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1:15 PM ET, August 31, 2011

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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Sarah Palin Appearance at Tea Party Rally in Iowa ‘No Longer Confirmed’  —  This post has been corrected.  —  Sarah Palin's Saturday appearance at a tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa, is on hold, a person close the former Alaska governor told The Wall Street Journal.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin appearance at Iowa tea party event now in doubt  —  (CNN) - Sources close to Sarah Palin told CNN Wednesday that the former Alaska governor is no longer likely to attend a tea party rally in Iowa on Saturday, an event that's been plagued by logistical issues.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
FreedomWorks to protest Romney  —  A top tea party organizing group, FreedomWorks, is planning to protest Mitt Romney's appearance this weekend at a New Hampshire stop of a bus tour intended to encourage tea party sympathizers to participate in the Republican presidential nominating process.
Discussion: Swampland and TPMDC
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin's Participation in Iowa Rally “On Hold”
Discussion: Wonkette
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Major tea party group to protest Romney tea party debut
Discussion: GOP 12, TPMDC and Swampland
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell's Iowa appearance back on
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Quinnipiac University:
Perry Jumps To The Top Of GOP Pack, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Perry, Romney Each Run Neck And Neck With Obama  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry has zoomed to the front of the line of GOP presidential candidates with a 24 - 18 percent lead over former Massachusetts …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney camp not panicking — yet  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry's surge in the polls is prompting some high-profile Mitt Romney backers to urge the former Massachusetts governor to step up his efforts before it's too late.  —  Romney's high command said that was always the plan …
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
U.S. Files Antitrust Complaint to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger  —  The U.S. government sued to block AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., saying the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market.  —  The Justice Department complaint was filed today in federal court in Washington.
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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit to Block AT&T's Acquisition of T-Mobile … WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice today filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T Inc.'s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. The department said that the proposed $39 billion transaction …
DealBook:
U.S. Moves to Block AT&T Merger with T-Mobile
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Where Pay for Chief Executives Tops the Company Tax Burden  —  At least 25 top United States companies paid more to their chief executives in 2010 than they did to the federal government in taxes, according to a study released on Wednesday.  —  The companies — which include household names like eBay …
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Some companies pay their CEOs more than Uncle Sam, study says
IPS: Latest Content:
Executive Excess 2011: The Massive CEO Rewards for Tax Dodging
Nanette Byrnes / Reuters:
Some U.S. firms paid more to CEOs than taxes: study
Discussion: Politics and The Politico
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Cantor finds himself in a tricky spot on hurricane disaster aid  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's insistence that federal disaster aid be offset elsewhere in the budget runs directly counter to his position in the past when the money went to help his Virginia district.
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Vermont Dem urges colleagues to help devastated state
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Eric Cantor Voted Against Bill To Offset Disaster Relief In 2004
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Jon Huntsman to attack rivals in 2012 jobs speech  —  Jon Huntsman will call for a dramatic overhaul of the tax code when he delivers a jobs creation speech in New Hampshire on Wednesday afternoon — and kick off what his campaign says will be a new, more intense phase of his White House run.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huntsman to unveil sweeping tax reform
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and Politics
New York Times:
The New Resentment of the Poor  —  In a decade of frenzied tax-cutting for the rich, the Republican Party just happened to lower tax rates for the poor, as well.  Now several of the party's most prominent presidential candidates and lawmakers want to correct that oversight and raise taxes …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Nevada AG Catherine Cortez Masto Destroys BofA in New Lawsuit  —  Masto lights a stick.  (photo: Jeff Hester)  —  Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto's amended complaint in a lawsuit against Bank of America has so many interesting nuances, I think I need a new Internet to catalog them all.
Discussion: ProPublica
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Bank of America Accused of Breaching Accord
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Andre Carson: Tea party wants blacks ‘hanging on a tree’  —  A top lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus says tea partiers on Capitol Hill would like to see African Americans hanging from trees and accuses the movement of wishing for a return to the Jim Crow era.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama targets GOP for fall offensive  —  “Kill the body, and the head will die.”  — Joe Frazier  —  President Obama is preparing to fight a political war this fall on two fronts — the first against Republicans who want his job and the second against Republicans who want to make his job more difficult.
Carol Marin / Chicago Sun Times:
State Rep. Deborah Mell has legal gay marriage in Iowa  —  Christin Baker and State Rep. Deborah Mell reveal they got married recently in Iowa.  Tuesday, August 30, 2011 |  Brian Jackson~Sun-Times  —  State Rep. Deborah Mell (D-Chicago) quietly made Illinois history last week.  —  She got married.
NY Daily News:
Muslims, police scuffle at Rye Playland over amusement park's head scarf ban; 15 arrests made  —  Rye Playland was shut down Tuesday after cops scuffled with Muslims upset that women wearing head scarves were barred from the rides, witnesses said.  —  Fifteen people, including three women …
Discussion: Althouse
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BBC:
Kosovo Islamist admits Frankfurt attack on US airmen  —  A Kosovo man has told a German court he regrets shooting dead two US servicemen at Frankfurt airport and does not understand why he did it.  —  Arid Uka, 21, told the court he had been radicalised by jihadist propaganda videos he watched online.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Telegraph:
German Islamist terrorist confesses and blames fake jihad rape video for inspiring his crime
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Boston Globe:
Obama's uncle is called a fugitive  —  Said to ignore '92 deportation order  —  Onyango Obama is now being held on an immigration detainer in the Plymouth County House of Correction.  —  FRAMINGHAM - The uncle of President Obama arrested here last week on drunken driving and other charges …
TheUnion.com Online News:
Babysitting bill in Calif. Legislature  —  Office of Sen. Doug LaMalfa  —  How will parents react when they find out they will be expected to provide workers' compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time for...babysitters?  Dinner and a movie night may soon become much more complicated.
 
 
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Tanya Sinkovits / CBS St. Louis:
BREAKING: Hazmat Crews at Scott Air Force Base, 3 Hospitalized
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Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Comcast Loses Appeal In Antitrust Class-Action Suit
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
USA Today:
House freshmen push bills that benefit big donors
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Mayor Alec Baldwin?
Discussion: The Politico
Phil Galewitz / Kaiser Health News:
Federal COBRA Insurance Subsidies End For Laid-Off Workers
Discussion: The New Republic and Healthwatch
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Bullying Law Puts New Jersey Schools on Spot
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
White House to push new highway bill
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NASA fears leaving space station unmanned
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