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10:25 AM ET, August 30, 2010

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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
After Washington rally, Glenn Beck assails Obama's religion  —  Conservative commentator Glenn Beck voiced sharper criticism of President Obama's religious beliefs on Sunday than he and other speakers offered from the podium of the rally Beck organized at the Lincoln Memorial a day earlier.
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
President Obama blasts lies, disinformation  —  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  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 …
Beau Friedlander / The Huffington Post:
$100,000 For Glenn Beck's Sex Tape  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers are happy to throw money at the rising tide of right wing lunacy.  Breitbart offered $100,000 for JournoList, the email listserve that brought down WaPo blogger Dave Weigel this June.
Discussion: Scocca and Firedoglake
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Obama Comments on Mosque Debate, Glenn Beck  —  President Barack Obama blamed a “network of misinformation” for causing a growing number of Americans to question his Christianity or to persuade some that he was not born in the United States.  He said he was not particularly worried about either misconception.
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Glenn Beck regrets calling Obama a ‘racist’
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Howard Kurtz Smacks Down Bill Press for Comparing Glenn Beck to Al Qaeda
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
It's Witch-Hunt Season  —  The last time a Democrat sat in the White House, he faced a nonstop witch hunt by his political opponents.  Prominent figures on the right accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of everything from drug smuggling to murder.  And once Republicans took control of Congress …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
59 percent think Palin lacks ability to be effective as president  —  Almost three out of five Americans believe former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) would not be an effective president, a new poll found Monday.  —  59 percent of U.S. adults said they don't think Palin, the 2008 Republican …
msnbc.com:
Full transcript of the ‘NBC Nightly News’ interview  —  Obama said failures in the aftermath of Katrina made it clear that “the real protection for New Orleans and the coast are the wetlands,” lessons that he said provided important guidance in allowing his administration to respond quickly in the days after the oil spill.
Discussion: Commentary
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Mark Helprin / Wall Street Journal:
The World Trade Center Mosque and the Constitution  —  The plan to erect a mosque of major proportions in what would have been the shadow of the World Trade Center involves not just the indisputable constitutional rights that sanction it, but, providentially, others that may frustrate it.
Brian O'Connor / Red Dog Report:
Alaska's Joe Miller on Face the Nation  —  “Everybody in this instance is going to have to so some belt tightening.”  —  Alaska's next Senator?  —  Tuesday's results and today's polls seem to say so.  —  Alaska US Senate candidate Joe Miller (R) appeared on CBS's Face The Nation this weekend.
Discussion: sisu and The Other McCain
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Kareem Shaheen / thenational.ae:
There is no struggle between Islam and America, imam says  —  Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says he intends to address the row over plans to build an inter-faith community centre in New York when he returns to the United States.  Lee Hoagland / The National  —  ABU DHABI // The imam behind …
Discussion: New York Times
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Brian Murphy / Associated Press:
New York imam: Politics behind mosque opposition
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The saving mentality is hurting the economy's recovery  —  The logic of the economic recovery isn't working — or, at any rate, not well.  By that logic, over-borrowed Americans would repay loans and replenish depleted savings, creating a temporary drop in consumer spending and economic activity.
Wolfgang Münchau / Financial Times:
Germany's rebound is no cause for cheer  —  One of the weirder experiences for anyone who lives in the eurozone is a visit to a German supermarket.  I had the pleasure the other day, and found the general price level there to be a little over half of what it is in Belgium, Italy or Spain.
Discussion: naked capitalism and Paul Krugman
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Record number in government anti-poverty programs  —  WASHINGTON — Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand.  —  More than 50 million Americans are on Medicaid …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Environmental groups face their future in climate-change debate  —  On Thursday, some of the country's most respected environmental groups - in the midst of their biggest political fight in two decades - sent a group of activists to Milwaukee with a message.  —  We're losing.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Texas Dem under fire for nepotism  —  Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has steered thousands in scholarship dollars to relatives and the children of top aides, a Texas newspaper reported today.  —  The Dallas Democrat, a nine-term member of the House, awarded 15 Congressional Black Caucus scholarships …
Discussion: RedState and Dallas Morning News
Ian Welsh:
What Can Obama Really Do?  —  A zombie argument is going around about why Obama hasn't accomplished liberal and progressive ends to the extent many would have liked him to: … This argument is misleading in one sense and incorrect in another.  It is misleading in that it misrepresents how things get done in Congress.
Discussion: Eschaton
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama needs to relearn the art of politicking  —  President Obama's address to the nation on Iraq this week underscores the agony of his presidency and its core political problem.  —  Seen from the inside, the administration is an astonishing success.  Obama has kept his principal promises …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Orange County Is No Longer Nixon Country  —  SANTA ANA, Calif. — Orange County has been a national symbol of conservatism for more than 50 years: birthplace of President Richard M. Nixon and home to John Wayne, a bastion for the John Birch Society, a land of orange groves and affluence …
 
 
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
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David J. Lynch / USA Today:
Economists agree: Stimulus created nearly 3 million jobs
Telegraph:
Iran calls Carla Bruni a ‘prostitute’
Discussion: New York Magazine and Jay Currie
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Steele to Guam  —  Alex Burns and I wrote after Michael Steele's …
Discussion: pacificnewscenter.com
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
FLOOD TIDES  —  Last spring, according to a Pew Research Center poll …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP chances of winning House are rising as midterm election nears
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Democrats can't agree over killing or saving the Bush-era tax cuts
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Netanyahu: I never promised to extend West Bank settlement construction freeze
Discussion: Informed Comment, The Page and Reuters
NewsReal Blog:
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Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
May the best economic policy win
Discussion: The Moderate Voice