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9:20 AM ET, September 1, 2010

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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
President Obama's Oval Office speech on Iraq — text  —  Oval Office Remarks by President Obama, as provided by the White House  —  Good evening.  Tonight, I'd like to talk to you about the end of our combat mission in Iraq, the ongoing security challenges we face, and the need to rebuild our nation here at home.
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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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “nobody-could-have-known” excuse and Iraq  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III [Wed.]  - Update IV [Wed.])  —  The predominant attribute of American elites is a refusal to take responsibility for any failures.  The favored tactic for accomplishing this evasion is the “nobody-could-have-known” excuse.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Note to My Fellow Hawks  —  President Obama opposed the war in Iraq.  He still thinks it was a mistake.  It's therefore unrealistic for supporters of the war to expect the president to give the speech John McCain would have given, or to expect President Obama to put the war in the context we would put it in.
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging Obama's Iraq Speech  —  One way or another, Absolut Victory will be declared tonight.  —  4:53PM Tonight, after 18 tumultuous months in office, President Obama faces his toughest challenge yet: To claim credit in Iraq without driving a thankful nation to laughter and tears, but mostly laughter.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Obama's Speech
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
President Barack Obama: ‘Turn the page’
Discussion: CNN, The Swamp and Politics
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama's frustrating, unfocused speech on Iraq.
Discussion: The Blaze and Hot Air
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama declares it's time to turn page on America's combat mission in Iraq
Discussion: Reuters, The Swamp, Gawker, CNN and The Reaction
Fox News:
Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Race to Tea Party Candidate  —  In a major upset, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has conceded her GOP Senate primary race to Tea Party Express favorite Joe Miller, who had the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.  —  “I don't see a scenario in which the primary …
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William Yardley / New York Times:
Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Defeat  —  ANCHORAGE — Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska conceded late Tuesday in her Republican primary race against Joe Miller, a lawyer from Fairbanks who was backed by Tea Party activists, Sarah Palin and other conservatives.
Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski concedes GOP Senate race to Miller  —  Incumbent Lisa Murkowski has conceded to challenger Joe Miller in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.  —  Speaking at a news conference broadcast on live television from her campaign headquarters in Anchorage, Murkowski said …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
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.
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Race
Kkeckcnn / CNN:   Murkowski concedes Alaska GOP Senate primary
CNN:
Murkowski campaign: We could know tonight
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CNN: Murkowski considering conceding Alaska race? …
Associated Press:
Murkowski concedes GOP Senate race in Alaska
Discussion: Macsmind and iOwnTheWorld.com
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
In Sean Hannity's World, There Was No Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally  —  Bill O'Reilly spent his entire show Monday night talking about Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally.  Fox & Friends talked about it.  So did Megyn Kelly, and Bret Baier, and Greta Van Susteren.  But Sean Hannity didn't mention it.
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor” Rally Crowd Estimate Explained
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Glenn Beck Is Not Malcolm X.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Ed Schultz: I could draw 300,000 people to the Mall like Beck did  —  Remember, this is the same guy who allegedly threw a nuclear tantrum a few weeks ago because he wasn't big enough shakes to make it into an MSNBC promo.  And yet ... isn't he right about the unions?
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Kristin Huguet / Apple:
Apple to Provide Live Video Streaming of September 1 Event  —  What:  —  Live video stream of Apple's September 1 event  —  When:  —  Where:  —  www.apple.com  —  Live Video Streaming  —  Apple® will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple's industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming …
W. Joseph Campbell / Media Myth Alert:
Katrina and the myth of superlative reporting  —  Five years ago this month, a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and left much of New Orleans under water, former CBS anchorman Dan Rather went on Larry King Live to extol television's coverage of the deadly storm.
Jo Piazza / Fox News:
John Cusack Calls for ‘Satanic Death’ of Fox News, GOP Leaders  —  During the 2008 election, Cusack spoke out against John McCain for MoveOn.org.  —  Actor John Cusack went on a caustic Twitter rampage Sunday evening, attacking former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Fox News.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Did Democrats Get Here?  —  We talked this morning about the Democrats' poor electoral position — already shaky, it is probably now deteriorating further — but we haven't talked as much about why they're in this predicament.  This is for a good reason: once you get past the premise …
The Huffington Post:
Steve Schmidt, Former McCain Campaign Chief, On Mehlman Fundraiser: Same-Sex Marriage Becoming Conservative Cause  —  What's Your Reaction: … A major same-sex marriage fundraiser hosted by former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman and other Republicans provides one of the sharpest illustrations …
 
 
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
Sarah Palin the Sound and the Fury
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Business groups plan Labor Day blitz against Senate Dems, candidates
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Alex Johnson / msnbc.com:
Obama formally ends Iraq combat mission
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Policy tools that could lower interest rates further
CNN:
DGA ‘matches’ $1M News Corp. contribution to RGA
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Levi Pulkkinen / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Charge: Seattle man attacked shopkeeper, calls victim a terrorist
Discussion: Gawker and TPMMuckraker