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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Howard Dean: “Mosque” should move  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Certain things are disappointing and surprising even for the most hardened cynics.  Hearing Howard Dean — the former liberal standard-bearer — join Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin by saying the following is definitely one of them:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Howard Dean: Mosque ‘an affront’  —  Calling for compromise, Dean said on WABC radio today the mosque plan “a real affront to people who lost their lives” and laments Islam's being “in the 12th century” in Iran and some other Muslim countries.  —  He also says he believes the Cordoba organizers …
The Huffington Post:
Dean Stands By Mosque Remarks, Charges Liberal Critics With Being Inflexible  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In an interview late Wednesday, former DNC Chair Howard Dean reiterated his belief that the controversial “Ground Zero” mosque should be re-located, arguing that critics of his position were …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi clarifies call for look at funding of anti-mosque critics
The Politico:
Pelosi wants ‘transparency’ on mosque
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Howard Dean: Move the Mosque
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
In flap over mosque near Ground Zero, conservative writers gaining influence  —  Long before President Obama waded into the vociferous debate over a proposal to build a mosque near Ground Zero, a group of conservative writers and bloggers critical of Islam had seized on the issue and helped transform …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Mosque supporters beg George W. Bush to come to Obama's rescue  —  There's a new argument emerging among supporters of the Ground Zero mosque.  Distressed by President Obama's waffling on the issue, they're calling on former President George W. Bush to announce his support for the project …
NBC New York:
Mosque Developer Rejects Meeting With Paterson  —  The developers of an Islamic cultural center that would include a mosque near Ground Zero have rejected Gov. David Paterson's offer to help them find a different site.  —  Paterson said today the group is apparently committed to building in the proposed site.
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Grow a Pair, Democrats
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
Did Sarah Palin really say that? … - Bogus Trends: Kiddie Porn, Sextortion, and Chinese Hymenoplasty- The Incredible Jazz Photography of Herman Leonard- Was Hurricane Katrina Good for the Environment?  - A Wonderful, Enigmatic Poem About a Badger- Puny, Decadent …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Alana Goodman / NewsBusters.org:
Sheryl Crow Bashes Sarah Palin: 'Someone Unplug Her Microphone!"
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Palin battles with women's group
Discussion: CNN and Feministing
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
NRSC: ‘The Next Time Democrats Call You Extreme, Show Them This Video.’  —  You see it here first, folks: the new web video from the NRSC about just whose views are “extreme” around here.  —  Their closing sequence, showcasing that the so-called extreme candidates are either leading or in dead heats …
msnbc.com:
Last U.S. combat troops leave Iraq  —  Final fighting brigade rolls into Kuwait; 50,000 Americans still remain  —  on msnbc.com -  — More from: - TODAY - Nightly News - Meet the Press - Dateline - Morning Joe - Hardball - Countdown - Rachel Maddow - msnbc tv
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WorldNetDaily:
WND dumps Ann Coulter from Miami due to Homoconflict  —  Farah cites her speech to ‘gay’ event as reason  —  WASHINGTON - Conservative superstar Ann Coulter today was dropped as a keynote speaker for WND's “Taking America Back National Conference” next month because of her plan to address an event titled …
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Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
World Net Daily Drops Ann Coulter From Conference For Speaking …
Discussion: Blue Gal, Mediaite and GayPatriot
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Coup of 2011  —  It occurred to me today that there's at least some chance that in January of 2011 the US Senate will have 49 Democrats, Joe Lieberman, Charlie Crist, and 49 Republicans.  Which is to say that Lieberman & Crist could form a two-man caucus, hold the balance of power, and drive organization of the Senate.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Disapprove Than Approve of Obama Mosque Remarks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More Americans disapprove than approve of President Barack Obama's recent comments concerning the planned construction of a mosque near where the Sept. 11 terror attacks occurred in New York City, but 4 in 10 do not have an opinion on the matter.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Islamic Center Backers Won't Rule Out Taking Funds from Saudi Arabia, Iran  —  ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Developers in Talks With NY Gov. Paterson  —  The developers behind the Islamic center planned for a site near Ground Zero won't rule out accepting financing from the Mideast …
Corinna Jessen / Spiegel Online:
Tensions Rise in Greece as Austerity Measures Backfire  —  The austerity measures that were supposed to fix Greece's problems are dragging down the country's economy.  Stores are closing, tax revenues are falling and unemployment has hit an unbelievable 70 percent in some places.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
The U.S. Department of Education's spokesperson hung up on The Daily Caller Wednesday when seeking clarification regarding the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's planned speech at an Aug. 28 protest march that the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) are holding …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Balloon Juice
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
How to Win the Clash of Civilizations  —  The key advantage of Huntington's famous model is that it describes the world as it is—not as we wish it to be.  —  What do the controversies around the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, the eviction of American missionaries from Morocco earlier this year …
Discussion: Commentary and Hyscience
The Politico:
Mosque a long shot to be built  —  When President Barack Obama turned the battle over a planned New York Islamic center into a national debate over religious freedom, he unwittingly allied himself and his party with an ill-planned, long-shot development project described by one of its most prominent allies as “amateur hour.”
Discussion: Red Dog Report and Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
The Great American Bond Bubble  —  If 10-year interest rates, which are now 2.8%, rise to 4% as they did last spring, bondholders will suffer a capital loss more than three times the current yield.  —  Ten years ago we experienced the biggest bubble in U.S. stock market history …
Scott McCabe / Washington Examiner:
Fire-breathing bartenders arrested, face 45 years  —  Two fire-breathing bartenders face up to 45 years in prison each for performing flaming bar tricks.  —  Jimmy's Old Town Tavern owner Jimmy Cirrito said his bartenders have been entertaining his customers — by juggling bottles of alcohol …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Hit & Run
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
JOHN L. SMITH: Angle's soft-lens tactics do little to obscure past pronouncements  —  Maybe the showdown between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and firebrand Republican Sharron Angle was inevitable.  —  You would certainly think so after reading the angry letter Angle wrote to Reid on Nov. 20 …
Discussion: TPMDC, Wonkette, Salon and The New Republic
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Large companies will get hit with 9% increase in health costs under ObamaCare  —  Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses a new survey on the impact of ObamaCare on large companies in this clip from Fox News.  This survey of employers with five thousand employees shows that executives are planning …
Murray Wardrop / Telegraph:
Young will have to change names to escape ‘cyber past’ warns Google's Eric Schmidt  —  The private lives of young people are now so well documented on the internet that many will have to change their names on reaching adulthood, Google's CEO has claimed.  —  Eric Schmidt suggested …
Fhardingj / CNN:
TRENDING: DGA calls for Fox News to run disclaimer  —  The Democratic Governors Association has written a letter to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.  —  (CNN) - With the knowledge that Fox News' parent company recently cut a $1 million check to the Republican Governors Association …
Carla Hall / Los Angeles Times:
It's unanimous, president's visit leaves L.A. boiling  —  President Obama's Monday evening ride from the Beverly Hilton to Hancock Park caused havoc as roads across the city were closed.  Tuesday, he wisely chose to helicopter back to the airport.  —  A Marine helicopter carrying White …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
America, the Decent  —  My views on the mosque are pretty well aired out now.  I think it's a bad idea to build right there (though not the end of the world), and — as I argue today — if Bloomberg and Obama had more talent and statesmanship this mess never would have come to pass in the first place.
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Zakaria Jumping to Time From Newsweek  —  Time magazine will announce on Thursday that Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post and Newsweek and editor of Newsweek's international edition, has been named a contributing editor for Time and will write a column for the magazine every other week.
Washington Post:
Poll: 1 in 5 Americans thinks Obama is a Muslim  —  The number of Americans who believe — wrongly — that President Obama is a Muslim has increased significantly since his inauguration and now account for nearly 20 percent of the nation's population.  —  Those results, from a new Pew …
 
 
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