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2:30 PM ET, September 5, 2010


 Top Items: 
What America Has Lost  —  It's clear we overreacted to 9/11.  —  Nine years after 9/11, can anyone doubt that Al Qaeda is simply not that deadly a threat?  Since that gruesome day in 2001, once governments everywhere began serious countermeasures, Osama bin Laden's terror network has been unable …
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
McCain: Dems ‘flailing around’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday called a series of tax breaks to be proposed by the White House this week “a deathbed conversion” and slammed Democrats for wanting to let tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans expire.  —  “They're just flailing around,” McCain said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Pitch Permanent Research Tax Credit
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Superbroke, Superfrugal, Superpower?  —  In recent years, I have often said to European friends: So, you didn't like a world of too much American power?  See how you like a world of too little American power — because it is coming to a geopolitical theater near you.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Who is responsible for Warmabomber's violent agenda?  —  Filthy.  Parasites.  Disgusting, overbreeding candidates for sterilization and extermination.  Possessed of false morals and a “breeding culture.”  —  Hitler talking about the Jews?  Nope.  This is Discovery Channel hostage-taker James Lee talking about ... human beings.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Making Social Security less generous isn't the answer  —  There are a lot of things Congress doesn't know right now.  What to do about jobs, for instance.  Who'll be running the House come January.  How to balance the budget.  But there is one thing that both parties increasingly seem to agree on: You should work longer.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Political Implications of Over-Bashfulness in The Non-Economics Social Sciences  —  Scott Eric Kaufmann says that yes indeed academics are generally discouraged from communicating about their work to popular audiences.  Neil Sinhababu notes the political implications:
Discussion: Donkeylicious and Eschaton
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Kaine to fellow Dems: ‘Foolish’ to run from party  —  Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine has a message for Democrats trying to run from President Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid: Don't be foolish.  —  “If you run away from who you are and you're a Democrat, it's foolish,” Kaine said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Graham calls Obama ‘tone deaf’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday called President Barack Obama “tone deaf” to the voices of the American people, slamming the president for putting forth the “most liberal agenda of modern times.”  —  “The only way the president could possibly survive …
Small business pares down to succeed  —  Washington (CNN) - After her bicycle shop fell victim to a tough economic climate, Denise D'Amour took some time to regroup and then tried again.  —  In less than one year, she opened a stripped-down version of her Capitol Hill Bikes store …
Discussion: The Politico
Joe Arnold / WHAS:
Paul up by 15 in new poll that Conway campaign disputes  —  With just under two months until Kentucky's U.S. Senate election, a new WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows Republican Rand Paul nearly doubling his lead in the last month, now up 15 points over Democrat Jack Conway, 55% to 40%.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and HotAirPundit
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Anti-war groups battle for survival  —  As President Barack Obama formally declared an end to combat operations in Iraq this week, the anti-war movement that helped sweep him into office — and that worked for seven years to bring U.S. troops home — finds itself struggling for survival.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Palin Derangement Syndrome Outbreak: There Are Still Five A's in Raaaaacism … Some things are predictable — i.e., that the Palin-haters would decide it was a good time to recycle the old SPLC/LGF attacks on me in order to exploit my interview with Todd Palin for a guilt-by-association smear.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
America's History of Fear  —  A radio interviewer asked me the other day if I thought bigotry was the only reason why someone might oppose the Islamic center in Lower Manhattan.  No, I don't.  Most of the opponents aren't bigots but well-meaning worriers — and during earlier waves …
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Loss of Faith in Afghan Leaders May Hurt Push Against Taliban  —  THE government of President Hamid Karzai may be awash in corruption, venality and graft, but if you walk the tattered halls of the ministries here, it is remarkably easy to find an honest man.
Discussion: Swampland and
Brian / Freedom's Lighthouse:
Rev. Al Sharpton Calls Alabama State Senate District “Heir Property” for African-Americans - Video  —  Here is Naked Emperor News video of the Rev. Al Sharpton speaking at a rally in Alabama back in July in which he essentially said African-American candidate Johnny Ford should win …
Discussion: Political Byline
Muhanad Mohammed / Reuters:
Twelve killed in suicide assault on Iraq army base  —  (Reuters) - Up to five suicide bombers, some armed with rifles, tried to storm an army base in Baghdad on Sunday, killing 12 people and wounding 36 less than a week after Washington declared U.S. combat operations in Iraq over.
Discussion: The Long War Journal and FrumForum
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Freedom's Just Another Word
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The White House:
Weekly Address: President Obama Honors America's Workers …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Associated Press
Spain's Eta ‘declares ceasefire’
Discussion: Barcepundit and Biased BBC
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Author leaving home next to Palins
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
With unemployment at 9.6 percent, why is the White House obsessed with sex?
Discussion: TigerHawk
Enduring Obama's pressure
Discussion: Israpundit
 Earlier Items: 
Iran ‘stoning woman’ to be lashed over photo: son
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Times of India:
After his hand was chopped off, Kerala college sacks lecturer
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Sarah Palin Is The Glenn Beck Program's New Make-Up Artist
Discussion: Texas for Sarah Palin and sisu
Inside Al Qaeda
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Glenn Beck's “Restoring Honor” Rally, a Week Later
Discussion: alicublog and AmSpecBlog
Dan / Riehl World View:
My Response To Stephen Bainbridge's Ad Hominem Attack
What Kind of Socialist Is Barack Obama?
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and NewsReal Blog
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
Broke—and Building the Most Expensive School in U.S. History
Discussion: 24Ahead and GayPatriot