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7:45 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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Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Was the Glenn Beck rally turnout really that impressive?  —  Adam Serwer of the American Prospect is guest blogging on The Plum Line this week, while Greg Sargent takes a short vacation.  —  While the official Tea Party estimates of Saturday's rally attendance may range between a gajillion …
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 …
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 …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Builds a Big Tent . . . for Conservatives
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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.
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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Tea Party Express ready to spend on Rep. Castle challenger  —  The Tea Party Express, which spent some $600,000 on Alaska Republican Joe Miller's primary challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), says it's preparing to do the same on behalf of Christine O'Donnell (R) in Delaware.
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Alaska Libertarians: No ballot switch
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bombshell: Alaska Libertarian Party says no to nominating Murkowski
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
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.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Awl
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
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.”
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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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner to take on Obama administration over national security
Discussion: Politics Daily
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 …
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.
Tennessean.com:
‘Call Me’ Campaign Ad  —  The book also deals directly with the 2006 Senate campaign, where Ford nearly became the first African-American elected to statewide office in Tennessee.  —  Some of Ford's characterizations of his opponent, now U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, are less than flattering.
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 …
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 …
WFMJ-TV:
Right Now  —  MAHONING COUNTY, Ohio - Jim Traficant now appears to have enough valid signatures to have his name placed on the ballot as an independent candidate for Congress.  —  Longtime Traficant supporter Linda Kovachik tells 21 News that there are now 27 more valid signatures.
Discussion: The Politico, WKBN-TV and The Hill
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.
Salon:
Lawsuit challenges Obama's power to kill citizens without due process  —  (update below)  —  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” to those groups …
Beth Reinhard / Naked Politics:
Crist won't ‘Meet the Press’ with Rubio and Meek  —  Gov. Charlie Crist is not joining his rivals for the U.S. Senate, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek, this Sunday on MSNBC's “Meet the Press.”  —  “The governor has long planned Labor Day events, when he'll be out talking …
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
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” …
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.
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 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 aide to the group said …
 
 
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