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11:50 AM 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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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Slowed to 1.6% Pace in 2nd Quarter  —  Economic statistics released Friday offered the clearest sign yet that the recovery, already acknowledged to be sauntering, had slowed to a crawl.  —  The government lowered its estimate of economic growth in the second quarter to an annual rate …
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Weak GDP raises stakes for Obama, Fed
Discussion: The Page
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Won't the Fed Inflate?  —  Kevin Drum has a roundup …
Discussion: EconLog
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: Weigel and Taegan Goddard's …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Palin Goes Rogue: Who's The Rube, Now, Murkowski?
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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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Tea Party Rocks Primaries  —  Some shocking electoral results this week are providing new proof that the loony Tea Party movement has surged to levels of influence far beyond anything most of us could ever have imagined possible, with the key results coming in Arizona and Alaska.
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Nearly 3 in 10 Support Tea Party
Discussion: Think Progress and Politics Daily
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 …
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog Gay:
Family Research Council has a really bad ad attacking Reid on DADT
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Advocate
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.
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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CBS News:
Levi: Wish I Didn't Say Sorry to Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Caucus, Boston Globe, CNN and PopEater
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 …
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Commentary and Balloon Juice
John / Power Line:
Who's Stupid?  —  Lately there has been a rash of news stories and columns decrying the stupidity of Americans, mostly based on a finding by the Pew Research Center that 18 percent of Americans think that Barack Obama is a Muslim.  Predictably, the New York Times joined the pile-on with this column …
Discussion: Fox News and Wonkette
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Union Brothers and Sisters, Join Our Commonsense Cause!  —  Two years ago almost to the day, I was thrilled to meet with union members at the Alaska AFL-CIO Convention in Anchorage to sign important job-creation legislation related to the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Official: “We Know He Needs to Be Out There to Talk About the Economy Next Week”  —  President Obama's golf-filled vacation in Martha's Vineyard neared its close on Friday with more bad news on the economic front, as the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysts revised …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Jihad Watch: Hotter than Hot Air  —  Jihad Watch is continuing to experience a sharp rise in readership, as you can see from the graph above.  When Jihad Watch reader James sent me this comparison, I was shocked, since Hot Air, of course, is a very, very well-traveled site.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
USA Today shaking up staff in ‘radical’ overhaul  —  SAN FRANCISCO - USA Today, the nation's second largest newspaper, is making the most dramatic overhaul of its staff in its 28-year history as it de-emphasizes its print edition and ramps up its effort to reach more readers and advertisers on mobile devices.
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 …
 
 
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Charles M. Blow / By the Numbers:
Obama and the Jews, Part 2
Discussion: Commentary and Taylor Marsh
Martin Indyk / New York Times:
For Once, Hope in the Middle East
Discussion: Commentary and Think Tanked
The Lede:
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Even Beck can't mar King's legacy
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Obama administration sides with utilities in Supreme Court case about climate change
Discussion: WPRI.com Blogs
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Uneven Katrina recovery efforts often offered the most help to the most affluent
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Struggling Cities Shut Firehouses in Budget Crisis
Discussion: The Awl
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National Review:
Dorsal Fins Surround White House
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Muslims Give Obama Highest Job Approval; Mormons, Lowest
Steve / The Investigative Project on Terrorism:
The Tangled Web of the GZM Imam's Organizations Raises Questions
Discussion: TUNDRA TABLOIDS and Israel Matzav
Wall Street Journal:
Scapegoating For-Profit Colleges
Discussion: Hit & Run
Garance Burke / Associated Press:
SPIN METER: What Biden didn't mention on stimulus
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Scared Monkeys
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
‘Debate Marriage Proposal’ Segment Goes From Sweet to Awkward...to Weird
Discussion: Wonkette
Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
Cramer: ‘Mass Panic’ in Markets Tomorrow After ‘Shocker’ GDP Released
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
The Huffington Post:
Dodd Questions Elizabeth Warren's Management Experience …
Discussion: NO QUARTER, Firedoglake and Daily Kos