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12:50 PM ET, September 3, 2011

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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Files Note Close C.I.A. Ties to Qaddafi Spy Unit  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Documents found at the abandoned office of Libya's former spymaster appear to provide new details of the close relations the Central Intelligence Agency shared with the Libyan intelligence service — most notably suggesting …
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Wall Street Journal:
Tripoli Files Show CIA Working With Libya  —  By SIOBHAN GORMAN in Washington and CHARLES LEVINSON and MARGARET COKER in Tripoli  —  The Central Intelligence Agency and Libyan intelligence services developed such a tight relationship during the George W. Bush administration …
Discussion: Informed Comment
Paul Krugman:
The Austerity Economy  —  Do the dismal economic numbers really reflect the turn to fiscal austerity?  I keep hearing people say no, because austerity hasn't actually happened yet in America.  But they're wrong.  —  The fact is that the fading out of the stimulus, and in particular of aid …
O.Kay Henderson:
Palin: “there's room for more” (audio)  —  As former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin walked in the front door of The Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale, Iowa, this evening, a reporter asked Palin what she thought about the current field of GOP presidential candidates.  —  “Happy with the field of candidates.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Palin says ‘room for more’ in GOP race  —  DES MOINES — Sarah Palin tantalized supporters on the eve of her appearance at a tea party rally by telling reporters “there's room for more” candidates in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination.  But she gave no hint as to whether she was talking about herself.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Top Obama donor George Kaiser says he didn't play politics to win government loan  —  A top donor to President Obama did not use political influence or talk to administration officials about a massive government loan to a solar company backed by his investment funds, according to a statement issued by his family foundation.
Discussion: Doug Ross, Sky Dancing and TPM Idea Lab
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Chris Johnson / Los Angeles Times:
Solyndra and the stimulus
Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House moves to limit fallout from retreat on clean-air rule
Paul Krugman:
Broken Windows, Ozone, and Jobs  —  I've actually been avoiding thinking about the latest Obama cave-in, on ozone regulation; these repeated retreats are getting painful to watch.  For what it's worth, I think it's bad politics.  The Obama political people seem to think that their route …
Discussion: Politics
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama wants Congress to pass transportation bill, save jobs  —  President Obama on Saturday called for Congress to skip the “political posturing in Washington” and pass measures funding the nation's transportation programs.  —  In his weekly address, the president said a failure to pass …
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A.Killough / CNN:
Obama urges Congress to renew transportation bill in weekly address
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Kindle Tablet Is Very Real.  I've Seen It, Played With It.  —  It's called simply the “Amazon Kindle”.  But it's not like any Kindle you've seen before.  It displays content in full color.  It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen.  And it runs Android.
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Science Stunner: Editor of Journal that Published Flawed Denier Bunk Apologizes, Resigns, Slams Spencer for Exaggerations  —  Wow.  Double wow.  Stop the Presses, Deniers!  Your effort to deny basic climate science based on bunkum has met its match.  —  Here's an editorial by Dr. Wolfgang Wagner …
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Peter Gleick / Forbes.com:
Peter's News Stream
Discussion: BBC, Watts Up With That? and Guardian
Bipartisan Beat Blog:
The Super Committee's Opportunity  —  In April, Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown by agreeing to $122 billion in deficit reduction over the course of ten years.  Less than four months later, they narrowly averted a debt ceiling crisis by passing the Budget Control Act (BCA) and agreeing to another $900 billion.
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
If Al Gore had won  —  A recent poll by “60 Minutes” and Vanity Fair found that a majority of Americans, and a majority of Democrats, do not believe things would have changed much if Al Gore had been inaugurated president in January 2001.  With a jobless scandal gripping the nation …
Discussion: RedState and Don Surber
Will Wilkinson / The New Republic:
A Libertarian's Lament: Why Ron Paul Is an Embarrassment to the Creed  —  I don't put much stock in politicians, so I've only twice donated to political campaigns.  In 2006, I tossed a few dollars at the Democrat running for Senate against the loathsome Rick Santorum.
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Perry leads Mitt Romney in Nevada, poll finds
Discussion: Hot Air
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Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Obama to Breathers: Sorry, Wait Until 2013  —  On Friday, in a move that shocked enviros and public-health advocates, President Obama asked the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposal to tighten a key air-quality standard.  The request, Obama said, is part of the administration's efforts …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Daily Kos and Truthdig
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U.S. Wasting Billions While Tripling No-Bid Contracts After Decade of War in Iraq, Afghanistan
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Perry pushed bill that could benefit doctor's firm at same time he received ‘unproven’ treatment
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Jon Lovett's written for the president, but will that get him to Hollywood?
Jeffrey T. Kuhner / Washington Times:
Martin Luther King Jr.'s mixed legacy
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Cynical Thoughts On The Minimum Wage
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