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12:15 PM 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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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: NewsBusters.org and Scocca
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 …
CNN:
Glenn Beck's ‘Honor’ rally: What you missed
Discussion: Politics Daily and Shakesville
CNN:
My Take: Beck's rally was about restoring virtue and God's place
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Townhall.com
Ross douthat / New York Times:
Mr. Beck Goes to Washington
Mike Opelka / Big Journalism:
Just How Large Was the Attendance At Beck's ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally?
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Glenn Beck regrets calling Obama a ‘racist’
The Numbers:
This I Believe  —  It's quickly mushroomed into the summer's hottest data point: A boatload of Americans believe Barack Obama's a Muslim.  —  Except that, maybe, they don't.  Consider this instead: They're just willing to say it.  —  This not-so-subtle difference is useful in understanding public opinion and its measurement.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Belief and dislike  —  Gary Langer writes admirably clearly …
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.  —  Fifty-nine percent of U.S. adults said they don't think Palin …
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CNN:
TRENDING: Clear majority says Palin not qualified to be president
Discussion: Swampland
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
John Bolton, Criticizer-in-Chief  —  Since assuming office, President Obama has garnered his fair share of high-profile critics.  But few have been as omnipresent and implacable as John Bolton.  From his near constant appearances on Fox News and HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher” …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, GOP 12 and Weigel
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CNN:
2012 Watch: Bolton considering a presidential run?
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SMALL BUSINESSES WAIT FOR GOP TO STOP PLAYING GAMES.... A month ago yesterday, there was reason for optimism on the small-business bill pending in the Senate.  The aid package included tax breaks, new incentives, and an attempt to expand credit through a lending program that utilizes local banks …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Laura Petrecca / USA Today:
Small businesses hold off spending while waiting for aid
Discussion: Wonk Room
CNN:
Crist walks back same-sex marriage remarks  —  (CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist appeared to backtrack from statements he made regarding same-sex marriage during a CNN interview Sunday, saying in a statement that he does not support a Constitutional ban on the practice.
Discussion: Ballot Box
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.
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
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Inadequate Easing in Japan  —  One of the oddities of the current crisis is that throughout the 1990s it was absolutely conventional wisdom in the United States of America that Japan, though suffering from some real structural issues, was making things much worse for itself than necessary …
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Note to the President  —  When you speak to the troops tomorrow at Fort Bliss, and to the nation tomorrow night from the Oval Office, you speak, of course, as the president.  As our president.  —  You won't be speaking—not in these settings—as a once (and perhaps future) candidate for president.
Telegraph:
Iran calls Carla Bruni a ‘prostitute’  —  Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the French First Lady, has been called a “prostitute” by Iran after she criticised the country's decision to stone a woman to death.  —  Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ron Paul questions whether there's gold at Fort Knox, NY Fed  —  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said he plans to introduce legislation next year to force an audit of U.S. holdings of gold.  —  Paul, a longtime critic of the Federal Reserve and U.S. monetary policy, said he believes it's “a possibility” …
Discussion: Red Dog Report
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Israel group targets Holt, J Street  —  The Emergency Committee for Israel's latest ad targets Rep. Rush Holt, but its real target, again, seems to be the left-leaning Jewish group J Street.  —  The ad, which started airing Saturday in a modest but real buy, an aid to the group said …
Discussion: The Politico
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.”
Los Angeles Times:
Obama goes out on a limb for Middle East peace talks  —  The president personally coaxed the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree to talks, even as some advisors questioned the wisdom of him linking so visibly to an intractable conflict.  —  Reporting from Washington —
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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
 
 
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Conor Dougherty / Wall Street Journal:
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Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
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pacificnewscenter.com:
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele To Visit Guam
Amanda Coyne / Alaska Dispatch:
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Discussion: Ballot Box and Ben Smith's Blog
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Is the EPA to blame for the bed bug ‘epidemic’?
Discussion: Hot Air
Ian Welsh:
What Can Obama Really Do?  —  A zombie argument is going around …
Discussion: Eschaton
David J. Lynch / USA Today:
Economists agree: Stimulus created nearly 3 million jobs
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama needs to relearn the art of politicking
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The saving mentality is hurting the economy's recovery
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