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4:55 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 …
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 and called …
Ed Hornick / CNN:
10 things Republicans must do in 10 weeks
Discussion: Right Wing News and Don Surber
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
John Boehner Mocked His Deficit Reduction Plan Before He Proposed It
Discussion: Weigel and The Hill
CNN:
Boehner to give speech on Iraq
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
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?  —  The housing bears were right: existing home sales fell off a cliff in July.  As my colleague Megan McArdle just noted, they sold at an annualized pace of 3.83 million, down by 27% versus June and 26% below July 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Existing home sales dive to 15-year low
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Salon and Mother Jones
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National Review:
Inventing Moderate Islam
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and NO QUARTER
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World Blog's Column:
Marines will still be ‘hammering’ Afghanistan next year
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Outgoing commandant predicts long fight ahead for Marines in Afghanistan
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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%.
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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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.
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
CNN:
Sherrod declines USDA job offer  —  Shirley Sherrod has declined a job offer from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.  —  (CNN) - Shirley Sherrod said Tuesday that she has enjoyed her work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and “would want to see that work continue.”
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Federal Eye:
Shirley Sherrod declines USDA job
Discussion: Wonkette
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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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
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
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.
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.
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
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 …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox Shareholder Prince Alwaleed Meets With News Corp Execs To Discuss How To ‘Strengthen The Alliance’  —  Yesterday morning on Fox & Friends, Fox News contributor Dan Senor observed that The Kingdom Foundation, whose chairman Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (Fox News-parent company News …
 
 
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Eli Lake / Washington Times:
End of settlement freeze could derail Mideast talks
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
Estimated Impact of the Stimulus Package on Employment and Economic Output
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Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Candy Crowley, veteran CNN reporter, takes on competitive Sunday morning slot
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fed Split  —  Kill me now as the WSJ makes it clear that the FOMC …
Agence France Presse:
China's nine-day traffic jam stretches 100km
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
U.S. Judge Rules Against Obama's Stem Cell Policy
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Is Obama ‘American Enough’?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Commentary