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3:15 AM ET, August 30, 2011


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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 …
Ken Layne / Wonkette:
VIDEO: Michele Bachmann Asks White People, ‘Who Likes White People?’  —  Who likes white people?  Uhh, everybody except for black people and brown people and yellow people, we guess?  Also, many actual white people don't much like white people, having read a history book or two.
TRENDING: New CNN Poll: Perry sits atop GOP field  —  Washington (CNN) - A new national survey is further proof that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance earlier this month into the race for the White House has dramatically altered the battle for the Republican presidential nomination.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and Daily Kos
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.”
Thomas Lifson /
Doubting Thomas No More  —  The conventional wisdom on Justice Clarence Thomas is that he is an unimaginative intellectual featherweight and a clown.  The way in which his reputation was traduced in his confirmation hearings and his notorious lack of interest in participating in oral arguments are cited as evidence.
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 …
Hayley Peterson / Campaign 2012:
Three minutes, two teleprompters  —  President Obama required two heavy-duty teleprompters on Monday during a three-minute speech in which he nominated Alan Krueger to serve as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers.  —  “I am very pleased to appoint Alan and I look forward to working with him …
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.
Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Obama's uncle arrested in Framingham on drunken driving charge
Discussion: Mediaite and Law Blog
Joseph W. McQuaid /
Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notes  —  The waitresses at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester weren't happy with the Mitt Romney picture they have on their wall of fame.  It's out of focus, they told him the other morning.  —  As he was about to leave, one of them grabbed him by the arm.
Israel Hayom:
Isi Leibler  —  Justifying murder - an abomination  —  Since the Middle Ages, and even before, we have encountered marginal Jews who turned against their own people.  Among apostates to Christianity there were those who wrote inflammatory libels against the Jewish people, paving the way for pogroms …
Dave Reaboi / Big Journalism:
Jerusalem Post Writer Fired for Justifying Palestinian Terror
Discussion: Theo Spark and
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
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.
New York Post:
Warren Buffett, hypocrite  —  This one's truly, uh ... rich: Billionaire Warren Buffett says folks like him should have to pay more taxes — but it turns out his firm, Berkshire Hathaway, hasn't paid what it's already owed for years.  —  That's right: As Americans for Limited Government …
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
One in four Democrats wants to dump Obama  —  A new poll by CNN and ORC International finds that 27 percent of Democrats would like to see their party nominate a candidate other than Barack Obama for president in 2012.  —  In response to the question, “Do you think the Democratic party …
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Bachmann memoir coming in November  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Michele Bachmann has a book deal.  —  Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced Monday that the Republican presidential candidate's memoir will arrive in November and already has been completed.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Bachmann Campaign: Bachmann Spoke ‘In Jest’ When She Said God Was Communicating Via Earthquakes And Hurricanes
Benjamin Ginsberg / Washington Monthly:
Administrators Ate My Tuition  —  Want to get college costs in line?  Start by cutting the overgrown management ranks.  —  No statistic about higher education commands more attention—and anxiety—among members of the public than the rising price of admission.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mother Jones
Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune:
Ranger's widow expelled from Rumsfeld book signing  —  Two people were removed from a Donald Rumsfeld book signing Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, including the Yelm widow of an Army Ranger who blames the military for her husband's suicide.  —  Security officers for the former secretary …
Spiegel Online:
WikiLeaks  —  Related articles, background features and opinions about this topic.  —  Leak at WikiLeaks  —  Accidental Release of US Cables Endangers Sources  —  Supporters of Julian Assange's WikiLeaks organization accidentally released unredacted US diplomatic cables onto the Internet.
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.
Gabriel Perna / International Business Times:
Al Gore Likens Global Warming Doubters to Racists  —  Former vice president Al Gore recently compared climate change doubters to racists.  —  Gore, speaking with former advertising executive and Climate Reality Project collaborator Alex Bogusky on a UStream interview this past week …
Discussion: Israpundit and
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Continuing Adventures Of Ron Paul, Cultural Conservative  —  If you described to me in loose terms a white southern Republican presidential candidate who's a strong social conservative nationalist, I wouldn't be even slightly surprised to learn that he also doesn't believe in evolution.
Ken Williams / San Diego Gay and Lesbian:
BREAKING NEWS: Judge promises swift ruling on whether to unseal Proposition 8 video  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Chief District Judge James Ware said today that he “won't delay very long” before ruling on a motion to unseal the Proposition 8 video recordings.  —  The issue was the topic of a hearing …
Wolfgang Münchau / Financial Times:
Even a joint bond might not save the euro  —  The universal experience of financial crisis management is that the longer one waits to resolve it, the more expensive the ultimate bill will be.  In the eurozone that moment has been reached.  Two months ago, it was said the worst things …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum: Gay community on ‘jihad’ against me for stance on marriage  —  Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the gay community has “gone out on a jihad” against him for his stance against gay marriage.  —  “So the gay community said, 'He's comparing gay sex to incest and polygamy …
City Journal:
Great Courses, Great Profits  —  The canon of great literature, philosophy, and art is thriving—in the marketplace, if not on college campuses.  For the last 20 years, a company called the Great Courses has been selling recorded lectures in the humanities and sciences to an adult audience eager …
Discussion: National Review
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Christopher Shays / Washington Post:
Reducing waste in wartime contracts
Discussion: Daily Kos, Truthdig and The Politico
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Medication Levitra  —  Markets have been crazy this month …
Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Perry, Like Bush In 2000, Promises No ‘Military Adventurism’
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Huntsman Corporation insider launches PAC
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
McCain: I never told Qaddafi I would help him get weapons
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Irene Lived Up to the Hype
Joe Scarborough / The Politico:
When the cost of victory is too high
Discussion: CNN
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Uninsured But Not Yet Informed
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Politico
Polygamist Leader Jeffs in Coma, Source Says
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Gawker
Vanity Fair:
The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll
Discussion: Wonkette
Michael Winerip / New York Times:
Teachers Get Little Say in a Book About Them
Discussion: Hit & Run and Balloon Juice