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11:15 AM ET, September 7, 2010


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Washington Post:
Republicans making gains against Democrats ahead of midterm elections  —  Republicans are heading into the final weeks of the midterm campaign with the political climate highly in their favor, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  Americans are increasingly frustrated by a lack …
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Get Ready for an Anti-Incumbent Wave  —  Poll Shows Republicans Benefit From Fears About Economy; Democrats Need to Persuade Unenthusiastic Backers to Vote  —  This is about the time when Democrats thought—or perhaps hoped—the political clouds that have hung over them all year would begin to lift.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll: Revolt Against Status Quo Gives Republicans Record Lead in 2010 Midterms  —  ABC News-Washington Post Poll: Dissatisfaction with Federal Government at Highest Level in 18 Years  —  Swelling economic discontent has pushed dissatisfaction with the federal government to its highest level in 18 years …
Mark Murray /
Poll: Clear GOP advantage ahead of midterms  —  Republicans have a nine-point edge among those considered likely voters  —  A combination of sky-high GOP enthusiasm, a deep sense of pessimism about the country's direction and dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama's stewardship …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
‘They talk about me like a dog’  —  MILWAUKEE - Two years after appearing here on Labor Day to kick off the final stretch of his historic campaign, President Obama returned Monday to speak to union members, in a starkly different political environment.  —  The Democrats, on the ascent at Obama's 2008 …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama: Critics ‘talk about me like a dog’  —  President Obama strayed from his prepared remarks at a Labor Day rally Monday to accused his opponents of talking about him “like a dog.”  —  Obama was in Milwaukee to speak at the Milwaukee Laborfest, attended by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis …
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
The Dog Daze of a Presidency
Discussion: Riehl World View
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Demonizer-In-Chief Upset People Demonize Him
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Pres. Obama On DC Opponents: “They Talk About Me Like A Dog”
Discussion: Vox Popoli and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
John / Power Line:
It Pays To Be Crazed  —  A church in Florida is planning to burn copies of the Koran on September 11.  That proposal has been widely condemned, and now General Petraeus has entered the fray, warning that such a protest by the church could endanger American servicemen: … This strikes me as troubling.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Petraeus condemns church's plan to burn Korans
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Mediaite
Peter Orszag / New York Times:
One Nation, Two Deficits  —  The nation faces a nasty dual deficit problem: a painful jobs deficit in the near term and an unsustainable budget deficit over the medium and long term.  This month, the Senate will be debating an issue with significant implications for both …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Polarization of Supreme Court Is Reflected in Justices' Clerks  —  WASHINGTON — Each year, 36 young lawyers obtain the most coveted credential in American law: a Supreme Court clerkship.  Clerking for a justice is a glittering capstone on a résumé that almost always includes outstanding grades …
Discussion: The BLT and Prairie Weather
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Appeals Court in Atlanta Again Rejects Racial Discrimination Claim
Discussion: Gawker
Wall Street Journal:
‘Rhymes With Fagin’  —  Time magazine adds its voice to the chorus of those attempting to delegitimize the Jewish state.  —  If you're a reader of a certain age, you might understand the headline.  —  In May 1977, when Menachem Begin was elected Israel's prime minister …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
For the Jews in Israel, Money Trumps All?
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Republican Runs Street People on Green Ticket  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — Benjamin Pearcy, a candidate for statewide office in Arizona, lists his campaign office as a Starbucks.  The small business he refers to in his campaign statement is him strumming his guitar on the street.
Howard Kurtz:
Appeasing the Google Gods  —  I can no longer file a story in our computer system without filling out a box, a small gray square that may well determine the future of serious journalism.  —  The box is supposed to contain words and phrases that will help me reel you in.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Propose Tax Write-Off for Capital Investments  —  WASHINGTON — As part of his emerging program to jolt the economic recovery from its stall, President Obama will call this week for allowing businesses to deduct from their taxes through 2011 the full value of new equipment purchase …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Push Tax Break
Discussion: Commentary, USA Today and FrumForum
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Audit finds Sharpton's nonprofit on brink  —  Tweet  —  An accounting firm hired by Al Sharpton's National Action Network found the civil-rights group in such financial disarray that it flunked its record-keeping — and may not even survive, The Post has learned.
Midlands Connect:
No cameras in debate after Spratt's request  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Spratt will debate his Republican challenger Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday, but the only people who will get to see any of it have already bought tickets to the sold out dinner at a South Carolina Lions Club.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Michael Moore /
Happy F**kin' Labor Day!  —  Dear Rahm Emanuel:  —  Happy F**kin' Labor Day!  I read this week that — according to a new book by Steven Rattner, your administration's former “Car Czar” — during White House meetings about how to save the tens of thousands of jobs that would be lost if GM …
David Weigel / Slate:
Can the Tea Party win in Delaware the way it won in Alaska?  —  WILMINGTON, Del.—Mike Castle is in his element.  It's Saturday and Delaware's only representative in the U.S. House has positioned himself at the entrance to the Arden Fair, a 103-year-old celebration of a left-leaning artist community …
Ezra Klein:
What we lost when we lost our factories  —  Daniel Gros — not to be confused with Daniel Gross — has a sobering essay arguing that, in the long-term, America does have a skills problem: We need to eventually refocus our economy around exports rather than credit-fueled housing-and-tech bubbles, but that's easier said than done.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
A Republican takeover of the House will make Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Hot Air
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Once a Dynamo, the Tech Sector Is Slow to Hire
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama's shrinking presidency
Paul Krugman:
Infrastructure  —  Some bleary-eyed thoughts from Japan …
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Economy  —  How trillions in fiscal and monetary …
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
John Noble Wilford / New York Times:
Desert Roads Lead to Discovery in Egypt
Discussion: Yale Alumni Magazine
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Mark Halperin / The Page:
Barbour, Daniels Talk About How Republicans Are Going to Win
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and Ben Smith's Blog
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Childers has edge on GOP challenger in poll
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Israel: “Rape by deception” …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Chief of ABC News Is Resigning