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7:10 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.
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
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
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 …
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: and Theo Spark
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.
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 …
Irene Coverage / Yahoo! News:
Israel says Gaza gets anti-plane arms from Libya  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinians in Gaza have acquired anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets from Libya during its six-month civil war, enlarging but not significantly improving their arsenal, Israeli officials said on Monday.
Discussion: Biased BBC and Atlas Shrugs
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 …
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 …
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: Mother Jones and ThinkProgress
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
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.
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 …
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.
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: National Review and ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Storm's Push North Leaves Punishing Inland Floods  —  CHESTER, Vt. — While most eyes warily watched the shoreline during Hurricane Irene's grinding ride up the East Coast, it was inland — sometimes hundreds of miles inland — where the most serious damage actually occurred.
Financial Times:
European officials round on Lagarde  —  European officials rounded on Christine Lagarde on Sunday, accusing the managing director of the International Monetary Fund of making a “confused” and “misguided” attack on the health of Europe's banks.  —  Ms Lagarde, the former French finance minister …
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.
Polygamist Leader Jeffs in Coma, Source Says  —  Warren Jeffs, the polygamous sect leader and convicted child rapist, is in a coma and may not survive, a source close to Jeffs tells ABC News.  —  Jeffs, 55, had been fasting for the past three days and became so weak that doctors at the Texas prison …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Gawker
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Christopher Shays / Washington Post:
Reducing waste in wartime contracts
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Medication Levitra  —  Markets have been crazy this month …
Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Perry, Like Bush In 2000, Promises No ‘Military Adventurism’
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Bachmann memoir coming in November
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Huntsman Corporation insider launches PAC
Discussion: GOP 12 and 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
Associated Press:
AP EXCLUSIVE: Afghans scuttle US-Taliban talks
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum: Gay community on ‘jihad’ against me for stance on marriage
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Cantor: No Disaster Relief Funding For Hurricane Irene Without Budget Cuts