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8:55 AM ET, September 9, 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.
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.
FBI Says Retaliation for Koran Burning ‘Likely’  —  Intel Bulletin Cites ‘High Confidence’ of Backlash  —  The FBI is concerned that Islamic extremists might attack and retaliate at this Saturday's Koran burning planned by radical Florida pastor Terry Jones, ABC News has learned.
Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
Attorney General Eric Holder calls Rev. Terry Jones' 'International …
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 …
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.
CNN/Time Poll: All tied up in California races
CNN/Time Poll: KY Senate race all tied up
Imam: Handling of Islamic center plan a matter of national security  —  (CNN) — The religious leader behind plans to erect an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from New York's ground zero said Wednesday night that America's national security depends on how it handles the controversy.
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: INSTAPUTZ, Firedoglake and Power Line
Paul / Power Line:
Feisal Abdul Rauf then and now — positively the same guy
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Court Dismisses a Case Asserting Torture by C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that former prisoners of the C.I.A. could not sue over their alleged torture in overseas prisons because such a lawsuit might expose secret government information.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Florida College Shuts Down Conservative Event After Seeing Anti-Obama Literature (Video)  —  It begins... School officials at Palm Beach State College kicked members of the Young America's for Freedom off campus after they saw anti-Obama literature at their table.  —  It was offensive.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
The Hill:
Wall Street fills coffers of top GOP candidates  —  Wall Street and financial interests are putting their money behind a handful of top-tier Senate Republican candidates as the GOP looks to win back power in the midterm elections.  —  The industry's contributions, which favored Democrats …
Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs fined £17.5m by FSA  —  Goldman Sachs settled fraud charges in the US by paying $550m  —  Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs has been fined £17.5m ($27m) by the UK's City regulator, the Financial Services Authority.
Discussion: The First Post and Truthdig
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Health Outlays Still Seen Rising  —  The health-care overhaul enacted last spring won't significantly change national health spending over the next decade compared with projections before the law was passed, according to government figures set to be released Thursday.
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Biden: Bush deserves ‘a lot of credit’  —  Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday night said that former President George W. Bush deserves ‘a lot of credit’ for his handling of the initial Iraq war drawdown.  —  Speaking to Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who conducted a rare …
Discussion: CNN
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republican Governors Association moves $500,000 to New Mexico  —  1. The Republican Governors Association in recent days has donated $500,000 to Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez's gubernatorial campaign in New Mexico, the latest sign that national GOP strategists believe …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
Michael Joseph Gross Responds to Criticism of His Article on Sarah Palin  —  It has been only a few days since the appearance of my Vanity Fair article “Sarah Palin: The Sound and the Fury,” and the response, to put it mildly, has been considerable.  I won't address simple differences …
Larry O'Connor /
Jerry Brown: 'I Have a Plan, I'll Tell You After the Election'  —  While speaking to business leaders in Silicon Valley, California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown announces that he has a plan for the State's fiscal crisis, but he won't reveal it until after the election.
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.
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.
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Climate lobby shop shutters  —  Climate advocates stung by defeat in the Senate are folding one of their big umbrella lobbying groups.  —  Clean Energy Works, a coalition of 80 environmental, religious, veteran and labor groups, will phase out its operations this fall as Democratic congressional …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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EXCLUSIVE: Whistleblower Claims Many U.S. Interpreters Can't Speak Afghan Languages
Discussion: Osborne Ink and Crooks and Liars
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
David Petraeus And The Koran Burnings
Alissa Torres / Salon:
9/11 widow: The media duped us
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Big lead for GOP in Maine
Discussion: Daily Kos and National Review
Mark Liberman / Language Log:
“They talk about me like a dog”  —  President Obama went off script …
Discussion: Wonkette
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
On Clean Energy, China Skirts Rules
 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Rortybomb:
What Can Goolsbee's Early Academic Work Tell Us About the R&D Tax Credit?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Dallas Morning News:
Letters bearing Eddie Bernice Johnson's signature ask that …