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3:05 PM ET, August 29, 2010


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New York Times:
A Palin of Our Own  —  TWO years ago today, Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee, introduced the world to his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.  Chosen by Mr. McCain's campaign strategists as a cynical rejoinder to the ill-starred presidential bid of Hillary Clinton …
Alex Sundby / CBS News:
Glenn Beck Rally Attracts Estimated 87,000  —  An estimated 87,000 people attended a rally organized by talk-radio host and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.  —  The company based the attendance …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Beck rejects running with Palin  —  Palin-Beck 2012?  —  “Not a chance,” Glenn Beck told “Fox News Sunday,” in a segment taped the morning after he wrapped up a Saturday political rally and religious revival meeting at the Lincoln Memorial he claims attracted 300,000 to 650,000 people.
Timothy P. Carney / Beltway Confidential:
New York Times delivers predictably hackish piece on Beck/Tea Party rally
Discussion:, normblog, Don Surber and CNN
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Sarah Palin: 'We like what we're doing'
Discussion: Tammy Bruce, GOP 12 and The Page
Emi Kolawole / Washington Post:
Inside Glenn Beck's ‘Restoring Honor’ rally
CBS News:
Fire at Tenn. Mosque Building Site Ruled Arson  —  Construction Equipment at Site of Planned Islamic Center Torched; Vocal Protests Against Mosque Have Been Ongoing  —  Federal officials are investigating a fire that started overnight at the site of a new Islamic center in a Nashville suburb.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Anti-mosque sentiment rages far from Ground Zero  —  One of the most under-reported political stories is the increasingly vehement, nationwide movement — far from Ground Zero — to oppose new mosques and Islamic community centers.  These ugly campaigns are found across the country …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Dallas Morning News:
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives  —  —  —  Longtime Dallas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide's two children since 2005 …
Daniel Foster / National Review:   Congresswoman Violated Nepotism Rules, Funneled Thousands to Family and Friends
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party  —  ANOTHER weekend, another grass-roots demonstration starring Real Americans who are mad as hell and want to take back their country from you-know-who.  Last Sunday the site was Lower Manhattan, where they jeered the “ground zero mosque.”
Paul / Power Line:
The role of information in American “Islamophobia”  —  One theme in the recent MSM hand-wringing about America's alleged “Islamophobia” is the notion that Americans are giving Muslims a more difficult time now than they did in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.
Discussion: Solomonia
Jerusalem Post:
Undercurrents below the Ground Zero mosque
Discussion: protein wisdom
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MOVEMENTS ARE ABOUT SOMETHING REAL.... I tried to keep up on today's festivities at the Lincoln Memorial, but as the dust settles, I find myself confused.  —  For a year and a half, we've seen rallies and town-hall shouting and attack ads and Fox News special reports.
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Policy Options Dwindle as Economic Fears Grow  —  THE American economy is once again tilting toward danger.  Despite an aggressive regimen of treatments from the conventional to the exotic — more than $800 billion in federal spending, and trillions of dollars worth of credit from the Federal Reserve …
Laura Tyson / New York Times:
Why We Need a Second Stimulus
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Obama, Steep Learning Curve as Chief in Time of War  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama rushed to the Oval Office when word arrived one night that militants with Al Qaeda in Yemen had been located and that the military wanted to support an attack by Yemeni forces.
New York Post:
Mosque big owes 224G tax  —  Tweet  —  The mosque developers are tax deadbeats.  —  Sharif El-Gamal, the leading organizer behind the mosque and community center near Ground Zero, owes $224,270.77 in back property tax on the site, city records show.  —  El-Gamal's company …
James Fanelli / NY Daily News:
Park51 developer Sharif El-Gamal has a history of run-ins with the law
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE IS NO SECRET ‘BIG ECONOMIC INITIATIVE,’ BUT THERE COULD BE.... The lead New York Times editorial today begins, “If President Obama has a big economic initiative up his sleeve, as he hinted recently, now would be a good time to let the rest of us in on it.”
Discussion: New York Times
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Tea Party Making It Harder for GOP: Fla. Dem  —  Wasserman Schultz Says Dems Will Defeat Far-Right-Wingers' Bush-Era Policies; Barbour: Voters Reject “Far to the Left” Dems  —  (CBS) A Democratic Congresswoman said today the potential victory of Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: South Carolina Senate  —  South Carolina Senate: DeMint (R) 63%, Greene (D) 19%  —  Republican incumbent Jim DeMint remains far ahead of surprise Democratic nominee Alvin Greene in the U.S. Senate race in South Carolina.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
Steve Moore / Wall Street Journal:
A Senator and His ‘Disciples’  —  The Senate's stalwart opponent …
Discussion: The Hill
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Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Women in Washington, your seats are at risk
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Bryan Caplan / EconLog:
The Economics of the Gift of Life
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
Crist again clarifies healthcare stand
Discussion: CNN
Ali Abunimah / New York Times:
Hamas, the I.R.A. and Us
Paul Krugman:
Angela And The Fifty Hoovers
News of the World:
Match-fixer pockets £150k as he rigs England Test at Lord's
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
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Discussion: The Note
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Denver Post editorial: Enough with the Keynesianism, already
Discussion: Denver Post and Pajamas Media