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11:55 PM ET, August 31, 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)  —  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.
Discussion: At War and TalkLeft
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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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:
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Washington Wire
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 …
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 …
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: NPR Topics
Kkeckcnn / CNN:   Murkowski concedes Alaska GOP Senate primary
William Yardley / New York Times:   Murkowski Concedes Senate Race in Alaska
James L. / Swing State Project:
AK-Sen: The Latest Count
Associated Press:
Murkowski concedes GOP Senate race in Alaska
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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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.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Glenn Beck Is Not Malcolm X.
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.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama declares it's time to turn page on U.S. mission in Iraq
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama on Iraq, and the economy
Discussion: CNN and The Foundry
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 …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Democrats' New Normal  —  I don't usually like to comment on individual polls.
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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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.
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.
CNN:
TRENDING: DGA ‘matches’ $1M News Corp. contribution to RGA  —  The Democratic Governors Association has raised over $1 million off of the news that News Corporation gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association.  —  (CNN) - The Democratic Governors Association announced Tuesday …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   DGA claims $1 million from Fox e-mail
Joan McCarter / Daily Kos:
Simpson to disabled vets: You cost too much  —  Fresh off of being forgiven by the White House, Simpson has a new target. … Just like the irony of millions of Americans paying into Social Security on the promise that they would receive benefits back, while the rich get off the hook …
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Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Aging vets' costs concern Obama's deficit co-chair
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Newshoggers.com
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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Rob Bluey / On the Square:
BP's Imbalanced, Uncharitable Funding
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
3 Congressmen May Face Further Inquiry
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
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Paul Krugman:
Brother, Can You Paradigm?
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The Huffington Post:
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