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9:55 AM ET, August 30, 2010


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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
President Obama blasts lies, disinformation  —  Visit 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 …
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.
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.
Full transcript of the ‘NBC Nightly News’ interview  —  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.
Discussion: Commentary
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.
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Jindal calls for greater ‘urgency’ from Obama on ending drilling moratorium
Associated Press:   Obama Heralds New Orleans's Revival After Storm
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Obama in Big Easy to mark Katrina
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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.  —  59 percent of U.S. adults said they don't think Palin, the 2008 Republican …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Mahablog
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.
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
Kareem Shaheen /
There is no struggle between Islam and America, imam says
Discussion: New York Times and
Brian O'Connor / Red Dog Report:
Alaska's Joe Miller on Face the Nation  —  “Everybody in this instance is going to have to so some belt tightening.”  —  Alaska's next Senator?  —  Tuesday's results and today's polls seem to say so.  —  Alaska US Senate candidate Joe Miller (R) appeared on CBS's Face The Nation this weekend.
Discussion: sisu and The Other McCain
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.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Texas Dem under fire for nepotism  —  Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has steered thousands in scholarship dollars to relatives and the children of top aides, a Texas newspaper reported today.  —  The Dallas Democrat, a nine-term member of the House, awarded 15 Congressional Black Caucus scholarships …
Discussion: RedState and Dallas Morning News
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
What they're saying about the 8/28 rally  —  “Conservative commentator Glenn Beck and tea party champion Sarah Palin appealed Saturday to a vast, predominantly white crowd on the National Mall to help restore traditional American values and honor Martin Luther King's message.”  — Associated Press
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Steele to Guam  —  Alex Burns and I wrote after Michael Steele's election to lead the Republican National Committee that he'd won in part through an insight about the committee math: Island territories, from Guam to the Northern Marianas, may not have a voice in federal politics …
Sean O'Reilly / ABC Action News WFTS-TV:
Man arrested for attempting to spray mace on anti-gay protestors at a Leesburg High grad's funeral  —  Staff Sgt. Michael Bock died in Afghanistan  —  OMAHA, Neb. - A Nebraska man is jail after police believe he tried to spray mace on protestors outside the Omaha funeral of a Leesburg High graduate.
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
FLOOD TIDES  —  Last spring, according to a Pew Research Center poll, eighty-four per cent of Pakistanis were dissatisfied with the way things were going in their country.  Inflation, terrorist bombings, and American drone strikes were among the causes of their discontent.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
NewsReal Blog:
11 Chapters Meghan McCain's Editor Axed From Dirty Sexy Politics  —  Dirty Sexy Politics by Meghan McCain is scheduled for release on August 31.  But you don't have to wait until Tuesday to see what didn't make the final editorial cut.  NewsReal Blog has obtained exclusive excerpts from the chapters rejected by Meggie Mac's editors.
Discussion: Political Byline
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David J. Lynch / USA Today:
Economists agree: Stimulus created nearly 3 million jobs
Iran calls Carla Bruni a ‘prostitute’
Discussion: New York Magazine and Jay Currie
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama needs to relearn the art of politicking
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Environmental groups face their future in climate-change debate
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Record number in government anti-poverty programs
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP chances of winning House are rising as midterm election nears
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Democrats can't agree over killing or saving the Bush-era tax cuts
Blake Hall / Washington Post:
As U.S. troops leave Iraq, an officer honors the memory of a young interpreter
 Earlier Items: 
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Netanyahu: I never promised to extend West Bank settlement construction freeze
Discussion: Informed Comment, The Page and Reuters
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
May the best economic policy win
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Benjamin Sarlin / The Daily Beast:
The Left's Unlikely Tea Party Target
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Stephen Williamson Makes His Play for the Second Stupidest Man AliveTM/ Crown