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11:05 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: NewsBusters.org, Scocca and Firedoglake
Ross douthat / New York Times:
Mr. Beck Goes to Washington
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Howard Kurtz Smacks Down Bill Press for Comparing Glenn Beck to Al Qaeda
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:   Obama Comments on Mosque Debate, Glenn Beck
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Glenn Beck regrets calling Obama a ‘racist’
CNN:
My Take: Beck's rally was about restoring virtue and God's place
Discussion: Townhall.com and Right Wing Watch
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?  —  John Bolton is suggesting he may consider a run for the presidency in an effort to highlight national security issues.  —  (CNN) - John Bolton, the controversial former United Nations Ambassador under President George W. Bush …
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 …
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
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 …
msnbc.com:
Obama rejects criticism of BP response  —  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.
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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
Paul / Power Line:
“leans Democratic” is the new “toss-up”  —  In this post from one month ago, I listed the 26 House seats currently held by Democrats that Larry Sabato rated as “toss ups” in a mid-July analysis.  I suggested that, because Sabato also identified 13 Democratic-held seats as “likely Republican …
Discussion: National Review
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP chances of winning House are rising as midterm election nears
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
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.
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
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate Democrat: Immigration reform not happening this year
Discussion: Wonk Room
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
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Texas Dem under fire for nepotism
Discussion: RedState and Dallas Morning News
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
FLOOD TIDES  —  Last spring, according to a Pew Research Center poll …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama needs to relearn the art of politicking
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
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Discussion: Informed Comment, The Page and Reuters
NewsReal Blog:
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Discussion: Political Byline
Brian Murphy / Associated Press:
New York imam: Politics behind mosque opposition
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch