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11:45 AM ET, August 30, 2011

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New York Times:
White House Issues Guides on Sept. 11 Observances  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has issued detailed guidelines to government officials on how to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, with instructions to honor the memory of those who died on American soil but also to recall …
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Washington Post:
Princeton economist tapped to head Council of Economic Advisers  —  The White House scrambled Monday to finalize a new jobs initiative as President Obama nominated the last member of the economic team that will be charged with carrying it out.  —  In tapping Alan Krueger …
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:   W.H. sets rules for observing 9/11
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
‘Jewish’ Bachmann is costing Romney  —  Funny, she doesn't look Jewish.  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is facing a new challenge: He's having trouble raising money from some Jewish donors who mistakenly believe one of his opponents, Michele Bachmann, is Jewish.
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Joanna Molloy / NY Daily News:
Molloy: Bachmann's hair getting NYC attention  —  Michele Bachmann's kooky comments have a lot of people wondering what's going on inside her head.  —  On a recent swing through Florida, she said, “I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians.”  “We've had an earthquake.
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney-Perry feud dates back to 2002 Olympic Games
Bloomberg:
Republicans to Unveil Bill to Force Major Changes at the UN  —  House Republicans are planning to introduce today legislation that seeks to force major changes at the United Nations, using as leverage the U.S.'s 22 percent contribution to the world body's operating budget.
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Boston Herald:
President Obama's uncle had Social Security ID  —  President Obama's accused drunken-driving uncle — who was busted after a near collision with a Framingham cop — has had a valid Social Security number for at least 19 years, despite being an illegal immigrant ordered to be deported back to Kenya, the Herald has learned.
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Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Obama's uncle held by immigration authorities  —  FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama's uncle was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving in Massachusetts, told police he planned to arrange bail through the White House and is being held without bail by federal immigration officials, authorities said Monday.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘Big Government finally got one right’  —  Hurricane Irene is gone, but its affects are still being felt.  As of this morning, the death toll had climbed to 40.  —  And while relief efforts continue, there are already some preliminary evaluations on how officials prepared and responded to the storm.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Politico
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hurricane Irene and the benefits of Big Government
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Gibson Guitar Saga Gets Steadily Curiouser  —  These days, you can't keep up with all the news.  There is just too much going on.  So inevitably, there are interesting stories that you have to catch up with when you can, like a moving train.  The Justice Department's raid on four Gibson guitar factories is in that category.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Perry at the VFW  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry had not planned on going to the Texas meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Then on Aug. 22 a press release appeared on the group's Web site, criticizing the president for not attending.  It also included this blast at Perry:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Telegraph:
Parts of Britain suffer coldest summer for nearly two decades  —  Much of Britain suffered the coldest summer for almost two decades, Met Office statistics show.  —  As Britons return to work today after a soggy Bank Holiday weekend, official weather data reveals that average temperatures were significantly down on recent years.
Discussion: Don Surber and PoliPundit.com
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Dick Cheney Left Office Unpopular and Reviled  —  As the former vice president releases his memoir, it's useful to recall the many reasons why the vast majority of Americans disapproved of his tenure  —  When Vice President Dick Cheney left office, his approval rating stood at a staggeringly low 13 percent.
Discussion: Attackerman
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Barton Gellman / Swampland:
In New Memoir, Dick Cheney Tries to Rewrite History
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
The Case Against a Payroll Tax Cut  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  —  It's rare for Republicans to find a tax cut they don't support, but last week …
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
No, Bachmann did not ask a crowd, ‘Who likes white people?’  —  An edited video that makes it appear as if Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann asked an Iowa crowd, “Who likes white people?” is quickly spreading around the Web.  However, if you watch the full …
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The Politico:
Black leaders turn up heat on Obama  —  If there's anything close to a political certainty in 2012, it's that Barack Obama will get more than 90 percent of the African-American vote.  —  But that doesn't mean every black Obama supporter will vote for him happily - nor does it guarantee …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Weekly Average Approval Holds at Term-Low 40%  —  Blacks, Democrats, and liberals are only groups showing majority approval  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's job approval rating averaged 40% last week, tying his record-low 40% ratings for the two prior weeks that started on Aug. 8.
Alex Guillen / The Politico:
What Reid, Chu will say at the Clean Energy Summit - Cheney isn't backing down on energy - Inhofe backs Perry, citing energy issues - Republicans hit new W.H. economic adviser  —  With help from Robin Bravender and Bob King  —  TODAY'S MAIN EVENT: The big happening in energy this week …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Perry vows no stimulus spending if elected  —  Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that if elected he would not rely on new stimulus programs to boost the economy reports the Associated Press.  —  “You won't have stimulus programs under a Perry presidency.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Fischer: Make Homosexuality “A Criminal Offense”  —  On his radio show Focal Point yesterday, American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer called on all fifty states to criminalize homosexuality.  In 2003, the Supreme Court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas overturned anti-sodomy laws …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Dave Reaboi / Big Journalism:
Jerusalem Post Writer Fired for Justifying Palestinian Terror  —  Good for the Jerusalem Post.  —  Today the Post's in-house radical leftist opinion writer, Larry Derfner, was fired today for actually justifying Palestinian terrorism against innocent Israeli citizens as a means of “resistance.”
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and Theo Spark
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Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
Health care fraud prosecutions on pace to rise 85%  —  WASHINGTON - New government statistics show federal health care fraud prosecutions in the first eight months of 2011 are on pace to rise 85% over last year due in large part to ramped-up enforcement efforts under the Obama administration.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
U.S. ambassador to Syria attacked  —  The U.S. Ambassador to Syria - who has repeatedly demonstrated his support for anti-government protestors - was attacked in Damascus last week by a supporter of President Bashal al-Assad, a new video shows.  —  A video broadcast by Syrian television …
 
 
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House GOP leaders outline sweeping attack on EPA rules
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