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1:45 PM ET, August 29, 2011


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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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Bachmann Campaign: Bachmann Spoke ‘In Jest’ When She Said God Was Communicating Via Earthquakes And Hurricanes  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) presidential campaign says critics are making much ado about nothing when it comes to her viral quote stating last week's East Coast earthquake …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann: Natural disasters a warning to D.C.  —  Speaking in Florida, Michele Bachmann ventures into the risky territory of attributing political motive to natural disasters, calling the events of the last week a wake-up call from above: … Bachmann's not the first public figure …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Bachmann sees Irene as divine message on spending
Discussion: Reuters, Booman Tribune and Smartypants
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: Hurricane Was A Message From God To Washington About Spending (Updated)
Discussion: CNN and New York Magazine
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?
Jack Cashill / American Thinker:
Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write  —  On November 16, 1990, Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, published a letter in the Harvard Law Record, an independent Harvard Law School newspaper, championing affirmative action.  —  Although a paragraph from this letter …
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Leaders Bring Some Bad Blood to Race
Discussion: The Note and Political Insider
Brian Patrick / Eric Cantor:
Memo On Upcoming Jobs Agenda  —  MEMORANDUM  —  As you know, we released The House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators earlier this year.  While the debt crisis has demanded much of our attention, our new majority has passed over a dozen pro-growth measures to address …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Cantor: No Disaster Relief Funding For Hurricane Irene Without Budget Cuts  —  Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House GOP announces jobs plan focused on cutting regs, taxes
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Obama's Choice for Economic Adviser Is Known as Labor Expert
Helene C. Cooper / The Caucus:
Alan Krueger Chosen as Obama's Top Economic Adviser
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: Weasel Zippers and TigerHawk
Tim Mak / The Politico:   Audit: USPS spent $4M on ‘nothing’
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
American Theocracy Revisited  —  During George W. Bush's presidency, many liberal and secular Americans came to regard religious conservatives not merely as their political opponents, but as a kind of existential threat.  The religious right, they decided, wasn't a normal political movement.
Joseph / Coffee Strong:
Veteran and Military Spouse Dragged from Rumsfeld Book Signing  —  Yesterday Coffee Strong published a summary of the events that took place at the Donald Rumsfeld book signing on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Below is the text from our official press release, sent to our media contacts this morning:
Discussion: Raw Replay
Matt Misterek / FOB Tacoma:
Ranger's widow ejected from Rumsfeld book signing
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Mayor Making It No Secret: He'll Endorse Quinn in 2013  —  It is the worst-kept secret in City Hall.  Michael R. Bloomberg has told almost everyone who asks — but only privately, so far — that he hopes the City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, will succeed him as mayor in 2013.
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 …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Rate Computer Industry Best, Federal Gov't Worst  —  Image of federal government is at an all-time low  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans view the computer industry the most positively and the federal government the least positively when asked to rate 25 business and industry sectors.
Michael Winerip / New York Times:
Teachers Get Little Say in a Book About Them  —  Can an education reform movement that demeans and trivializes teachers succeed?  It's hard to imagine, but that is what is going on in parts of America today.  —  In Steven Brill's new book celebrating the movement, “Class Warfare …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Great Debate
Barack Obama's uncle has been arrested and held as illegal immigrant  —  President Barack Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, at a closed immigration hearing last year.  Onyango, half-sister of Obama's late father, moved to the United States in 2000 and she was ordered deported in 2004.  Source: AP
The Daily Beast:
The City: Beijing  —  Ai Weiwei finds China's capital is a prison where people go mad.  —  Beijing is two cities.  One is of power and of money.  People don't care who their neighbors are; they don't trust you.  The other city is one of desperation.  I see people on public buses, and I see their eyes, and I see they hold no hope.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
New Blue Nightmare: Clarence Thomas and the Amendment of Doom  —  Lord of the Rings aficionados know that the evil lord Sauron paid little attention to the danger posed by two hobbits slowly struggling across the mountains and deserts of Mordor until he suddenly realized that the ring …
Discussion: National Review
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
Battlegrounds of Resentment  —  STAUNTON, Va. - Whether it is called General Lee Highway, as in Virginia, or Molly Pitcher Highway, as in Pennsylvania, the lives and economic strain along U.S. Route 11 tell of a country's disappointment with Washington - specifically, with President Obama.
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
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Vanity Fair:
The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll
Discussion: Wonkette and Taegan Goddard's …
Courtenay Edelhart / Bakersfield Californian:
McCarthy chides Obama, Republican front-runners
Discussion: ThinkProgress and GOP 12
Patricia A. Turner / New York Times:
Dangerous White Stereotypes
However, if Obama really wished to create jobs, he must: 1. …
Hector Mata / The Daily Beast:
The Great Political Migration
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Discussion: The Agonist
The Daily Beast:
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama arrived back in Washington after his August vacation …