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2:50 PM ET, September 1, 2010

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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.
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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.
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Iraq Through the Looking Glass
George Packer / Interesting Times:
A Date That Will Live in Oblivion
Scott / Power Line:
A classless, limp and boring speech
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and The Hill
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 …
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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:
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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The Note:
Former Sen. Norm Coleman: “There is No Effort to Replace Michael Steele”
Discussion: Ballot Box
Aharding / CNN:   Tea Party Express & Palin big winners in Alaska
Sydelle Moore / Congress Blog:
The Big Question: Is Murkowski's defeat good news for Dems?
Discussion: The Politico
Des Moines Register:
Sarah Palin's plans mark change in posture toward Iowa
Discussion: New York Magazine and GOP 12
Fox News:
Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Race to Tea Party Candidate
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  —  Labor Day is almost here and Democrats are still waiting for the cavalry to arrive.  An exhaustive scan of the horizon reveals no rescuers and none of the things Democrats badly need to save them from tough midterm election losses on Nov. 2.
Discussion: YID With LID, FoxNews.com and NRSC
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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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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Feingold decries ‘systematic’ effort to ‘destroy’ Obama  —  Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) decried what he said was a “systematic, conscious” effort by groups to “destroy” President Obama.  —  Feingold, who's facing a tough reelection effort this fall, blamed coordinated opposition to Obama …
Discussion: POWIP
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
10 Questions for Russ Feingold
Simon Hooper / CNN:
Blair: Bush world view had ‘immense simplicity’  —  London, England (CNN) — Former U.S. President George W. Bush was a “true idealist” who displayed “genuine integrity and political courage,” former British prime minister Tony Blair reveals in his memoirs.  —  Detailing the close professional …
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Tony Blair / Telegraph:
George Bush did not recognise Belgian prime minister
Discussion: The Lede and National Review
Eric Lach / TPMDC:
Tancredo: First Lady Wanted To Ban Christmas Artifacts At The White House  —  Tom Tancredo isn't going away.  The former congressman and one-time presidential candidate may have upended the Colorado gubernatorial race with his third-party run, but he's still not shy to air his controversial views on national issues.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
TBD All News:
Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring evacuated; gunman inside  —  UPDATE 2:15 p.m. Angela Gates, a Metro spokeswoman, said the SIlver Spring Metro station remains open, though the south entrance is closed.  Buses that service the Silver Spring Transit Center are being detoured around closed streets, she said.
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.
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kasich expands lead  —  After holding small leads in PPP's first two Ohio polls of 2010 John Kasich has opened up a 50-40 advantage in his bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland.  —  The race has pretty much shaped up as a referendum on Strickland and that is not to the incumbent's advantage.
Discussion: Swing State Project
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
REPORT: CEOs At Top 50 Companies That Laid Off Most Workers Raked In Millions In Compensation  —  The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) released its annual report on executive compensation today — “CEO Pay and the Great Recession.”  “I'm afraid that this year's report will raise …
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.
 
 
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