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6:35 AM ET, August 27, 2011

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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.
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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.
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
How Global Warming Is Making Hurricane Irene Worse  —  Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a Category Two storm, and is expected to track a path of destruction up the densely populated Atlantic coast, with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordering …
James Barron / New York Times:
Evacuations Ordered in New York as Hurricane Irene Nears
John Seabrook / News Desk:
Irene, Floyd, Katrina, 9/11
Discussion: AlterNet
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
President Obama's posse stays put as tourists flee
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 …
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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.
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.
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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Pivots, Signs Anti-Gay-Marriage Pledge
Discussion: Law Blog
The Note:
Ron Paul: Who Needs FEMA Anyway?  —  ABC News' Jason Volack reports:  —  With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast and taking direct aim at America's biggest city, who needs the Federal Emergency Management Agency anyway?  —  At least that's the question that presidential candidate …
Discussion: Reuters, The Politico and The Hill
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ron Paul rejects FEMA role in hurricane response  —  And to think, Ron Paul struggles to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate. … To be sure, this isn't exactly surprising.  It's consistent with everything we know about Ron Paul and his ideology.
Discussion: msnbc.com, Salon, Wonkette and Daily Kos
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:   Louisiana Congressman: GOP ‘Sinful’ To Tie Disaster Aid To Spending Cuts
Brendan Farrington / Denver Post:
Bachmann says she'd consider minimum wage changes  —  JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.—Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Friday she wouldn't rule out changes to the federal minimum wage as a way to lower the cost of doing business and lure corporations back to the United States.
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.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
GOP senator: White House ‘failed miserably’ on economy  —  Freshman Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Saturday bashed President Obama's economic record while calling for a balanced budget amendment and a tax code overhaul that lowers rates.  —  Heller's GOP weekly address arrives amid of a wave …
Discussion: CNN
TWC / Obama Fail Blog:
Update on Obama's Raid on Gibson Guitar (With Video Transcription)  —  Note: You can follow Obama Fail Blog on Facebook and Twitter.  Thanks!!!  —  An update to the story of Obama's raid on the offices and factories of Gibson Guitar... It seems this is a case of the Obama DOJ intimidating …
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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 and The Other McCain
Steve Brown / Fox News:
Seeds of Discontent for Bachmann in Iowa; Told to Cut the ‘Barack Obama Rock Star Crap’  —  Not two weeks removed from cheers surrounding her momentous victory at the Iowa GOP's Straw Poll, there is a growing chorus of criticism about the way Rep. Michele Bachmann has been conducting her campaign in the Hawkeye State.
Rachel Manteuffel / Washington Post:
Martin Luther King a drum major?  If you say so.  —  The memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. has been a little controversial — but not for the right reason.  Someone, somewhere along the line, made a decision that makes King look like something he was not: an arrogant jerk.
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
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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Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Answering Jonathan Alter's Challenge
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
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BBC:
Horror scenes at Tripoli hospital
Rbarrett / iWatch News:
527 group waned after Gingrich campaign imploded in June
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Report: States better than feds in getting sick people enrolled in high-risk pools
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Ron Paul's Hotbeds of Financial Support: New Hampshire, Nevada, Wyoming, and Alaska
Kevin Drum Feed:
Our Oil-Constrained Future  —  I've talked a few times …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Interviewing Mark Steyn About His New Book “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon”
Discussion: YID With LID
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
New CNN Poll: Support for Libya jumps but no bounce for president
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Why Political Coverage is Broken
Center for American Progress:
Fear, Inc.  —  The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America