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9:25 AM ET, September 2, 2010


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Police kill Discovery building gunman  —  Three hostages safe, police say; man told NBC he had several bombs  —  on -
Andrea Nill / Think Progress:
Purported Eco-Terrorist Angered Over ‘Immigration Pollution And Anchor Baby Filth’  —  This afternoon, a gunman entered the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring, MD and appears to have taken at least one person hostage.  Among his various bizarre, eco-related demands, one relates directly to immigration.
Radical Environmentalist Shot, Killed at Discovery HQ  —  Police Say All Hostages Are Safe, Gunman James Lee Shot Dead  —  A radical enviornmentalist who took three hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters while wearing what police may be explosives was shot and killed by officers, police said.
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Will the media call the Silver Spring/Discovery Channel gunman …
Michelle Malkin:
Hostage situation at Discovery Channel; alleged gunman ID'ed as …
Washington Post:
Negotiations underway with James J. Lee in Discovery hostage situation
Tim Mak / FrumForum:
Romer: My Plan Failed  —  Dr. Christina Romer's economic speech today, marking her last speech as an administration official, is an admission that the fiscal stimulus package that she helped craft has failed.  —  Calling the economic recovery “insufficient”, she noted that a .6% drop …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and National Review
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Economist Christina Romer serves up dismal news at her farewell luncheon
Discussion: Red Dog Report and Betsy's Page
Silla Brush / The Hill:   Obama adviser calls for tax cuts, spending ahead of resignation
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Deval Patrick on Beck rally: “It's a free country.  I wish it weren't.”  —  And you thought that a libtalker declaring a public space too sacred for God would be the dumbest quote from the Left on the Restoring Honor rally hosted by Glenn Beck.  Michael Graham from Boston's WTKK posts a clip …
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Glenn Beck's George Washington Whopper  —  The Fox host says he held the inaugural address of the famously truthful founding father.  Yeah right, says the National Archives.  —  Post Comment  —  During his much-ballyhooed “Restoring Honor” rally on Saturday, Glenn Beck told a whopper involving …
Associated Press:
Israelis, Palestinians resume direct talks  —  WASHINGTON - Seeking to broker a Mideast peace agreement that has eluded U.S. presidents for decades, the Obama administration is overseeing the first direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in nearly two years.
Yossi Beilin / Bloomberg:
Obama Peace Talks for Israel, Palestine Will Fail: Yossi Beilin
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Ann Coulter /
Obama is Not a Muslim  —  The nonsense about President Obama being a Muslim has got to stop.  I rise to defend him from this absurd accusation by pointing out that he is obviously an atheist.  —  Leave aside Obama's fanatical opposition to allowing Illinois hospitals to save the lives …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Should Feel ‘Uncomfortable’ That Conservatives Are Co-opting Gay Rights Issues: Top Dem  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The notion that the gay rights community would abandon the Obama White House over its unwillingness to fully embrace their legislative priorities may seem absurd to the casual political observer.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Top GOP Party Strategists Attending Log Cabin Event
Discussion: FrumForum
Quinnipiac University:
Lazio Up 12 Pts.  In New York GOP Primary For Governor, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dems Still Don't Know Who's Running For Attorney General  —  Former Congressman Rick Lazio leads businessman Carl Paladino 47 - 35 percent among New York State Republican likely primary voters in the race for Governor …
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Sixty Days to Go  —  The Crystal Ball's Labor Day Predictions  —  Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  For decades I've advised students to let the facts speak for themselves, while avoiding the indulgence of shouting at the facts.  In other words, we should take in …
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 …
Aharding / CNN:
Miller questions GOP ‘courage and leadership’
Discussion: Pundits Blog and Gateway Pundit
Larry O'Connor /
Matthews: Obama Needs To Get Rid Of ‘Damn Teleprompter’  —  This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
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.
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
Illegal immigration declines sharply in California, across the country, report says
Paul Revoir / Daily Mail:
Yes, BBC was biased: Director General Mark Thompson admits a ‘massive’ lean to Left  —  BBC Director General Mark Thompson has admitted the corporation was guilty of a ‘massive’ Left-wing bias in the past.  —  The TV chief also admitted there had been a ‘struggle’ to achieve impartiality …
Discussion: Biased BBC
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Barbour tests message: Next President will have to be lobbyist-in-chief  —  At the end of a long interview, the Hoover Institute's Peter Robinson asks Haley Barbour how someone who fits his profile — white, southern male — could become President.  —  Barbour emphasizes he's focused only on 2010 …
Discussion: Wonkette
New York Times:
Tabloid Hack Attack on Royals, and Beyond  —  IN NOVEMBER 2005, three senior aides to Britain's royal family noticed odd things happening on their mobile phones.  Messages they had never listened to were somehow appearing in their mailboxes as if heard and saved.
Roger Ebert / Roger Ebert's Journal:
Put up or shut up  —  We already know the numbers.  Pew finds that 18% of Americans believe President Obama is a Muslim.  A new Newsweek poll, taken after the controversy over the New York mosque, places that figure at 24%.  Even if he's not a Muslim, Newsweek finds, 31 percent think it's …
David Weigel / Weigel:
A Good Get for the Birthers  —  I try to ignore the birther movement unless it inducts someone important — a congressman, for example.  The (sigh) American Patriot Foundation's announcement that Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (ret.) has signed an affidavit supporting court martialed birther …
Karl E. Case / New York Times:
A Dream House After All  —  IF you read the coverage of the latest figures on the sales of existing homes from the National Association of Realtors, you may well have come to the conclusion that the American dream is dead.  It is indeed worrisome that sales in July were down 25 percent from a year ago.
Tim Hoover / Denver Post:
GOP gubernatorial candidate Maes backs off claims of undercover police work  —  Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes on Tuesday backed away from a claim that, as a police officer 25 years ago, he worked “undercover” with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
ADL'S Abe Foxman denounces anti-mosque rally as ‘un-American’  —  Adam Serwer of the American Prospect is guest blogging on The Plum Line this week.  —  Earlier this week, the Sept. 11 victims' families group “Where to Turn” sent out a letter expressing opposition to a planned Sept. 11 …
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 …
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Diane Macedo / Fox News:
Scientist's Firing After 36 Years Fuels ‘PC’ Debate at UCLA
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Judy Lin / Associated Press:
Boxer, Fiorina tussle over economy in first debate
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Jamie Stengle / The Huffington Post:
Texas Court: Gay Couples Can't Divorce
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Down with Big Government, Big Business, Big Labor
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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The Huffington Post:
Alan Simpson Calls Recipient Of Angry Letter
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Belinda Luscombe / Time:
Study: Young, Single, Childless Women Earn More Than Men
Brian / Freedom's Lighthouse:
Mark Halperin Says GOP Could Gain as Many as 60 Seats in Midterm …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Paul Krugman:
The Economic Narrative  —  Why do people like me feel the need …