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7:15 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 …
Ed Hornick / CNN:
10 things Republicans must do in 10 weeks
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Don Surber
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
John Boehner Mocked His Deficit Reduction Plan Before He Proposed It
Discussion: Weigel
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 …
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Cristian Salazar / Associated Press:
NY archbishop worries about tone of mosque debate  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The tense climate around a proposal for an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero could put New Yorkers in danger of losing their senses of tolerance and unity, values they embraced in the days after Sept. 11 …
Fox News:
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Imam: America Killed More Innocents Than Al Qaeda
National Review:
Inventing Moderate Islam
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%.
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
10 Questions for Marco Rubio
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?
Alejandro Lazo / Los Angeles Times:
Sales of existing U.S. homes fall 27%
Nathan Hodge / Washington Wire:
Conway: U.S. Withdrawal Deadline Boosts Taliban in Afghan War  —  The top U.S. Marine general said President Barack Obama's announced July 2011 deadline to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan had given “sustenance” to the Taliban.  —  “We know the president was talking to several audiences …
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Steve Goldstein / MarketWatch:
Stimulus plan boosted GDP by as much as 4.5%, says CBO  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The oft-criticized stimulus plan boosted the economy in the second quarter by as much as 4.5%, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday.  —  In a report published the same day as Minority Leader …
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Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
Estimated Impact of the Stimulus Package on Employment and Economic Output
Discussion: The Hill and Economist's View
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
GOP Maintains Edge in Midterm Voting Preferences  —  Holds 47% to 44% advantage in latest update  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup tracking of 2010 midterm congressional election voting preferences shows 47% of registered voters saying they would vote for the Republican candidate and 44% …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
For Obamacare supporters, judgment day approaches
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.
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dan Quayle defends son before vote  —  Former Vice President Dan Quayle didn't want to leave the supportive e-mail off the end of his son's campaign for Congress.  —  In a Monday night e-mail pitch to Ben Quayle's supporters, Dan Quayle makes a last-ditch effort to defend the 33-year-old Ben Quayle …
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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 …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Jonah Goldberg: Caring about Muslims is a hate crime against Real Americans  —  Jonah Goldberg, whose columns are apparently published in grown-up newspapers for consumption by literate adults, uses today's to expand on a theme that he first toyed with at The Corner last week …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Pickens Laments That He Failed To Convince Bush And Obama To Take Iraq's Oil  —  Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens made headlines late last year as he openly advocated to members of Congress that the United States seize the oil fields of Iraq and use them for its own benefit, arguing that our country is “entitled” to the oil.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Twenty Years' War
Discussion: Commentary
CNN:
TRENDING: Greene escorted from campaign event  —  South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene was escorted from an event on Saturday.  —  Washington (CNN) - Embattled Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene was escorted from a meeting of the Oconee County Democratic Party on Saturday …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Julie Appleby / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Colleges say new health law may imperil student policies  —  WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities say that some rules in the new health law could keep them from offering low-cost, limited-benefit student insurance policies, and they're seeking federal authority to continue offering them.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Right Wing News
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 …
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
St. Petersburg Times:
At this pace, early voters outnumber Election Day ballots  —  If the slow, rain-soaked day of voting continues, there's a chance more people will have cast ballots early than on Election Day in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, officials said Tuesday.  —  “It's kind of looking that way now …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Yoav Gonen / New York Post:
HS test ‘slams’ Christianity, lauds Islam  —  State testmakers played favorites when quizzing high-schoolers on world religions — giving Islam and Buddhism the kid-gloves treatment while socking it to Christianity, critics say.  —  Teachers complain that the reading selections from the Regents exam …
 
 
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Fed Split  —  Kill me now as the WSJ makes it clear that the FOMC …
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