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12:15 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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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.
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 …
New York Times:
Core of Hurricane Irene Starts Coming Ashore  —  NAGS HEAD, N.C. — The eye wall of Hurricane Irene, now a category one storm, is within a hours of making landfall in eastern North Carolina, the first stop in the mainland United States for a storm that is expected to scrape up the East Coast and bring flooding rains to a dozen states.
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.) …
James Barron / New York Times:
Evacuations Ordered in New York as Hurricane Irene Nears
Jeff Masters / Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog:
Irene's eyewall collapses; further intensification unlikely
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  —  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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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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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.
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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BBC:
Algeria suicide bomb attack hits military academy  —  A suicide bomb attack on a military academy in Algeria has killed 18 people, officials say.  —  The attack took place in the town of Cherchell, about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital Algiers.  —  One or two bombers set off …
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 …
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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
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 …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Ross Douthat:
Don't Panic, Mitt Romney!  —  “Right now,” David Brooks writes today, in the wake of Rick Perry's surge to the front of the G.O.P. field, “the Romney camp is passively hoping [Perry] implodes.  That seems unlikely ... Sooner or later, Romney is going to have to prove his own toughness by taking Perry on directly.”
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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Pivots, Signs Anti-Gay-Marriage Pledge
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