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New York Post:
Terror group's leader: ‘Have to build it’  —  By S.A. MILLER in Washington and TOM TOPOUSIS in New York  —  A leader of the Hamas terror group yesterday jumped into the emotional debate on the plan to construct a mosque near Ground Zero — insisting Muslims “have to build” it there.
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Mark Halperin / Time:
Why Republicans Must Avoid a ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Battle  —  From left: J. Scott Applewhite / AP; Mike Segar / Reuters  —  Dear Republican Party:  —  Your moment is now.  —  This weekend, President Obama defended the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque two short blocks …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Islam in Two Americas  —  There's an America where it doesn't matter what language you speak, what god you worship, or how deep your New World roots run.  An America where allegiance to the Constitution trumps ethnic differences, language barriers and religious divides.
Justin Elliott / Salon:
How the “ground zero mosque” fear mongering began  —  A group of progressive Muslim-Americans plans to build an Islamic community center two and a half blocks from ground zero in lower Manhattan.  They have had a mosque in the same neighborhood for many years.  There's another mosque two blocks away from the site.
Shlomo Shamir / Haaretz:
Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center  —  Insiders say Muslim spiritual leaders behind the controversial initiative are considering giving up on the former World Trade Center location, in a gesture of appeasement.  —  After weeks of heated debate over plans …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Former Bush Adviser Mark McKinnon Rips GOP's Stance On Mosque: 'We're Reinforcing Al Qaeda's Message'  —  On Morning Joe earlier today, a pair of leading Republicans — host Joe Scarborough and former Bush strategist Mark McKinnon — blasted the GOP for its xenophobic and unconstitutional stance …
CNN:
Reid breaks with Obama, opposes mosque near Ground Zero
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hot Air and The Page
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Talking to the Void  —  Mark Halperin has a highly unusual …
Discussion: The Plum Line and Balloon Juice
Scott Keyes / Think Progress:
King Panders To Town Hall Bigots: Obama's ‘A Marxist’ …
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Note:
Clyburn Backs Up Obama on Mosque Near Ground Zero
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Nativists Are Great! Except When They Aren't, at All.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Feds clear DeLay after six years  —  The Justice Department has informed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) that the government has ended a six-year investigation of his ties to the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to DeLay's lead counsel in the matter, Richard Cullen, chairman of McGuireWoods.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeLay calls Rangel ethics trial ‘unfair’
Guy Adams / The Independent:
President goes for a swim in the Gulf - or does he?  —  President Barack Obama wanted to convince America that the Gulf of Mexico remains open for business.  But perhaps he didn't want the world to catch another glimpse of his hairless chest.  —  So when he and his daughter, Sasha …
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ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
FAIL: Obama's Much Heralded Swim in the Gulf Wasn't Actually in the Gulf...
Ace / minx.cc:
Holy Frickin' Reagan: Best Advertorial You'll See  —  Seriously, watch it.  —  This comes from the Republican Study Committee, which is headed, if I have the information right, by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia.  —  So now you can't say the GOP isn't doing anything to advance the message.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Attacking Social Security  —  Social Security turned 75 last week.  It should have been a joyous occasion, a time to celebrate a program that has brought dignity and decency to the lives of older Americans.  —  But the program is under attack, with some Democrats as well as nearly all Republicans joining the assault.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The fear campaign and Social Security
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Illinois Congresswoman Uses Thugs to Intimidate at Town Hall
Discussion: YID With LID and The Right Scoop
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dept. of propaganda  —  Rep. Darrell Issa is out with a report this morning claiming that the Obama administration has engaged in an unprecedented amount of illegal propaganda.  —  The charge is almost undoubtedly true: As the report drily catalogues, virtually every 20th century administration …
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Fred Kaplan / Foreign Policy:
The Transformer  —  Bob Gates never thought he'd be Barack Obama's defense secretary.  Now, in an exclusive interview, the most revolutionary Pentagon leader since Robert McNamara tells FP why he said yes, when he'll get out of Washington, and what legacy he hopes to leave behind.
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Huckabee Leads 2012 Iowa Caucus Poll - Palin Finishes Fourth behind Newt  —  Believe it or not, the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is already underway in Iowa.  Potential candidates like Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich are already making frequent visits …
WIS-TV:
Alvin Greene howls and wails at reporter … Alvin Greene's mugshot from Richland County arrest  —  MANNING, SC (WIS) - In a bizarre interview at his home in Manning, South Carolina, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Alvin Green said he is not quitting the race even after his indictment on a felony charge of obscenity.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Man Who Deserves To Be Viable in 2012  —  Imagine a successful two-term Republican governor with a credible small government record, a demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, skepticism about foreign wars, a longstanding determination to right America's fiscal ship …
Discussion: Hit & Run
ESPN:
Mich. school practices 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.  —  DEARBORN, Mich. — A Michigan high school football team is holding preseason practices in the middle of the night to help its Muslim players practice both faith and football.  —  The predominantly Muslim squad from Dearborn says the nocturnal regimen …
Gordon Lubold / The Politico:
Stanley McChrystal to Yale  —  Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was forced to retire in July after an embarrassing Rolling Stone article quoted him and his staff making disparaging remarks about top White House officials, is taking a job at Yale, POLITICO has learned.
BBC:
Taliban ‘kill adulterous Afghan couple’ in marketplace  —  A man and a woman who allegedly had an adulterous affair have been stoned and killed in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz.  —  The punishment happened in a crowded bazaar on Sunday in the Taliban-controlled village of Mullah Quli.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich compares mosque to Nazis  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday compared the mosque planned to go up blocks away from ground zero in New York to Nazis protesting next to the Holocaust museum.  —  Gingrich highlighted the fact that New York Democratic Gov. David Paterson …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Reid calls for mosque to be built “someplace else”  —  Harry Reid is breaking with the President, claiming that while he respects freedom of religion, he's not willing to support an Islamic center near Ground Zero.  —  Specifically, says Reid spokesman Jim Manley, he thinks the “mosque” should be built “some place else”:
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
FDA considers revoking approval of Avastin for advanced breast cancer  —  Federal regulators are considering taking the highly unusual step of rescinding approval of a drug that patients with advanced breast cancer turn to as a last-ditch hope.  —  The debate over Avastin …
 
 
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