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6:45 PM ET, September 10, 2010

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Tom Kavanagh / Politics Daily:
Rush Limbaugh, Pastor Terry Jones Were High School Classmates  —  Terry Jones, the Florida pastor threatening to burn a Koran tomorrow on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was a high school classmate of Rush Limbaugh.  —  The Cape Central High School (Missouri) website …
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Howard Kurtz:
Fox draws the line on pastor  —  Fox News, which often gets criticized for excessive coverage of minor scandals, took the journalistic high road this week.  —  While the tale of the Koran-hating pastor spread like wildfire across the media landscape, Fox deliberately doused the drama by playing it down.
Discussion: The Wire and Z on TV
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Guilt By High School Classmate
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Coverage of Koran Case Stirs Questions on Media Role
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Jones hits morning shows, but won't be flying with ABC
Discussion: Mediaite, The Hill and Romenesko
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans OK Allowing Tax Cuts for Wealthy to Expire  —  One in three favor keeping tax cuts for all taxpayers  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans favor letting the tax cuts enacted during the Bush administration expire for the wealthy.  While 37% support keeping the tax cuts for all Americans …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Not Paying as You Go  —  Cutting taxes exclusively on rich people is unpopular:
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Salon
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:   Obama's Electoral Headwinds
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
'IT'S JUST US'.... President Obama hosted an unusually-long White House press conference this morning, which I thought went extremely well for him.  And for the most part, the press corps stuck to substantive issues and avoided some of the more sensationalistic issues of the day.  —  But there were exceptions.
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The Politico:
PRESIDENT OBAMA GOES RINGLESS AT PRESSER
Discussion: Don Surber and Gawker
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama speaks out for Muslims
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
The whole story: How Angle asked for a debate with Reid, how Reid agreed and Angle backed out  —  UPDATE: Here is the statement I received this morning from Angle spokesman Jarrod Agen:  —  “We obviously gave you the wrong signal and I apologize for that.  We have other events planned …
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CNN:
Angle draws Ralston's ire after debate cancelation  —  Sharron Angle has drawn the ire of Nevada journalist Jon Ralston.  —  Washington (CNN) - Nevada's top political journalist lit into Republican Senate hopeful Sharron Angle on Thursday, saying that the Tea Party favorite had backed out of a planned debate.
Discussion: Washington Post
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Self-Described ‘Christian Counterpart To Osama Bin Laden’ Arrested In Plot To Bomb Abortion Clinic  —  A study released today by former leaders of the 9/11 Commission finds that “terrorism is increasingly taking on an American cast.”  Warning of “a much more diverse threat,” …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Christianist Watch: The Fire Next Time
Discussion: Eunomia
Ryan Seals / News-Record.com:
Concord man charged in plot to bomb abortion clinic
Ted Koppel / Washington Post:
Nine years after 9/11, let's stop fulfilling bin Laden's goals  —  The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, succeeded far beyond anything Osama bin Laden could possibly have envisioned.  This is not just because they resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths, nor only because they struck at the heart of American financial and military power.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The pastor and cheap, selective concern for “blood-spilling”
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
NRA backs Tea Party candidate in Delaware  —  The National Rifle Association endorsed conservative commentator Christine O'Donnell Friday in Delaware's Republican Senate primary.  The Tea Party-backed O'Donnell is looking to upset Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) on Tuesday.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Daily Kos
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David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Suddenly, their house is taken over  —  A Long Beach couple struggling with mortgage payments find out their home's been auctioned off by Wells Fargo when the new owner's representative shows up on their doorstep.  —  Mike and Ellen Kahara knew times were tough.
Washington Post:
Obama awards living soldier the Medal of Honor  —  Under a bright Afghan moon, eight U.S. paratroopers trudged along a ridge in the Korengal Valley, unaware they were walking right into a trap.  Less than 20 feet away, a band of Taliban fighters executed the ambush plan perfectly …
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Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
First Living Medal of Honor Recipient from Iraq or Afghanistan Announced
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Genteel Nation  —  Most people who lived in the year 1800 were scarcely richer than people who lived in the year 100,000 B.C. Their diets were no better.  They were no taller, and they did not live longer.  —  Then, sometime around 1800, economic growth took off — in Britain first, then elsewhere.
New York Times:
Afghan Protests Against Koran Burning Turn Violent  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Numerous protests broke out in Afghanistan on Friday and two of them turned violent in response to plans by a Florida pastor to burn copies of the Koran, even after the pastor announced he had suspended those plans.
New York Post:
One block between Ground Zero mosque and human remains  —  Tweet  —  Here's the chilling proof that Ground Zero stretches well beyond the boundaries of the World Trade Center site, and reaches close to the proposed mosque and community center.  —  A map compiled by firefighters …
Discussion: Gawker.TV, The Awl, Salon and Raw Story
Gawker.TV:
Jon Stewart: MSNBC Should Take Notes From Fox News  —  Tonight, Jon Stewart noted President Obama's shift from bipartisan love machine to Republican-killing campaign shark, and—namely—the media's reaction to it.  The verdict?  MSNBC should emulate Fox News' skew-the-news-to-fit-our-narrative mantra …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Infrastructure, you say?  Ask the city of San Bruno why we need it  —  Last night a neighborhood exploded.  One minute people were cooking dinner or sitting down to watch the football game or the news, and the next, their neighborhood was rocked by what felt like a terrible earthquake and then it just...exploded.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
G.O.P. Has 2-in-3 Chance of Taking House, Model Forecasts  —  Republicans have a two-in-three chance of claiming a majority of House seats in November, the FiveThirtyEight forecasting model estimates.  And their gains could potentially rival or exceed those made in 1994, when they took a net of 54 seats from the Democrats.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Samuel G. Freedman / New York Times:
Muslim Prayer Room Was Part of Life at Twin Towers  —  Sometime in 1999, a construction electrician received a new work assignment from his union.  The man, Sinclair Hejazi Abdus-Salaam, was told to report to 2 World Trade Center, the southern of the twin towers.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Exiting The Imperial Presidency.  —  After Wednesday's ruling, it should be clear that we're past the point of “when the president does it, it's not illegal.”  The law of the land now is that when anyone in our professional intelligence services crosses the line in the name of national security …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
 
 
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Marcus Stern / USA Today:
U.S. shifts approach to deporting illegal immigrants
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 Earlier Items: 
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Live-Blogging Obama's News Conference
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon Attempts to Block Book on Afghan War
Discussion: Wonkette and The Jawa Report
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Heyday Is Over  —  With so many Democrats running …
Discussion: NRSC
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
An Invisible Chief Justice
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Things Could Be Worse  —  “Japan's problems now are the same …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Kos