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10:40 AM 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.
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.
Scott / Power Line:
A classless, limp and boring speech  —  President Obama's Oval Office speech on the termination of combat operations in Iraq was so half-hearted and detached, it was a little hard to discern its true meaning.  I don't think anyone has captured the nature of Obama's discussion of President Bush better than Paul Mirengoff.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “nobody-could-have-known” excuse and Iraq  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III [Wed.]  - Update IV [Wed.])  —  The predominant attribute of American elites is a refusal to take responsibility for any failures.  The favored tactic for accomplishing this evasion is the “nobody-could-have-known” excuse.
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Iraq Through the Looking Glass
Discussion: Commentary
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging Obama's Iraq Speech
New York Times:   The War in Iraq  —  We were glad to see President Obama …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama's frustrating, unfocused speech on Iraq.
Discussion: The Blaze and Hot Air
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
In speech, Obama says it's time to turn page on U.S. combat mission in Iraq
Discussion: Reuters, Gawker, The Swamp, CNN and The Reaction
Fox News:
Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Race to Tea Party Candidate  —  In a major upset, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has conceded her GOP Senate primary race to Tea Party Express favorite Joe Miller, who had the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.  —  “I don't see a scenario in which the primary …
William Yardley / New York Times:
Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Defeat  —  ANCHORAGE — Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska conceded late Tuesday in her Republican primary race against Joe Miller, a lawyer from Fairbanks who was backed by Tea Party activists, Sarah Palin and other conservatives.
Washington Post:
Murkowski concedes in GOP primary
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Race
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: Mediaite and Taegan Goddard's …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC Libtalker: I Could EASILY Out-Draw Glenn Beck!  —  GREEN WITH ED-VY  —  Libtalker Burning Up Over Rally Turnout Figure  —  In the insecure world of show business, there's nothing worse than the feeling of being upstaged.  That's why for libtalker Ed Schultz, the thought …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Ed Schultz: I could draw 300,000 people to the Mall like Beck did
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor” Rally Crowd Estimate Explained
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
In Sean Hannity's World, There Was No Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally
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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Business groups plan Labor Day blitz against Senate Dems, candidates  —  Business groups plan to go on offense against vulnerable Senate Democrats in their backyards to mark Monday's Labor Day holiday.  —  Local groups will target Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Michael Bennet …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Reid puts renewables mandate in play, eyes lame-duck energy bill
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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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:  —  —  Live Video Streaming  —  Apple® will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple's industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming …
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Commentary
W. Joseph Campbell / Media Myth Alert:
Katrina and the myth of superlative reporting  —  Five years ago this month, a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and left much of New Orleans under water, former CBS anchorman Dan Rather went on Larry King Live to extol television's coverage of the deadly storm.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Not-So-Magic Carpet Ride  —  If we had wanted earth tones in the Oval Office, we would have elected Al Gore.  —  On the night we were reminded that George W. Bush ended up in the White House and heedlessly, needlessly started the war with Iraq, President Obama did his Mission Relinquished address from his redecorated man cave.
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.
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Bitter GOP Criticism Of The Fed May Be Ahead
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
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