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11:00 PM ET, August 30, 2010

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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.
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 …
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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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Survey Shows Miller Over 50
Discussion: Hot Air
Ross douthat / New York Times:
Mr. Beck Goes to Washington  —  Entering this weekend, I was convinced that Glenn Beck's star was about to go into eclipse.  —  Just as Michael Moore, amid Democratic disarray, became the unlikely face of liberal opposition to George W. Bush, the mercurial, weepy, demagogic Beck has spent …
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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Builds a Big Tent . . . for Conservatives
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama may call Bush before Iraq speech  —  President Obama will likely phone his predecessor, President George W. Bush, before delivering his speech on the Iraq war Tuesday.  —  Obama will visit troops in Fort Bliss, Texas, which is in Bush's home state, before returning to Washington …
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Report: Warnings about e-mails went unheeded in Bush White House
CREW:
CREW: BUSH WHITE HOUSE IGNORED WARNINGS ABOUT EMAIL
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
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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ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan Urged Gov't Employees …
Discussion: American Glob and msnbc.com
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.
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
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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sen. Tom Coburn: Newt Gingrich 'last person I'd vote for'  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is pouring cold water on the idea of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich running for president.  —  “He's the last person I'd vote for for president of the United States,” Coburn said during a town hall event in Wagoner …
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Rosalind Helderman / Virginia Politics Blog:
Judge quashes Cuccinelli subpoena of U-Va. records  —  An Albemarle County Circuit Court judge has set aside a subpoena issued by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to the University of Virginia seeking documents related to the work of climate scientist and former university professor Michael Mann.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Boehner's spending-cut savings canceled out by tax-cut extension  —  Most of the budget savings from House GOP Leader John Boehner's proposed spending cuts would be canceled out by the extension of upper-income tax cuts also backed by Republicans.  —  Boehner, who hopes to succeed Rep. Nancy Pelosi …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama returns from vacation to blast Republicans on small-business bill
Discussion: Red Dog Report
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 …
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 …
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
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Thinner Time magazine still manages to stand out  —  Rick Stengel may have his shoulder in a sling, but when it comes to the newsmagazine wars, he's the last man standing.  —  The reason, says Time's managing editor, is that “we saw what was coming.  We wanted to fix the roof when the sun was shining.”
Juliette Jowit / Guardian:
Lomborg: $100bn a year to fight global warming  —  Exclusive ‘Skeptical Environmentalist’ and critic of climate scientists to declare global warming a chief concern facing world  —  The world's most high-profile climate change sceptic is to declare that global warming is …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
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.
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
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.”
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Joe Miller Dodges Questions On Whether Social Security And Medicare Are Constitutional  —  Yesterday on CBS's Face the Nation, Alaska GOP U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller suggested that both Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional.  When Bob Schieffer wondered whether Miller's ideas …
Robert Barro / Wall Street Journal:
The Folly of Subsidizing Unemployment  —  My calculations suggest the jobless rate could be as low as 6.8%, instead of 9.5%, if jobless benefits hadn't been extended to 99 weeks.  —  Congressman John Boehner recently suggested that President Obama replace his top economic advisers.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Folly of Needless Alcohol Laws  —  In Orange County, California, as in many American communities, the approach planners take to bars is as follows: they're generally located in close proximity to one another, so that on a weekend night, bar goers congregate around Main Street in Huntington Beach …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Salon:
Lawsuit challenges Obama's power to kill citizens without due process  —  (update below - Update II)  —  Three weeks ago, I wrote about a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights, based on the Treasury Department's failure to grant a “license” …
 
 
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
ARE YOU BEING SERVED?  —  American workers are mad as hell …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Are you ready for President John Bolton?
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Gov. Jan Brewer condemns State Department report
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Biden in Iraq for Talks and Handover
Discussion: Pajamas Media, The Page and Wonkette
WFMJ-TV:
Right Now  —  MAHONING COUNTY, Ohio - Jim Traficant now appears …
Discussion: WKBN-TV, The Politico and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to appear at Labor Day rally with AFL-CIO president
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Tennessean.com:
‘Call Me’ Campaign Ad
Discussion: The Fix and New York Magazine
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Random Density Facts
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Dean Baker / The Huffington Post:
Senator Simpson's Quick Budget Quiz
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Israel group targets Holt, J Street
CNN:
Crist walks back same-sex marriage remarks