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1:15 PM ET, August 31, 2010

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Democrats' New Normal  —  I don't usually like to comment on individual polls.  Most of the time, when a poll produces an “unusual” result, it simply reflects random noise and the best advice is to wait for the next edition of the poll to come along, when more often than not it will revert to its previous position.
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Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Health Care Reform Has Endangered the Democratic Majority  —  This Politico piece by Jim VandeHei, Alex Isenstadt, and Mike Allen got a lot of play last week: … There is no mention of health care reform in this piece.  The economy is referenced several times.  So is the President's inability to control the narrative.
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Public sours on health care reform as midterms loom  —  A new poll shows that public support for health care reform dropped sharply in August - a dagger in Democrats' hopes that their landmark legislation will help them in November's midterm.  —  The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll has support …
The Politico:
Democrats seek separation from Nancy Pelosi  —  Some of the Democratic Party's most endangered lawmakers are taking steps to distance themselves from Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an attempt to inoculate themselves from charges that they are beholden to the unpopular House leader and supportive of the ambitious national Democratic agenda.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
The Politico:
Tidal wave? 10-point poll edge for GOP  —  Democrats thought things couldn't get much worse on the electoral front — and then they went home to campaign.  —  A new Gallup poll released Monday shows Republicans with a record 10-point edge over Democrats on the “generic ballot” test …
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Impending Democratic Bloodbath.  —  If this new Gallup poll is any indication, liberals will soon be able to complain about Speaker John Boehner, and possibly Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:  —  According to Gallup, this Republican lead is greater than any previous midterm advantage …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Firedoglake
Frank Newport / Gallup:
GOP Takes Unprecedented 10-Point Lead on Generic Ballot  —  Republicans also maintain wide gap in enthusiasm about voting  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Most attuned voters tilt toward GOP
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE GREAT GALLUP FREAK-OUT.... Two national generic-ballot polls …
Gerry Mullany / The Caucus:
Boehner Assails Obama on Iraq  —  In advance of President Obama's Tuesday night speech on Iraq, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House Republican leader, was set to remind thousands of veterans attending the national convention of the American Legion that Mr. Obama and other Democrats …
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Oval Office gets a makeover  —  While President Obama was on vacation, his West Wing office got a bit of a face lift, complete with a new rug, fresh wallpaper and paint, and new furniture — all done at no taxpayer expense, the White House says.  —  Details of the renovation were released to the pool reporter this morning.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and D.C. Now
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
A New Look for the Oval Office
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:
Obama to tip his hat to Bush?
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Iraq address offers chance for Obama to reach out to left
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jared A. Favole / Dow Jones Newswires:
White House: More Economic Stimulus Measures Coming
Discussion: In Session and Michelle Malkin
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House pressures GOP leaders for stance on troop withdrawal
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Lisa Gartner / Washington Examiner:
Education secretary urged his employees to attend Sharpton's rally  —  President Obama's top education official urged government employees to attend a rally that the Rev. Al Sharpton organized to counter a larger conservative event on the Mall.  —  “ED staff are invited to join Secretary Arne Duncan …
steveschale.squarespace.com:
steve schale  —  Observations on the Land of 27 from one of its leading political strategists.  —  Charlie Crist will not be Florida's next United States Senator.  —  In a year where most predictions are downright silly, I am very confident in that one.  When Kendrick Meek won last Tuesday …
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Steve / stevenschale.com:
Sorry Charlie  —  Charlie Crist will not be Florida's next United States Senator.  —  In a year where most predictions are downright silly, I am very confident in that one.  When Kendrick Meek won last Tuesday, with his victory went Charlie Crist's chances.  Democrats who want to beat Marco Rubio should jump on the Meek train.
Discussion: The Reid Report
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP's Hatch backs N.Y. mosque  —  In a local television interview over the weekend, Hatch said developers have the right to build the proposed Park51 Islamic center, which includes a mosque, two blocks from the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  —  “If the Muslims own that property …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   HATCH GETS IT RIGHT ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.... If anyone …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What Palin Did Friday Night  —  She celebrated the Jewish Sabbath.  —  Where was Sarah Palin last Friday night, before coming to Washington to speak at the Glenn Beck gathering Saturday?  —  She was a guest speaker at a Jewish “Shabbaton”—a Sabbath gathering for prayer, meals, songs …
Discussion: Commentary and Sister Toldjah
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Benyamin Korn / New York Sun:
Sarah Palin Celebrates Shabbat And Offers Echoes of Esther
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Why Wall St. Is Deserting Obama  —  Daniel S. Loeb, the hedge fund manager, was one of Barack Obama's biggest backers in the 2008 presidential campaign.  —  A registered Democrat, Mr. Loeb has given and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democrats.
Juliette Jowit / Guardian:
Lomborg wants $100bn climate fund  —  Exclusive ‘Sceptical environmentalist’ and critic of climate scientists to declare global warming a chief concern facing world  —  • Climate change voice who changed his tune  —  • Rajendra Pachauri under pressure to stand aside
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Donna Bowater / Daily Express:
CLIMATE CHANGE LIES ARE EXPOSED
ABCNEWS:
ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Two Men on United Flight from Chicago Arrested on ‘Preparation of a Terrorist Attack’ in Amsterdam  —  Suspects Had Been Cleared Sunday by TSA in Chicago, Birmingham Despite Security Concerns  —  Two men taken off a Chicago-to-Amsterdam United Airlines flight in the Netherlands …
Fox News:
CBO: Eight Years of Iraq War Cost Less Than Stimulus Act  —  As President Obama prepares to tie a bow on U.S. combat operations in Iraq, Congressional Budget Office numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year war was less than the stimulus bill passed by the Democratic-led Congress in 2009.
The Hill:
Wealthy lawmakers increased their riches as economy sputtered in '09  —  The wealthiest members of Congress grew richer in 2009 even as the economy struggled to recover from a deep recession.  —  The 50 wealthiest lawmakers were worth almost $1.4 billion in 2009, about $85.1 million …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin confirms Iowa visit  —  An aide to Sarah Palin confirmed Tuesday that the former Alaska governor would headline an Iowa state Republican Party event in September.  —  Palin will speak at the state GOP's Ronald Reagan dinner on Sept. 17.  The event is entitled “A Salute to Freedom.”
CNN:
Miller sees prospect of bad blood with fellow Republicans  —  Miller says he sees the prospect of bad blood with fellow Republicans.  —  Anchorage, Alaska (CNN) - As Republican Joe Miller eyes what could be a major victory in the Alaska Senate GOP primary, the upstart candidate believes it's possible …
 
 
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