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1:45 PM ET, August 27, 2010

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
This Is Not a Recovery  —  What will Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman, say in his big speech Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyo.?  Will he hint at new steps to boost the economy?  Stay tuned.  —  But we can safely predict what he and other officials will say about where we are right now …
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
The Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy  —  The annual meeting at Jackson Hole always provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on the economic and financial developments of the preceding year, and recently we have had a great deal on which to reflect.  A year ago, in my remarks to this conference …
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Weak GDP raises stakes for Obama, Fed
Discussion: The Page and Scared Monkeys
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Miller says he is concerned Murkowski will ‘pull an Al Franken’  —  Joe Miller, the Republican candidate who is poised to knock off Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in a primary contest, said Thursday he is concerned she will launch a protracted legal battle to save her seat.
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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
More than 20,000 ballots left untallied
Discussion: Swing State Project and Weigel
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Miller: NRSC should be on ‘sidelines’
Discussion: The Page
Dan / Riehl World View:
Palin Goes Rogue: Who's The Rube, Now, Murkowski?
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE RACE: Poll: Voters wish for other choices  —  Angle's backers indicate preference for another Republican  —  Nevadans would like a do-over.  —  Two-thirds of voters who say they back Sharron Angle wish another Republican had won the nomination, according to a poll …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle twice refuses to disavow claim that there are “domestic enemies” in Congress  —  In an interview with a conservative talk show host yesterday, Sharron Angle was given two clear chances to disavow the claim that there are “domestic enemies” within Congress, an assertion she previously expressed unequivocal agreement with.
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog Gay:
Family Research Council has a really bad ad attacking Reid on DADT
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Advocate
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Muslims Give Obama Highest Job Approval; Mormons, Lowest  —  Jews and those with no religious affiliation also give Obama above-average ratings  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Muslim Americans continue to give President Barack Obama the highest job approval rating of any major religious group in the U.S. …
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Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:   Among Religious Groups, Obama's Ratings Highest with Muslims, Lowest with Mormons
Charles M. Blow / By the Numbers:
Obama and the Jews, Part 2
John R. Parkison / ABCNEWS:
Tea Party Spells KKK, Rights Leader Says  —  Black Leaders Outraged Over ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally  —  A civil rights activist and former congressman equated the Tea Party with the Ku Klux Klan today as he blasted a conservative rally planned in Washington, D.C., this weekend.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Dem campaign chief blasts ‘conspiracy theories, rants’ on the right
Discussion: The Politico
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The last refuge of a liberal  —  Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed.  Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people.  But the people have proved so disappointing.  Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat.
New Jersey Online:
Gov. Chris Christie fires N.J. schools chief Bret Schundler  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie fired state education commissioner Bret Schundler this morning after Schundler refused to resign in the wake of the controversy over the state's loss of up to $400 million in federal school funding, two officials briefed on the situation said.
Chris Pizzello / Associated Press:
Levi Johnston takes back his apology to Palin … ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin's grandson, says he wishes he hadn't apologized for telling lies about the former Alaska governor because he's “never lied about anything.”  —  Johnston said in an interview on CBS' …
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John_Merritt / CBS News:
Levi: Wish I Didn't Say Sorry to Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Caucus, CNN, Wonkette and PopEater
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Among Democrats, economic pressures are changing tax-cut dynamics  —  With the economy rapidly weakening, some senior Democrats are having second thoughts about raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest families and are pressing party leaders to consider extending the full array …
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber  —  The Obama administration has shelved the planned prosecution of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged coordinator of the Oct. 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a court filing.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Opponents of same-sex marriage target Iowa judges  —  DES MOINES - Politics is as much a mainstay of the Iowa State Fair as the deep-fried food and the cows sculpted out of butter.  But the crowds searching for a remote corner under the grandstand this week were not headed for one of the presidential hopefuls who routinely drop by.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Parent Model  —  During the first half of this year, German and American political leaders engaged in an epic debate.  American leaders argued that the economic crisis was so bad, governments should borrow billions to stimulate growth.  German leaders argued that a little short-term stimulus …
NY Daily News:
Nicole John, daughter of US ambassador to Thailand Eric John, dies after falling at high-rise party  —  Nicole John (far left) fell 25 floors to her death Friday morning at the Herald Towers in midtown Manhattan.  John is the daughter of U.S. ambassador to Thailand, Eric John (below).
msnbc.com:
Want to be class president?  Not if you're black, in one Miss. school  —  Mother moves her family after learning about segregation in class elections  —  If you're black and a student at one public middle school in Mississippi, you can't run for president - only whites need apply.
 
 
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Stacy St. Clair / Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich holdout explains vote
Washington Post:
CIA making secret payments to members of Karzai administration
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Michael O. Leavitt / Washington Post:
The Medicare reform illusion
Discussion: Hit & Run
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Vitter Attorneys Pressured Louisiana Newspapers To Soften Coverage …
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
Roger Ebert, Hypocrisy, and “the Big Lie”
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
John Frank / MiamiHerald.com:
Florida GOP split: McCollum refuses to endorse Rick Scott
Discussion: Townhall.com and TPMDC
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Boehner: Obama is ‘on wrong side of history’ for opposing Iraq troop surge
 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Won't the Fed Inflate?  —  Kevin Drum has a roundup …
Discussion: EconLog
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Jihad Watch: Hotter than Hot Air
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Official: “We Know He Needs to Be Out There to Talk …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
Garance Burke / Associated Press:
SPIN METER: What Biden didn't mention on stimulus
John / Power Line:
Who's Stupid?  —  Lately there has been a rash of news stories …
Discussion: Fox News and Wonkette