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4:55 PM ET, August 31, 2010

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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.
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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?
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Obama thanks troops, looks to Afghanistan
Discussion: CNN, The Note and The Swamp
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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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 …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republican leads Senate race in Pennsylvania  —  (Reuters) - Republican Pat Toomey has opened a 10-point lead over Democrat Joe Sestak among likely voters in a Senate race in Pennsylvania dominated by economic worries, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
The Politico:
Democrats seek separation from Nancy Pelosi
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE GREAT GALLUP FREAK-OUT.... Two national generic-ballot polls …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Firedoglake and Guardian
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’
Discussion: Politics Daily
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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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Health Care Bill Nobody Wants to Talk About  —  As Jay Cost of Real Clear Politics notes, it's pretty obvious that the Democrats' electoral woes are directly tied to the passage of the health care bill.  But somehow horserace analysts like Jonathan Alter, Jim Vanderhei and Mike Allen don't want to talk about that.
Discussion: Weigel
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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James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Glenn Beck's Happy Warriors
Discussion: protein wisdom, Commentary and Hot Air
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — August 2010  —  The August Health Tracking Poll finds that support for health reform fell over the course of August, dipping from a 50 percent favorability rating in July to 43 percent, while 45 percent of the public reported unfavorable views.
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Support for Health Care Overhaul Falls
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Hit & Run
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.
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
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Haaretz:
Four Israelis killed in shooting attack near Hebron
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
ALASKA SENATE COUNTDOWN TODAY UPDATE: Miller Leads by 1,325 Votes After Initial Absentee Count in Anchorage UPDATE: Miller Campaign Spokesman Expects ‘Good Day at the End of the Day’  —  Posted on |  August 31, 2010 |  7 Comments  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska  —  UPDATE 4:25 p.m. ET …
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CNN:
Miller sees prospect of bad blood with fellow Republicans
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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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
New Left Media uses Trojan trick to get interviews  —  Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll, the two young journalists behind “New Left Media,” tell attendees at Tea Party and other conservative rallies that they are student journalists working on a school project in order to get them to talk openly on camera about their beliefs.
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 …
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.
Paul Krugman:
Brother, Can You Paradigm?  —  A few months back one of my original mentors in economics — someone who got his graduate training in the pre-fresh-water era — asked me whether there was anything about the current crisis that required fundamentally new analysis.  We agreed that there wasn't.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Eschaton
Bloomberg:
U.S. Auto Sales May Hit 28-Year Low as Discounts Flop  —  U.S. auto sales in August probably were the slowest for the month in 28 years as model-year closeout deals failed to entice consumers concerned the economy is worsening and they may lose their jobs.  —  Industrywide deliveries …
Discussion: Don Surber
The Huffington Post:
Poll: Majority Of GOP Believes Obama Sympathizes With Islamic Fundamentalism, Wants Worldwide Islamic Law  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A majority of Republicans believe that President Barack Obama “sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Legislation gap grows  —  When the Senate returns from its summer break in September, lawmakers will have quite a full plate of legislation to address: 372 bills, to be exact.  —  That's the number of bills passed by the House that are awaiting action in the Senate, according to an updated list provided to The Hill.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Derek Hunter / Big Government:
You're a Bigot, Now Vote for Me!  The Progressive's Plan for November.  —  Are you opposed to Obamacare or illegal immgration?  You're a racist.  Are you opposed to gay marriage?  You're a homophobe.  Did you oppose Elana Kagan's appointment to the Supreme Court?  You're a sexist.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
 
 
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Mark Halperin / The Page:
HALPERIN'S TAKE: Pawlenty's Efforts to “Limit” ObamaCare in Minnesota
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Business Week
CNN:
Romney helps out GOP candidates in Oregon
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Previewing Ohio  —  We'll start rolling out our Ohio poll …
Discussion: RedState and Beltway Confidential
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Afghanistan bomb attacks kill twenty-one US soldiers in 48 hours
Sarah Jane Weaver / Deseret News:
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FBI defends invitation to Islam critic
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
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Discussion: NewsBusters.org
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Lawrence O'Donnell is Dangerously Wrong About Social Security
Discussion: CEPR
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP's Hatch backs N.Y. mosque
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What Palin Did Friday Night
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HATCH GETS IT RIGHT ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.... If anyone …
Discussion: Think Progress, TPMDC and The Plum Line
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Fourth Amendment Stunner: Judge Rules That Cell-Site Data Protected …
Discussion: PogoWasRight.org