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1:35 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 …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
President Obama blasts lies, disinformation
CNN:
Glenn Beck's ‘Honor’ rally: What you missed
Discussion: Shakesville and Politics Daily
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:
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and HotAirPundit
CNN:
TRENDING: 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 …
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
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Secret showdown set for Islamic charity
Discussion: Power Line and Law Blog
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:   Sen. Tom Coburn: Newt Gingrich 'last person I'd vote for'
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 …
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.”
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
In 2010, Obama's mantle less of an asset for 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Charlie Crist: A puzzle wrapped in an enigma shrouded in mystery  —  In a bid to pick up Democratic votes without losing every last Republican vote, Charlie Crist is refusing to say who he'll caucus with if he's elected to the Senate in November.  The fact that that's smart politics suggests …
Discussion: CQ Politics
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
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
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.
 
 
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Jill Richardson / Firedoglake:
The Egg Recall
Holly Rosenkrantz / Bloomberg:
Obama Plans Refinancing Aid, Loans for Jobless Homeowners, HUD Chief Says
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and PoliPundit.com
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Taliban Operative: We Are Using Protests Against Park 51 To Get …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Newsweek
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SMALL BUSINESSES WAIT FOR GOP TO STOP PLAYING GAMES. …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Remainders: The Koch Brothers
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ron Paul questions whether there's gold at Fort Knox, NY Fed
Discussion: Red Dog Report
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Is the EPA to blame for the bed bug ‘epidemic’?
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
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