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11:35 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 …
Antonio Gonzalez / Associated Press:
Pastor cancels Quran-burning, then reconsiders  —  GAINESVILLE, Fla. - An anti-Islamic preacher backed off and then threatened to reconsider burning the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, angrily accusing a Muslim leader of lying to him Thursday with a promise to move an Islamic center …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Beyond belief: Koran-burning called off — in exchange for moving Ground Zero mosque; Update: No deal?  Update: Fred Phelps now planning to burn the Koran instead; Update: We're not here to barter, says Rauf  —  This otherwise slow news day sure turned interesting in a hurry, huh?
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 …
Chad Smith / Local News from Star-Banner:
Westboro Baptist Church to burn Qurans if Dove doesn't
New York Times:
Pastor Cancels Koran Burning After Defense Secretary Calls
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
AP will not distribute ‘images or audio’ of burning Qurans
Discussion:, Z on TV, Romenesko and Don Surber
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
Judge declares U.S. military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy openly banning gay service members unconstitutional [updated]  —  A federal judge in Riverside declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional Thursday, saying the “don't ask, don't tell” …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Federal judge overturns 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  A Federal Judge in California has ruled that the ban on gays in the military violates the Constitutional rights of gay and lesbian soldiers to due process and to freedom of expression.  —  District Court Judge Virginia Phillips …
Associated Press:
Judge: Military's ban on gays is unconstitutional
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gawker
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.
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
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
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
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Stem Cell Financing Ban Ends, for Now  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court here ruled Thursday that federal financing of embryonic stem cell research could continue while the court considers a judge's order last month that banned the government from underwriting the work.
William McQuillen / Bloomberg:
Stem-Cell Research Ban Suspended by Appeals Court
Discussion: Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What qualifies as unacceptable for a major party nominee?  —  “What qualifies as over the line?  What qualifies as an unacceptable position for a major party nominee to hold in this year's elections?”  —  That quote comes from Rachel Maddow, framing the question very well during this segment …
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.
Science scorned … The anti-science strain pervading the right wing in the United States is the last thing the country needs in a time of economic challenge. … “The four corners of deceit: government, academia, science and media.  Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit.
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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, The Blotter and
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Massive Cache of Iraq War Docs to Be Published by WikiLeaks  —  A massive cache of previously unpublished classified U.S. military documents from the Iraq War is being readied for publication by WikiLeaks, a new report has confirmed.  —  The documents constitute the “biggest leak of military intelligence” …
Discussion: The Agonist and Boing Boing
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:
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable:
New York Times Will Go Out of “Print” Sometime in the Future  —  At a recent conference, The New York Times' publisher and chairman Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., stated that he eventually expects the “Gray Lady” will no longer be a physical newspaper.  —  “We will stop printing the New York Times sometime …
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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: Gateway Pundit and National Review
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.
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 …
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Pentagon Plan: Buying Books to Keep Secrets
Robert Booth / Guardian:
American Tea Party activists advise UK groups on tax
Discussion: Mother Jones and Truthdig
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 The Politico
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
No Refills
Discussion: The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Ben White / The Politico:
Warren delay has Wall St. wondering
Edward L. Glaeser / Boston Globe:
Free the food truck
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Timothy Noah / Slate:
The United States of Inequality
Bryan Fischer / RenewAmerica:
Handle Muslims just like we handle the neo-Nazis
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
President Obama to Pastor Jones: ‘Stunt’ …