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9:05 PM ET, August 29, 2010

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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.
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Tennessean.com:
'It'S Shocking And Sad'  —  Saleh Sbenaty, a member of the Murfreesboro center's planning committee, said he is unsure whether the fire will impede site preparation at the site on Veals Road off Bradyville Pike.  The committee planned to complete site preparation by late November.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Anti-mosque sentiment rages far from Ground Zero
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Dallas Morning News:
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives  —  tgillman@dallasnews.com  —  choppe@dallasnews.com  —  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 …
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Lawmaker awarded CBC scholarship money to relatives  —  Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) admitted to awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to four relatives and a top aide's two children in violation of rules set by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the funds.
Daniel Foster / National Review:   Congresswoman Violated Nepotism Rules, Funneled Thousands to Family and Friends
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama blasts lies, disinformation  —  President Barack Obama dismissed a recent poll showing that a third of Americans don't know he's a Christian - and blamed an online campaign of misinformation by his conservative enemies for perpetuating the myth that he's a Muslim.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce, CNN and iOwnTheWorld.com
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
Obama in Big Easy to mark Katrina
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Associated Press:   Obama Heralds New Orleans's Revival After Storm
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 …
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Glenn Beck regrets calling Obama a ‘racist’  —  Fox News host Glenn Beck said Sunday that he misspoke last year when he characterized President Obama as a racist.  —  “I have a big fat mouth sometimes and I say things,” Beck said during an interview with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
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CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY  —  Interview With HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan; Interviews With Charlie Crist, Kendrick Meek  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  ED HENRY, HOST: If there was ever a week where we were constantly reminded …
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
Crist again clarifies healthcare stand
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, CNN and The Politico
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Stephen Williamson Makes His Play for the Second Stupidest Man AliveTM/ Crown  —  Narayana Kocherlakota of the Pain Caucus, President of the Minneapolis Fed, wrote that the Federal Reserve must raise interest rates before too long a time has passed or else its low interest rate policy will generate deflation:
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
More accusations made in close Senate race  —  SENATE RACE: Miller's camp says GOP group is preparing for legal battle.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  There were more allegations by the Joe Miller campaign of ballot-counting monkey business on Saturday as the absentees continue to pour into the Alaska Division of Elections.
Jimmy So / CBS News:
Miller: U.S. Going Bankrupt, States Need Control  —  Tea Party-Backed Alaskan Challenger Wants Less Federal Money; Must Look at Option to Privatize Social Security  —  (CBS) Tea-Party-backed Joe Miller, who could become the Republican nominee for the Senate if he brings down incumbent Lisa Murkowski …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Obama, Steep Learning Curve as Chief in 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 …
Jerusalem Post:
Undercurrents below the Ground Zero mosque  —  Overall, the message that emerges from this discourse can hardly be missed: When Muslim grievance is at question,America is the culprit.  —  Talkbacks (5)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Paul / Power Line:
The role of information in American “Islamophobia”
Discussion: Solomonia
Steve Moore / Wall Street Journal:
A Senator and His ‘Disciples’  —  The Senate's stalwart opponent of big government is intent on electing some allies this year.  His new PAC and growing anti-Obama sentiment mean he just might succeed.  —  'I'd rather lose with Pat Toomey than win with Arlen Specter any day.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The Hill
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: South Carolina Governor
Discussion: Jumping in Pools and HotAirPundit
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE IS NO SECRET ‘BIG ECONOMIC INITIATIVE,’ …
Discussion: Liberal Values and New York Times
Laura Tyson / New York Times:
Why We Need a Second Stimulus
Paul Krugman:
Angela And The Fifty Hoovers
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and Vox Popoli
News of the World:
Match-fixer pockets £150k as he rigs England Test at Lord's
Kelly Evans / Wall Street Journal:
Spreading Hayek, Spurning Keynes