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2:40 AM ET, August 30, 2010

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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.
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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Jindal calls for greater ‘urgency’ from Obama on ending drilling moratorium  —  NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) on Sunday blasted President Obama's failure to revisit his ban on offshore oil drilling.  —  “We don't think the fact that they're not doing their jobs in D.C …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and HotAirPundit
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Obama in Big Easy to mark Katrina
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Associated Press:   Obama Heralds New Orleans's Revival After Storm
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Alaska Senate Race  —  Joe Miller's surprise victory in the Alaska Republican Senate primary has given Democrats at least a marginal opportunity for a pick up this fall, although that will fade if Lisa Murkowski stays in the race for the general as the Libertarian candidate.
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Brian O'Connor / Red Dog Report:
Alaska's Joe Miller on Face the Nation
Discussion: sisu and The Other McCain
Jimmy So / CBS News:
Miller: U.S. Going Bankrupt, States Need Control
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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.
Discussion: Gawker and Dependable Renegade
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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.
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.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Anti-mosque sentiment rages far from Ground Zero
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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, The Politico and CNN
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 …
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Stabbed cabbie out of work, worries about feeding family  —  (CNN) — New York cab driver Ahmed Sharif cannot bring himself to talk about the young man who allegedly cut his throat and nearly killed him last week, a taxi union representative said Sunday.  —  “Ahmed is a strong man …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
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Daniel Foster / National Review:   Congresswoman Violated Nepotism Rules, Funneled Thousands to Family and Friends
Brian Murphy / Associated Press:
New York imam: Politics behind mosque opposition … DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The imam spearheading a proposed Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York believes the fierce opposition is closely linked to the U.S. elections in November, according to comments published Monday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Benjamin Sarlin / The Daily Beast:
The Left's Unlikely Tea Party Target  —  The man who this week became a symbol of Tea Party intolerance with his D.C. Tea Party map was once a major Democratic donor, contributing tens of thousands of dollars to the party.  —  “Do you know me well enough to hate me?” reads Bruce Majors' black T-shirt …
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
May the best economic policy win  —  Voters now have two competing economic theories to choose from: Obama's Keynesian stimulus and Boehner's seemingly pre-Keynesian Republicanism.  —  Republicans are on a roll.  —  Swing voters have fallen out of love with President Obama and his party …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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:
 
 
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David S Morgan / CBS News:
Tea Party Making It Harder for GOP: Fla. Dem
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Women in Washington, your seats are at risk
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Bryan Caplan / EconLog:
The Economics of the Gift of Life
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE IS NO SECRET ‘BIG ECONOMIC INITIATIVE,’ …
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Hamas, the I.R.A. and Us
Laura Tyson / New York Times:
Why We Need a Second Stimulus