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10:50 PM ET, September 8, 2010


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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Koran Burning Is Insensitive, Unnecessary; Pastor Jones, Please Stand Down  —  Book burning is antithetical to American ideals.  People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation - much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.
Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
BREAKING: Qu'ran Burning Church Linked To Westboro Baptist Church-UPDATED  —  By Guest Author Tom Reynolds aka Beregond  —  I'll never be a tenth the expert on cults that my late wife was, but you can't be married to someone for almost 20 years without learning something about their passions.
Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
Attorney General Eric Holder calls Rev. Terry Jones' 'International …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
FOX Business TV Appearance: Geller on the Dove Church Qur'an Burning
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Barbara Boxer aide charged with possession of pot  —  A senior aide for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was arrested Tuesday for attempting to bring marijuana into the Hart Senate Office Building, according to U.S. Capitol Police reports.  —  Marcus Stanley, who served as a senior economic adviser …
Discussion: Mediaite, Wonkette and SFGate
CNN/Time Poll: All tied up in California races  —  It's neck and neck in California's Senate and gubernatorial battles, according to a new poll.  —  (CNN) - It's too close to call in California's Senate and gubernatorial battles, according to a new poll.  —  A CNN/Time/Opinion Research …
CNN/Time Poll: KY Senate race all tied up
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Paul campaign: Online impersonator was impersonated
Maeve Reston / PolitiCal:
Boxer aide charged with marijuana possession
Discussion: Washington Post
Devlin Barrett / Washington Wire:
Boxer Staffer Quits After Pot Arrest
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Gawker
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obama vs. the Republicans (With Full Speech Text)  —  I think it's safe to say that President Obama has given up on bipartisanship, at least for the foreseeable future.  —  The White House just released prepared text of his economic speech to the City Club of Cleveland.
New York Times:
Obama, in Rally Mode, Steps Up Jabs at G.O.P.  —  CLEVELAND — Seeking to rally his struggling party for the final weeks of the midterm election, President Obama delivered his most partisan speech of the campaign so far on Wednesday, casting Democrats as fighters for the middle class …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Writes His Thesis Statement
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
“Middle Class” Tax Cuts  —  I know I saw this on some of the other wonky progressive blogs last week (or maybe the week before) but it didn't really hit home until I saw it again.  The point is that when we talk about a distinction between the “Bush tax cuts for the rich” and the …
Discussion: Political Byline and Guardian
The Huffington Post:
McConnell Open To Talks On Bush Tax Cuts Compromise
Discussion: TalkLeft
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Court Sides With C.I.A. on Seizure of Terror Suspects  —  WASHINGTON - A sharply divided federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit involving the Central Intelligence Agency's practice of seizing terrorism suspects and transferring them to other countries for imprisonment and interrogation.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Fidel: 'Cuban Model Doesn't Even Work For Us Anymore'  —  There were many odd things about my recent Havana stopover (apart from the dolphin show, which I'll get to shortly), but one of the most unusual was Fidel Castro's level of self-reflection.  I only have limited experience with Communist autocrats …
Paul Haven / Associated Press:
Report: Castro says Cuban model doesn't work  —  HAVANA - Fidel Castro told a visiting American journalist that Cuba's communist economic model doesn't work, a rare comment on domestic affairs from a man who has conspicuously steered clear of local issues since stepping down four years ago.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
Mitch Daniels / Wall Street Journal:
Time for Emergency Economic Reform  —  How about a payroll tax holiday, funded by a federal spending, hiring and pay freeze?  —  Ronald Reagan enjoyed telling of the elderly Blitz victim rescued from her demolished London flat in World War II.  A fireman found a bottle of brandy under …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Mitch Daniels Wins The Fiscal Special Olympics
Discussion: Ezra Klein and National Review
National Review:
This Is Where We Begin to Say No  —  On the Ground Zero mosque, Americans reject the opinion elites that empower the Islamists.  —  A tectonic shift is in motion: How fitting that its focal point is Ground Zero, the inevitable fault line between Islam and the West.
Discussion: Power Line and INSTAPUTZ
CNN/Time Poll: Heated battle for Florida Senate  —  Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek are part of a close three way race for Senate in Florida.  —  (CNN) - A new poll indicates that the three way-battle for Florida's open Senate seat, arguably the most fascinating Senate contest this year, is deadlocked at the top.
Karen Farkas / Plain Dealer:
Tri-C students recruited to fill the seats for Obama's appearance  —  PARMA, Ohio - With less than an hour before President Obama's scheduled speech, 75 seats remained empty in the recreation center at Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus.  —  So organizers went around campus and recruited more students to fill the seats.
Dallas Morning News:
Letters bearing Eddie Bernice Johnson's signature ask that scholarship money be sent directly to her grandsons  —  Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson apparently asked the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to send scholarship checks directly to her two grandsons and two great-nephews, rather than to their colleges.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Johnson requested scholarship money be sent directly to family members
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein:
Why did Barack Obama do health care first?  —  Joe Romm says that “future generations are likely to view Obama's choice of health care over energy and climate legislation as a blunder of historic proportions,” which is certainly possible.  But like Matthew Yglesias, I don't think it was a choice at all.
Benjamin Niolet / Raleigh News & Observer:
Don't that beat all: Andy sinks in polls  —  Andy Griffith has been a beloved figure in North Carolina for years, but his ad to pitch the new health care law may have soured public opinion.  —  politics |  state  —  How bad is it for Democrats in North Carolina?  Even Sheriff Andy Taylor is taking a beating in the polls.
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Health Insurers Plan Hikes  —  Rate Increases Are Blamed on Health-Care Overhaul; White House Questions Logic  —  Health insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul in coming weeks, complicating Democrats' efforts to trumpet …
Obama Added More to National Debt in First 19 Months Than All Presidents from Washington Through Reagan Combined, Says Gov't Data  —  ( - In the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt held by the public increased by $2.5260 trillion, which is more than the cumulative total …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Scott Keyes / Think Progress:
GOP House Candidate On Civil Rights: ‘We Need To Get Our Federal Government Out Of The Way’  —  Fireworks occurred during a town hall in Canton, OH, last night when Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH) unexpectedly showed up at his Republican opponent's public event.  Challenger Jim Renacci …
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Lynn Bonner / Raleigh News & Observer:
Sheriffs want lists of patients using painkillers
Discussion: Raw Story and Pam's House Blend
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Climate lobby shop shutters
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
The Huffington Post:
Rendell Being Rendell, Calls Republicans ‘Fruit Loops’, 'Whackos …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mike / Rortybomb:
What Can Goolsbee's Early Academic Work Tell Us About the R&D Tax Credit?
Discussion: Firedoglake and National Review
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Clinton returns to stump for Strickland
Discussion: Plain Dealer, CNN and Politics Daily
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Flynt / The Huffington Post:
What Ever Happened to Equal Rights for Women?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
TX Gov remains competitive
Discussion: USA Today and Daily Kos
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Palin Sorta Kinda Maybe Backs Delaware's O'Donnell
Discussion: Ballot Box
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Light bulb factory closes; End of era for U.S. means more jobs overseas