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12:00 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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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
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Boehner to Obama: fire economic team  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner today called on President Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and other members of his economic team, one of a series of steps he said the administration needs to take to “break this economic uncertainty.”
Discussion: D.C. Now and CNN
Ed Hornick / CNN:
10 things Republicans must do in 10 weeks
Discussion: Right Wing News
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Their Economic Policies Haven't Changed, So They Won't Bring the Change We Need
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Boehner to Blast Obama on Economy
Jake Sherman / The Politico:   John Boehner: Fire Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers
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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Calculated Risk:
Existing Home Sales lowest since 1996, 12.5 months of supply  —  The NAR reports: July Existing-Home Sales Fall as Expected but Prices Rise … Click on graph for larger image in new window.  —  This graph shows existing home sales, on a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) basis since 1993.
Discussion: Free exchange, Vox Popoli and Bloomberg
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Existing home sales dive to 15-year low  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of previously owned U.S. homes took a record drop in July to their lowest pace in 15 years, suggesting further loss of momentum in the economic recovery.  —  As the National Association of Realtors issued the report …
Discussion: Hot Air
CNBC:
Existing Home Sales Hit 15-Year Low; Housing Market Weakens
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Filmmaker James Cameron Backs Out of Global Warming Debate HE Organized
Aaron Hedge / Aspen Times:
Filmmaker Cameron, in Aspen, has harsh words for global warming skeptics
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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Paul Krugman:
Hangover Theory At The Fed  —  This Jon Hilsenrath piece on the Fed is an impressive piece of reporting; it seems that somebody is talking out of school.  And as Tim Duy says, it's also depressing for anyone believing, as I do, that we're sliding steadily into a long-run low-growth …
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
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 …
Federal Eye:
Shirley Sherrod declines USDA job  —  Ousted Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod said Tuesday that she will not return to the department in the new role.  —  “I need to take a break from some of all I've had to deal with in the last few weeks,” Sherrod said at a hastily arranged news conference at USDA headquarters.
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CNN:
Sherrod declines USDA job offer
Discussion: The Page
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Primary Day  —  Five states — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma and Vermont — go to the polls today “but only three of them can point to primary elections that are being closely monitored by a national audience,” Politico reports.  —  “In Alaska and Arizona, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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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Dina Temple-Raston / NPR:
Rancor Over Mosque Could Fuel Islamic Extremists
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Mediaite
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 …
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.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Is Obama ‘American Enough’?  —  Suddenly, it's not “racist” to criticize the president.  —  The good news for President Obama is that this week is likely to be better for him than last week was.  The bad news?  Last week!  A week so bad, as we observed Friday, that the president ended …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Commentary
CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Jersey voters give ‘Shore’ thumbs down  —  The cast of ‘The Jersey Shore’ gets low marks from New Jersey voters.  —  (CNN) - It appears a majority of New Jersey residents agree with Gov. Chris Christie: The hit MTV reality show “Jersey Shore” is doing more harm than good to the Garden State.
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
What Recovery?:  High Unemployment Persists Despite Stimulus  —  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 and Riehl World View
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.
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fed Split  —  Kill me now as the WSJ makes it clear that the FOMC is sharply divided over monetary policy: “At least seven of the 17 Fed officials gathered around the massive oval boardroom table, made of Honduran mahogany and granite, spoke against the proposal or expressed reservations.
 
 
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Joke's on Us?  —  Our current political leadership just isn't all that funny.
Discussion: Althouse
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
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The Huffington Post:
Facebook Blocks Ads For Pot Legalization Campaign
Discussion: Firedoglake and Boing Boing
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Case of Mental Courage
Discussion: Hit & Run
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Drive to Overhaul Low-Performing Schools Delayed
Discussion: Wonk Room and Eduwonk
Agence France Presse:
China's nine-day traffic jam stretches 100km
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
For Obama, a chance to regain some political momentum
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
When did the actual last combat brigade return from Iraq?
Discussion: The Jawa Report and BLACKFIVE
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: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
WH counter-terrorism adviser Brennan storms out of TWT offices
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Anti-Semitic Incident at Ground Zero Mosque Counter Protest