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8:50 AM ET, August 10, 2010

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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin gets in dustup with teacher  —  Sarah Palin was involved in a short argument over the weekend with an Alaska teacher over her decision to leave her post as governor of Alaska.  AP  —  Sarah Palin was involved in a brief argument over the weekend with an Alaska teacher …
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Facebook:
There you go again, LSM  —  While filming the Alaska documentary in Homer, I had a brief discussion with a local lady who, in typical Alaska style, decided to give me her two cents worth about my political leanings, American politics in general, and much else besides.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
THAT WAS NO TEACHER... Unhinged Leftist Who Confronted Palin …
Mac Ranger / Macsmind:   Kathleen Gustafson Radio Stunt? …
Newsweek:
Sarah Palin Gets Snarky on a Schoolteacher
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Greg Gutfeld: I'm raising money to build a Muslim gay bar next to the Ground Zero mosque  —  Andy Levy assures me that he's quite serious.  Media narrative on the GZ mosque: Shining beacon of liberal values bursting through the overcast skies of American intolerance.
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Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
Ground Queero: Greg Gutfeld's New Cordoba Mosque Gay Bar: A Mecca Of Tolerance  —  That tagline via gpollowitz and JCred on Twitter, by the way.  —  Oh my.  For a couple weeks, people have been fuming at the Cordoba Mosque building near Ground Zero-a monument to hate and destruction.
Discussion: The Right Scoop, Hot Air and Tim Blair
Robert VerBruggen / National Review:
Ground Zero Mosque Imam: ‘They Feel the Need to Conflagrate’  —  NRO has obtained yet another interview in which Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leading figure behind the Cordoba House (the “Ground Zero mosque"), explains away terrorism.  “They feel the feed to conflagrate,” …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Islam and 2012  —  A former Bush aide, watching the GOP's …
New York Times:
Fed-Up Flight Attendant Makes Sliding Exit  —  It has been a long time since flight attendant was a glamorous job title.  The hours are long.  Passengers with feelings of entitlement bump up against new no-frills policies.  Babies scream.  Security precautions grate but must be enforced.
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NBC New York:
Flight Attendant at JFK Pulls Emergency Chute, Flies Coop
Discussion: Gawker and Hot Air
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House unloads anger over criticism by ‘professional left’  —  The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity.  —  During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office …
Discussion: Raw Story and Prairie Weather
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed Will Meet With Concerns on Deflation Rising  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve will meet on Tuesday faced with a pivotal decision about whether to abandon its presumption that the economy is gradually picking up steam and begin to consider new steps to keep the recovery from sputtering out.
Wall Street Journal:
Are Americans Bigots?  —  Attacking the motives of those who disagree with elite opinion has become all too common.  —  When in 1983 Ronald Reagan characterized the Soviet Union as an “evil empire,” the reaction from his betters was swift.  Writing in the New York Times, Anthony Lewis called it …
Anchorage Daily News:
Plane with 8 on board crashes off Dillingham  —  5 good Samaritans reportedly on scene as weather hampers rescue  —  Severe weather has hampered the rescue operation for eight people believed to be on board a GCI-owned aircraft that crashed near Dillingham on Monday night with possible fatalities …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Levi Johnston for mayor. . . really  —  Reality show follows Palin player's bid for office  —  Levi Johnston is setting his sights on the dysfunctional family business.  —  Johnston will run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska — yes, the same job that propelled Sarah Palin to governor of that state …
John H. Richardson / Esquire:
Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican  —  In the twelve years since he resigned in defeat and disgrace, he has been carefully plotting his return to power.  As 2012 approaches, he has raised as much money as all of his potential rivals combined and sits atop the polls for the Republican presidential nomination.
Discussion: The Eye
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Inside story of Michelle's trip  —  First lady took Spain vacation with ‘a dear friend’ whose father recently died  —  WASHINGTON—Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha returned from Spain on Sunday, a vacation at a lavish hotel on the Mediterranean coast that triggered her first controversy since becoming first lady.
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Large Number of Governors' Races Grips Both Parties  —  CHICAGO — For all the talk of midterm elections and control of Congress, the political parties are obsessing this year more than ever over the nation's 37 races for governor.  —  The Republican Governors Association has already poured $11 million …
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Jeanne Whalen / Wall Street Journal:
Rights Groups Join Criticism of WikiLeaks  —  A group of human-rights organizations is pressing WikiLeaks to do a better job of redacting names from thousands of war documents it is publishing, joining the list of critics that claim the Web site's actions could jeopardize the safety of Afghans who aided the U.S. military.
The Huffington Post:
GOP To Introduce Lame-Duck Prohibition Resolution, Citing Browner's Remarks On Energy Bill  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  House Republicans are going forward with plans to introduce a resolution on Tuesday to prohibit the House of Representatives from assembling during the two-month period following the November elections.
Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Maxine Waters accused of three ethics violations  —  A House report gives more details of its allegations against the Los Angeles Democrat.  Her chief of staff and grandson is accused of being ‘actively involved’ in helping a bank with ties to her husband.  —  Reporting from Washington —
Discussion: THEROOT.COM, MyDD, The BLT and Truthdig
Google Public Policy Blog:
A joint policy proposal for an open Internet  —  Posted by Alan Davidson, Google director of public policy and Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy, and communications  —  The original architects of the Internet got the big things right.
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Dan Gillmor / Salon:
Google-Verizon plan: Why you should worry
Megan Carpentier / TPMMuckraker:
Conservapedia: E=mc2 Is A Liberal Conspiracy  —  To many conservatives, almost everything is a secret liberal plot: from fluoride in the water to medicare reimbursements for end-of-life planning with your doctor to efforts to teach evolution in schools.  But Conservapedia founder …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Obama hauls in checks during short visit to Dallas and Austin  —  tgillman@dallasnews.com  —  Over the course of six hours Monday in Dallas and Austin, President Barack Obama managed to rake in $1.6 million for Democrats, kick up some dust in the governor's race, and issue a stern warning to voters …
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
GQ:
GQ Exclusive: Rand Paul's Kooky College Days (Hint: There's a Secret Society Involved)  —  When the Lexington Herald-Leader reported last week that Rand Paul was, in effect, a college dropout, it looked like the 2010 midterms might feature yet another fabulist.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Meehan on tea party signatures  —  Pat Meehan speaks with the press outside the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia.  AP  —  Republican Pat Meehan challenged the validity of tea party congressional candidate Jim Schneller's candidacy on Monday, arguing that Democrats improperly helped him gather …
Discussion: Election Law
Jim Newell / Gawker:
Horrible Obama-Smashing Carnival Game Wows Jersey Shore Patrons  —  Last week, a fair near Allentown, Pennsylvania grabbed some attention for its “Alien Attack” shooting-gallery game, where one could shoot at Barack Obama's likeness.  The game was pulled.  But there's still a similar game on the Jersey Shore boardwalk!
 
 
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Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Dems plan to attack GOP on Social Security
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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CNN:
Obama to GOP: I'm pretty good at politicking, remember?
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Judge Vaughn Walker Gets Smeared By the Media