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6:40 PM ET, August 31, 2010

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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Oval Office gets a makeover  —  While President Obama was on vacation, his West Wing office got a bit of a face lift, complete with a new rug, fresh wallpaper and paint, and new furniture — all done at no taxpayer expense, the White House says.  —  Details of the renovation were released to the pool reporter this morning.
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Humility and Honesty About Iraq Can Inspire Trust  —  Later today, President Obama will speak to the American people about Iraq.  No doubt he will laud the “end of major combat operations” by the date he randomly selected some 18 months ago.  His press secretary Robert Gibbs also gave us …
Discussion: Commentary
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
A New Look for the Oval Office  —  The Oval Office has gotten a makeover.  —  When President Obama addresses the nation on Iraq on Tuesday night, he will do so from newly redecorated digs.  The look, which includes new and reupholstered furniture and new paint and wallpaper …
Gerry Mullany / The Caucus:
Boehner Assails Obama on Iraq
CNN:
Obama to tip his hat to Bush?
New York Times:
Obama Tells Troops, ‘Our Task in Iraq Is Not Yet Over’
Discussion: The Blaze and Guardian
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Democrats' New Normal  —  I don't usually like to comment on individual polls.  Most of the time, when a poll produces an “unusual” result, it simply reflects random noise and the best advice is to wait for the next edition of the poll to come along, when more often than not it will revert to its previous position.
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John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republican leads Senate race in Pennsylvania  —  (Reuters) - Republican Pat Toomey has opened a 10-point lead over Democrat Joe Sestak among likely voters in a Senate race in Pennsylvania dominated by economic worries, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Health Care Reform Has Endangered the Democratic Majority  —  This Politico piece by Jim VandeHei, Alex Isenstadt, and Mike Allen got a lot of play last week: … There is no mention of health care reform in this piece.  The economy is referenced several times.  So is the President's inability to control the narrative.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Health Care Bill Nobody Wants to Talk About
Discussion: Weigel and National Review
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
ALASKA SENATE COUNTDOWN TODAY UPDATE: Miller Margin Now 1,294 Votes With Early Count From Wasilla-Palmer UPDATE: Miller Campaign Spokesman Expects ‘Good Day at the End of the Day’  —  UPDATE 5:55 p.m. ET (1:55 p.m. local) — While we were at lunch, the margin shifted again.  Now, Joe Miller leads by 1,294 votes.
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Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Counting of absentee ballots begins  —  From Sean Cockerham at the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage —  Joe Miller's lead over Lisa Murkowski just grew slighly with absentee and questioned ballots from the Mat-Su.  —  Miller now leads Mukowski by 1,460 votes.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Lisa Murkowski Faces Her Fate
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor” Rally Crowd Estimate Explained  —  As part of our coverage of Glenn Beck's “Restoring Honor” rally Saturday, CBS News commissioned the company AirPhotosLive.com to offer an independent estimate of how many people showed up for the event.
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James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Glenn Beck's Happy Warriors
Discussion: protein wisdom, Commentary and Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Meghan McCain Writes that Palin Brought ‘Drama, Stress ... Panic’ to Campaign  —  Sen. John McCain's Daughter: Sarah Palin's Rise Was ‘Too Fast,’ ‘Too Easy’  —  For the first time since the end of her father's 2008 presidential bid, Meghan McCain, Sen. John McCain's daughter …
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ABCNEWS:
EXCERPT: Meghan McCain's ‘Dirty Sexy Politics’
Steve / stevenschale.com:
Sorry Charlie  —  Charlie Crist will not be Florida's next United States Senator.  —  In a year where most predictions are downright silly, I am very confident in that one.  When Kendrick Meek won last Tuesday, with his victory went Charlie Crist's chances.  Democrats who want to beat Marco Rubio should jump on the Meek train.
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Suffering Crist: Previewing Meek's Radio Hit.
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Reid Report
Jerusalem Post:
Four killed as terrorists open fire near Kiryat Arba  —  Victims, shot while driving, include 2 men, 2 women, one reportedly pregnant; attack comes before Netanyahu and Abbas set to meet in Washington for peace talks.  —  Talkbacks (1)  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel
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Ynetnews:
4 Israelis killed in shooting attack
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Why Wall St. Is Deserting Obama  —  Daniel S. Loeb, the hedge fund manager, was one of Barack Obama's biggest backers in the 2008 presidential campaign.  —  A registered Democrat, Mr. Loeb has given and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democrats.
Project Syndicate:
The Varieties of Unemployment  —  print recommend Send link clip secure rights  —  BERKELEY - We hear from surprisingly many quarters these days that governments in Europe and North America, and their central banks, should give up on the expansionary policies they have pursued to try to create jobs.
Discussion: National Review and Ezra Klein
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Impending Democratic Bloodbath.  —  If this new Gallup poll is any indication, liberals will soon be able to complain about Speaker John Boehner, and possibly Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:  —  According to Gallup, this Republican lead is greater than any previous midterm advantage …
Mark Halperin / The Page:
HALPERIN'S TAKE: Pawlenty's Efforts to “Limit” ObamaCare in Minnesota  —  This is a classic Pawlenty move that combines....  ...governing principle with clever 2012 positioning.  Leaving aside now the substantive merits of the Minnesota governor's executive order, barring some huge development …
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Martiga Lohn / Business Week:
Governor vows to limit Minn. in fed health reform
Discussion: The Note and msnbc.com
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — August 2010  —  The August Health Tracking Poll finds that support for health reform fell over the course of August, dipping from a 50 percent favorability rating in July to 43 percent, while 45 percent of the public reported unfavorable views.
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Support for Health Care Overhaul Falls
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Hit & Run
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows how feminism is done.  Again. … - Applebaum: Five Ways the Iraq War Weakened America - Does the Imam Behind the “Ground Zero Mosque” Have Any Regrets?  - Who Was Really the First To Call Journalism “the First Rough Draft of History”?
Discussion: The BLT
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Mother of All Grizzlies … - Applebaum: Five Ways …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Previewing Ohio  —  We'll start rolling out our Ohio poll results tomorrow but there's one finding on the poll that pretty much sums it up: by a 50-42 margin voters there say they'd rather have George W. Bush in the White House right now than Barack Obama.  —  Independents hold that view …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What Palin Did Friday Night  —  Where was Sarah Palin last Friday night, before coming to Washington to speak at the Glenn Beck gathering Saturday?  —  She was a guest speaker at a Jewish “Shabbaton”—a Sabbath gathering for prayer, meals, songs, study and conversation—in Hershey …
Frank Lombardi / The Daily Politics:
Obama And Bloomberg: A Losing Duo  —  Mayor Bloomberg confessed today that he and President Obama made up a losing ticket when they teamed up for a round of golf against another duo of duffers last Friday on Martha's Vineyard.  The mayor insisted no politics was discussed, especially who might run against Obama in 2012.
Bloomberg:
U.S. Auto Sales May Hit 28-Year Low as Discounts Flop  —  U.S. auto sales in August probably were the slowest for the month in 28 years as model-year closeout deals failed to entice consumers concerned the economy is worsening and they may lose their jobs.  —  Industrywide deliveries …
Discussion: Don Surber and Wonk Room
 
 
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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Busted!  Fox's Carlson Catches Gibbs In A Naked Lie—Asks 6 Times …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Blast
Drew Westen / The Huffington Post:
What Created the Populist Explosion and How Democrats Can Avoid …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Paul Krugman:
Brother, Can You Paradigm?
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Eschaton
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Afghanistan bomb attacks kill twenty-one US soldiers in 48 hours
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Legislation gap grows
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
New Left Media uses Trojan trick to get interviews
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Lawrence O'Donnell is Dangerously Wrong About Social Security
Discussion: CEPR
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
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Derek Hunter / Big Government:
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Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Fourth Amendment Stunner: Judge Rules That Cell-Site Data Protected …
Discussion: PogoWasRight.org
The Politico:
Democrats seek separation from Nancy Pelosi