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1:55 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 …
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.
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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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.
John Lewis / New York Times:
A Poll Tax by Another Name  —  Correction Appended  —  AS we celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, we reflect on the life and legacy of this great man.  But recent legislation on voting reminds us that there is still work to do.  Since January, a majority of state legislatures …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
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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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Ron Paul: Abortion Is ‘The Most Important Issue of Our Age’
Discussion: Alas, a Blog and Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Perry bills feds for housing illegals
Yahoo! News:
US official: Al-Qaida's No. 2 killed in Pakistan
Discussion: New York Times and CBS News
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Harvey: “There's No Proof” LGBT People Exist
BBC:
Algeria suicide bomb attack hits military academy
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Times Retracts Issa Hit Piece, One Correction at a Time
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Al Gore to Rick Perry: Climate scientists aren't motivated by money
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
BREAKING: Joe Solmonese to leave HRC in December; official announcement on Tuesday