:
Live blog: Hurricane death toll at 9; Bloomberg: ‘Time for evacuation is over’  —  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.
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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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.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Perry Says He Hasn't ‘Backed Off Anything’ In His Book, Still Thinks Social Security Is Unconstitutional  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from Des Moines, IA.  —  During a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa today, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) reaffirmed all the views expressed in his book Fed Up! …
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 …
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
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.
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.
 
 
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BREAKING: Joe Solmonese to leave HRC in December; official announcement on Tuesday