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1:40 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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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Coverage of Koran Case Stirs Questions on Media Role  —  A renegade pastor and his tiny flock set fire to a Koran on a street corner, and made sure to capture it on film.  And they were ignored.  —  That stunt took place in 2008, involving members of the Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka …
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 …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Jones hits morning shows, but won't be flying with ABC
Discussion: The Hill and Romenesko
Ken Steinhoff / Cape Girardeau History and Photos:
Koran-Burning Preacher Terry Jones and Rush Limbaugh: Class of 69
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” …
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
Judge Rules That Military Policy Violates Rights of Gays  —  The “don't ask, don't tell” policy toward gay members of the military is unconstitutional, a federal judge in California ruled Thursday.  —  Judge Virginia A. Phillips of Federal District Court struck down the rule in an opinion issued late in the day.
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 …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Top Adviser to Lead Panel on Economy  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday will promote a longtime economic adviser, Austan D. Goolsbee, to chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers, signaling continuity even as a high unemployment rate has left much of the public dissatisfied with administration policies.
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Phil Izzo / Real Time Economics:
Who Is Austan Goolsbee?  —  President Barack Obama's choice …
Discussion: Free exchange
ABCNEWS:
Obama Press Conference: Economy, Austan Goolsbee, Response to Pastor Terry Jones
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Obama uses Bush plan for terror war  —  Includes tactics he had criticized  —  As the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, much of President Obama's counterterrorism policies and his understanding of executive power closely hew to the last administration, which he criticized as a candidate for the White House.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Stephen Foley / The Independent:
Victims of extraordinary rendition cannot sue, US court rules
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes — and they're not alone  —  Over the years a lot of suspicion has built up across the country about Washington and its population of opportunistic transients coming to see themselves as a special kind of person …
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.
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon Attempts to Block Book on Afghan War  —  The Defense Intelligence Agency has blocked a book about the tipping point in Afghanistan and a controversial pre-9/11 data mining project called “Able Danger.”  —  On the eve of Sept. 11, Fox News has learned the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Wonkette
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Pentagon Plan: Buying Books to Keep Secrets
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Calculated Risk
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 …
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
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 …
Darron Cummings / Newsweek:
Responsible Rider  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is small, stiff, and unimposing, So why is he attracting legions of fans?  Hint: it's not the motorcycle.  —  It's lunchtime at frontier Elementary School in Brookston, Ind., and Gov. Mitch Daniels, who's spent the past two hours leading …
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
New York Times:
Secret Tape Has Police Pressing Ticket Quotas  —  For nearly every New Yorker who has received a summons in the city — caught at a checkpoint monitoring seat-belt use, or approached by a small army of police officers descending on illegally parked cars — quotas are a maddening fact of life.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Manufacturing's Decline?  —  I am not thrilled with the choice of this chart to illustrate Louis Uchitelle's article on the Obama administration's manufacturing policies:  —  This is accurate, but so is this:  —  One is a chart of a sector in terminal decline.
Discussion: Free exchange
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Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:   Ron Bloom Is Obama's Manufacturing Emissary
The Hill:
Obama to face hungry press corps  —  With his presidency at a crossroads, President Obama will face the media Friday at his first press conference since the spring.  —  As an increasing number of political analysts predict that Republicans will win the House this fall …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Wonkette
Carol Marin / Chicago Sun Times:
Dart, Meeks take top two in first Chicago mayor poll  —  But all 9 in statistical dead heat; 'don't know' leads with 35%  —  It's Chicago's first open-seat mayoral election in more than 60 years, and the field is wide open.  —  Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and state Sen. James Meeks might …
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.
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Things Could Be Worse  —  “Japan's problems now are the same as they were in the 1990s, when you were writing about them.  It's depressing.”  So declared one economist I spoke to here.  “But the Japanese don't seem all that depressed,” objected another.  Both were right …
 
 
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Amir Shah / Associated Press:
11 Afghans injured in anti-Quran-burning protests
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Z on TV
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A 9/11 fundraiser in Ohio  —  POLITICO reports today …
Discussion: National Review and The Politico
William Easterly / Aid Watch:
Beautiful fractals and ugly inequality
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Kathleen Lucadamo / NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg's recorded phone message boosts beleaguered Rangel …
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Sanford Bishop steered scholarships to family
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
An Invisible Chief Justice
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