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3:40 PM ET, August 24, 2010

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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Minority leader Boehner to call for mass firing of Obama's economic team  —  CLEVELAND — House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will call Tuesday for the mass firing of the Obama administration's economic team, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House adviser Larry Summers …
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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Their Economic Policies Haven't Changed, So They Won't Bring the Change We Need  —  Later today, House Minority Leader John Boehner is slated to give a speech at the City Club of Cleveland laying out the major planks of his party's economic agenda.  Unfortunately, families in Ohio and across …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
John Boehner: Fire Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers  —  CLEVELAND — The rollout of John Boehner's campaign for speaker of the House went public Tuesday morning here in his home state, as he outlined an economic agenda that combined old GOP economic ideas with a few new ones and called …
Ed Hornick / CNN:
10 things Republicans must do in 10 weeks  —  Members of the Republican House leadership introduce the party's “America Speaking Out” campaign in May.  House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio is at far right.  —  Washington (CNN) — With the midterm elections just 10 weeks away, analysts expect big wins for Republicans.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Don Surber
gopleader.gov:
Full Text: Boehner Delivers Remarks on Jobs & The Economy in Cleveland, OH  —  Follow @GOPLeader for updates on Leader Boehner's remarks  —  Remarks by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) on Jobs & The Economy  —  As Prepared for Delivery  —  The City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
John Boehner Mocked His Deficit Reduction Plan Before He Proposed It
Discussion: The Hill and Weigel
CNN:
Boehner to give speech on Iraq
Discussion: The Page
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
War of Words: Boehner, Biden Spar Over Economic Policies
Discussion: The Politico and Political Punch
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The “Ground Zero mosque” debate is about tolerance—and a whole lot more. … - The Florida Congressman Showing Democrats How To Beat the Tea Party- So What if the Islamic Community Center's Location Is “Insensitive”?  - The NYT's Bogus Story About Technology Endangering National Park Visitors- What Ever Happened to Quicksand?
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Karen Hughes: I don't remember any of my work with Imam  —  As you may have heard, former Bush senior adviser Karen Hughes came out against Cordoba House over the weekend.  Hughes called on Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to move the project in order to “provide a path toward the peaceful relationships …
Claudia Rosett / Forbes:
Cashing In On Ground Zero
National Review:
Inventing Moderate Islam
realtor.org:
July Existing-Home Sales Fall as Expected but Prices Rise  —  Existing-home sales were sharply lower in July following expiration of the home buyer tax credit but home prices continued to gain, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  —  Existing-home sales1 …
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Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
How Bad Was July's Plummet in Home Sales?
Discussion: Wizbang
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Rubio back on top  —  Democrats will get their stronger candidate if Kendrick Meek wins the Florida Senate primary tonight as expected- but the biggest winner coming out of the primary may be Marco Rubio.  PPP finds he would begin the general election in the lead at 40%, followed by Charlie Crist at 32%, and Meek at 17%.
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Split on Move to Bolster Sluggish Economy  —  WASHINGTON—The Aug. 10 meeting of top Federal Reserve officials was among the most contentious in Ben Bernanke's four-and-a-half year tenure as central bank chairman.  —  With the economic outlook unexpectedly darkening …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
A Case of Mental Courage  —  In 1811, the popular novelist Fanny Burney learned she had breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy without anesthesia.  She lay down on an old mattress, and a piece of thin linen was placed over her face, allowing her to make out the movements of the surgeons above her.
CNN:
Sherrod declines USDA job offer  —  Shirley Sherrod has declined a job offer from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.  —  (CNN) - Shirley Sherrod said Tuesday that she has enjoyed her work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and “would want to see that work continue.”
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Federal Eye:
Shirley Sherrod declines USDA job
Discussion: Wonkette
Hart Van Denburg / The Blotter:
Zombies scare Minneapolis into cash settlement  —  ​Seven zombies accused of carrying weapons of mass destruction will be staggering to the bank shortly with a bundle of cash, courtesy of a legal settlement with the City of Minneapolis.  —  The seven were arrested in 2006 during Aquatennial …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Steele says immigration law ‘not a reflection of an entire political party’  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele refused to embrace Arizona's controversial immigration law Tuesday during an interview with Univision, the country's largest Spanish-language television network.
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The Huffington Post:
Michael Steele Distances GOP From Arizona Immigration Law …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Rangel on the Hot Seat in Debate  —  It was a gentle but unmistakable nudge President Obama gave Representative Charles B. Rangel recently, suggesting in an interview three weeks ago that Mr. Rangel, 80, should retire to “end his career with dignity.”  —  At a tense and sometimes fiery …
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
A 25-state midterm swing for Romney  —  Former governor positioned for '12  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney, having met last weekend in New Hampshire with the staff of his 2008 presidential campaign, is preparing to embark on an aggressive schedule that will take him to more than 25 states …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
For Obamacare supporters, judgment day approaches  —  Say you're a Democratic member of Congress.  You proudly cast your vote for Obamacare, you cheered when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed it as the achievement of a generation and you scoffed at Republicans who vowed to repeal it.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox Shareholder Prince Alwaleed Meets With News Corp Execs To Discuss How To ‘Strengthen The Alliance’  —  Yesterday morning on Fox & Friends, Fox News contributor Dan Senor observed that The Kingdom Foundation, whose chairman Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (Fox News-parent company News …
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
‘CBS Evening News’ Ties All-Time Low  —  The network newscast ratings for last week are in and “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” tied its all-time low in total viewers with an average of 4.89 million tuning in during the five days.  —  The low was set last June, when ABC also hit its own low.
Rasmussen Reports:
48% Say Obama's Views Are Extreme; 51% Say Hillary Is Mainstream  —  Forty-eight percent (48%) of U.S. voters now regard President Obama's political views as extreme.  Forty-two percent (42%) place his views in the mainstream, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
The Politico:
Is ‘Beckapalooza’ about cause or Beck?  —  Even as he prepares for a Saturday rally that could cement his status as an unparalleled force in conservative politics, Glenn Beck is facing quiet but persistent questions from some on the right about whether he can be a reliable partner …
The Huffington Post:
Facebook Blocks Ads For Pot Legalization Campaign  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  For a typical college student, if it didn't happen on Facebook, it didn't happen.  That gives the social networking behemoth an out-sized influence on the confines of political debate, if that debate falls outside what Facebook deems acceptable discourse.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Outgoing commandant predicts long fight ahead for Marines in Afghanistan  —  “Though I certainly believe some American unit somewhere in Afghanistan will turn over responsibilities to Afghan security forces in 2011, I do not think they will be Marines,” Gen. James Conway said at a Pentagon press briefing on Tuesday.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
U.S. Judge Rules Against Obama's Stem Cell Policy  —  WASHINGTON — A federal district judge on Monday blocked President Obama's 2009 executive order that expanded embryonic stem cell research, saying it violated a ban on federal money being used to destroy embryos.
 
 
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dan Quayle defends son before vote
Discussion: Valley Fever, Washington Post and TPMDC
Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
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Discussion: Right Wing News
Wall Street Journal:
New Fees Weighed for Mortgage Industry
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Candy Crowley, veteran CNN reporter, takes on competitive Sunday morning slot
Jeremy Shulkin / Daily Worcesteria:
The best gimmick to come out of the 3rd district congressional race
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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State Department details Blackwater violations of U.S. laws
Discussion: Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Joke's on Us?  —  Our current political leadership just isn't all that funny.
Discussion: Althouse
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fed Split  —  Kill me now as the WSJ makes it clear that the FOMC …
Agence France Presse:
China's nine-day traffic jam stretches 100km
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Is Obama ‘American Enough’?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Commentary
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
GOP Targets Obama's ‘Recovery Summer’ Amid Economic Gloom
Discussion: TalkLeft, Hot Air and Riehl World View