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7:40 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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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 …
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's ‘Career Politician’ Jab At Rick Perry Is First Sign Of ‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’ Strategy
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry up big in South Carolina
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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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.
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.
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.
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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Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
It's not a Ponzi Scheme if you can't exit!
Discussion: RedState and National Review
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
A Venn Diagram for Rick Perry: Social Security Is Not a Ponzi Scheme
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Maddow Blog
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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 …
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WH guidelines on 9/11 anniversary emphasize not “just about us”
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Pundit
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism  —  Mainstream and Moderate Attitudes  —  OVERVIEW  —  As the 1oth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, a comprehensive public opinion survey finds no indication of increased alienation or anger among Muslim Americans …
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Candace Smith / ABCNEWS:
9/11 Coloring Book Draws Criticism for Portrayal of Muslims
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Stars & Stripes
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Al Gore On Climate Change Deniers: It's Crucial To ‘Win The Conversation’ … In the video below from Mediaite, former Vice President Al Gore suggests that people today need to “win the conversation” against skeptics of climate change in the same way people stood up to racist comments during the civil rights movement.
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama tells young reporters: Climate change a top challenge for young people
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ThinkProgress
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
The Atlantic Online:
Obama's New Jobs Man Alan Krueger Was a Terrorism Truth-Teller  —  In 2004, the Bush State Department had to wipe egg off its face after he made it correct a report that wrongly said terrorism was going down  —  Yesterday, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Alan B. Krueger …
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]
 
 
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ACLU battles schools over gay websites
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CNN:
GOP ‘super committee’ members meet
Discussion: The Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Beshear up big, could have down ballot implications
Discussion: WFPL News
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Panhandler on Fifth Avenue Wins Respite From Arrests
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Perry at the VFW  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry had not planned …
Telegraph:
Parts of Britain suffer coldest summer for nearly two decades