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5:20 PM ET, September 10, 2010

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Tom Kavanagh / Politics Daily:
Rush Limbaugh, Pastor Terry Jones Were High School Classmates  —  Terry Jones, the Florida pastor threatening to burn a Koran tomorrow on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was a high school classmate of Rush Limbaugh.  —  The Cape Central High School (Missouri) website …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Guilt By High School Classmate  —  I really hope my high school classmates don't plan to burn any Korans, or my name may be in a headline like this: … Think Progress, NAACP, Little Green Footballs, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the rest of you — you have all the proof you need.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Coverage of Koran Case Stirs Questions on Media Role
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Jones hits morning shows, but won't be flying with ABC
Discussion: The Hill and Romenesko
ABCNEWS:
Obama Fears Koran Burning Copy Cats Could Hurt U.S. Troops
Discussion: Colorlines
Ken Steinhoff / Cape Girardeau History and Photos:
Koran-Burning Preacher Terry Jones and Rush Limbaugh: Class of 69
CNN:
Florida pastor unclear about Quran burning
Discussion: The Donkey Edge and Weasel Zippers
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans OK Allowing Tax Cuts for Wealthy to Expire  —  One in three favor keeping tax cuts for all taxpayers  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans favor letting the tax cuts enacted during the Bush administration expire for the wealthy.  While 37% support keeping the tax cuts for all Americans …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Not Paying as You Go  —  Cutting taxes exclusively on rich people is unpopular:
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Salon
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:   Obama's Electoral Headwinds
Ted Koppel / Washington Post:
Nine years after 9/11, let's stop fulfilling bin Laden's goals  —  The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, succeeded far beyond anything Osama bin Laden could possibly have envisioned.  This is not just because they resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths, nor only because they struck at the heart of American financial and military power.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The pastor and cheap, selective concern for “blood-spilling”
CNN:
Angle draws Ralston's ire after debate cancelation  —  Sharron Angle has drawn the ire of Nevada journalist Jon Ralston.  —  Washington (CNN) - Nevada's top political journalist lit into Republican Senate hopeful Sharron Angle on Thursday, saying that the Tea Party favorite had backed out of a planned debate.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
The whole story: How Angle asked for a debate with Reid, how Reid agreed and Angle backed out  —  UPDATE: Here is the statement I received this morning from Angle spokesman Jarrod Agen:  —  “We obviously gave you the wrong signal and I apologize for that.  We have other events planned …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Eye
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Suddenly, their house is taken over  —  A Long Beach couple struggling with mortgage payments find out their home's been auctioned off by Wells Fargo when the new owner's representative shows up on their doorstep.  —  Mike and Ellen Kahara knew times were tough.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Christianist Watch: The Fire Next Time  —  And a deeply serious one: … I think the demagoguing of Park51 is a direct result of the GOP's turn toward Christianism.  It's a tipping point where mainstream American Muslims become indistinguishable from the mass murderers of 9/11 in the psyches …
Discussion: Eunomia and The Charlotte Observer
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
'IT'S JUST US'.... President Obama hosted an unusually-long White House press conference this morning, which I thought went extremely well for him.  And for the most part, the press corps stuck to substantive issues and avoided some of the more sensationalistic issues of the day.  —  But there were exceptions.
Discussion: Breitbart.tv and The Awl
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama speaks out for Muslims
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
First Living Medal of Honor Recipient from Iraq or Afghanistan Announced  —  This is an event that we have known was coming, but had to keep quiet until July out of respect for the recipient.  —  Yesterday, President Obama spoke with Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta to inform him that he will be awarded …
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Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Live-Blogging Obama's News Conference  —  President Obama is holding his first full-scale White House news conference in three months and the first of the fall campaign season.  He is using the occasion to announce his promotion of the White House economist, Austan D. Goolsbee …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Ezra Klein
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Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
We Will Pay Donald Trump to Shut Up … 03:08 PM  —  3,780  —  17  —  By Jenna Sauers … A Drinker's Guide To Fashion's Night Out  —  Anna Wintour will tell you, Fashion's Night Out tonight isn't about sales.  Or about trying to catch a glimpse of an Olsen, or even mini-manicures or astrological readings.
New York Times:
Afghan Protests Against Koran Burning Turn Violent  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Numerous protests broke out in Afghanistan on Friday and two of them turned violent in response to plans by a Florida pastor to burn copies of the Koran, even after the pastor announced he had suspended those plans.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Infrastructure, you say?  Ask the city of San Bruno why we need it  —  Last night a neighborhood exploded.  One minute people were cooking dinner or sitting down to watch the football game or the news, and the next, their neighborhood was rocked by what felt like a terrible earthquake and then it just...exploded.
New York Post:
One block between Ground Zero mosque and human remains  —  Tweet  —  Here's the chilling proof that Ground Zero stretches well beyond the boundaries of the World Trade Center site, and reaches close to the proposed mosque and community center.  —  A map compiled by firefighters …
Discussion: Salon and The Awl
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Genteel Nation  —  Most people who lived in the year 1800 were scarcely richer than people who lived in the year 100,000 B.C. Their diets were no better.  They were no taller, and they did not live longer.  —  Then, sometime around 1800, economic growth took off — in Britain first, then elsewhere.
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Heyday Is Over  —  With so many Democrats running against the president's agenda in the midterm, change will come in the next Congress, regardless of which party is in control.  —  Barack Obama hit the campaign trail this week to resurrect some of that hopey-changey stuff …
Discussion: NRSC
Samuel G. Freedman / New York Times:
Muslim Prayer Room Was Part of Life at Twin Towers  —  Sometime in 1999, a construction electrician received a new work assignment from his union.  The man, Sinclair Hejazi Abdus-Salaam, was told to report to 2 World Trade Center, the southern of the twin towers.
Bill McKibben / Washington Post:
Bring solar power back to the White House  —  A few of us have spent the past week carefully transporting a relic of American history down the East Coast, trying to return it to the White House, where it belongs.  —  It's not a painting spirited from the Lincoln Bedroom or an antique sideboard stolen …
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
The Ruling Class Hits Christine O'Donnell  —  Breathes there a soul who doesn't love the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal?  —  Who has not been delighted by National Review and its National Review Online?  —  Well, yes, actually.  Lots of souls, undoubtedly the finest of liberals and left-wingers in America.
 
 
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
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