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12:10 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.
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.
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, Commentary and The Caucus
George Packer / Interesting Times:
A Date That Will Live in Oblivion  —  What President Obama called the end of the combat mission in Iraq is a meaningless milestone, constructed almost entirely out of thin air, and his second Oval Office speech marks a rare moment of dishonesty and disingenuousness on the part of a politician …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Bush-Era Iraq War Architects Emerge To Demand ‘Credit’ For Iraq War ‘Success’
Discussion: NPR, Commentary and The Caucus
Scott / Power Line:
A classless, limp and boring speech
Discussion: The Hill and Beltway Confidential
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Humility and Honesty About Iraq Can Inspire Trust
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging Obama's Iraq Speech
New York Times:
The War in Iraq  —  We were glad to see President Obama …
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Iraq: What Did We Win, And What Did It Cost?
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Lisa Murkowski loses, do Democrats sense opportunity?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin 2012 in Alaska  —  If Sarah Palin runs for President …
Discussion: and 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
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:
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.
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: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Ed Schultz: I could draw 300,000 people to the Mall like Beck did
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Tax Cuts Weighed to Spur Economy
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.
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
10 Questions for Russ Feingold
Discussion: New York Times, NRSC and Weasel Zippers
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.
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
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 …
Quinnipiac University:
Cuomo Tops Lazio Or Paladino More Than 2-1, Quinnipiac University New York State Poll Finds; Voters Want To Know How Cuomo Will Fix Budget  —  New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for Governor, leads either of his Republican rivals by more than 2-1 …
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  —  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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