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2:40 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 …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: Hurricane Was A Message From God To Washington About Spending (Updated)
Discussion: Shakesville, 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
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 …
New CNN Poll: Perry sits atop GOP field
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hotline On Call
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama arrived back in Washington after his August vacation …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Alan Krueger's Key Insight
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.”
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Leaders Bring Some Bad Blood to Race
Discussion: The Note and Political Insider
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.
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 …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House GOP announces jobs plan focused on cutting regs, taxes
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Patricia A. Turner / New York Times:
Dangerous White Stereotypes  —  ONE of the most noteworthy movies of the summer is “The Help.”  Set in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, it focuses on the relationships between white upper-middle-class women and the black domestics who took care of them and their children.
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’
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 …
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
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — August 2011  —  The August tracking poll examines the views of Americans without health insurance, with a particular focus on how they think the health reform law will affect them.  Findings from the poll include:  — Although estimates are that 32 million …
Discussion: Healthwatch and The Politico
Vanity Fair:
The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll  —  What a terrible name for a baby, Americans agree.  But we're baffled by Pakistan (and suspect the Pakistanis are, too).  —  Well, what do you know!  Americans appear to be grappling with the idea of knowledge this month.  Or the lack thereof.
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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The Note:
Rick Perry Wades Into Foreign Policy with Speech to Veterans
Discussion: National Review
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Qadhafi family surfaces in Algeria
Associated Press:
Lockerbie Case: Libyans Won't Deport Bomber
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Masked Protesters Aid Time Warner's Bottom Line
Courtenay Edelhart / Bakersfield Californian:
McCarthy chides Obama, Republican front-runners
Discussion: Ballot Box, ThinkProgress and GOP 12
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
Battlegrounds of Resentment  —  STAUNTON, Va. - Whether …
However, if Obama really wished to create jobs, he must: 1. …
Hector Mata / The Daily Beast:
The Great Political Migration
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The Independent:
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Discussion: The Agonist
The Daily Beast:
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Joseph / Coffee Strong:
Veteran and Military Spouse Dragged from Rumsfeld Book Signing