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9:30 AM ET, August 24, 2010

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Ann McElhinney / Not Evil Just Wrong:
James Cameron—King of Hypocrites  —  Last March James Cameron sounded defiant.  —  The Avatar director was determined to expose journalists, such as myself, who thought it was important to ask questions about climate change orthodoxy and the radical “solutions” being proposed.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Report: Director James Cameron calls climate change skeptics ‘swine’  —  James Cameron, director of the eco-tinged smash film Avatar, on Sunday called global warming skeptics “swine” at a renewable energy conference in Aspen, Colo., according to a news report.
Aaron Hedge / Aspen Times:   Filmmaker Cameron, in Aspen, has harsh words for global warming skeptics
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Filmmaker James Cameron Backs Out of Global Warming Debate HE Organized
Marc Morano / Climate Depot:
From King of the World to Chicken of the Sea: Director James …
Discussion: Nice Deb
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 …
Discussion: The Page and AMERICAblog News
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
John Boehner: Fire Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers  —  CLEVELAND — House Minority Leader John Boehner is calling on the Obama administration to extend Bush -era tax cuts, freeze federal spending and fire top economic officials, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Anti-Semitic Incident at Ground Zero Mosque Counter Protest  —  At Sunday's Ground Zero mosque protest, I spoke to one man who had been with the counter-protesters, Joey “Boots” Bassolino, immediately after the police pulled him out from the crowd.  What happened, I asked?
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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 …
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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Reuters:
U.S. Court Rules Against Obama's Stem Cell Policy
Brent Kendall / Dow Jones Newswires:
Judge Blocks Embryonic Stem-Cell Research Funding
Discussion: Guardian and New York Magazine
Abby Phillip / The Politico:   No fed cash for stem cell research
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
About that Daily Caller article claiming a lot bloggers “on the Republican side” are “secretly feeding on cash from political campaigns.”  —  The first paragraph of this attention-getting article by Jonathan Strong says there's “a form of partisan payola that erases the line between journalism and paid endorsement.”
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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 …
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
‘Recovery Summer’ Stimulus Plan Falls Short  —  Republicans Poised to Hammer Democrats on Jobs Promises Ahead of November  —  After months of withering job losses and weak economic growth, summer was going to be the season of recovery, the Obama administration heralded in June.
Discussion: Hot Air
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
L.A. Times Runs Most Biased Top Story Ever Published In Any Free-World Newspaper  —  In one of its many books of guidelines, the Los Angeles Times instructs employees to write so that a reader “cannot detect” the political views of the reporter.  If there's any place where you'd expect …
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Responding to Dr. Krugman's column on tax cuts for the rich  —  In his column yesterday, Dr. Paul Krugman argues for raising the top marginal income tax rates on January 1.  His polemic is useful because it encapsulates most of the Left's arguments.  —  Language trick #1: “We” (the government) should not “give money to the rich.”
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?
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
WH counter-terrorism adviser Brennan storms out of TWT offices  —  White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan joined President Barack Obama and the rest of the First Family in Martha's Vineyard, while the President and his family vacationed.  As I wrote in my Friday post on Mr. Brennan …
Discussion: Solomonia, Potluck and AmSpecBlog
David Weigel / Weigel:
A Purge at the Cato Institute?  —  The libertarian Cato Institute is parting with two of its most prominent scholars.  Brink Lindsey, the institute's vice president of research and the author of the successful book The Age of Abundance, is departing to take a position at the Kauffman Foundation.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Jimmy Carter headed to North Korea on rescue mission  —  Jimmy Carter is set to travel to North Korea very soon, according to two sources familiar with the former president's plans, in what they characterized as a private mission to free a U.S. citizen imprisoned there.
The Smoking Gun:
Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts  —  DEA wants “Black English” linguists to decipher bugged calls … The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records.
The Politico:
What to watch in Tuesday's primaries  —  Five states — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma and Vermont — go to the polls Tuesday but only three of them can point to primary elections that are being closely monitored by a national audience.  —  In Alaska and Arizona, incumbent Republican …
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.
 
 
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Is Obama ‘American Enough’?
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
For Obama, a chance to regain some political momentum
Discussion: The Page
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
When did the actual last combat brigade return from Iraq?
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Jonny Paul / Jerusalem Post:
Anti-Israel group urges BBC complaints
Richard Just / The New Republic:
Disgrace  —  Obama's increasingly absurd gay marriage position.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Why is left so disappointed in Obama?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Grayson Knocks ‘Taliban Dan’ Webster For Supporting ‘Covenant Marriage’
Discussion: Weigel
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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Rep. Jordan: If GOP wins the House, we won't get anything done …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Blogger beware: Postings can lead to lawsuits
Discussion: TalkLeft and Law Blog
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Net-neutrality group challenged by ties to MoveOn.Org, ACORN
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Big Government