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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 …
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans take 10-point generic ballot lead (and what it means)  —  1. The latest weekly tracking poll from Gallup gives Republicans a 10-point edge on the generic ballot, the party's largest lead ever — yes, ever — in the poll's more than six decades of asking the question in midterm elections.
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  —  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).  —  Mediaite has the exclusive details …
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.
Joe Schoffstall / The Blast:
Amazing: Aerial Shot of Glenn Beck's ‘Restoring Honor’ …
Discussion: Macsmind and Gateway Pundit
Glenn Beck / The Blaze:   A Message From Glenn
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan Urged Gov't Employees …
Discussion: American Glob
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.
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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 …
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — August 2010
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
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 Swamp, The Hill and Gateway Pundit
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama speech on Iraq has risks  —  President Obama is promoting the decision to end the U.S. combat mission in Iraq on Tuesday as a fulfillment of his campaign promise to draw the war to a close.  But some of the president's detractors are using the same moment to question the wisdom of doing so …
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Durbin throws support behind Ground Zero Mosque  —  Sen. Dick Durbin, the man who could lead the U.S. Senate depending on how November's elections go, had a strong message for Illinois' 400,000 Muslims and other residents about the Ground Zero Mosque Monday.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Durbin on majority leader job: ‘My choice is Harry Reid’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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Donna Bowater / Daily Express:
CLIMATE CHANGE LIES ARE EXPOSED
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 …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Seven in 10 NYers want mosque moved  —  Tweet  —  Move the mosque!  —  Seven in ten New Yorkers say the proposed mosque/Islamic community center near Ground Zero should be relocated because of opposition from 9/11 families — and an equal number want state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo …
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
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Fourth Amendment Stunner: Judge Rules That Cell-Site Data Protected By Fourth Amendment Warrant Requirement  —  A few federal court opinions have been making a big public splash recently by taking surprising positions on how the Fourth Amendment applies to location surveillance.
Discussion: PogoWasRight.org
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Christine O'Donnell, Delaware's Tea Party Candidate, Has GOP Spooked  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The results have not even been finalized in the quirky Alaska Republican Senate primary and already the political world is bracing itself for another instance in which an out-of-nowhere Tea …
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
Benyamin Korn / New York Sun:
Sarah Palin Celebrates Shabbat And Offers Echoes of Esther  —  Driving to Lancaster from Philadelphia Friday afternoon, my wife and I passed through a town named Ephrata.  In was named after the town that, in ancient times, was part of the city of Bethlehem; today it is a thriving Israeli city of 8,000-plus.
Wall Street Journal:
House Travel Stipends Probed  —  Congressional investigators are questioning a half-dozen lawmakers for possibly misspending government funds meant to pay for overseas travel, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The investigation follows a Wall Street Journal article in March …
Discussion: The BLT
 
 
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Andrew Clark / Guardian:
US homeowners flock to Florida
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Paul Bedard / US News:
Rewriting History on Kennedy's Chappaquiddick Accident
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