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10:40 AM ET, August 30, 2011


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Washington Post:
Princeton economist tapped to head Council of Economic Advisers  —  The White House scrambled Monday to finalize a new jobs initiative as President Obama nominated the last member of the economic team that will be charged with carrying it out.  —  In tapping Alan Krueger …
Fox News:
VFW Accuses White House of Snubbing Annual Convention  —  The Veterans of Foreign Wars convention this week will not feature a top-tier official from the Obama administration, a breach in tradition that the group's commander described as an “insult of the highest magnitude.”
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:   W.H. sets rules for observing 9/11
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.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Romney's plan to beat Perry  —  DOVER, N.H.  —  Rick Perry may have jumped to the front of the GOP pack in national polls, but here in first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Mitt Romney still holds an 18-point lead.  When I asked Romney about Perry during a recent campaign swing through the Granite State …
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney-Perry feud dates back to 2002 Olympic Games
Joseph W. McQuaid /
Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notes
Republicans to Unveil Bill to Force Major Changes at the UN  —  House Republicans are planning to introduce today legislation that seeks to force major changes at the United Nations, using as leverage the U.S.'s 22 percent contribution to the world body's operating budget.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘Big Government finally got one right’  —  Hurricane Irene is gone, but its affects are still being felt.  As of this morning, the death toll had climbed to 40.  —  And while relief efforts continue, there are already some preliminary evaluations on how officials prepared and responded to the storm.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Politico
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hurricane Irene and the benefits of Big Government
Discussion: and Daily Kos
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.
Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Obama's uncle held by immigration authorities  —  FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama's uncle was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving in Massachusetts, told police he planned to arrange bail through the White House and is being held without bail by federal immigration officials, authorities said Monday.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Gibson Guitar Saga Gets Steadily Curiouser  —  These days, you can't keep up with all the news.  There is just too much going on.  So inevitably, there are interesting stories that you have to catch up with when you can, like a moving train.  The Justice Department's raid on four Gibson guitar factories is in that category.
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.
Discussion: Don Surber and
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
No, Bachmann did not ask a crowd, ‘Who likes white people?’  —  An edited video that makes it appear as if Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann asked an Iowa crowd, “Who likes white people?” is quickly spreading around the Web.  However, if you watch the full …
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 …
The Politico:
Black leaders turn up heat on Obama  —  If there's anything close to a political certainty in 2012, it's that Barack Obama will get more than 90 percent of the African-American vote.  —  But that doesn't mean every black Obama supporter will vote for him happily - nor does it guarantee …
Dave Reaboi / Big Journalism:
Jerusalem Post Writer Fired for Justifying Palestinian Terror  —  Good for the Jerusalem Post.  —  Today the Post's in-house radical leftist opinion writer, Larry Derfner, was fired today for actually justifying Palestinian terrorism against innocent Israeli citizens as a means of “resistance.”
Discussion: and Theo Spark
Tim Mak / The Politico:
U.S. ambassador to Syria attacked  —  The U.S. Ambassador to Syria - who has repeatedly demonstrated his support for anti-government protestors - was attacked in Damascus last week by a supporter of President Bashal al-Assad, a new video shows.  —  A video broadcast by Syrian television …
Joanna Molloy / NY Daily News:
Molloy: Bachmann's hair getting NYC attention  —  Michele Bachmann's kooky comments have a lot of people wondering what's going on inside her head.  —  On a recent swing through Florida, she said, “I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians.”  “We've had an earthquake.
Discussion: Althouse and New York Magazine
Ben Geman / The Hill:
House GOP leaders outline sweeping attack on EPA rules  —  House GOP leadership on Monday outlined plans to delay or kill a suite of environmental rules in coming months, signaling an expansion of legislative and political attacks against regulations that business groups call burdensome.
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Christine O'Donnell will speak before Sarah Palin at Iowa tea party rally Saturday  —  Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell waves before giving her concession speech in the U.S. Senate race in this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo from Dover, Del. (AP photo)  —  Tea party-backed activist Christine O'Donnell …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Perry vows no stimulus spending if elected  —  Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that if elected he would not rely on new stimulus programs to boost the economy reports the Associated Press.  —  “You won't have stimulus programs under a Perry presidency.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
A closer look at Alan Krueger's academic work  —  (ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG) Now that Alan Krueger has been tapped to be the next chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, it's a great time to take a peek at his academic work.  Krueger is known for his empirical research …
Rose Garden / The White House:
Remarks by the President in Announcing His Nomination of Alan Krueger for Chair of CEA
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Healthwatch
Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
Health care fraud prosecutions on pace to rise 85%
Andrew Stern / Reuters:
Most American Muslims are satisfied Obama backers
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Felix Salmon:
Lagarde leads from the front on Europe
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Science and the Left  —  In an effort to scratch up Rick Perry's …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Booman Tribune
Financial Times:
Chinese tycoon seeks to buy tract of Iceland
Discussion: Boing Boing
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Administrators Ate My Tuition
Discussion: Mother Jones and ThinkProgress