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7:30 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: Pirate's Cove 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
Fox News:
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Imam: America Killed More Innocents Than Al Qaeda
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
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
The Twenty Years' War  —  Defeating Saddam took 19 years too long.  —  Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990.  Two decades later, on Aug. 18, 2010, the U.S. withdrew its last combat brigade from Iraq.  Throughout those years U.S. military operations went under a variety of names …
Discussion: Commentary
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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 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 …
CNN:
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 …
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
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
Shai Oster / Wall Street Journal:
China Traffic Jam Could Last Weeks  —  BEIJING—A 60-mile traffic jam near the Chinese capital could last until mid-September, officials say.  —  Traffic has been snarled along the outskirts of Beijing and is stretching toward the border of Inner Mongolia ever since roadwork on the Beijing-Tibet Highway started Aug. 13.
Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
New MRC Report Exposes The Real Radio Hatemongers  —  The so-called “news” media have spent much of the past two decades demonizing the rhetoric of conservative radio talk show hosts as mean-spirited, divisive or a menace to civil discourse.  But these same journalists …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
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Alex Pareene / Salon:
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Money laundering case against DeLay moving forward
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‘Race to the Top’ winners chosen
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Fed Split  —  Kill me now as the WSJ makes it clear that the FOMC …
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