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4:15 PM ET, August 28, 2010

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Washington Post:
Beck Tells Crowd to Concentrate on ‘Good Things in America.’  —  Conservative commentator Glenn Beck exhorted a crowd of activists gathered on the National Mall Saturday morning to restore the traditional honor and values of the nation.  —  “For too long, this country has wandered in darkness …
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Sarah Palin at Glenn Beck's Rally: ‘Dr. King Would Be So Proud’  —  ABC News' Tahman Bradley reports: Christiane Amanpour and I caught up with Sarah Palin backstage at Glenn Beck's “Restoring Honor” rally.  —  Here's what she said during a brief stop to shake hands.  —  Someone: How excited are you about Joe Miller's win?
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
America Is Better Than This  —  America is better than Glenn Beck.  For all of his celebrity, Mr. Beck is an ignorant, divisive, pathetic figure.  On the anniversary of the great 1963 March on Washington he will stand in the shadows of giants — Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Where Dr. King Stood, Tea Party Claims His Mantle  —  WASHINGTON — It seems the ultimate thumb in the eye: that Glenn Beck would summon the Tea Party faithful to a rally on the anniversary of the March on Washington, and address them from the very place where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his …
Mary C. Curtis / Politics Daily:
Glenn Beck ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally Draws Tens of Thousands to National Mall  —  On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, at the spot Martin Luther King Jr. spoke 47 years ago, conservative commentator Glenn Beck told a huge “Restoring Honor” rally Saturday that the United States has “wandered in the darkness” for too long.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Janie Lorber / The Caucus:
Parallel Rallies by Beck and Sharpton  —  People posing with an Abraham Lincoln lookalike while arriving for the “Restoring Honor” event on the National Mall on Saturday in Washington  —  Two political foes - Glenn Beck and the Rev. Al Sharpton Jr. - are gathering hundreds of thousands …
New York Times:
In Washington, a Call for Religious Rebirth  —  Correction Appended  —  WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people rallied at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday at an event organized by the conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck, who called for a religious rebirth in America at the site …
Rick Moran / The Moderate Voice:
The Tea Party as Inheritors of Dr. King's Legacy?  —  To those predisposed because of ideological animus to dismiss the notion of the tea party movement being the true inheritors of Martin Luther King's dream, you might as well click away now.  But if you want to engage on this issue in a reasonable manner …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Bummer.  Al Sharpton's Counter Freedom Rally Attracts Only 3,000 Supporters  —  Bummer about that turnout, Al.  —  2,000 - 3,000 turned out at Al's counter freedom rally.  —  From the The Washington Post. … The media is not airing any crowd shots at this time.  —  Jaime Contreras, local SEIU president added this:
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
There was nothing to fear on Aug. 28, 1963  —  Idid not stick around to see Glenn Beck's extravaganza at the Lincoln Memorial, not out of protest but because I had work to do in Philadelphia.  But I was more than satisfied by my memories of the earlier event at that site I'd covered …
Examiner:
Crowd estimates, early reports from Beck's ‘restoring honor’ rally (with updates)  —  In a demonstration of the overwhelming support of mainstream America for conservative principles, Glenn Beck's ‘Restoring Honor’ rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. is drawing ‘hundreds of thousands,’ according to McClatchy Newspapers.
CNN:
Beck talks faith in rally coinciding with anniversary of King's speech  —  Washington (CNN) — Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck opened his controversial “Restoring Honor” rally Saturday by urging Americans to “turn back to God” and return the nation to the values on which it was founded.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Emi Kolawole / Washington Post:
Live Coverage: Al Sharpton's ‘Reclaim the Dream’ march  —  Full coverage of the Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton rallies  —  The march has started and is moving slowly.  —  Martin Luther King III will speak at the King memorial.  Code Pink is also at the rally, along with other anti-war protesters.
Discussion: Gothamist, Story Lab and PostPartisan
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Dems meet Beck rally with door-knocking campaign
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
ABCNEWS:
Glenn Beck's ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally Draws Tea Party Activists
Discussion: CNN, Firedoglake and TBogg
Momma / Weasel Zippers:
Honor And American Pride Come To DC . . . UPDATED I, II, III, IV
Discussion: Hot Air, CBS News, Daily RFT and Salon
CNN:   TRENDING: NAACP president slams Glenn Beck at ‘Reclaim the Dream’ rally
Paul Bedard / US News:
EPA Surrenders to NRA on Gun Control Issue  —  EPA rejects attempt to regulate lead in bullets after NRA protests  —  In a swift and unexpected decision, the Environmental Protection Agency today rejected a petition from environmental groups to ban the use of lead in bullets and shotgun shells …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
EPA on lead-ammunition ban: Never mind
Discussion: US News and Political Byline
Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
For Reid, No NRA Endorsement  —  The National Rifle Association announced Friday that it won't be endorsing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) for re-election this November.  —  The NRA has not endorsed Mr. Reid in the past, but his backers had been hoping for its official blessing this time around.
Discussion: Erick's blog
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Nevada, No One Is Someone to Watch
 
 
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