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5:50 PM ET, August 30, 2011

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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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Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's ‘Career Politician’ Jab At Rick Perry Is First Sign Of ‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’ Strategy
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry up big in South Carolina
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.
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Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Former Powell Chief of Staff: Cheney “Fears Being Tried as a War Criminal”  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney's memoir, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” is out Tuesday, and it's full of criticism and attacks on his Bush administration colleagues — from describing Condoleezza Rice as …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
The Atlantic Online:
Obama's New Jobs Man Alan Krueger Was a Terrorism Truth-Teller  —  In 2004, the Bush State Department had to wipe egg off its face after he made it correct a report that wrongly said terrorism was going down  —  Yesterday, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Alan B. Krueger …
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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NBC Washington:
Daryl Hannah Arrested at White House
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WH guidelines on 9/11 anniversary emphasize not “just about us”
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Pundit
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 …
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Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
A Venn Diagram for Rick Perry: Social Security Is Not a Ponzi Scheme
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Maddow Blog
Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
It's not a Ponzi Scheme if you can't exit!
Discussion: National Review and RedState
Fox News:
Sources: ATF Director to Be Reassigned Amid Fast and Furious Uproar  —  The acting director of the Justice Department division caught up in a firearms trafficking scandal is being removed from his post, sources told Fox News on Tuesday.  —  Kenneth Melson, who heads the Bureau of Alcohol …
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Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Gunwalker scandal: ATF director out of top job  —  ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson is being moved out of the top job at the Bureau, ATF Special Agents in Charge announced during a conference call with reporters today.  He will transfer to the Justice Department and assume the position of senior advisor, Office of Legal Programs.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House takes shot at Rep. Cantor over hurricane disaster aid  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday took a shot House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor for insisting disaster aid for Hurricane Irene should be offset with other spending cuts.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Former FEMA head Brown says aid should be offset
Discussion: Mediaite
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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John Cook / Gawker:
How Bill O'Reilly Tried to Get His Wife's Boyfriend Investigated By the Cops  —  Last summer, Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly came to believe that his wife was romantically involved with another man.  Not just any man, but a police detective in the Long Island community they call home.
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 …
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Christine O'Donnell Won't Appear After All at Tea Party Rally  —  UPDATE: Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell will not speak at a tea party event featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Indianola, Iowa, this weekend, an organizer told Washington Wire.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Seduced by the cult of experts  —  It isn't surprising that Obama and his economic advisors' predictions have been so wrong.  —  When asked what posed the greatest challenge to statesmen, Harold Macmillan, the former British prime minister, responded, “Events, my dear boy, events.”
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Justice Ginsburg: If I Were Nominated Today, My Women's Rights Work For The ACLU Would Probably Disqualify Me  —  Justice Ginsburg During Her Time As Director of the ACLU Women's Rights Project  —  In a speech yesterday at Southern Methodist University law school, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg offered …
US News:
Never-Wrong Pundit Picks Obama to Win in 2012  —  Allan Lichtman, the American University professor whose election formula has correctly called every president since Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election, has a belated birthday present for Barack Obama: Rest easy, your re-election is in the bag.
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Edward Glaeser / Bloomberg:
About Edward Glaeser  —  Refinancing Mortgages Won't Fix Housing Market: Edward Glaeser  —  The New York Times reported last week that the Obama administration was considering a proposal to “allow millions of homeowners with government-backed mortgages to refinance them at today's lower interest rates, about 4 percent.”
The Daily Caller:
Rick Perry's camp defends 1993 HillaryCare praise  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry has been among the most vocal critics of President Obama's health care reform initiative, and of Mitt Romney's preceding health care program in Massachusetts.  But in 1993, while serving as Texas Agriculture Commissioner …
cbpp.org:
New CBO Report Finds Up to 2.9 Million People Owe Their Jobs to the Recovery Act  —  A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report estimates that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) increased the number of people employed by between 1.0 million and 2.9 million jobs as of June.  [1]
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Beshear up big, could have down ballot implications
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate Magazine:
Rick Perry's God
Discussion: Pharyngula
Rasmussen Reports:
43% Now View ‘Tea Party’ Label As A Negative
Hans-Olaf Henkel / Financial Times:
A sceptic's solution - a breakaway currency
Discussion: Via Meadia and ThinkProgress
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Panhandler on Fifth Avenue Wins Respite From Arrests
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Susan Hockfield / New York Times:
Manufacturing a Recovery  —  THE United States became …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay money lines up for Cuomo
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Walter Olson / New York Post:
Devil's bargain: Wall St. & the Martin act
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
The Mystery of Steve Jobs's Public Giving
Michael Lind / Salon:
Why libertarians apologize for autocracy
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Mahablog
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Perry at the VFW  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry had not planned …
Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
Health care fraud prosecutions on pace to rise 85%