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6:05 AM ET, August 31, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The scourge of ‘career politicians’
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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Jamie Stengle / Associated Press:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at SMU
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
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
TIR Exclusive: Palin to Fly to New Hampshire Following Iowa Appearance  —  High level Iowa Republicans tell TheIowaRepublican.com that Sarah Palin will fly to New Hampshire following her September 3rd appearance in central Iowa.  —  Speculation has been swirling about whether or not Palin …
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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:   Palin Backers Use Film to Spread Message Ahead of Iowa Speech
John Rondy / Reuters:
Labor leaders must pay for parade if GOP banned, mayor says  —  (Reuters) - The mayor of a Wisconsin town said on Tuesday a local labor council would have to reimburse the city up to $2,000 for a Labor Day parade if organizers exclude Republican lawmakers from attending.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Eric Cantor Won't Support Any Hurricane Disaster Funding Without Massive Cuts To First Responders  —  Flooding in Vermont caused by Hurricane Irene  —  In the wake of Hurricane Irene, FEMA is quickly running out of money.  Specifically, FEMA's crucial “disaster-relief fund …
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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
Adweek:
Is Controversy Selling for Tina Brown?  Newsstand numbers for attention-grabbing covers revealed By Lucia Moses  —  Tina Brown has courted controversy with some of her recent Newsweek cover choices.  Now, newly available sales numbers are showing that those covers did not necessarily translate …
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.
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 …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Jane Jamison, R.I.P.  —  Dell Hill from Uncoverage.net called today to tell me that the blog's founder, Jane Jamison, died Saturday.  Dell told me — I hadn't previously known — that her name wasn't actually Jane Jamison, but that this was a pseudonym she used to keep her life …
Liz Hazelton / Daily Mail:
Father slit throats of three daughters in ‘honour killing’ after they were raped by Gaddafi's troops  —  A father slit the throat of his three teenage daughters in an ‘honour killing’ after they were raped by Gaddafi loyalists during the siege of the port city of Misrata.
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Are Virginia's New Abortion Rules the Worst Yet?  —  On Friday evening, Virginia's Department of Health issued a strict new set of rules for abortion clinics—and women's health advocates fear that facilities that can't comply could be shuttered.  —  The regulations require Virginia's 22 clinics …
Discussion: AlterNet and The Raw Story
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.
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 …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Gloria Steinem To Headline Obama Fundraiser In New York City … WASHINGTON — First Lady Michelle Obama, longtime feminist activist Gloria Steinem and several other prominent Democratic women will be the featured guests at a fundraiser in New York City next month for President Barack Obama's …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and AMERICAblog News
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Consumer Confidence in U.S. Plunges to Lowest Since 2009 on Jobs Outlook  —  Confidence among U.S. consumers plunged to the lowest level in more than two years as Americans' outlooks for employment and incomes soured.  —  The Conference Board's index slumped to 44.5, the weakest since April 2009 …
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Struggling with a great contraction  —  What has the market turmoil of August been telling us?  The answer, I suggest, is three big things: first, the debt-encumbered economies of the high-income countries remain extremely fragile; second, investors have next to no confidence in the ability …
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE
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 …
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.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama: 7 proposed regs would each top $1 billion  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his administration is considering seven new government regulations that would cost the economy more than $1 billion each a year, a tally Republicans will pounce on to argue that Congress needs the power to approve costly government rules.
 
 
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Douglas Walker / The Sun:
Flying Scot's warning to sportsmen
Andrew Breitbart / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Guest commentary: How Obama lost his presidency in August 2009
Discussion: Power Line and Don Surber
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Family planning as a pro-life cause
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
Yes, my former neighbor really was a racist, terror-supporting Muslim Brotherhood cleric
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
It's not a Ponzi Scheme if you can't exit!
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Beshear up big, could have down ballot implications
 Earlier Items: 
Rasmussen Reports:
43% Now View ‘Tea Party’ Label As A Negative
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Hans-Olaf Henkel / Financial Times:
A sceptic's solution - a breakaway currency
Discussion: Via Meadia and ThinkProgress
The Atlantic Online:
Obama's New Jobs Man Alan Krueger Was a Terrorism Truth-Teller
cbpp.org:
New CBO Report Finds Up to 2.9 Million People Owe Their Jobs to the Recovery Act
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Seduced by the cult of experts
Susan Hockfield / New York Times:
Manufacturing a Recovery  —  THE United States became …
Edward Glaeser / Bloomberg:
About Edward Glaeser  —  Refinancing Mortgages Won't Fix Housing Market: Edward Glaeser
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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