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1:20 AM ET, August 29, 2011

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The Daily Beast:
A Hurricane of Hype  —  Irene fell far short of the media's dire warnings even before it was downgraded.  Howard Kurtz on the scaremongering by television and local officials.
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Ed Henry / Fox News:
Biden Golfed in Hours Preceding Hurricane
Discussion: Don Surber
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Right Wing Tries New Tactic To Soften Bush's Katrina Debacle: Say Obama's Leadership On Irene Is Just For Show
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
One day climate change skeptics will be seen in the same negative light as racists, at least so says former Vice President Al Gore.  —  In an interview with former advertising executive and Climate Reality Project collaborator Alex Bogusky broadcasted on UStream on Friday …
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Erik Jensen / Sydney Morning Herald:
Mental illness rise linked to climate  —  RATES of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says.  —  The paper, prepared for the Climate Institute, says loss of social cohesion in the wake …
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.
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Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Deval Patrick laments ‘tragedy,’ fails to take action  —  My guess is that Hurricane Irene is going to kill a lot fewer Americans in Massachusetts this year than illegal aliens are.  But don't tell that to Gov. Deval Patrick — he doesn't want to talk about dead Americans and the drunk Ecuadorians who killed them.
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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Lucy Madison / CBS News:   Colin Powell undecided on 2012 choice
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Powell: Cheney taking ‘cheap shots’ in memoir
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
George Will Slams Dick Cheney For Not Apologizing For Iraq  —  Damn it, I hate it when this happens.  I actually agree with George Will.  As I reel from worlds colliding, let's look at the astonishing admission of wrongness on behalf of a Republican to which George Will wants an apology:
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Eric Dash / New York Times:
As Fortunes Dim, Banks Confront a Leaner Future  —  Battered by a weak economy, the nation's biggest banks are cutting jobs, consolidating businesses and scrambling for new sources of income in anticipation of a fundamentally altered financial landscape requiring leaner operations.
Nic Robertson / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Lockerbie bomber comatose, near death, family says  —  Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi is comatose, near death and likely to take secrets of the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 to his grave.  —  CNN found al-Megrahi under the care of his family …
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Associated Press:   Libya rebels won't deport Abdel-Baset al-Megrahi
Ron Todt / Associated Press:
Va. soldier sought in 4 deaths found dead in Pa.  —  JAMISON, Pa. — An Army officer suspected of killing four people in Pennsylvania and Virginia was found dead in a wooded area Sunday after a manhunt during Tropical Storm Irene's winds and drenching rains paralyzed residents in this Philadelphia suburb.
Vicky Allan / Herald Scotland:
Ground Zero imam gives Scotland his recipe for successful multiculturalism  —  AMERICA'S most controversial imam - the man at the centre of the storm over plans for the “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York last year - flew into Edinburgh yesterday to tell the Festival of Spirituality and Peace …
New York Times:
Down Atlantic, a Refrain: It Could Have Been Worse  —  SEALEVEL, N.C. — As Tropical Storm Irene drenched New York and New England on Sunday, the states where the hurricane first made landfall faced a sun-drenched — yet often powerless — day to assess loss of life, property damage …
 
 
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Daily Mail:
Horror of 150 bodies found on a farm after being massacred by pro-Gaddafi forces
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Fall This Summer  —  DID insects hire a new publicist for the summer of 2011?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Thomas Lifson / americanthinker.com:
The Soros-supported Center for American Progress blames rich Jews for stoking Islamophobia
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weasel Zippers
Jerusalem Post:
Do you support two states for two peoples?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Dissecting the Mind of the Fed
Discussion: Balloon Juice and ThinkProgress
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Peggy Fikac / Houston Chronicle:
Perry calls Social Security ‘monstrous lie’
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Did We Drop the Ball on Unemployment?
Ynetnews:
Islamists hold anti-Israel march in Berlin
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch