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9:45 AM ET, August 29, 2011


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republicans Against Science  —  Jon Huntsman Jr., a former Utah governor and ambassador to China, isn't a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination.  And that's too bad, because Mr. Hunstman has been willing to say the unsayable about the G.O.P. — namely, that it is becoming the “anti-science party.”
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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
South Carolina's attorney general to endorse Huntsman
Discussion: GOP 12
David Wessel / Wall Street Journal:
Labor Economist to Fill Key Post  —  President Barack Obama on Monday plans to nominate Princeton University's Alan Krueger to be chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, a White House official said.  —  If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Krueger, a labor economist …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The New Republic
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
For President Obama, more storms await on the horizon  —  President Obama arrived back in Washington after his August vacation to deal with a hurricane, but Irene was only the first of many tests awaiting the embattled commander-in-chief.  —  With his approval ratings at the lowest point in his presidency …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Michelle Malkin:
Paparazzi President at work
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
Is Rick Perry dumb?  —  Another Texas governor who drops his “g's” and scorns elites is running for president and the whispers are the same: Lightweight, incurious, instinctual.  —  Strip away the euphemisms, and Rick Perry is confronting an unavoidable question: is he dumb - or just misunderestimated?
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:   GOP Leaders Bring Some Bad Blood to Race
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Michele Bachmann rally draws over 1,000 in Sarasota, but some prefer Rick Perry  —  SARASOTA — Hurricane Irene bypassed the state and spared Michele Bachmann's first campaign foray in Florida this weekend, but now she has to contend with Hurricane Perry.  —  Even as the Minnesota congresswoman …
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and Political Insider
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Bachmann sees Irene as divine message on spending  —  Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann campaigned in Florida yesterday, attending services at a Baptist megachurch near Tampa.  Afterwards, the right-wing lawmaker offered a rather unique perspective on the weekend's weather developments.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Daniel S. Hamermesh / New York Times:
Ugly?  You May Have a Case  —  Daniel S. Hamermesh, a professor of economics at the University of Texas, Austin, is the author of “Beauty Pays,” published this month.  —  BEING good-looking is useful in so many ways.  —  In addition to whatever personal pleasure it gives you …
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:
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Postal Service paying fewer workers to do nothing  —  The U.S. Postal Service, expecting $7 billion in losses this year amid slumping mail volume, is still paying thousands of its workers millions of dollars each year to do nothing.  —  But it's paying tens of millions of dollars less for …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Abbas: We won't recognize Israel as Jewish state  —  Palestinian leader defiant ahead of UN statehood bid, urges international community to back off; 'Don't order us to recognize Jewish state,' he says.  Foreign Minister says world must tell Abbas state cannot come at Israel's expense  —  Elior Levy
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Irene leaves damaging floods, widespread destruction  —  Brattleboro, Vermont (CNN) — The torment from Irene isn't over as parts of the Northeast grapple with dangerous floodwaters, widespread power outages and stranded residents.  —  At least 21 deaths across eight states were blamed on Irene …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Down Atlantic, a Refrain: It Could Have Been Worse
Discussion: CNN
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.
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Obama's illegal uncle arrested; ‘Uncle Omar’ hits cop car, tries to call White House
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
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