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12:45 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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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: Don Surber and Right Wing News
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
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 …
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Boehner to Obama: fire economic team
Discussion: D.C. Now and CNN
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Boehner to Blast Obama on Economy
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
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Home Sales at Lowest Level in More Than a Decade  —  Housing sales in July plunged to their lowest level in more than a decade, exceeding even the grimmest forecasts.  —  The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate of 3.83 million was 25.5 percent below the level of July a year ago.
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Existing home sales dive to 15-year low
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Existing-Home Sales Plunged in July
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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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Pickens Laments That He Failed To Convince Bush And Obama To Take Iraq's Oil
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
When did the actual last combat brigade return from Iraq?
Discussion: The Jawa Report and BLACKFIVE
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
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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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 …
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
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: ABCNEWS, The Page and Gawker
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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
 
 
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Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
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Discussion: Althouse
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fed Split  —  Kill me now as the WSJ makes it clear that the FOMC …
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
For Obama, a chance to regain some political momentum
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Page
Richard Just / The New Republic:
Disgrace  —  Obama's increasingly absurd gay marriage position.
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
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