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11:40 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 …
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Again Calls Social Security a Ponzi Scheme
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Perry defends book, slams Social Security
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Leaders Bring Some Bad Blood to Race
Discussion: The Note
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 …
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
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:   Bachmann Campaign: Bachmann Spoke ‘In Jest’ When She Said God Was Communicating Via Earthquakes And Hurricanes
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann: Natural disasters a warning to D.C.
Discussion: Mediaite and Harry's Place
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 …
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:   Obama To Pick Krueger For Economic Council
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
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, Obama returns to face a restless Congress …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Michelle Malkin:
Paparazzi President at work
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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:
Matt Misterek / FOB Tacoma:
Ranger's widow ejected from Rumsfeld book signing
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
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 …
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:
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.
New York Times:
As a States' Rights Stalwart, Perry Draws Doubts  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — As Gov. Rick Perry of Texas begins his presidential campaign, he is working hard to position himself as the leading Republican champion of states' rights, using his high-profile battles with Washington and his book on the dangers …
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Mayor Making It No Secret: He'll Endorse Quinn in 2013
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Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Liberals cry, 'you're a racist if you're not us'
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
FEMA, to pay for Irene damage, delays funds for rebuilding in tornado-ravaged areas
The Independent:
Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl
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Discussion: The Agonist
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Tim Pawlenty Left GOP Primary With Campaign In Debt
Discussion: GOP 12
The Daily Beast:
We're All Cheneyites Now  —  The dark lord of American politics …
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Freidman Spews Nonsense with Hurricane Force
Discussion: New York Times, Hullabaloo and Eschaton
Washington Examiner:
Obama's regulatory flood is drowning economic growth
Irene leaves damaging floods, widespread destruction
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
South Carolina's attorney general to endorse Huntsman
Discussion: GOP 12
Eric Dash / New York Times:
As Fortunes Dim, Banks Confront a Leaner Future
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ron Todt / Associated Press:
Va. soldier sought in 4 deaths found dead in Pa.

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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
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Josh Kosman / New York Post:
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