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9:10 AM ET, August 31, 2015


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Washington Post:
What happened to Scott Walker?  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surged into the top tier of the Republican presidential race with a fiery speech in the depths of winter in Iowa.  But his candidacy has wilted in the heat of a summer dominated by Donald Trump, with loyalists and supporters …
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker: Building a Wall Along U.S. Border With Canada a ‘Legitimate Issue’  —  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said in an interview broadcast Sunday that building a wall along the U.S. border with Canada is something worthy of further study.  —  “That is a legitimate issue for us to look at …
Discussion: ABC News
Alexandra Jaffe / NBC News:
Scott Walker: Politicians ‘Trying To Distract’ With Birthright Citizenship
Discussion: Slate, Mashable and Guardian
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Heckuva Job  —  There are many things we should remember about the events of late August and early September 2005, and the political fallout shouldn't be near the top of the list.  Still, the disaster in New Orleans did the Bush administration a great deal of damage …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nick Gass / Politico:
Steve Schmidt: Donald Trump ‘emasculating’ Jeb Bush  —  <p>Donald Trump is "emasculating" former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with his attacks and his performance in state and national polling, prominent Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said Monday.</p><p>" Look …
Discussion: Political Wire
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali  —  President Obama announced on Sunday that Mount McKinley was being renamed Denali, restoring an Alaska Native name with deep cultural significance to the tallest mountain in North America.  —  The move came on the eve of Mr. Obama's trip to Alaska …
Erica Martinson / Anchorage Daily News:
President Obama OKs renaming of Mount McKinley to Denali  —  It's official: Denali is now the mountain formerly known as Mount McKinley.  —  With the approval of President Barack Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has signed a “secretarial order” to officially change the name …
Discussion: NBC News and The PJ Tatler
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Anger builds at EPA over radioactive landfill  —  Leaders in a St. Louis suburb are urgently calling on top Obama administration officials to quickly clean up a landfill with radioactive waste that they believe could catch fire.  —  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
State to release largest batch of Clinton emails so far  —  <p>The roiling controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state looks likely to intensify Monday with the State Department set to release the largest batch of her messages made public thus far.</p><p …
Discussion: Political Wire
Joel Kotkin / The Daily Beast:
Economic Progress is More Effective Than Protests  —  Ta-Nehisi Coates and the new wave of black nationalists are selling a line that is inimical to real racial progress in America.  —  The election of Barack Obama promised to inaugurate the dawn of a post-racial America.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Donald Trump is set to blow up GOP orthodoxy — again  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  First Donald Trump antagonized the Republican establishment with his proposals on immigration.  Then he irritated some with his stands on trade and Social Security.
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and Hot Air
By Thr / Hollywood Reporter:
He directed ‘Scream’ and the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ films.  —  Wes Craven, the famed writer-director of horror films known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movies, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer.  He was 76.  —  Craven, whose iconic Freddy Krueger character horrified viewers …
Bloomberg Business:
Islamic State Flips Gold Coins to Break Fed ‘Enslavement’  —  ‘Return of the gold dinar’ follows battlefield setbacks  —  Gold likely to have been seized from banks, stores, Christians  —  Forget the printing press.  In readying for the rollout of Islamic State's new money, goldsmiths and silver smelters have been toiling away.
Discussion: LewRockwell and Blogs of War
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Donald Trump, Traitor to His Class  —  THE Donald Trump phenomenon is a great gift to pundits because it can be analyzed and criticized in so many different ways.  But two shorthands seem particularly useful.  First, Trump is essentially using the Republican primary to run a third-party campaign, not a right-wing insurgency.
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Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Larry Kudlow Says He Would Challenge Blumenthal Over Iran Deal
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Sanders: ‘I can get beyond the noise’ to pass gun rules
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and American Power
Senator Jeff Merkley / Medium:
My Statement on the Iran Nuclear Deal
Discussion: The Hill, NPR, PoliticusUSA and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
The Most Liberal (Entertainment, Civil Rights, Personal Injury) …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times:
This is climate change: Alaskan villagers struggle as island is chewed up by the sea
Abby Sewell / Los Angeles Times:
Missing hiker found injured but alive after nine days in Sierra National Forest
Discussion: Scared Monkeys