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12:00 AM ET, August 4, 2010

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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
If He Could, Bin Laden Would Bomb the Cordoba Initiative  —  This seems like such an obvious point, but it is apparently not obvious to the many people who oppose the Cordoba Initiative's planned mosque in lower Manhattan, so let me state it as clearly as possible: The Cordoba Initiative …
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Justin Elliott / Salon:
Michael Bloomberg delivers stirring defense of mosque  —  Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has emerged as the unlikely but passionate defender of the planned Muslim community center near ground zero, today traveled to Governors Island off the tip of Lower Manhattan to deliver a stirring plea …
New York Times:
Mosque Plan Clears Hurdle in New York
Discussion: TalkLeft and alicublog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE, FOOT-SHOOTING BIGOTRY.... I don't often agree …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael R. Bloomberg / The Huffington Post:
Defending Religious Tolerance: Remarks on the Mosque Near Ground Zero
Discussion: Philly.com and Swampland
Javier C. Hernandez / City Room:
Mosque Near Ground Zero Clears Key Hurdle
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Bristol Palin to Levi Johnston: 'It's Over'  —  And just like that, they were off again.  “It's over.  I broke up with him,” Bristol Palin tells PEOPLE exclusively of her second try at an engagement to Levi Johnston, father of her 19-month-old son Tripp.  —  Palin, 19, says the relationship soured …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
McCain Faces Tough Questions About GOP Push To Repeal 14th Amendment  —  The GOP push to change the Constitution to eliminate so-called birthright citizenship is already causing problems for some of its own members.  Case in point: John McCain.  —  In the final moments of a morning press conference …
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Jared Bernstein / White House.gov Blog Feed:
There They Go Again: Two Senators Continue False and Misleading Attacks on Recovery Act  —  This morning two senators—John McCain and Tom Coburn—released their third report critiquing 100 Recovery Act projects.  And just like the last two, this one was an inaccurate and misleading attack …
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Stimulus Projects that Created No Jobs
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Tom Cohen / CNN:
GOP senators list what they say are the 100 worst stimulus projects
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Hill:
Reid abandons oil-spill, energy legislation  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has yanked consideration of legislation responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill for the summer without floor debate or votes this week.  —  “It's a sad day when you can't find a handful of Republicans …
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Harry Reid holds narrow edge in Nevada: Reuters-Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, one of America's most powerful politicians, holds a narrow edge among likely voters in his re-election bid in recession-lashed Nevada, a Reuters-Ipsos poll said on Tuesday.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Reid threatens cloture petition on Kagan vote
Coral Davenport / The Politico:
Senate Democrats punt on spill bill
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and RedState
The Local:
Jonas, 32, sewed up his own leg after ER wait  —  A 32-year-old took the needle into his hands when he tired of the wait at Sundsvall hospital in northern Sweden and sewed up the cut in his leg himself.  The man was later reported to the police for his impromptu handiwork.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Black Caucus head said media to blame for Rep. Waters fallout  —  The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday blamed the media for overhyping the fallout over Rep. Maxine Waters's ethics trial.  —  Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said in a statement that people should not prejudge Waters …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Issa: Rangel should lose pension if he is found guilty of ethics violations
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Fleischer / Los Angeles Times:
Behind the numbers of Prop.  8  —  It's crucial to understand the data about Prop. 8's victory before launching another attempt to legalize gay marriage.  —  Immediately after Proposition 8 passed, many who supported same-sex marriage tried to make sense of the results.  A set of assumptions gained wide acceptance.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Race And Gay Marriage In Perspective
Paul Krugman:
Hey, Small Spender  —  One of the things everyone knows right now is that Obama has presided over a huge increase in government spending.  But like so many of the things everyone knows, it isn't true.  —  A few considerations to bear in mind:  —  1. You don't want dollar amounts …
Discussion: The New Republic
The Politico:
GOP puzzled as Steele courts ambassadors  —  “Everyone's effort has to be focused on electing Republicans right now and that means making sure we have the resources to turn out the vote,” said longtime party strategist Jim Dyke, who was a part of Steele's original circle of advisers at the outset of his RNC term.
Discussion: Power Line
IDF Spokesperson's / Israel Defense Force Spokesperson:
Aerial Photograph of Location of Incident Along Lebanese Border, 3  —  Earlier today, an IDF force performing routine pre-coordinated maintenance in Israeli territory was attacked in a provocative act by the Lebanese Armed Forces.  This map reflects the exact location of the incident …
Justin Elliott / Salon:
ABC whacks Shales over attack on Amanpour  —  ABC is hitting back at Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales for pushing “an utterly fabricated controversy” about “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour supposedly calling on viewers to honor slain Taliban fighters.
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
I Got My Correction Thanks to the The New York Times — Now Who's Next?  —  Buried at the bottom of a story published the other day, the New York Times printed a curious little correction: … Let's go over that again:  — The Times is admitting that there is absolutely no evidence …
Discussion: Mediaite, JOSHUAPUNDIT and Tammy Bruce
CNN:
Another censure resolution for Lindsey Graham  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham was censured by yet another GOP state county party Monday night.  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who often finds himself out of step with the most conservative elements of his party …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Republican Who Gives Me Hope  —  Because, regardless of whether you agree or disagree, he's being intellectually honest about the debt and entitlements, even if he is far too utopian in seeing a viable political majority for his vision.  And because he seems unafraid to put real, adult fiscal conservatism to the people:
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Political novice Rick Snyder wins Michigan GOP governor primary  —  Self-funding businessman Rick Snyder (R) will face Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (D) in the Michigan governor's race, after both won competitive primaries Tuesday.  —  Bernero, who was backed by labor, won the Democratic nomination …
Discussion: The Page
Ron Wilkins / CounterPunch:
The Other Side of Shirley Sherrod  —  Imagine farm workers doing back breaking labor in the sweltering sun, sprayed with pesticides and paid less than minimum wage.  Imagine the United Farm Workers called in to defend these laborers against such exploitation by management.
Dorian de Wind / The Huffington Post:
An Immigrant's View of the ‘Immigration Problem’  —  A major U.S. newspaper has asked immigrant readers to relate their immigration stories and experiences and, in particular, how they have been affected by illegal immigration—in 250 words or fewer.  —  As one of those immigrants—with a story to tell—I have responded.
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Elena Kagan Draws Opposition From Senators who Backed Sotomayor  —  There is no question that Elena Kagan will be easily confirmed by the Senate this week to join the Supreme Court.  But in recent days, Kagan has lost a handful of key votes from both sides of the aisle that Sonia Sotomayor secured during …
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Best Campaign Vid So Far: “Madam Governor” Kristin Davis Wants to Legalize Pot, Poker, Prostitution in NY or, Oh No 4 Cuomo!  —  The Empire State has a long list of sad-sack governors, ranging from the current one, the previous one, and the one who served three terms too many, and Nelson Rockefeller …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Semi-Mythical Texas Miracle  —  Ryan Avent blogs on the possible sources of the Texas Economic Miracle and concludes: “I think all of these factors contributed.  Take a tech-oriented region like Greater Boston or the Bay Area, subtract out a housing collapse and add in an energy boom …
Discussion: Free exchange and Paul Krugman
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Confessions of a Tea Party Casualty  —  GOP Rep. Bob Inglis slams Republican demagoguery, bemoans anti-Semitic tea party conspiracy nonsense, decries Sarah Palin's ignorance, and looks for a job.  —  Post Comment  —  It was the middle of a tough primary contest, and Rep. Bob Inglis …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Arms-Treaty Vote Delayed in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's ambitious agenda to curb nuclear weapons during his term has to a large extent stalled as he struggles to assemble a bipartisan coalition to approve his arms control treaty with Russia.  —  The treaty, called New Start …
Discussion: MyDD
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Consumer Spending and Incomes in U.S. Stagnate
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CNN:
Coleman cancels trip to RNC meeting
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Denise Grady / New York Times:
Foreign-Born Doctors Give Equal Care in U.S.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
No Such Thing as a Simple Mortgage
Discussion: TBogg
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What's Anthony Weiner's position on Ground Zero mosque?
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Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Chris Christie Set to Take on State Pensions
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