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9:45 PM ET, August 31, 2010

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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 …
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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.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
President Barack Obama: ‘Turn the page’
Discussion: CNN
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Gibbs vs. the Historical Record
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.
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CNN:
Murkowski campaign: We could know tonight  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is currently trailing political newcomer Joe Miller in the race for the Alaska GOP Senate nomination.  —  Anchorage, Alaska (CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski could concede the GOP Senate primary as early as Tuesday night …
Discussion: The Fix and Hot Air
Publius / Big Government:
Joe Miller Set to Win Alaska Senate Primary  —  Sources in Alaska have informed Big Government that the trend in the count of absentee ballots makes it virtually impossible that Sen. Murkowski will overtake Joe Miller in the GOP Senate Primary.  A trusted and well-placed operative told BG:
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
ALASKA SENATE COUNTDOWN TODAY UPDATE: MURKOWSKI TO CONCEDE?  UPDATE: Miller Margin Now 1,292 Votes With Absentees From Districts 13-16 UPDATE: Miller Campaign Spokesman Expects ‘Good Day at the End of the Day’  —  UPDATE 8 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local) — Dan Riehl and Big Government were first to break this …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Lisa Murkowski Faces Her Fate
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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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama declares end to U.S. combat mission in Iraq  —  President Obama officially declared an end to Operation Iraqi Freedom Tuesday night, saying the time has come to “turn the page” on a war that has lasted almost eight years.  —  “Tonight, I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended,” Obama said.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama on Iraq, and the economy
Discussion: The Foundry and CNN
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “nobody-could-have-known” excuse and Iraq
Discussion: TalkLeft and At War
New York Times:
Obama Declares End to U.S. Iraq Combat
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
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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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Glenn Beck Is Not Malcolm X.
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Glenn Beck's Happy Warriors
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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Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Pawlenty forgoes $850,000 in federal sex ed funds for strings …
Discussion: Salon and Wonkette
Martiga Lohn / Business Week:
Governor vows to limit Minn. in fed health reform
Discussion: The Note, msnbc.com and Wonkette
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’
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.
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Busted!  Fox's Carlson Catches Gibbs In A Naked Lie—Asks 6 Times If Obama Will Credit Bush Tonight  —  Gibbs's lie was so deep, I had to freeze frame so you could see exactly what Obama said about the surge in 2007.  He's one smug, flippant jerk too.
Free exchange:
How to fix unemployment  —  TWO years into the Great Recession unemployment in America remains well above 9%.  This has resulted in economic and emotional pain among the long-term jobless and endless commentary on what we can do about it.  Paul Krugman reckons that if we just had a bigger stimulus we could've restored full employment.
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Project Syndicate:
The Varieties of Unemployment  —  print recommend Send link clip secure rights
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Poll: Majority Of GOP Believes Obama Sympathizes With Islamic Fundamentalism, Wants Worldwide Islamic Law  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A majority of Republicans believe that President Barack Obama “sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world …
Paul Krugman:
Brother, Can You Paradigm?  —  A few months back one of my original mentors in economics — someone who got his graduate training in the pre-fresh-water era — asked me whether there was anything about the current crisis that required fundamentally new analysis.  We agreed that there wasn't.
John Frank / The Buzz:
Chiles expected to withdraw from governor's race  —  UPDATED: It appears that Bud Chiles' days as a candidate for governor are numbered.  We are hearing considerable Buzz that Chiles is calling supporters to tell them he is ending his independent bid.  An announcement is likely to come in the next two days.
 
 
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
9/11 victims' families group opposes anniversary mosque rallies
Discussion: Think Progress and Atlas Shrugs
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DGA claims $1 million from Fox e-mail
Discussion: CNN and The Political Carnival
Drew Westen / The Huffington Post:
What Created the Populist Explosion and How Democrats Can Avoid …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows how feminism is done. Again.
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Bloomberg:
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New Left Media uses Trojan trick to get interviews
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Impending Democratic Bloodbath.