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9:50 AM ET, August 28, 2010


 Top Items: 
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Nevada, No One Is Someone to Watch  —  Voters in states like Illinois and North Carolina, where both the Republican and Democratic nominees for Senate are unpopular and where the number of undecided voters remains high, might lament the choice before them.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
The NRA Non-Endorsement: Reid's Response
Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
For Reid, No NRA Endorsement
Discussion: Erick's blog
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid faces a really stiff headwind
James L. / Swing State Project:
AK-Sen: Stay Classy, Joe Miller!  —  Joe Miller tweets: … UPDATE: I see that Joe Miller quickly pulled the plug on that tweet.  But don't worry, James Hell has the screenshot!  —  LATER UPDATE: The Murkowski campaign is furious:
Huckabee's help for Miller not ‘flashy’
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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Crist says he ‘misspoke’ on healthcare  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) is walking back comments he made in an interview earlier today about the recently enacted healthcare law.  —  Crist is mounting an independent bid for Senate against Republican Marco Rubio and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.
Crist stumbles on health care question
Discussion: Wonkette, The Page and Pundits Blog
Exclusive: Gov. Crist talks to News 13
Discussion: YID With LID
Joan Gralla / Reuters:
Ground Zero Muslim center may get public financing  —  (Reuters) - The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy.
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Obama: ‘The war is ending,’ fulfilling campaign pledge  —  President Obama vowed Saturday that all U.S. troops will return home from Iraq by the end of next year, completing his 2008 campaign promise to end the war.  —  The military has already pulled out roughly 90,000 troops since early last year.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Mark Tapscott / Beltway Confidential:
Obama, Democrats got 88 percent of 2008 contributions by TV network execs, writers, reporters  —  Senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC contributed more than $1 million to Democratic candidates …
Li Cunxin / The Huffington Post:
Mao's Last Dancer  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  It's truly surreal to watch the movie based on my autobiography, Mao's Last Dancer, unfolding on the silver screen.  Considering what kind of life I came from, how could anyone even dare to dream of such a journey?
Discussion: The Peking Duck
New Jersey Online:
U.S. officials refute Christie on attempt to fix Race to the Top application during presentation  —  TRENTON — When New Jersey failed to win up to $400 million in federal education money, Gov. Chris Christie blamed Washington bureaucrats, saying they refused to allow the state to fix a simple error in its application.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Weekly Standard and RedState
New York Times:
With Paterson, the Simple Facts Can Get Complicated  —  A thoroughly honest politician has pretty much always been considered an undiscovered species.  But for Gov. David A. Paterson, the distinction between the truth and an untruth can get unusually murky.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Arnold Schwarzenegger / Wall Street Journal:
Public Pensions and Our Fiscal Future  —  Few Californians in the private sector have $1 million in savings, but that's effectively the retirement account they guarantee to many government employees.  —  Recently some critics have accused me of bullying state employees.
Embattled Democrat calling on Geithner to go  —  Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello called Friday for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to resign.  —  Washington (CNN) - It's not just Republicans calling for President Obama's economic advisers to go.  —  An embattled member of the president's own party …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Q2 GDP revised downward to 1.6%  —  The GDP number for the second quarter got revised sharply downward by a third today, dropping from the initial estimate of 2.4% last month to 1.6% in the intermediate revision.  The number represents a hard rebuke to White House attempts to paint …
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Political Economy:
GDP growth falls sharply in 2Q
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama's Economy  —  It was supposed to be the summer of recovery.  But the recovery isn't happening, and consumers, employers, and investors have registered their votes on Obamanomics: thumbs down.  The drop-off in housing sales tells us that despite historically low interest rates and available credit …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
White House plans new housing push  —  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan revealed to CNN Friday that the Obama administration plans next week to unveil two new initiatives to deal with the crumbling housing market.  —  Washington (CNN) - Housing and Urban Development …
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Mohamed A. El-Erian / Washington Post:
Why another fiscal stimulus won't do
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Felix Salmon
Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Racine requests a recount in Vermont
Discussion: CNN
Roger Ebert / Roger Ebert's Journal:
In the chapel bells are ringing
Discussion: Advocate
Rep. Anh Joseph Cao / Congress Blog:
Rep. Cao: Five years after Katrina
Discussion: The Politico
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
Federal Circuit Rules No Link between Autism and Vaccine
Primary voters set to head to polls in Louisiana, West Virginia
Discussion: The Note
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Officials scramble after fire destroys vote machines
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Gov. Mitch Daniels / The Foundry:
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Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Group Is Accused on Tax Exemption
Discussion: USA Today
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Legacy of Torture  —  The Bush administration insisted that …
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