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3:00 PM ET, September 10, 2010


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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 …
Justin Elliott / Salon:
How (and why) the media made Terry Jones a star  —  When Gen. David Petraeus first spoke out against Pastor Terry Jones' planned Quran burning in a Wall Street Journal article published Monday, the story exploded in the U.S. media, going from a sideshow to the dominant national media controversy of the week.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Jones hits morning shows, but won't be flying with ABC
Discussion: The Hill and Romenesko
Antonio Gonzalez / Associated Press:
Pastor cancels Quran-burning, then reconsiders
Ken Steinhoff / Cape Girardeau History and Photos:
Koran-Burning Preacher Terry Jones and Rush Limbaugh: Class of 69
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.
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Obama uses Bush plan for terror war
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Stephen Foley / The Independent:
Victims of extraordinary rendition cannot sue, US court rules
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Live-Blogging Obama's News Conference
Discussion: TalkLeft and Ezra Klein
Phil Izzo / Real Time Economics:
Who Is Austan Goolsbee?  —  President Barack Obama's choice …
Discussion: Free exchange
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Goolsbee to Lead Council of Economic Advisers
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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” …
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
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Did Obama hint he's going to appoint Elizabeth Warren?  —  One interesting nugget from Obama's presser: He seemed to hint strongly that he is leaning towards appointing Elizabeth Warren as his key Wall Street consumer cop, which would throw a big bone to liberals who strongly support …
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
If Obama names Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic base erupts like a volcano and votes
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
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Pentagon Plan: Buying Books to Keep Secrets
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Exiting The Imperial Presidency.  —  After Wednesday's ruling, it should be clear that we're past the point of “when the president does it, it's not illegal.”  The law of the land now is that when anyone in our professional intelligence services crosses the line in the name of national security …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
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
Obama Assails GOP on Economy, Addresses NYC Islamic Center
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
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.
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Discussion: Hot Air
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Steve Peoples / The Eye:
Delaware GOP Files FEC Complaint Against O'Donnell
Discussion: TPMDC and Talking Points Memo
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
Obama's Electoral Headwinds
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Manufacturing's Decline?  —  I am not thrilled with the choice …
Discussion: Free exchange and New York Times
Amir Shah / Associated Press:
11 Afghans injured in anti-Quran-burning protests
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Z on TV
William Easterly / Aid Watch:
Beautiful fractals and ugly inequality
Discussion: Felix Salmon
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Michelle Malkin:
The eternal flame of Muslim outrage
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An Invisible Chief Justice
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Things Could Be Worse  —  “Japan's problems now are the same …