“America today begins to turn back to God,” said Glen Beck at his rally at the Lincoln Memorial that drew thousands of Tea Partiers…and Sarah Palin.

Beck said he has a “big fat mouth” and shouldn’t have called President Obama a racist, just a Marxist.

The event demonstrated the Tea Party movement’s growing clout and is not good news for Democrats headed into an already difficult midterm election season.

Frank Rich considers the very rich men funding the Tea Party movement.

Obama was in New Orleans to mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and pledged: “My administration is going to stand with you and fight alongside you until the job is done.”

The president’s controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, said people who wrongly believe Obama is a Muslim are “psychopaths.”

The Times kicked Gov. David Paterson while he’s down, writing that he “frittered away” the chance to do something great with the job handed to him by Eliot Spitzer.

“This issue, though, isn’t about the tickets. It’s about telling the truth,” writes TU Editor Rex Smith of the governor’s latest debacle.

Experts are puzzled by former Chief Judge Judith Kaye’s decision to kick the Paterson Yankees tickets case to the DA.

Salon’s Alex Pareene thinks the governor is “sounding completely nuts” these days.

The New Republic’s Isaac Chotiner finds Paterson “ridiculous.”

Religion and the freedom to practice it only recently became a focus for Mayor Bloomberg, whose attachment to his own Jewish faith hasn’t been front-and-center.

Michael Goodwin sees politics at play in Bloomberg’s outspoken support of the Park51 project.

The Park51 developer, Sharif el-Gamal, has a lengthy rap sheet.

He also owes $224,270 in back property taxes on the Park Place property, which might have an issue with the MTA.

Debra Burlingame, the sister of a pilot who died on 9/11 when his plane crashed into the Pentagon, called Bloomberg a “disgrace.” (Sound familiar?)

The mosque battle has helped define the gubernatorial candidates.

UB Prof. James Campbell, who has a sterling track record for this sort of thing, predicts control of the House will return to GOP control come November.

The Rochester city council president is advocating for a special election to replace Mayor Bob Duffy should he become LG in January.

Some state lawmakers are collecting per diems in Albany even when the Legislature isn’t in session.

Hillary Clinton regularly receives a box of New York apples (macs) at the State Department.

Maureen Callahan thinks Sen. Chuck Schumer is on the verge of becoming majority leader.

Reps. Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney and Peter King use personal stories of 9/11 workers to reiterate the call for passage of the Zadroga bill.

Lazio dismissed Paladino as a “shock jock.”

A reporter from the Columbia Journalism Review is suing to get access to e-mails exchanged by the governor’s press office and reporters.

Siena NY spokesman Steve Greenberg on the Democratic AG primary: “This is a very difficult race to predict. You could win this race with 200,000 to 250,000 votes out of about 5.5 million Democrats.”

Will AG Andrew Cuomo be the next Al Smith?

The Bloomberg administration is on track to spend $400,000 this year to keep its motorized vehicles clean.

The three candidates in the GOP primary for retiring Sen. Dale Volker’s seat are very similar in ideology.

Ten of the 51 NYC Council members have outside jobs.

Earmarks are a campaign issue in NY-23.

The NYC OTB’s largest union is blocking a bailout plan that requires cutting jobs.

Former Staten Island BP Guy Molinari is hoping both Sen. John McCain and Palin come to NY-13 to campaign for Michael Grimm.

The owners of a Glens Falls eatery are featured in Rep. Scott Murphy’s latest campaign ad.

The DN has a new editor.

Gas drilling won’t start in Sullivan County for at least a year.