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1:05 PM ET, August 28, 2011

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Fox News:
Do We Really Need a National Weather Service?  —  As Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast, news stations bombard our televisions with constant updates from the National Hurricane Center.  —  While Americans ought to prepare for the coming storm, federal dollars need not subsidize their preparations.
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Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Right Wing Tries New Tactic To Soften Bush's Katrina Debacle: Say Obama's Leadership On Irene Is Just For Show  —  The President of the United States oversees the national response to Hurricane Irene  —  With the threat of Hurricane Irene to millions of Americans from the Carolinas to New England …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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 …
Ed Henry / Fox News:
Biden Golfed in Hours Preceding Hurricane  —  Delaware was pounded by Hurricane Irene on Saturday night, but Vice President Biden got in one last round of golf in his home state before the heavy stuff started coming down, Fox News has learned.  —  Biden played golf at a Wilmington-area course …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Seeing Irene as Harbinger of a Change in Climate  —  The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change?
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
How To Politicize a Hurricane  —  It remains to be seen whether …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama: Getting Through Irene Will Be ‘Tough Slog’
Discussion: The Lonely Conservative and CNN
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Enablers  —  Meet the mainstream media.
Peggy Fikac / Houston Chronicle:
Perry calls Social Security ‘monstrous lie’  —  OTTUMWA, Iowa - Riding high in the polls, Gov. Rick Perry rode into Iowa on Saturday with tough talk on President Obama, the economy and foreign policy and a declaration that Social Security is not only a Ponzi scheme but a “monstrous lie” for younger people.
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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! …
myfoxny.com:
Reporter Gives Update Covered In Sea Foam  —  MYFOXNY.COM - A local news reporter from Washington, D.C. ended up getting covered in what is probably the remnants of raw sewage as he delivered live hurricane reports from Ocean City, Md.  —  WTTG-TV reporter Tucker Barnes was providing live updates …
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Obama's illegal uncle arrested; ‘Uncle Omar’ hits cop car, tries to call White House  —  A number of media outlets have already reported that an illegal immigrant from Kenya by the name of Onyango Obama, 67, was arrested last week on Wednesday after he rammed his SUV into a police car in Framingham, Massachusetts.
CNN:
Flooding surges as Irene hits Northeast  —  New York (CNN) — Trees toppled and streets flooded Sunday morning as Irene lashed some of the biggest cities in the Northeast with wind gusts and torrential rains.  —  Even as Irene weakened to a tropical storm, authorities in the region warned that its impact was not waning.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Did We Drop the Ball on Unemployment?  —  WHEN I'm in New York or Washington, people talk passionately about debt and political battles.  But in the living rooms or on the front porches here in Yamhill, Ore., where I grew up, a different specter wakes friends up in the middle of the night.
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Note:
Powell Not Sold on Obama in '12  —  ABC News' Rick Klein (@rickklein) reports:  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who famously crossed party lines to vote for President Obama in 2008, said today that he's not necessarily supporting the president for reelection in 2012.
 
 
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