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9:20 AM ET, August 31, 2010

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Frank Newport / Gallup:
GOP Takes Unprecedented 10-Point Lead on Generic Ballot  —  Republicans also maintain wide gap in enthusiasm about voting  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences.
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The Politico:
Tidal wave? 10-point poll edge for GOP  —  Democrats thought things couldn't get much worse on the electoral front — and then they went home to campaign.  —  A new Gallup poll released Monday shows Republicans with a record 10-point edge over Democrats on the “generic ballot” test …
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans take 10-point generic ballot lead (and what it means)
The Politico:   Democrats seek separation from Nancy Pelosi
Lisa Gartner / Washington Examiner:
Education secretary urged his employees to attend Sharpton's rally  —  President Obama's top education official urged government employees to attend a rally that the Rev. Al Sharpton organized to counter a larger conservative event on the Mall.  —  “ED staff are invited to join Secretary Arne Duncan …
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Glenn Beck Launches “News And Opinion” Website, The Blaze, Tonight  —  Having conquered TV, radio, book publishing and now live events, Glenn Beck is looking to expand his media empire into a new arena - the web (obviously GlennBeck.com is thriving too).
Joe Schoffstall / The Blast:
Amazing: Aerial Shot of Glenn Beck's ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally, Plus A Little of Sharpton  —  I haven't paid much attention to the numbers the mainstream media is saying attended the Glenn Beck ‘Restoring Honor’ rally yesterday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., but I'd guesstimate …
Discussion: Macsmind and Gateway Pundit
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck may be unlikely leader for conservative Christians  —  A few weeks before organizing a massive rally on the Mall that had the feel of a religious revival, Glenn Beck sought the blessing of some of the country's most prominent conservative Christian leaders.
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan Urged Gov't Employees …
Discussion: American Glob and msnbc.com
ABCNEWS:
ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Two Men on United Flight from Chicago Arrested on ‘Preparation of a Terrorist Attack’ in Amsterdam  —  Suspects Had Been Cleared Sunday by TSA in Chicago, Birmingham Despite Security Concerns  —  Two men taken off a Chicago-to-Amsterdam United Airlines flight in the Netherlands …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Two men arrested in Amsterdam on terror charges …
Discussion: HillBuzz
New York Times:
Airline Passengers Held on Fears of Terrorist Plot
Discussion: Biased BBC
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Public sours on health care reform as midterms loom  —  A new poll shows that public support for health care reform dropped sharply in August - a dagger in Democrats' hopes that their landmark legislation will help them in November's midterm.  —  The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll has support …
Discussion: Hot Air and Liberty Pundits Blog
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kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — August 2010
Discussion: The New Republic
Gerry Mullany / The Caucus:
Boehner Assails Obama on Iraq  —  In advance of President Obama's Tuesday night speech on Iraq, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House Republican leader, was set to remind thousands of veterans attending the national convention of the American Legion that Mr. Obama and other Democrats …
Discussion: The Hill and Gateway Pundit
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Palin's Speaking Demands Confirmed: $75K, SUVs, Deluxe Hotel Suites, Bendable Straws, And No Public Access  —  In April, two students at Cal State Stanislaus found a partial copy of a speaker's contract for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.  The partial copy revealed that Palin …
Honest Reporting:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Dramatic Reunion Ten Years After The Photo That Started It All  —  Exclusive: Tuvia Grossman Interviewed by HonestReporting … HonestReporting: How have things changed for you since your picture appeared in the NY Times?  —  Tuvia Grossman: Ten years ago …
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
The Hill:
Wealthy lawmakers increased their riches as economy sputtered in '09  —  The wealthiest members of Congress grew richer in 2009 even as the economy struggled to recover from a deep recession.  —  The 50 wealthiest lawmakers were worth almost $1.4 billion in 2009, about $85.1 million …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Sen. Orrin Hatch: 'I'd Be The First To Stand Up For Their Rights' To Build A Mosque Near Ground Zero  —  While virtually every Republican and conservative leader has come out strongly against the construction of the proposed Park 51 Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York City …
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Justin Elliott / Salon:
Bigot starts ground zero church: Where's the outrage?
Discussion: The Lede and Washington Monthly
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bill Press: Talking about God not appropriate for “sacred” spot  —  Greg Hengler captures the moment in which “incoherence” is defined, during CNN's “Reliable Sources” yesterday.  Howard Kurtz notes that libtalker Bill Press had spent the last several weeks crusading against Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally …
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John Cloud / Time:
Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers?  —  Jodi Cobb / National Geographic Creative / Getty Images  —  One of the most contentious issues in the vast literature about alcohol consumption has been the consistent finding that those who don't drink actually tend to die sooner than those who do.
Fox News:
CBO: Eight Years of Iraq War Cost Less Than Stimulus Act  —  As President Obama prepares to tie a bow on U.S. combat operations in Iraq, Congressional Budget Office numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year war was less than the stimulus bill passed by the Democratic-led Congress in 2009.
Discussion: Brain Rage and Gateway Pundit
Juliette Jowit / Guardian:
Lomborg wants $100bn climate fund  —  Exclusive ‘Sceptical environmentalist’ and critic of climate scientists to declare global warming a chief concern facing world  —  • Climate change voice who changed his tune  —  • Rajendra Pachauri under pressure to stand aside
Little Green Footballs:
Palin: Babies - Guns - Jesus  —  Here's another photo from the Glenn Beck Restoration Minstrel Show; the rally's organizers banned signs, so the audience brought t-shirts.  —  SanFranciscoZionist ::  5 seconds ago  —  Tags: Glenn Beck, Kooks, Far Right, Extremism, Tea Party, Racism, Bad Craziness, Sarah Palin
Paul Bedard / US News:
Rewriting History on Kennedy's Chappaquiddick Accident  —  For many, the name Chappaquiddick conjures images of a drunken Sen. Edward Kennedy hitting on Mary Jo Kopechne in his Oldsmobile, losing control, and plunging into the water of Poucha Pond on Chappaquiddick Island …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Pajamas Media
Stephen Hadley / Wall Street Journal:
Why We Fought and What We Achieved  —  Saddam had launched multiple wars, used weapons of mass destruction and aided global terrorism.  Now Iraq's government is an ally and represents all the Iraqi people.  —  The U.S. effort in Iraq is not over.  Some 50,000 U.S. troops …
Discussion: Commentary
Andrew M. Harris / Bloomberg:
ACLU Sues U.S. Over Targeted Killing of Citizens  —  The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. government over an alleged policy of killing American citizens who are suspected of terrorism.  —  The lawsuit, filed today in federal court in Washington, argued that such targeted assassinations …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Builds a Big Tent . . . for Conservatives  —  The rally demonstrated how the Obama administration's excesses have brought different strands of the conservative movement together.  —  It will drive liberals crazy, but Glenn Beck's “Restoring Honor” Rally probably outdrew …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Tea Party Express ready to spend on Rep. Castle challenger
 
 
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Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Fourth Amendment Stunner: Judge Rules That Cell-Site Data Protected …
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Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Vox Popoli
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
US homeowners flock to Florida
Discussion: naked capitalism
Elisa Crouch / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Big incentive for school attendance: Cash
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
More would-be interns paying thousands to land a coveted spot
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The Gibson theory of the Great Depression
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Brad Jackson / The New Ledger:
Glenn W. Smith Thinks the Right is Suppressing Votes in Houston
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
Rick Sanchez Apologizes After Labeling Obama the ‘Cotton-Picking President’
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Confirmed: Sarah Palin to Headline Iowa GOP Dinner in September
Discussion: The Hill, Ben Smith's Blog and Hot Air
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
NRSC Survey Shows Miller Over 50
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
The Onion:
Man Already Knows Everything He Needs To Know About Muslims