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August 25th, 2011
08:06 PM ET

Hurricane Irene: What can YOU do to prepare?

Hurricane Irene is headed for the U.S. Eastern seaboard - for a complete list of resources on how you can prepare yourself, click here.

If you live in Virginia, click here for a complete list of resources.

If you live in Maryland, click here.


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August 25th, 2011
03:36 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Third Way: I have found that GOP Governor Rick Perry and I have something in common: neither one of us agrees with his newly released book...that's what I call bi-partisanship!

– Lost Way: The President finds himself coming up short on enthusiasm and the necessary high approval ratings in the new Latino Decisions poll – can it be true that the Obama campaign's bland top inner circle of path makers doesn’t know everything about everybody???

– Way to the Top: The Republican tea party members of Congress are fighting the payroll tax cut extension sought by Democrats – note to White House: add a tax credit sweetener for the nation wealthiest to the deal and watch it sail through Congress.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– USA Today reports President Obama will include two things in his jobs plan. (A) subsidization of engineering degrees in the United States and (B) construction work to upgrade buildings to green buildings. The first won't actually create jobs, but will drive up the cost of education and the second will only create temporary jobs to subsidize an industry even the New York Times says doesn't not produce jobs.

– Gallup is out with new polling that suggests, along with Rasmussen and PPP, that Rick Perry is in the lead. Here's the problem I see with this. He has only been in a couple of weeks so this may be just a bounce and he has not participated in any presidential debates. How will we know he is the front runner? If the other candidates start piling on Romney to try to get into second place. Romney has thus far escaped much cross fire in the debates. We'll find out September 12th live on CNN.

– Hurricane Irene is headed for New York City. Considering subways in New York flood in heavy rain and stop working in hot weather, folks might want to head on up to Vermont right now.

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Filed under: Bullet Points
August 25th, 2011
12:19 PM ET

CNN reporter in Libya: 'It was nightmare'

CNN's Matthew Chance describes being held at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli and finally getting the chance to leave.


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August 25th, 2011
12:03 PM ET

Should Summitt coach with dementia?

Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt wants to keep coaching, even with early-onset dementia. Is this good for her?


Filed under: Interview
August 24th, 2011
01:01 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– For all of the 2008 campaign when the Democrats kept saying George W. Bush would never own up to a mistake, Barack Obama seems very, very unable to accept any responsibility for anything bad happening on his watch. And now the "no blame" game has gotten perverse. Because Barack Obama does not want to accept any responsibility for our economic situation, and instead would prefer to blame his predecessor, George W. Bush, Obama and a lot of his allies in the media also don't want to give Rick Perry any credit for the Texas economic boom. Considering Rick Perry's predecessor, I wonder if we should just blame Bush for Texas's boom?

– I think the Sarah Palin road show is over. She can turn out a crowd and she can raise money. But more and more polls show that if Palin enters the Republican race, she has little impact, even on Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. She has played the media game masterfully, but I think she has reached the time to fish or cut bait.

– The President still has not come out with his next jobs plan yet, but I predict it will be just like his past few: green jobs and government infrastructure spending. Not only will it not pass Congress, but it will not pass the smell test for the American public.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Rick Perry’s Evolution and Global Warming Denial Propel Him into the Lead in Iowa

WikiLeaks to Release 35,000 Cables: What’s Been Revealed So Far

Bill McKibben Talks About Tar Sands and the D.C. Sit-Ins on Countdown

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August 24th, 2011
11:46 AM ET

Gadhafi's weapons on the loose?

Fmr. CIA Dir. Gen. Michael Hayden tells CNN's Candy Crowley why he has "legitimate concerns" about Gadhafi's weapons.


Filed under: Interview
August 23rd, 2011
12:14 PM ET

Top Democrat: Security concerns in Libya

Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, discusses security concerns in Libya.


Filed under: Interview
August 22nd, 2011
12:28 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's Political Bullet Points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Libya appears on the verge of overturning the Gadhafi regime. There remains a latent problem — what of the new leaders? This could be an election-year problem.

– Is she or isn't she? Will Sarah Palin actually get in the race? Karl Rove says yes. John Fund of the Wall Street Journal says no. Put me in the “no” camp. I'll believe it when I see it.

– Big issue of the day and perhaps the most important issue of all time — the new uniforms for the University of Georgia football team may be the ugliest football uniform every designed. But that raises a larger point: it is almost college football season.

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Stealth Attack: The GOP’s secret weapon against Obama backfired on Sunday as the former Ambassador Jon Huntsman conducted a one-man reality check on his Republican primary opponents, it turns out he wouldn’t trust any of them with the nation’s economy and thinks presidents should base their decisions on actual science. Kaboom!

– Open Attack: Congresswoman Maxine Waters had a passionate response to testimony from Latinos and African Americans from her home turf angry at the lack of economic growth; to paraphrase a famous quote: the Congresswoman doesn’t just want to send the tea party to, lets say, “the underworld,” she just tells the truth, and it just feels like they are already there.
Attack, Attack, Attack: The Arab Spring continues to bloom as Tripoli falls and the GOP finds itself being able to only half praise the commander in chief, bringing to mind the fact that if the Berlin wall fell under Obama’s watch the Republican Tea Party would complain of the concrete litter.

Editor’s Note: The blog is a place for a freewheeling exchange of ideas and opinions. CNN does not endorse anything said by its contributors.


Filed under: Bullet Points
August 22nd, 2011
12:04 PM ET

Bachmann vs. the details

CNN's John King and panel members talk about whether Michele Bachmann's statements match the facts.


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August 22nd, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Outrage over 'backdoor amnesty'

Gov. Jan Brewer tells John King why she doesn't agree with how Pres. Obama is handling illegal aliens in the U.S.


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