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12:10 PM ET, September 5, 2010


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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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Enduring Obama's pressure  —  Op-ed: PM Netanyahu should take advantage of broad support for Israel in America  —  Yoram Ettinger  —  support among Americans is as robust as always, expected to be reinforced following the midterm November 2010 election.  —  Anyone claiming …
Discussion: Israpundit
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Fearing for image, First Lady's aides warned against Spain vacation  —  The New York Times reports First Lady Michelle Obama's aides cautioned against her going on the early August European vacation in which she stayed at a 5-star resort in Spain and mingled with royalty.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
First Lady Plans a Careful Return to the Campaign Trail
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Weasel Zippers
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: HotAirPundit
Iran ‘stoning woman’ to be lashed over photo: son  —  Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, has also been sentenced to 99 lashes for a photo published of her without a headscarf, according to her son.  —  In an interview published on the website …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
With unemployment at 9.6 percent, why is the White House obsessed with sex?  —  Christina Romer has left as Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), and the White House is looking to fill the position.  Can somebody please wake me when adults are making H.R. decisions at the White House?:
Discussion: TigerHawk
The White House:
Weekly Address: President Obama Honors America's Workers; Outlines Steps Taken to Strengthen the Middle Class  —  WASHINGTON - In his weekly address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to America's workers and the middle class.  Even before the current recession hit …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Associated Press
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