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11:05 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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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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.
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 …
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
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Glenn Beck's Happy Warriors
Discussion: protein wisdom
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan Urged Gov't Employees …
Discussion: American Glob
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bill Press: Talking about God not appropriate for “sacred” spot
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 …
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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — August 2010
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   White House pressures GOP leaders for stance on troop withdrawal
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Previewing Obama Iraq speech, Gibbs won't credit surge
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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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Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:   Durbin throws support behind Ground Zero Mosque
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Seven in 10 NYers want mosque moved
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Durbin on majority leader job: ‘My choice is Harry Reid’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:
Miller sees prospect of bad blood with fellow Republicans  —  Miller says he sees the prospect of bad blood with fellow Republicans.  —  Anchorage, Alaska (CNN) - As Republican Joe Miller eyes what could be a major victory in the Alaska Senate GOP primary, the upstart candidate believes it's possible …
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Mark Levin's Rousing Call To Arms For The Tea Party Movement
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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