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5:40 PM ET, September 1, 2010

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Fox News:
Armed Man With Bomb Takes at Least One Hostage in Discovery Channel Building  —  DEVELOPING: Police in Maryland are responding to a hostage situation after reports that a man with a handgun entered the Discovery Channel headquarters building in Silver Spring and fired at least one shot.
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Who Is Daniel Quinn, Favored Author Of James Lee, Discovery Hostage Suspect?  —  The Discovery Office hostage situation is still a very fluid story that has yet to be resolved.  But interesting clues are revealing themselves about the situation.  The assailant has been identified as James Jay Lee …
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.
Washington Post:
Negotiations underway with James J. Lee in Discovery hostage situation  —  Authorities are negotiating with a man wearing a suspected explosive device who has taken “a small number” of hostages at the Discovery Communications building in downtown Silver Spring, Montgomery County Police said at an afternoon news conference.
CNN:
Officials: Suspect holding hostages at Discovery Channel
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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:
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Alaska Senate  —  Alaska Senate: Miller (R) 50% McAdams (D) 44%  —  In Rasmussen Reports' first look at the U.S. Senate race in Alaska, Republican newcomer Joe Miller holds a six-point lead over Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams.  —  The latest statewide telephone survey …
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Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
Joe Miller: America comes into the country
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Lisa Murkowski loses, do Democrats sense opportunity?
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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Silla Brush / The Hill:   Obama adviser calls for tax cuts, spending ahead of resignation
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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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  —  The Midterm Outlook Remains Grisly  —  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.
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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Tony Blair / Telegraph:
George Bush did not recognise Belgian prime minister  —  George W Bush did not recognise the prime minister of Belgium or understand why he was at a G8 meeting, Tony Blair has disclosed.  —  In his new book, A Journey, Mr Blair writes that the former US president was confused by the presence …
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Simon Hooper / CNN:
Blair: Bush world view had ‘immense simplicity’
Discussion: Politics Daily and New York Times
Pew Hispanic Center:
U.S. Unauthorized Immigration Flows Are Down Sharply Since Mid-Decade  —  The annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants to the United States was nearly two-thirds smaller in the March 2007 to March 2009 period than it had been from March 2000 to March 2005, according to new estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center.
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Paul Krugman:
The Economic Narrative  —  Why do people like me feel the need to revisit the fateful decision to go for an underpowered stimulus right at the beginning of the Obama administration?  It's not about “I told you so”, or at least not mainly.  It's about the economic narrative …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Huffington Post:
Wyden Pushing For Oregon Waiver From Health Care Law, Individual Mandate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  One of the most innovative voices in the health care debate, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), is accelerating the process of exempting his state from some of the national reforms passed under President Barack Obama.
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Labor and liberal groups to hold Oct. 2 rally on Mall to counter Beck, Tea Party  —  Labor leaders, liberal religious leaders and the NAACP will hold a rally on the National Mall on October 2, one month before the fall midterm elections, in an attempt to show they too have political clout …
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.
American Prospect:
Homegrown Mujahideen  —  It's tempting to demonize conservatives with hyperbolic comparisons, but liberals have an obligation to the truth.  —  Observant readers (or bookshelf scanners) will notice that American Taliban, the new book by Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas …
Joshua Treviño / The Huffington Post:
Why the President's Partisans Talk Down Islam  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Among the more pernicious rumors swirling about Obama are those dealing with his Muslim connections.  Or so we're told: the persons who denounce — and not coincidentally promulgate — these rumors are generally …
NY Daily News:
Miracle!  Man plunges from W. Side building, crashes atop of Dodge Charger and lives to tell tale  —  A young man plunged 39 stories Tuesday from a West Side high-rise, crashed through the windshield of a sports car - and lived to tell about it.  —  “My leg!  My leg!”
David Catanese / The Politico:
Chiles to endorse Sink in Florida  —  Independent candidate Bud Chiles confirmed Wednesday he would drop out of Florida's race for governor and back Democratic nominee Alex Sink.  —  In a statement, aide Jim McClellan said Chiles would make the announcement official at a Thursday morning news conference in Tallahassee.
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
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Bloomy: Only ‘total incapacitation’ or death would end term early  —  After today's Page Six float about the possibility of Mayor Bloomberg serving as Treasury Secretary for President Obama - and a WSJ story suggesting the white House is cozying up to the mayor to keep him from running himself …
 
 
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