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4:00 AM ET, August 31, 2010

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ABCNEWS:
ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Two Men on United Flight from Chicago Arrested on ‘Preparation of a Terrorist Attack’ in Amsterdam  —  Suspects Had Been Cleared Sunday by TSA in Chicago, Birmingham Despite Security Concerns  —  Two men taken off a Chicago-to-Amsterdam United Airlines flight in the Netherlands …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Two men arrested in Amsterdam on terror charges …
Discussion: HillBuzz
Frank Newport / Gallup:
GOP Takes Unprecedented 10-Point Lead on Generic Ballot  —  Republicans also maintain wide gap in enthusiasm about voting  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences.
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The Politico:
Tidal wave? 10-point poll edge for GOP  —  Democrats thought things couldn't get much worse on the electoral front — and then they went home to campaign.  —  A new Gallup poll released Monday shows Republicans with a record 10-point edge over Democrats on the “generic ballot” test …
Lisa Gartner / Washington Examiner:
Education secretary urged his employees to attend Sharpton's rally  —  President Obama's top education official urged government employees to attend a rally that the Rev. Al Sharpton organized to counter a larger conservative event on the Mall.  —  “ED staff are invited to join Secretary Arne Duncan …
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Glenn Beck Launches “News And Opinion” Website, The Blaze, Tonight  —  Having conquered TV, radio, book publishing and now live events, Glenn Beck is looking to expand his media empire into a new arena - the web (obviously GlennBeck.com is thriving too).
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan Urged Gov't Employees …
Discussion: American Glob and msnbc.com
Joe Schoffstall / The Blast:
Amazing: Aerial Shot of Glenn Beck's ‘Restoring Honor’ …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Beau Friedlander / The Huffington Post:
$100,000 For Glenn Beck's Sex Tape
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Builds a Big Tent . . . for Conservatives
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Eric Dondero / Libertarian Republican:
BREAKING!!  Alaska Libertarian Party votes to deny Lisa Murkowski ballot line  —  From Eric Dondero:  —  The Executive Committee of the Alaska Libertarian Party held an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss the contested primary results in the Republican Senate primary.
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Booman Tribune:
Wrong Answer  —  This is not good enough: Asked if the stimulus bill was too small, [White House press secretary Robert] Gibbs says: “I think it makes sense to step back just for a second. ...  Nobody had, in January of 2009, a sufficient grasp of ... what we were facing.”
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The Note:
Sebelius: Time for ‘Reeducation’ on Obama Health Care Law  —  ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports:  —  With a number of polls showing a sustained level of opposition to the Democrats' health care reform efforts more than five months after passage, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius …
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Sebelius: Administration Has a Lot of ‘Reeducation’ To Do on Obamacare
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Cloud / Time:
Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers?  —  Jodi Cobb / National Geographic Creative / Getty Images  —  One of the most contentious issues in the vast literature about alcohol consumption has been the consistent finding that those who don't drink actually tend to die sooner than those who do.
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Confirmed: Sarah Palin to Headline Iowa GOP Dinner in September  —  Well-placed sources tell TheIowaRepublican.com that Sarah Palin is slated to be the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Iowa's Ronald Reagan Dinner on Friday, September 17th.  The state party is slated to release more details about the event tomorrow.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Hot Air
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Palin's Speaking Demands Confirmed: $75K, SUVs, Deluxe Hotel Suites, Bendable Straws, And No Public Access  —  In April, two students at Cal State Stanislaus found a partial copy of a speaker's contract for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.  The partial copy revealed that Palin …
Discussion: News Hounds and The Reid Report
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle in 2005: I would have voted “no” on Katrina relief funds  —  I have previously wondered how many Angle tapes are out there to compete with the jobs/Social Security/slush fund/Government is not God classics.  I know the answer is: A lot.  But I am starting to think there may be one a week …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Sharron Angle can (still) win
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bill Press: Talking about God not appropriate for “sacred” spot  —  Greg Hengler captures the moment in which “incoherence” is defined, during CNN's “Reliable Sources” yesterday.  Howard Kurtz notes that libtalker Bill Press had spent the last several weeks crusading against Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Don Surber
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Juliette Jowit / Guardian:
Lomborg: $100bn a year to fight global warming  —  Exclusive ‘Sceptical environmentalist’ and critic of climate scientists to declare global warming a chief concern facing world  —  • Climate change voice who changed his tune  —  • Rajendra Pachauri under pressure to stand aside
Little Green Footballs:
Palin: Babies - Guns - Jesus  —  Here's another photo from the Glenn Beck Restoration Minstrel Show; the rally's organizers banned signs, so the audience brought t-shirts.  —  SanFranciscoZionist ::  5 seconds ago  —  Tags: Glenn Beck, Kooks, Far Right, Extremism, Tea Party, Racism, Bad Craziness, Sarah Palin
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
Rick Sanchez Apologizes After Labeling Obama the ‘Cotton-Picking President’  —  CNN's Rick Sanchez quickly apologized on his Rick's List program on Monday after inadvertently labeling Barack Obama the “cotton-picking president of the United States.”  Sanchez used the racially-tinged term …
Elisa Crouch / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Big incentive for school attendance: Cash  —  ST. LOUIS  • Stacey Wright had more than a dozen choices when it came to enrolling three of her children in an elementary school, from charters to magnets to traditional public schools in every corner of the city.
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Bigot starts ground zero church: Where's the outrage?  —  A bigoted pastor who has assailed gays and Muslims is launching the “9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero” a mere two blocks from the World Trade Center site this Sunday, but so far the project hasn't drawn a peep of protest …
Discussion: The Lede and Washington Monthly
Capitol Confidential:
The Gibson theory of the Great Depression  —  Chris Gibson, a retired Army colonel from Kinderhook who is the Republican candidate against Rep. Scott Murphy, said that government intervention before the Great Depression “had a lot to do with exacerbating the situation.”
The Onion:
Man Already Knows Everything He Needs To Know About Muslims  —  SALINA, KS—Local man Scott Gentries told reporters Wednesday that his deliberately limited grasp of Islamic history and culture was still more than sufficient to shape his views of the entire Muslim world.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
More would-be interns paying thousands to land a coveted spot  —  Each year, thousands of college students descend on Washington for unpaid internships.  It can be a nerve-racking process: sending out résumés, trying to make contacts, interviewing again and again.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Corrente
Sun Tzu / Big Peace:
Captured on Video: Fundraising for Hamas in U.S. Mosque  —  An alarming, must-see video at Big Peace shows prominent leaders of the Islamic community in the United States openly raising money for terrorism at a Saudi-funded mosque in central Florida.  —  Organized by the Islamic Society …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Survey Shows Miller Over 50  —  AK attorney Joe Miller may not be thrilled with the NRSC, but the party committee is spending money to prove Miller's candidacy isn't doomed if he prevails over Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R).  —  A new survey conducted for the NRSC shows Miller leading Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams (D) by a 52%-36% margin.
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Paul Bedard / US News:
Rewriting History on Kennedy's Chappaquiddick Accident
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Pajamas Media
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
ARE YOU BEING SERVED?  —  American workers are mad as hell …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Boehner's spending-cut savings canceled out by tax-cut extension
WFMJ-TV:
Right Now  —  MAHONING COUNTY, Ohio - Jim Traficant now appears …
Discussion: WKBN-TV, The Politico and The Hill
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Folly of Needless Alcohol Laws
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Salon:
Lawsuit challenges Obama's power to kill citizens without due process
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to appear at Labor Day rally with AFL-CIO president
Discussion: The Hill and Prairie Weather