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2:00 PM ET, August 13, 2010


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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE CAMPAIGN: Angle, Reid race still tight  —  More voters picking sides as senator's clout comes into play  —  Locked in a dead heat, both U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and Sharron Angle picked up support in the past two weeks, according to a poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow …
David Weigel / Slate:
Why Democrats shouldn't feel overconfident about beating some of those wacky Republican nominees. … - Won't It Be Awesome When Amazon Releases a $99 Kindle?  - Shafer: The Tabloidy Goodness of The Only Luggage You'll Ever Need- Troy Patterson on the Despicable New Genre …
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
1993 flip-flop: Sen. Reid introduced bill ‘clarifying’ birthright citizenship  —  For all the brouhaha over Republicans wanting to review the interpretation of the 14th Amendment, the citizenship/birthright clause, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, once supported revising …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Harry Reid tried to end birthright citizenship for illegals in 1993
CNN:   TRENDING: Reid deadlocked with Angle in new poll
Jeremy Holden / Media Matters for America:
FULL AUDIO: Dr. Laura Schlessinger's N-word rant  —  On August 10, Dr. Laura Schlessinger launched into a racially charged rant, during which Schlessinger — in her own words — “articulated the ‘n’ word all the way out — more than one time.”  Among other things, Schlessinger also told …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Sacrilege at Ground Zero  —  A place is made sacred by a widespread belief that it was visited by the miraculous or the transcendent (Lourdes, the Temple Mount), by the presence there once of great nobility and sacrifice (Gettysburg), or by the blood of martyrs and the indescribable suffering of the innocent (Auschwitz).
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN Poll: Who's on top in hunt for 2012 GOP nomination?  —  A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Survey suggests there is no front runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  —  Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Less than three months before the unofficial start of the next race …
Discussion: GOP 12
Steven Shepard / Hotline On Call:
Poll: Half Would Vote For Generic GOP Challenger In '12
Discussion: Commentary
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Tea Party groups out against net neutrality
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Disappointed, down, despondent  —  And not about to rush to the polls in November, either  —  WHY, asks a Democrat leading a training session for fellow activists, doesn't “Yes we can” work as a slogan any more?  “Because we haven't,” a jaded participant responds.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
White House pollster: '02, not '06
Discussion: The New Republic
Byron York / Associated Press:
For Michelle Obama, extravagance dents popularity  —  After a widely admired start in the White House, first lady Michelle Obama's popularity is falling and, if the current downward trend in her approval ratings continues, could touch lows not seen since the scandal-tainted days of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Discussion: Althouse
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   Obama to host Ramadan meal
Eric Hague / McSweeney's:
OUR DAUGHTER ISN'T A SELFISH BRAT; YOUR SON JUST HASN'T READ  —  ATLAS SHRUGGED.  —  I'd like to start by saying that I don't get into belligerent shouting matches at the playground very often.  The Tot Lot, by its very nature, can be an extremely volatile place—a veritable powder keg …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Lessig On Obama  —  Very nicely put: … I am crestfallen over two profound issues: civil rights and accountability for war crimes.  Maybe in the long run, it will come out all right.  And I understand the necessity of pragmatism and the awful legacy this president inherited.
Discussion: The Reaction
Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
On the Rage of Gibbs  —  Whitehouse Press Secretary Robert Gibbs …
Discussion: Truth on the Market
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Dems Might Want to Re-Think Criticizing Linda McMahon's WWE Connection  —  Linda McMahon stepped down as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment in September 2009 in order to run for the US Senate, and she has since become the Republican nominee from Connecticut.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and HotAirPundit
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Dems blast WWE even though their presidential candidates appeared …
Discussion: Hot Air and YID With LID
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
‘Professional left’ not ready to back an Obama challenger  —  As angry as it might be, the professional left isn't ready to back a primary challenger to President Obama just yet.  —  Two high-profile liberals on Thursday said they are not interested in running against the president in 2012 …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren, likely to head new consumer agency, provokes strong feelings  —  Somewhere along the line, Elizabeth Warren became a symbol.  —  She's either the plain-spoken, supremely smart crusader for middle-class families that her supporters adore, or she's the power-hungry headline seeker …
Gary Fields / Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Seats Vulnerable on Jobs  —  ALBION, Mich.—Michelle Rena Jones cheered when candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden visited south-central Michigan in 2008.  She supported Mr. Obama that November along with a slate of Democrats, including Mark Schauer in the 7th congressional district.
Fox News:
Facing Ethics Charges, Rep. Waters Points Finger at Bush Administration  —  Embattled Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday blamed the Bush administration for her ethics problems — saying she had to intervene with the Treasury Department on behalf of minority-owned banks seeking federal bailout funds …
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Maxine Waters: “I Won't Cut A Deal”
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Paralysis at the Federal Reserve  —  Ten years ago, one of America's leading economists delivered a stinging critique of the Bank of Japan, Japan's equivalent of the Federal Reserve, titled “Japanese Monetary Policy: A Case of Self-Induced Paralysis?”
Wall Street Journal:
The Anti-Obama Democrats  —  Democrats in deep-red states who voted against health reform and higher spending may yet survive the midterm.  —  It's 81 days to the election.  Expect many of them to be filled with the explanations Democrats are now serving up as to why Nov. 2 is likely to be a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day.
Dean Baker / Beat the Press:
Fun With Paul Ryan and the Washington Post  —  The Washington Post really really hates Social Security.  They hate Medicare almost as much.  Therefore they are willing to give its critics space to say almost anything against the program (the real cause of September 11th) …
Paul Ryan / Washington Post:
A road map to saving Medicare
Associated Press:
Federal appeals court in NY rules against ACORN  —  AP National Video  —  Fears remain in Mich. after stabbing spree arrest  —  Arrest in serial-stabber case eases some but not all anxiety in Mich. city where 5 were killed.  —  Judge keeps gay marriage on hold — for now
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Ex-Inmate's Dilemma: $2.2 Million or a Lawsuit  —  HOUSTON — Since a judge let him out of prison for a rape that prosecutors now say he did not commit, Michael A. Green has had trouble sleeping.  —  Late at night, he walks the neat, quiet sidewalks in the neighborhood where he is staying with an aunt …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Does the past record of journalists matter?
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Levi Johnston Says He's Kicked Out Of Palin Family “For Permanently”
Discussion: GOP 12
New York Times:
The State of the War  —  We believe that the United States …
Discussion: Balkinization
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Internment Camps for Undocumented Migrants
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Prosecutorial Flim-Flam at Gitmo
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
Liberal groups push to exploit Target backlash
Discussion: GayPatriot and Chicago Boyz
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Obama closes curtain on transparency
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Expert on Morality Is on Leave After Research Inquiry
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Mike Glover / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Pawlenty OK with move to oust judges
Discussion: Iowa Independent, Ballot Box and GOP 12
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
AFL-CIO chief to assail Whitman and Fiorina as ‘clueless CEOs’
Discussion: The Politico, NRSC and Ballot Box
Spiegel Online:
Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Israel Matzav
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
San Francisco proposal would limit toys in kids' meals
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Rare Sharing of Data Leads to Progress on Alzheimer's
Discussion: Truthdig and Beat the Press
Ace /
The “Neutral Story Line” …
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Defense chief Gates orders review of Marines' role