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12:55 PM ET, September 1, 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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Note to My Fellow Hawks  —  President Obama opposed the war in Iraq.  He still thinks it was a mistake.  It's therefore unrealistic for supporters of the war to expect the president to give the speech John McCain would have given, or to expect President Obama to put the war in the context we would put it in.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Obama's Speech  —  Yes, there were some fine parts.  How could there not be?  —  But I really disliked it.  Maybe I'm letting other factors poison my take, and I should probably sleep on it before rendering final judgment.  But here are a few things that really stuck in my craw.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Bush-Era Iraq War Architects Emerge To Demand ‘Credit’ For Iraq War ‘Success’  —  In April 2006, ThinkProgress produced a report titled “The Architects of War: Where Are They Now?”  We wrote at the time, “a review of the key planners of the conflict reveals that they have been rewarded — not blamed — for their incompetence.”
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Iraq Through the Looking Glass  —  Most Americans will support President Obama's call for patience in Afghanistan and his policy of continuing the long-planned drawdown in Iraq.  —  But there was something bizarre about his entire Iraq speech — it was as if it were being delivered …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Commentary
George Packer / Interesting Times:
A Date That Will Live in Oblivion
Scott / Power Line:
A classless, limp and boring speech
Discussion: The Hill
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:   Returning to the War At Home
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin 2012 in Alaska  —  If Sarah Palin runs for President in 2012 she can't count on a whole lot of support back home.  62% of Alaska Republicans are opposed to her making a White House bid and she gets only 17% in a hypothetical 2012 primary in the state tying for her second with Mike Huckabee behind Mitt Romney.
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Fox News:
Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Race to Tea Party Candidate
Sydelle Moore / Congress Blog:
The Big Question: Is Murkowski's defeat good news for Dems?
Discussion: The Politico
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Lisa Murkowski loses, do Democrats sense opportunity?
Des Moines Register:
Sarah Palin's plans mark change in posture toward Iowa
Discussion: GOP 12
Publius / Big Government:
Read Between the Lines: Murkowski Doesn't Endorse Miller
Discussion: Riehl World View and RedState
Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
Sarah Palin the Sound and the Fury  —  Even as Sarah Palin's public voice grows louder, she has become increasingly secretive, walling herself off from old friends and associates, and attempting to enforce silence from those around her.  Following the former Alaska governor's road show …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Mediaite
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Saying anything about Palin  —  A former aide to the McCain campaign got in touch with me this morning to cop to being the half-serious progenitor of a story which, embellished almost beyond recognition, appears in Vanity Fair's portrait today of Sarah Palin as monster.  —  Reports Vanity Fair:
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
My name is Glenn Beck, and I need help  —  Despite all the words spilled in evaluating Glenn Beck's tent-less revival last weekend, the real meaning may have been hiding in plain sight.  —  Beck's “Restoring Honor” gathering on the Mall was right out of the Alcoholics Anonymous playbook.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Give GOP Edge on Most Election Issues  —  Greatest Republican advantages on terrorism, immigration, federal spending  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds Americans saying the Republicans in Congress would do a better job than the Democrats in Congress of handling seven of nine key election issues.
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Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
No Help On The Horizon For Dems
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Wall Street Journal:
Tax Cuts Weighed to Spur Economy  —  The Obama administration is considering a range of new measures to boost economic growth, including tax cuts and a new nationwide infrastructure program, according to people familiar with the discussions.  —  The president's economic team has met frequently …
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Tax Cuts That Make a Difference  —  It's time to start talking about a tax cut.  —  The economy is struggling mightily.  Some 15 million people remain unemployed.  The Federal Reserve has been slow to act and still is not doing much.  The Senate has been unable to find the 60 votes needed to pass anything but minor bills.
Lynn Hulsey / Dayton Daily News:
Senate candidate indicted for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor  —  DAYTON — Eric W. Deaton, a Constitution Party candidate for U.S. Senate, was indicted Tuesday, Aug. 31, for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, according to Greg Flannagan, spokesman for Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias H. Heck Jr.
Hal Scherz / Wall Street Journal:
Dear Patients: Vote to Repeal ObamaCare  —  Don't believe Democrats who promise to fix the bill once they're re-elected.  —  Facing a nationwide backlash, Democratic congressional candidates have a new message for voters: We know you don't like ObamaCare, so we'll fix it.
Kristin Huguet / Apple:
Apple to Provide Live Video Streaming of September 1 Event  —  What:  —  Live video stream of Apple's September 1 event  —  When:  —  Where:  —  www.apple.com  —  Live Video Streaming  —  Apple® will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple's industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming …
Minnesota Public Radio:
MPR News/Humphrey Institute Poll: Voters disapprove of Pawlenty's cross-county politicking  —  Minnesota voters are unhappy with the political activities of Gov. Tim Pawlenty according to a new MPR News-Humphrey Institute Poll.  —  The poll — conducted by Minnesota Public Radio News …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, The Page and GOP 12
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Aspiring Politician to Sue 2 Florida Papers  —  Jeff Greene, a Florida real estate developer who lost one of the year's most bitter and closely watched primary elections, is preparing to sue The St. Petersburg Times and The Miami Herald for libel, claiming that articles they published cost him his bid for the United States Senate.
Washington Post:
Federal spending rises a record 16% in 2009, Census Bureau says  —  Federal domestic spending increased a record 16 percent to $3.2 trillion in 2009, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, largely because of a boost in aid to the unemployed and the huge economic stimulus package enacted to rescue the sinking economy.
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.
 
 
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Caren Bohan / Reuters:
White House economist calls for more stimulus
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MiamiHerald.com:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Newt Gingrich backs Boehner's call to fire Geithner, Summers
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
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