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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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman: Pause Islamic center project near ground zero  —  Developers should “put the brakes” on a planned mosque near the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday.  —  Lieberman, an independent senator who caucuses with Democrats …
Javier C. Hernandez / City Room:
Mosque Near Ground Zero Clears Key Hurdle  —  After a protracted battle that set off a national debate over freedom of religion, a Muslim center and mosque to be built two blocks from ground zero surmounted a final hurdle on Tuesday.  —  The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9 …
Adam Lisberg / The Daily Politics:
Mayor Bloomberg Stands Up For Mosque  —  Mayor Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and 10 religious leaders of various faiths journeyed to Governors Island this afternoon to show their support for the proposed mosque and community center near the World Trade Center site.
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Michael Bloomberg delivers stirring defense of mosque
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE, FOOT-SHOOTING BIGOTRY.... I don't often agree …
Wall Street Journal:
WTC Mosque, Meet the Auschwitz Nuns
Discussion: Washington Post and The Mahablog
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
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Angle: Reid's clout misguided
Elizabeth Crum / National Review:
Did She Just Say That Out Loud?  —  During yesterday's Fox News Channel's special elections show on primaries and midterms around the country, Sharron Angle had the following exchange with an incredulous Carl Cameron about her media strategy so far: … Angle then goes on to repeat a statement …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SHARRON ANGLE SAID WHAT?.... Sharron Angle (R), the extremist Senate candidate in Nevada, has a habit of saying some pretty remarkable things, including vague advocacy of the violent overthrow of the United States government.  —  In recent weeks, under strict orders, Angle has tried to improve …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
The FOX Nation:
Sharron Angle too Honest in Latest Interview
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Angle: Reporters Should Only ‘Ask The Questions We Want To Answer’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Open Left
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 …
The Hill:
GOP leader McConnell: Fourteenth Amendment is in need of review
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 …
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 …
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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:
Lewis Page / The Register:
Solar plasma aurora storm to hit Earth tomorrow!  —  Burst sunspot could see Northern Lights over UK, US  —  Astroboffins are warning that a mighty “eruption” of superhot plasma has been blasted out of the Sun directly at the Earth.  The plasma cloud is expected to reach Earth beginning tomorrow …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Contradicting His Earlier Denial, Rubio Admits 'Tax Cuts Don't Pay For Themselves'  —  Republicans have spent the last two weeks trying to create a fantasy world in which — despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary — tax cuts inevitably pay for themselves through economic growth.
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
What to Do About the Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
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: The Hill
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Mailroom Mix-Up That Could Cost a Life  —  Sullivan & Cromwell is a law firm with glittering offices in a dozen cities around the world, and some of its partners charge more than $1,000 an hour.  The firm's paying clients, at least, demand impeccable work.
Discussion: Above the Law, Law Blog and SCOTUSblog
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 …
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 and Tammy Bruce
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
Timothy F. Geithner / New York Times:
Welcome to the Recovery  —  THE devastation wrought by the great recession is still all too real for millions of Americans who lost their jobs, businesses and homes.  The scars of the crisis are fresh, and every new economic report brings another wave of anxiety.
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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Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Chris Christie Set to Take on State Pensions
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Richard Wray / Guardian:
BP oil spill officially worst in history
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Best Campaign Vid So Far: “Madam Governor” …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Americans Want to Soak the Rich
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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