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6:55 AM ET, September 3, 2011

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ABCNEWS:
Investigators Probe White House Role in Massive Energy Loan  —  House investigators said they have uncovered evidence that White House officials became personally involved in an Energy Department review of a hot-button $535 million loan guarantee to the now-failed California solar company Solyndra.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House moves to limit fallout from retreat on clean-air rule  —  The White House moved quickly Friday to try and quell anger from the left over President Obama's decision to shelve planned smog regulations.  —  White House officials vowed Friday to defend other Clean Air Act regulations …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
The Hill:
White House shelves smog rule in huge defeat for green groups  —  The White House announced Friday that it is shelving a major planned Environmental Protection Agency regulation that would have tightened smog standards, dealing a huge blow to environmentalists that had pushed the Obama administration …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Administration Abandons Plan to Tighten Air-Quality Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is abandoning its plan to immediately tighten air-quality rules nationwide to reduce emissions of smog-causing chemicals after an intense lobbying campaign by industry …
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Did the White House double-cross its supporters on the smog rule?  —  (BRIAN NICHOLSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS) Get ready to hear a lot about ozone in the coming weeks.  On Friday, in a surprise move, the White House told the EPA to pull back on national standards for ground-level ozone pollution …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Jon Lovett's written for the president, but will that get him to Hollywood?  —  A young and witty speechwriter for an eloquent but exhausted president escapes a struggling White House and stodgy capital city for Hollywood, where he beats the odds to find fame and fortune writing comedy for more bankable stars.
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 …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Obama's Enron  —  Bush was flayed for Enron.
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Post:
The White House mess
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Heather Zichal / White House.gov Blog:
Cleaner Air and a Stronger Economy - A Record of Success
Discussion: The Raw Story and Politics
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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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
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
CNNMoney.com:
Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The August jobs report was dismal for plenty of reasons, but perhaps most striking was the picture it painted of racial inequality in the job market.  —  Black unemployment surged to 16.7% in August, its highest level since 1984 …
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Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
Columnist: Registering Poor To Vote ‘Like Handing Out Burglary Tools To Criminals’  —  Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum is just going to come right out and say it: registering the poor to vote is un-American and “like handing out burglary tools to criminals.”
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.
Zoe Tillman / The BLT:
D.C. Circuit Judge Ginsburg to Join NYU Law Faculty  —  U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg will be joining the faculty at New York University School of Law starting in January, the school announced today.  —  Ginsburg, who was appointed to the court in 1986 …
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Video cameras barred from Rep. Jim Renacci's Sept. 1 town hall meeting: video  —  Despite a nationwide controversy that erupted last week after Cincinnati GOP Rep. Steve Chabot refused to allow video cameras at a town hall meeting, organizers of a public meeting last night with Wadsworth GOP …
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
YouTuber Charged with Material Support of Terrorism UPDATE: YouTube Account ID'd: AbuDujjana ***STICKY***  —  YouTuber Charged with Material Support of Terrorism  —  UPDATE: YouTube Account ID'd: AbuDujjana  —  ***STICKY***  —  Jubair Ahmad, a 24 year old immigrant from Pakistan living …
 
 
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‘Spy’ furor for Weprin
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Democracy Now:
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
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cheney: We considered bypassing Congress on TARP authorization
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
On the road to the ‘conservative recovery’
Fox News:
Evidence Suggests Cover-Up in ATF Scandal, as More Guns Appear at Crime Scenes
Shira Schoenberg / Boston Globe:
Republican Party leader in N.H. quits