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11:25 AM ET, September 2, 2010

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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Economist Christina Romer serves up dismal news at her farewell luncheon  —  Lunch at the National Press Club on Wednesday caused some serious indigestion.  —  It wasn't the food; it was the entertainment.  Christina Romer, chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers …
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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
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Chief economist calls on Congress to ‘finish the job of economic recovery’
Discussion: Wonk Room and Firedoglake
Silla Brush / The Hill:   Obama adviser calls for tax cuts, spending ahead of resignation
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 …
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Will the media call the Silver Spring/Discovery Channel gunman an environmental terrorist?  —  In Silver Spring, Maryland a gunman has entered the headquarters of the popular cable network the Discovery Channel and taken at least one hostage.  The gunman appears to have been protesting …
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msnbc.com:
Police kill Discovery building gunman
Andrea Nill / Think Progress:
Purported Eco-Terrorist Angered Over ‘Immigration Pollution And Anchor Baby Filth’
ABCNEWS:
Radical Environmentalist Shot, Killed at Discovery HQ
Melissa McEwan / Shakesville:
This is so the worst thing you're going to read all day.  —  Michael Joseph Gross for Vanity Fair: “Sarah Palin the Sound and the Fury.”  —  It's terrible for a couple of reasons.  One, because Sarah Palin is the worst.  Except, and two, she's the worst for reasons that aren't even in this article.
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Sarah's Amazing Race
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Alaska Senate
Vanity Fair:
Rupert Murdoch's War On The New York Times  —  “I read the Journal a little less now.  I find that I can skim it in a way I couldn't before.  If the Journal is gaining market share I'd guess it is more at the expense of USA Today than the Times,” New York Times executive editor Bill Keller tells Vanity Fair writer Sarah Ellison.
Discussion: The Wire and New York Magazine
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Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Has Rupert Murdoch's paywall gamble paid off?
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 …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Warren fuels speculation by dropping class  —  When fall classes began Wednesday at Harvard Law School, Elizabeth Warren was scheduled to be teaching contract law to first-year students.  But something happened on the way to the chalkboard.  —  “I'm writing to let you know that Professor Jerry Frug …
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 …
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democrats unlikely to repeal tax cuts for the rich  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress are poised to play a leading role this month in thwarting their party's effort to raise income tax rates on the wealthy.  —  Tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 expire at the end of this year.
Ann Coulter / Townhall.com:
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 …
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Illegal Immigration to U.S. Slows Sharply  —  Illegal immigration to the U.S. has slowed sharply since 2007, with the bleak U.S. job market apparently discouraging people from heading north.  —  The influx of illegal immigrants plunged to an estimated 300,000 annually between March 2007 and 2009 …
Discussion: Jay Bookman and New York Magazine
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Pew Hispanic Center:
U.S. Unauthorized Immigration Flows Are Down Sharply Since Mid-Decade
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.
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Yossi Beilin / Bloomberg:
Obama Peace Talks for Israel, Palestine Will Fail: Yossi Beilin
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Diane Macedo / Fox News:
Scientist's Firing After 36 Years Fuels ‘PC’ Debate at UCLA  —  A longtime professor at UCLA, told that he would not be rehired because his “research is not aligned with the academic mission” of his department, says he's being fired after 36 years at the prestigious school because his scientific beliefs are “politically incorrect.”
Discussion: Moonbattery and American Power
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.
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Top GOP Party Strategists Attending Log Cabin Event
Discussion: The Plum Line and FrumForum
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
Washington Times:
Signs in Arizona warn of smuggler dangers  —  Drivers advised to travel north  —  ASSOCIATED PRESS Federal police stand guard by Texas-born kingpin Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez during his presentation to the press in Mexico City on Tuesday.  Valdez, who was captured on Monday by federal police …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem Sen. Bayh: Fall elections will be of ‘comparable magnitude’ to 1994, 1980  —  Democrats are likely to face losses in this fall's elections comparable to the kind they suffered in 1980 and 1994, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) said Thursday.  —  Bayh, a centrist Democrat who is retiring at the end …
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.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pence says Republican majority would move first to extend Bush tax cuts  —  House Republicans' first move in the majority would be to extend tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, House GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence (ind.) suggested Wednesday evening.
Discussion: HotAirPundit
 
 
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Will Bunch / Media Matters for America:
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
NO SIGNS AT THE 911 GROUND ZERO MEGA MOSQUE RALLY — FLAGS!
NY Daily News:
Charles Rangel foe Adam Clayton Powell took campaign cash from ex-con …
Tim Hoover / Denver Post:
GOP gubernatorial candidate Maes backs off claims of undercover police work
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Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
ADL'S Abe Foxman denounces anti-mosque rally as ‘un-American’
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Barbour tests message: Next President will have to be lobbyist-in-chief
Jamie Stengle / The Huffington Post:
Texas Court: Gay Couples Can't Divorce
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