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11:20 PM ET, August 30, 2011

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The Daily Caller:
Rick Perry's camp defends 1993 HillaryCare praise  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry has been among the most vocal critics of President Obama's health care reform initiative, and of Mitt Romney's preceding health care program in Massachusetts.  But in 1993, while serving as Texas Agriculture Commissioner …
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The Politico:
Rick Perry panic fires up the left  —  In his two weeks as a presidential candidate, Rick Perry has done something that neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney could do: wake up the left.  —  Perry panic has spread from the conference rooms of Washington, D.C., to the coffee shops of Brooklyn …
John Ellis / Politics:
Rick Perry Is A Lot Closer To The 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination Than You Think  —  The Republican “establishment,” such as it is, is quickly coming to the realization that the 2012 GOP presidential nomination is Texas Governor Rick Perry's to lose.  —  He leads in Iowa and he hasn't even really campaigned there yet.
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
‘Jewish’ Bachmann is costing Romney
Jonathan V. Last / Jonathan Last Online:
Romney's “Core Constituency”
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Former Powell Chief of Staff: Cheney “Fears Being Tried as a War Criminal”  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney's memoir, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” is out Tuesday, and it's full of criticism and attacks on his Bush administration colleagues — from describing Condoleezza Rice as …
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US News:
Never-Wrong Pundit Picks Obama to Win in 2012  —  Allan Lichtman, the American University professor whose election formula has correctly called every president since Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election, has a belated birthday present for Barack Obama: Rest easy, your re-election is in the bag.
NBC Washington:
Daryl Hannah Arrested at White House  —  Much-arrested Hollywood actress Daryl Hannah was taken away from the White House in restraints Tuesday afternoon.  —  Hannah was taking part in an ongoing protest against the unbuilt Keystone XL oil pipeline.  —  “Sometimes it's necessary to sacrifice …
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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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Kenneth Melson, acting ATF chief, steps down
Discussion: Gawker and Verum Serum
Neil Bowdler / BBC:
New body ‘liquefaction’ unit unveiled in Florida funeral home  —  Resomation founder Sandy Sullivan explains how the machine works  —  A Glasgow-based company has installed its first commercial “alkaline hydrolysis” unit at a Florida funeral home.  —  The unit by Resomation Ltd is billed …
Discussion: The Daily Pulp
Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
It's not a Ponzi Scheme if you can't exit!  —  Pointing out Social Security's similarities to a Ponzi Scheme irritates Social Security's defenders.  Nick Baumann at the liberal Mother Jones created a cute Venn Diagram implying that the only overlap between a Ponzi Scheme and Social Security …
Discussion: RedState and National Review
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House takes shot at Rep. Cantor over Hurricane Irene disaster aid  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday took a shot at House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor for insisting disaster aid for Hurricane Irene should be offset with other spending cuts.
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Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
How The Economy Quietly Entered A Recession On Friday, And Why The GDP Predicts A Sub-Zero Nonfarm Payroll Number  —  While the key market moving event from last Friday may have been Bernanke's Jackson Hole speech which merely left the door open to future QE episodes, the most important event …
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 …
Candace Smith / ABCNEWS:
9/11 Coloring Book Draws Criticism for Portrayal of Muslims  —  As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, one publisher has memorialized it in a manner that's generating a lot of controversy.  Instead of appealing to kids with doe-eyed puppies and flowers, his new coloring book …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate Magazine:
Rick Perry's God  —  Does the Texas governor believe his idiotic religious rhetoric, or is he just pandering for votes?  —  I happened to spend several weeks in Texas earlier this year, while the Lone Star State lay under the pitiless glare of an unremitting drought.
Discussion: Pharyngula
Zilla / Zilla of the Resistance:
My First Blogiversary!  —  Today is the Zilla Blog's first birthday!  —  It was one year ago today that I opened this blog, which was originally named PolitiZilla but then I discovered that there was already a website with that name so I changed it to Zilla of the Resistance soon after.
Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
Thousands of public employees laid off in 2010  —  (Reuters) - Local and state governments axed more than 200,000 jobs in 2010, according to U.S. Census data released on Tuesday that showed the growing threat of public employee layoffs to the economic recovery.
Rasmussen Reports:
43% Now View ‘Tea Party’ Label As A Negative  —  Looks like it's a little more popular to be a liberal or a progressive these days, although conservative remains the best political label you can put on a candidate for public office.  Being linked to the Tea Party is the biggest negative.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Seduced by the cult of experts  —  It isn't surprising that Obama and his economic advisors' predictions have been so wrong.  —  When asked what posed the greatest challenge to statesmen, Harold Macmillan, the former British prime minister, responded, “Events, my dear boy, events.”
Cheryl Wetzstein / Washington Times:
ACLU battles schools over gay websites  —  Use of filters a rights issue  —  A fierce legal battle on free speech and family values is brewing about Internet filters used by school administrators to block students' access to gay educational and advocacy websites.
Carlos Santoscoy / On Top Magazine Headlines:
North Carolina Rep Paul Stam Likens Gay Marriage To Incest, Polygamy  —  North Carolina House Majority Leader Paul “Skip” Stam on Tuesday likened gay marriage to incest and polygamy.  —  The 61-year-old Stam made his remarks during a noontime press conference on a proposed constitutional amendment …
cbpp.org:
New CBO Report Finds Up to 2.9 Million People Owe Their Jobs to the Recovery Act  —  A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report estimates that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) increased the number of people employed by between 1.0 million and 2.9 million jobs as of June.  [1]
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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 …
Susan Hockfield / New York Times:
Manufacturing a Recovery  —  THE United States became the world's largest economy because we invented products and then made them with new processes.  With design and fabrication side by side, insights from the factory floor flowed back to the drawing board.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Post-9/11 politics of Rudy Giuliani  —  NEW YORK — He was the living symbol of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a hero to a traumatized nation seeking leadership in a time of crisis.  Walking miles through the streets of Manhattan, Mayor Rudy Giuliani urged New York …
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.”
 
 
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Family planning as a pro-life cause
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Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
Yes, my former neighbor really was a racist, terror-supporting Muslim Brotherhood cleric
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CNN:
GOP ‘super committee’ members meet
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The Mystery of Steve Jobs's Public Giving
Washington Times:
Buyers' remorse: Youth ditch Obama
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Christine O'Donnell Won't Appear After All at Tea Party Rally
Boston Herald:
President Obama's uncle had Social Security ID