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9:10 PM ET, August 19, 2010

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ap.org:
AP Standards Center issues staff advisory on covering New York City mosque  —  Associated Press Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production Tom Kent sent the following note to the staff about covering the New York City mosque story:  —  Colleagues,
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
AP advises staff on location of Islamic center and mosque  —  The Associated Press, one of world's most powerful news organizations, issued a memo today advising staff to avoid the phrase “Ground Zero mosque.”  —  The Upshot reported Tuesday that the AP started using the phrase “Ground Zero mosque” in some headlines in late May.
The Huffington Post:
Ted Olson, Former Bush Solicitor General And Husband Of 9/11 Victim, Backs Obama On ‘Ground Zero Mosque’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Ted Olson, former George W. Bush solicitor general, attorney behind the case against California's gay marriage ban, and husband of a woman who died aboard …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TPMCafe
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Help AP Writers Find a Substitute Phrase for ‘Ground Zero Mosque’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Brian / Weasel Zippers:
Music Video Sums Up Opposition to Ground Zero Mosque - “Salt in the Wound” - Video
Discussion: The Jawa Report
People-Press.org:
Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim  —  Religion, Politics and the President  —  OVERVIEW  —  A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined.  More than a year and a half into his presidency …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Defining Obama, Misperceptions Stick  —  WASHINGTON — Americans need only stand in line at the grocery checkout counter to glimpse the conspiracy theories percolating about President Obama.  “Birthplace Cover-Up,” screams the current issue of the racy tabloid Globe.  “Obama's Secret Life Exposed!”
CNN:
TRENDING: White House strikes back at ‘Muslim’ tag
Discussion: The Politico and Nice Deb
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:   White House Defends Obama's Faith
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Tribalism And Constitutional Rights, Ctd.
CNBC:
Weekly Jobless Claims Post Surprise Jump, Hit 500,000  —  New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to a nine-month high last week, yet another setback to the frail economic recovery.  —  Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 500,000 …
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Ezra Klein:
If only Obama had ...  See if this structure seems familiar to you: Over the past two years, Barack Obama has done X. Now, his poll numbers have slipped to 44 percent.  His party is slated to lose a lot of seats in the 2010 midterms.  Obama's decision to do X is to blame.  —  “X” can be a lot of things.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
‘Ground Zero’ Imam: ‘I Am a Jew, I Have Always Been One’  —  The right-wing campaign against the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” includes vicious personal attacks on the Muslim cleric who leads the Cordoba Initiative, the organization behind the plan.  I know Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf …
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Hip-Hop Mogul: If You Blame Muslims For 9-11, Blame Christians For 1st WTC Bombing!  —  I did not know Ramzi Yousef, Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammad Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Abdul Rahman Yasin and Ahmad Ajaj were Christian names?  Must have been converts prior to 1993.
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Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
Russell Simmons on CNN: Christians Bombed the WTC in 1993?
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Pajamas Media
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Clemens to Be Indicted for Perjury in Doping Testimony  —  Federal authorities have decided to indict Roger Clemens on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to two people briefed on the matter.  —  An announcement is expected later today.
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CNN:
Clemens indicted on obstruction of Congress charges
Discussion: This Just In and The Monkey Cage
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Senate candidate yanks video showing smoldering 9/11 site  —  This one is ugly.  —  GOP Senate candidate Roy Blunt's campaign has pulled down a Web video displaying the smoldering remains of the 9/11 attacks alongside audio of his Democratic opponent saying the location of the Islamic center should be up to New Yorkers to decide.
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The Huffington Post:
Robin Carnahan, Missouri Senate Candidate, Wants Bush Tax Cuts Extended For Wealthy
Discussion: Firedoglake, cn|2 Politics and TalkLeft
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Shot fired at Al Franken's condo  —  Minneapolis and Capitol Hill police are investigating a shot that was fired at the condo of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).  —  Nobody was home at the time of the incident, which was not reported until after the senator and his wife returned home to Minneapolis …
Discussion: CNN, Wonkette, Politics Daily and TPMDC
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Deal  —  Bob Somerby is following the latest Social Security chatter and hopes that Paul Krugman can explain how the trust fund works in an understandable way: … Well, hell, I'll take a crack at it.  Here's the simple version.  —  In 1983, when we last reformed Social Security …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Mike Allen's Mind-Mis-Meld.
Hotline On Call:
How To Lose A Guy In 75 Days  —  Two years after his coattails helped sweep two dozen Democrats into office, President Obama is proving more a boon to Republicans than to Democrats during the midterm elections.  His poll numbers are so morose that Democrats are planning ways to avoid his shadow …
Howard Dean / Salon:
Why I back a mosque compromise  —  The builders want to build it as a healing gesture, but healing is impossible without dialogue  —  First of all, I am not going to back off.  The reaction did surprise me because most of the negative reaction had to do with defending the constitutional rights of the builders of the center.
Discussion: pandagon.net
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Nicole Allan / The Atlantic Online:
The Most Sexist Ad, Well, Ever  —  In an act of shockingly retro, sexist stupidity, a local unit of the Republican Party of Minnesota has broadcast a new reason you should vote Republican: GOP women are hot, and Democratic women are not.  —  The group has made a web video contrasting photos of attractive …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
New Dem message: ‘Improve’ health care, don't talk cost  —  Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit and instead stressing a promise to “improve it.”
Quinnipiac University:
Sink Inching Up In Close Florida Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Crist Leads Three-Way Senate Race  —  Apparently bolstered by the civil war for the Republican nomination for Governor in Florida, State Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the Democrat, is on the plus side …
National Review:
You'll Get Served  —  The West Wing is on notice.  —  If Republicans win the House this fall, Rep. Darrell Issa will wield the majority's sharpest investigative tool: the subpoena pen.  —  “Cabinet officers, assistant secretaries, directors — I will be able to take on everybody …
Discussion: Federal Eye, American Glob and Weigel
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Skip the lecture on Israel's ‘risks for peace’  —  In the intifada that began in 2000, Palestinian terrorism killed more than 1,000 Israelis.  As a portion of U.S. population, that would be 42,000, approaching the toll of America's eight years in Vietnam.  During the onslaught …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Decline of Private Health Insurance  —  I'm not very interested in the underlying dispute between Scott Winship and Mike Konczal, but I did think this Winship chart about health insurance was interesting:  —  I emailed Winship to ask him what this data looks like if we examine the under-65 crowd.
Discussion: ScottWinshipWeb and TalkLeft
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama on the Trail  —  Illinois voters say they would be negatively influenced if a candidate was endorsed by Barack Obama.  And if his support isn't an asset in his home state it's hard to imagine where it is.  —  40% of voters in the state say they'd be less likely to support …
Ryan Alessi / cn|2 Politics:
Rand Paul and Jack Conway locked in tie at 41, new cn|  2 Poll shows  —  Democratic U.S. Senate candidate appears to have picked up some undecided voters over the last two weeks and is in a dead heat with Republican candidate Rand Paul, the latest cn|  2 Poll shows.
 
 
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