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12:40 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 …
The Politico:
Can Ken Buck buck the system?
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).
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin / Blogs and Stories:
Exclusive: Ground Zero Mosque Goes Green
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and sisu
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Obama closes curtain on transparency  —  President Obama has abolished the position in his White House dedicated to transparency and shunted those duties into the portfolio of a partisan ex-lobbyist who is openly antagonistic to the notion of disclosure by government and politicians.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   Obama to host Ramadan meal
Julie Mason / Beltway Confidential:
Examiner takes principled stand! Skips OTR lunch with Obama!
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
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.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Sen. Schumer: ‘Sour’ electorate reluctant to give Dems credit
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Maxine Waters: “I Won't Cut A Deal”  —  Congresswoman Defends Her Actions in Assisting Minority Banks, Including One With Ties to Husband  —  Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., today adamantly refuted charges brought against her by the House Ethics Committee.  —  “I have not violated any House rules …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
The Politico:   Rep. Maxine Waters mounts a forceful public defense
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?”
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
‘Professional left’ not ready to back an Obama primary challenger in '12  —  As angry as they 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 …
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.
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) …
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Defense chief Gates orders review of Marines' role  —  Acknowledging concerns among current and former Marines that the Corps has evolved into another ground combat force, the Defense secretary aims to define the service's future path.  —  Reporting from San Francisco …
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon push to phase out top brass causing much consternation
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
Fhardingj / CNN:
Legislator resigns after ‘dead Palin’ comment  —  State Rep. Timothy Horrigan made the remarks Wednesday night in a thread discussing the Alaska plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens.  —  “Well a dead Palin wd be even more dangerous than a live one...she is all about her myth …
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Betsy's Page
First Read /
First thoughts: First Read's Field of 64  —  Note: On Fridays during this month of August, we're scaling back our morning note.  But we're still providing something to read as you head to the beach or take advantage (hopefully) of a long weekend.  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg
Discussion: Prime Buzz
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Internment Camps for Undocumented Migrants
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Prosecutorial Flim-Flam at Gitmo
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Josh Rogin / Josh Rogin's blog:
Republicans reject Obama's Turkey envoy
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Dems blast WWE even though their presidential candidates appeared …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and YID With LID
Associated Press:
Liberal groups push to exploit Target backlash
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and GayPatriot
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran commutes stoning sentences
Brian / Freedom's Lighthouse:
Rangel Says Many Believe After 40 Years in Congress Some of Us …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Expert on Morality Is on Leave After Research Inquiry
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 Earlier Items: 
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, Ballot Box and KPIX-TV
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Mayor's Stance on Muslim Center Has Deep Roots
Spiegel Online:
Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK
Discussion: 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: Beat the Press
Ace /
The “Neutral Story Line” …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Reihan Salam / National Review:
Brief Post on Immigration