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2:45 PM ET, August 31, 2010

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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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Corrente and Firedoglake
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Most attuned voters tilt toward GOP  —  WASHINGTON — Americans with the strongest opinions about the country's most divisive issues are largely unhappy with how President Barack Obama is handling them, an ominous sign for Democrats hoping to retain control of Congress in the fall elections.
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.
The Politico:
Democrats seek separation from Nancy Pelosi  —  Some of the Democratic Party's most endangered lawmakers are taking steps to distance themselves from Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an attempt to inoculate themselves from charges that they are beholden to the unpopular House leader and supportive of the ambitious national Democratic agenda.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE GREAT GALLUP FREAK-OUT.... Two national generic-ballot polls …
CNN:
CNN 100: Tennessee open seat favors Republican turnover
Discussion: In Session
The Note:
Obama Health Secretary: 'We've Got a Lot of Reeducation to Do'
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.
Discussion: CNN, Runnin' Scared, Althouse and D.C. Now
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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 …
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 …
CNN:
Obama to tip his hat to Bush?
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’
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.
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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HATCH GETS IT RIGHT ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.... If anyone should be sympathetic to the problems facing Muslim Americans right now, it should be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  After all, in many respects, Mormons have endured similar difficulties for many years …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   GOP's Hatch backs N.Y. mosque
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.
Discussion: The Reid Report and msnbc.com
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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.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What Palin Did Friday Night  —  She celebrated the Jewish Sabbath.  —  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 …
Discussion: Commentary and Sister Toldjah
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Benyamin Korn / New York Sun:
Sarah Palin Celebrates Shabbat And Offers Echoes of Esther
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 …
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
Donna Bowater / Daily Express:
CLIMATE CHANGE LIES ARE EXPOSED  —  THE world's leading climate change body has been accused of losing credibility after a damning report into its research practices.  —  A high-level inquiry into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found there was “little evidence” for its claims about global warming.
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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.
 
 
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
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New Left Media uses Trojan trick to get interviews
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Tennessee Mosque Received Threats Before Fire
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
FBI defends invitation to Islam critic
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
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Lawrence O'Donnell is Dangerously Wrong About Social Security
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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The Huffington Post:
Poll: Majority Of GOP Believes Obama Sympathizes With Islamic …
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
They Crawl, They Bite, They Baffle Scientists
CNN:
Miller sees prospect of bad blood with fellow Republicans
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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ABCNEWS:
ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Two Men on United Flight from Chicago Arrested …