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9:55 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 …
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Did the White House double-cross its supporters on the smog rule?
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Politico and Hullabaloo
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Obama to Breathers: Sorry, Wait Until 2013
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Administration Abandons Plan to Tighten Air-Quality Rules
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Obama's Enron  —  Bush was flayed for Enron.
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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A.Killough / CNN:
Obama urges Congress to renew transportation bill in weekly address  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Congress to pass a clean extension of the transportation bill, warning of economic calamity in the failure of its passage.  —  “This would put a stop to highway construction …
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
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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.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cheney: We considered bypassing Congress on TARP authorization
New York Post:
The White House mess
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Guardian:
Assange faces arrest over WikiLeaks cables  —  Government says at least one intelligence official identified after complete cache of cables was published  —  Julian Assange could face prosecution in Australia after publishing sensitive information about government officials amongst the 251,000 unredacted cables released this week.
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Mark Seibel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
WikiLeaks makes all its U.S. diplomatic cables public
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.
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 …
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 …
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.”
 
 
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New York Post:
‘Spy’ furor for Weprin
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and National Review
Democracy Now:
U.S. Wasting Billions While Tripling No-Bid Contracts After Decade of War in Iraq, Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake and iWatch News
First Read / msnbc.com:
Perry pushed bill that could benefit doctor's firm at same time he received ‘unproven’ treatment
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Cynical Thoughts On The Minimum Wage
Discussion: CEPR and Rortybomb
Amy Sullivan / Swampland:
Articles of Faith: What Journalists Should Be Asking Politicians About Religion
WhyIhateCca / Firedoglake:
Florida Sheriff Saves $1 Million Over CCA by De-Privatizing Jail
Shira Schoenberg / Boston Globe:
Republican Party leader in N.H. quits