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9:15 PM ET, September 9, 2010


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Antonio Gonzalez / Associated Press:
Fla. imam: No deal to move NYC mosque  —  GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A Florida imam says that no deal has been reached to move the site of a mosque at the site of ground zero in exchange for a Florida minister to call off plans to burn Qurans.  —  Imam Muhammad Musri tells The Associated Press …
David Zurawik / Z on TV:
Fox News says it will not cover burning of Quran  —  In a bold move that is likely to be much discussed in coming days, Fox News said today that it will not cover the burning of the Quran on Saturday if Pastor Terry Jones follows through on his plan to burn copies of Islam's sacred book.
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Colin Powell Says Ground Zero Mosque Should Go Forward  —  said Thursday that the Islamic community center and mosque planned near Ground Zero in New York City should go forward.  Powell made his comments during an appearance on ABC's “The View.”  —  “The terrorists win if we become terrified and …
New York Times:
Pastor Cancels Koran Burning and Plans to Meet Imam  —  GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The pastor planning a burning of the Koran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks said Thursday he would not go forward with the event, adding he would meet with the imam planning to build an Islamic center near ground zero.
Chad Smith / Local News from Star-Banner:
Westboro Baptist Church to burn Qurans if Dove doesn't  —  Westboro Baptist Church, the small Topeka, Kan., church that pickets funerals of American soldiers to spread its message that God is punishing the country for being tolerant of homosexuals, has vowed to hold a Quran burning …
Mike Thomas / Orlando Sentinel:
What if media had ignored Terry Jones?  —  The Rev. Terry Jones was a sad-sack preacher, lucky to draw 50 people to his steel-shed house of prayer, when the words “burn” and “Quran” had an unfortunate collision in his limited brain.  —  That he has become an international phenomenon as a result must be a sign the apocalypse is near.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Palin Endorses O'Donnell in Delaware  —  She called into Sean Hannity's radio show to make official what was hinted at in a late Tuesday night retweet: She backs Christine O'Donnell over Mike Castle in Delaware.  As Hannity describes, also on Twitter:
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Christine O'Donnell for Delaware  —  The wave of positive change can really sweep across our land with the election of Constitutional Conservatives who promise to use common sense and rein in the federal government spending!  Please support Christine O'Donnell in Delaware.
David Catanese / The Politico:
Palin backs O'Donnell in Del.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Ballot Box, CNN and National Review
Nicole Allan / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin Endorses Christine O'Donnell
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Palin-Beck 9/11 Profiteering Event Promotor Says Rally Date Is Just A Coincidence  —  Prominent conservatives and right-wing groups are making plans to use the 9/11 anniversary this weekend to rake in some cash.  Among them are Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, who are teaming up for a rally in Anchorage, AK.
Aharding / CNN:   Palin, Beck team up on 9/11 event
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
More House Dems balking at ending Bush tax cuts for rich  —  Even as President Obama is mounting a strong stand in favor of letting the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire, and even as he's signaling that it will be a major campaign issue, more and more vulnerable House Dems are bolting in the other direction.
The Hill:
Momentum builds for extending all of President Bush's tax cuts  —  Momentum built Thursday for extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts after President Obama avoided a veto threat and a key Senate Democrat voiced support for the extension.  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), a centrist who has been a key vote …
Anchorage Daily News:
National GOP sends money to Miller Senate campaign  —  NATIONAL SUPPORT: Still no word if Murkowski, who is flush with cash, will enter as a write-in.  —  National Republican establishment money is lining up behind Joe Miller, with a $212,000 pledge from the same national campaign committee Miller accused …
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Shake up: The Tea Partiers are coming to the staid Senate
Discussion: MyDD and Hot Air
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
If Obama names Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic base erupts like a volcano and votes  —  Within hours and possibly minutes I expect the president will name Elizabeth Warren to lead the new consumer protection agency, and if he does, the Democratic base will erupt and turn out to vote …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Kenric Ward /
Marco Rubio Holds Double-Digit Lead in Senate Race  —  GOP candidate even beats Crist among independent voters, poll finds  —  Republican Marco Rubio, garnering surprising strength among independent voters, holds a double-digit lead over his two chief rivals in Florida's U.S. Senate race, a new Sunshine State News Poll reports.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Meg Whitman Attacks Jerry Brown With the Ghost of Bill Clinton*  —  Meg Whitman's Republican campaign for governor of California, clearly not done with the decades of video tape they have on Jerry Brown, bring us back to the good old days of the 1992 presidential campaign.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ned / Jerry Brown:
Brown Campaign Fires Back At Meg Whitman Regarding Her Latest …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Taking Responsibility  —  Speaking just now on MSNBC James Zogby made a very good point — and pressed Andrea Mitchell on it.  His point was that sure, this Pastor Jones fool is one guy, who's managed to get worldwide attention for his stunt.  But you cannot separate him, as I noted below …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Fired Up  —  This may win the prize for the worst stump speech ever.  Oh my.  —  Here's the video via Oliver Willis:
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama's MIA Volunteers: Organizing for America Shrinks  —  What happened to Barack Obama's once vaunted political machine?  The outfit that put upwards of 8 million volunteers on the street in 2008 — known as Organizing for America — is a ghost of its former self.
Dave Levinthal /
Favre, Goodell Among NFL Notables Playing Political Football During 2010 Midterms  —  All-universe quarterback Brett Favre will wear Minnesota Vikings purple tonight against the New Orleans Saints during the opening game of the National Football League's 2010 season.
Discussion:, USA Today and The Blotter
Ezra Klein:
Forum: Andy Stern's plan to create 12 million new jobs  —  Late last week, I spoke with former SEIU president and current Georgetown fellow/fiscal commission member Andy Stern about hosting a series of pieces laying out different ideas to kick-start job creation.
Discussion: National Review and Gateway Pundit
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
President Obama to Pastor Jones: ‘Stunt’ Endangers Troops - Full Transcript of Exclusive Interview  —  I covered a lot of ground with the president in Cleveland yesterday: His decision to make John Boehner the midterm punching bag.  Will he veto a sanction of Bush tax cuts for the wealthy?
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Lobbyists Rush to Hire G.O.P. Staff Ahead of Vote  —  WASHINGTON — With Democrats in danger of losing control of Congress, some prominent lobbying shops, trade groups and contractors are already moving to bring more Republicans on board to bolster their political fortunes.
Timothy Noah / Slate:
The United States of Inequality  —  “What you earn,” Bill Clinton said more than once when he was president, “is a function of what you can learn.”  That had always been true, but Clinton's point was that at the close of the 20th century it was becoming more true, because computers were transforming the marketplace.
Larry O'Connor /
Ground Zero Mosque Imam: If You Don't Build It, They Will Attack  —  Everything we thought about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was true.  Tonight, on CNN's Larry King Show, he confirmed it.  —  While the left continues to be romanced by his calm, even and soothing tones, he personally raises …
Sepp Jannotta /
Congressional chat: Denny Rehberg visits local tool and machine shop  —  STEVENSVILLE - In a Wednesday morning visit to a Bitterroot Valley machine parts manufacturer, Montana's lone congressman did a lot of listening - to a story of success in hard times and worries over the economy, health care reform and food policy.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate must pass small-business incentives, Voinovich says  —  Retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) said he plans to help push a package of small-business incentives through the Senate next week, a move that would give President Obama and congressional Democrats a key victory on the economy …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
William McQuillen / Bloomberg:
Stem-Cell Research Ban Suspended by Appeals Court  —  President Barack Obama's administration can fund embryonic stem-cell research while it appeals a decision banning government support for any activity using cells taken from human embryos, an appeals court said.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CRISIS ON THE COURTS.... Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy recently noted the problems with the Senate's inability to confirm judicial nominees.  “It's important for the public to understand that the excellence of the federal judiciary is at risk,” Kennedy said.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What qualifies as unacceptable for a major party nominee?
Robert Booth / Guardian:
American Tea Party activists advise UK groups on tax
Discussion: Truthdig and Mother Jones
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Afternoon Fix: Obama to hold series of 2010 rallies, Palin endorses O'Donnell
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Communism is Bad, Policy is Discontinuous
Emanuel cancels Chicago trip
Discussion: Ballot Box and NBC Chicago
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
No Refills
Discussion: The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Obama to hold rallies in 4 states
Discussion: National Review and
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Ireland Moves to Shore Up State-Owned Bank
Ben White / The Politico:
Warren delay has Wall St. wondering
Edward L. Glaeser / Boston Globe:
Free the food truck
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Bryan Fischer / RenewAmerica:
Handle Muslims just like we handle the neo-Nazis
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
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