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4:10 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.
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's ‘Career Politician’ Jab At Rick Perry Is First Sign Of ‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’ Strategy … WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's campaign says they're in no rush to knock Rick Perry down a few notches, but Romney himself on Tuesday began the war to define his top rival …
Discussion: GOP 12, Campaign 2012 and Blogcritics
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry up big in South Carolina
Discussion: Hot Air and GOP 12
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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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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Former FEMA head Brown says aid should be offset
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Town Hall Constituents Tell Sen. Grassley To Raise The Payroll Tax Cap: ‘We Want To Have Social Security!’
Discussion: Raw Replay
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.
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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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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Jason Noble / Iowa Caucuses:
Breaking: O'Donnell will NOT appear at Saturday tea party event
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
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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Michelle Malkin:
Another deportation fugitive in the Obama family
Discussion: Daily Pundit and The Natural Truth
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Developments in Financial Markets and the Federal Reserve's Balance Sheet  —  The Manager of the System Open Market Account (SOMA) reported on developments in domestic and foreign financial markets during the period since the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met on June 21-22, 2011.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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.
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.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama tells young reporters: Climate change a top challenge for young people  —  Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing young people, President Obama said in a recent interview with young reporters from Scholastic News.  —  “Another big challenge that your generation …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Modeled Behavior
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
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Susan Hockfield / New York Times:
Manufacturing a Recovery  —  THE United States became …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Mark Prater To Serve As Supercommittee Staff Director
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Devil's bargain: Wall St. & the Martin act
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
The Mystery of Steve Jobs's Public Giving
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Buyers' remorse: Youth ditch Obama
Michael Lind / Salon:
Why libertarians apologize for autocracy
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Mahablog
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Weekly Average Approval Holds at Term-Low 40%
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Perry at the VFW  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry had not planned …