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3:00 PM ET, August 30, 2011

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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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
If only pollution could create jobs
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.
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  —  On Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a group of voters that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” and a “monstrous lie” to younger Americans.  It's not the first time the GOP presidential candidate has made such claims.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The scourge of ‘career politicians’  —  Mitt Romney, the apparent frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination as recently as a month ago, has a bit of a problem.  Just over the last week, three national polls show him trailing Rick Perry by double digits.
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John Ellis / Politics:
Rick Perry Is A Lot Closer To The 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination Than You Think
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney, in Perry Territory, Faults ‘Career Politicians’
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS, Ben Smith's Blog and Daily Kos
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
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.
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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.
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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 …
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Jamie Stengle / Associated Press:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at SMU
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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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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
The Mystery of Steve Jobs's Public Giving  —  Steve Jobs is a genius.  He is an innovator.  A visionary.  He is perhaps the most beloved billionaire in the world.  —  Surprisingly, there is one thing that Mr. Jobs is not, at least not yet: a prominent philanthropist.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay money lines up for Cuomo  —  With same-sex marriage legal in the state in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reaping the political rewards: A source emails over an invitation to a $12,500 per person “intimate evening” fundraiser on Sept. 21 with Cuomo.  —  It will be hosted …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Perry at the VFW  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry had not planned on going to the Texas meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Then on Aug. 22 a press release appeared on the group's Web site, criticizing the president for not attending.  It also included this blast at Perry:
 
 
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Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Help Libya? Americans say no thanks
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Ellison, Carson ask Hamas leader for Shalit release
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Business Wire:
Rosneft and ExxonMobil to Join Forces for Development of Arctic and Black Sea Resources …
New York Times:
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Edward Glaeser / Bloomberg:
About Edward Glaeser  —  Refinancing Mortgages Won't Fix Housing Market: Edward Glaeser
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Modeled Behavior
Walter Olson / New York Post:
Devil's bargain: Wall St. & the Martin act
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 Earlier Items: 
Guardian:
Shocking new details of US STD experiments in Guatemala
Discussion: Reuters, Colorlines and Wonkette
Washington Times:
Buyers' remorse: Youth ditch Obama
Adam Beam / MiamiHerald.com:
S.C. Sen. DeMint says he won't run in 2016
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%