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1:15 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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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.
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
A Venn Diagram for Rick Perry: Social Security Is Not a Ponzi Scheme  —  On Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a group of voters that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” and a “monstrous lie” to younger Americans.  It's not the first time the GOP presidential candidate has made such claims.
John Ellis / Politics:
Rick Perry Is A Lot Closer To The 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination Than You Think
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney's Texas speech contains subtle shot at rival GOP contender Gov. Perry
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Romney's plan to beat Perry
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Perry vows no stimulus spending if elected
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney-Perry feud dates back to 2002 Olympic Games
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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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
If only pollution could create jobs
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:   W.H. sets rules for observing 9/11
Bloomberg:
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.
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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.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Romney to make first appearance at a major tea party rally
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Christine O'Donnell will speak before Sarah Palin at Iowa tea party rally Saturday
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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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Town Hall Constituents Tell Sen. Grassley To Raise The Payroll Tax Cap: ‘We Want To Have Social Security!’
Discussion: Raw Replay
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.
Discussion: Attackerman and Newshoggers.com
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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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Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Obama's uncle held by immigration authorities
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.
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 …
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
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hurricane Irene and the benefits of Big Government
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.
Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
Health care fraud prosecutions on pace to rise 85%  —  WASHINGTON - New government statistics show federal health care fraud prosecutions in the first eight months of 2011 are on pace to rise 85% over last year due in large part to ramped-up enforcement efforts under the Obama administration.
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.
Discussion: Don Surber and PoliPundit.com
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Perry at the VFW  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry had not planned on going to the Texas meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Then on Aug. 22 a press release appeared on the group's Web site, criticizing the president for not attending.  It also included this blast at Perry:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Rick Perry has track record of withholding records
Scott Shane / New York Times:
WikiLeaks Leaves Names of Diplomatic Sources in Cables
Discussion: The Politico and Spiegel Online
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Deja Vu All Over Again- One Year Ago Today: Obama Promised A Jobs Plan After His Vacation
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
ABCNEWS:
Irene Flooding: Death Toll Rises to 40
Sam Baker / The Hill:
GAO: New rules leading to lower healthcare premiums, cuts to agents' fees
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hit & Run
Adam Beam / MiamiHerald.com:
S.C. Sen. DeMint says he won't run in 2016
Michael Lind / Salon:
Why libertarians apologize for autocracy
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Mahablog
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Guillen / The Politico:
What Reid, Chu will say at the Clean Energy Summit …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
John Riley / Poliglot:
Choi's Trial Ends Day One, With More to Come Tuesday
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Weekly Average Approval Holds at Term-Low 40%
Tim Mak / The Politico:
U.S. ambassador to Syria attacked
Ben Geman / The Hill:
House GOP leaders outline sweeping attack on EPA rules
Financial Times:
Chinese tycoon seeks to buy tract of Iceland
Discussion: Boing Boing