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2:25 PM ET, August 30, 2010

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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.
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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.
Mike Opelka / Big Journalism:
Just How Large Was the Attendance At Beck's ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally?  —  In an era when satellite imagery allows one to count cars from space, and in a country fascinated with numbers (weekly box office take, home runs, calorie counting, etc) the MSM is having a difficult time with the math …
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 …
CNN:
Glenn Beck's ‘Honor’ rally: What you missed
Discussion: Shakesville and Politics Daily
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
President Obama blasts lies, disinformation
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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CNN:
More than 25,000 ballots uncounted in Alaska GOP Senate race  —  (CNN) - One day before vote counting resumes in Alaska's Republican Senate primary, election officials say more than 25,000 ballots remain uncounted.  —  According to unofficial results from last Tuesday's primary …
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 …
CNN:
Clear majority says Palin not qualified to be president
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 …
Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World:
Coburn rips the left and right alike  —  He pulls no punches during a town hall meeting in Wagoner.  —  WAGONER - U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn called out Democrats, Republicans, Newt Gingrich, the military-industrial complex, teachers unions and Medicare - to name a few - at a town hall meeting Friday.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:   Sen. Tom Coburn: Newt Gingrich 'last person I'd vote for'
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.”
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 …
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.
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: Commentary and Israel Matzav
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
In 2010, Obama's poll numbers less of an asset for congressional Democrats  —  Two years can change just about everything in politics.  —  In the 2008 campaign, Democrats running for the Senate did anything - and everything - to associate themselves with then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
Discussion: Bloomberg, NRSC and Commentary
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” …
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:
Random Density Facts  —  A couple of facts about population density that I came across while my girlfriend was behind the wheel on some long drives up and down the east coast.  First if Texas (268,820 square miles) were as densely populated as New Jersey (1,134 per square mile) …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Remainders: Beckfest  —  Time to catch up on some issues I would have blogged about last week had I not been on vacation.  First up—the Glenn Beck Extravaganza.  I've watched a fair amount of Beck over the past two years, and it's clear that the man is a charlatan.
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.
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.
Dean Baker / The Huffington Post:
Senator Simpson's Quick Budget Quiz  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  President Obama is apparently content to have an abrasive and abusive senator's son sit as co-chairman of his deficit commission.  We can assume that these traits were a direct result of Sen. Alan Simpson's privileged upbringing …
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 …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Piers Morgan Finally Admits To CNN Talks  —  LOS ANGELES- Piers Morgan broke his silence about his impending job at CNN on Sunday, saying in a red carpet interview at the Emmys that negotiations are almost finished.  —  Mr. Morgan has been in talks with CNN this summer about replacing Larry King …
Discussion: Inside Cable News and The Wire
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
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Is the EPA to blame for the bed bug ‘epidemic’?  —  Hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband.  Bed bugs are biting everybody out there - in recent weeks invading the headquarters of CNN, Elle magazine and a popular movie theater in Times Square.
Discussion: Cold Fury and Hot Air
 
 
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Frank Sharry / The Huffington Post:
In Florida, Bill McCollum's Primary Loss Shows Limits of Immigrant Bashing
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Peter J. Wallison / American Enterprise Institute:
AEI OUTLOOK SERIES
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Report: Warnings about e-mails went unheeded in Bush White House
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ezra Klein:
Charlie Crist: A puzzle wrapped in an enigma shrouded in mystery
Discussion: CQ Politics
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Secret showdown set for Islamic charity
Discussion: Power Line and Law Blog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SMALL BUSINESSES WAIT FOR GOP TO STOP PLAYING GAMES. …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Remainders: The Koch Brothers
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Inadequate Easing in Japan
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ron Paul questions whether there's gold at Fort Knox, NY Fed
Discussion: Red Dog Report
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
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The saving mentality is hurting the economy's recovery