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11:30 AM ET, August 3, 2010

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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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Weekly Standard
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Dan Senor / Wall Street Journal:
An Open Letter on the Ground Zero Mosque  —  The location undermines the goal of interfaith understanding.  —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo are locked into their position on the plan to build a mosque and Muslim community center—the Cordoba House—at Ground Zero.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich, pushing prejudice at Ground Zero  —  Newt Gingrich, his doctorate notwithstanding, has offered us an illogical and ahistorical context to the ugly dispute about building an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Manhattan's Ground Zero.  For a while, I thought that Sarah Palin …
Wall Street Journal:   WTC Mosque, Meet the Auschwitz Nuns
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Hateful Ground Zero Hypocrisy
Discussion: First Draft
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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Mitch McConnell Wants Hearing On 14th Amendment ‘Birthright Citizenship’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) officially supports a review of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants children of undocumented immigrants status as U.S. citizens …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Makes His Choice
Discussion: VivirLatino and Crooked Timber
Boston Globe:
Frank warned colleague not to aid troubled bank  —  “I said, 'Look, it's a Boston institution.  You should stay out of it.  It's a legitimate constituency thing for me.' ” — Rep. Barney Frank.  (Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe/ File)  —  WASHINGTON — US Representative Barney Frank …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., New High of 43% Call Afghanistan War a “Mistake”  —  Obama's approval rating on Afghanistan at 36%  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — After the Internet publication of tens of thousands of leaked classified documents on the war in Afghanistan, 43% of Americans now say the United States …
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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.
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ABCNEWS:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner: Unemployment Could Go Up Before It Comes Down  —  Unemployment Could Rise ‘Temporarily’ As More People Enter Labor Force  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner acknowledged that it is still a “tough economy” for most Americans, and warned it's possible …
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 …
Discussion: The Reaction
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Stuart Clark / New Scientist:
The sun sends a charged cloud hurtling our way
Discussion: Telegraph
Robert B. Reich / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Agenda and the Enthusiasm Gap  —  In case after case, the administration went far enough to fuel the opposition but not far enough to provide immediate help to the average voter.  —  Whatever the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections, the activist phase of the Obama administration has likely come to a close.
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Harman Media buys Newsweek from Washington Post Co. for undisclosed amount  —  Iconic but troubled Newsweek magazine has been sold by one Washington power family to another.  —  Washington philanthropist, education innovator and hi-fidelity stereo pioneer Sidney Harman will buy Newsweek …
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Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
How Newsweek Blew It  —  Ninety-one-year-old audio tycoon …
ABCNEWS:
‘Monkeys Getting High’: GOP Slams Stimulus For Perceived Waste  —  Sens. Coburn, McCain Rip Stimulus Spending ‘Waste’; Defenders Question Report's Details  —  The Obama administration has credited its $862 billion stimulus program with pulling the economy out of the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Bond Vigilantes Are Now Deficit Cheerleaders  —  My column from this morning's Roll Call is about Wall Street's clearly changing opinion about the federal deficit and national debt.  I wonder why CNBC hasn't discussed this yet.  —  Bond Vigilantes Are Now Deficit Cheerleaders  —  Aug. 3, 2010
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Mulls Symbolic Shift
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: South Carolina Senate  —  South Carolina Senate: DeMint (R) 62%, Greene (D) 20%  —  Mystery man Alvin Greene has been the subject of more media coverage this election cycle than any other political candidate, but right now he trails incumbent Republican Jim DeMint by over 40 points …
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: SCOTUSblog and Law Blog
Spencer Platt / Newsweek:
Democratic Party to Keep Controversial Superdelegates  —  A reform effort to take away party bigwigs' presidential-nominating power suffers a setback.  —  A Ringside View of the History of U.S. Political Conventions  —  Before 2008, your average American might not have known what a Democratic Party superdelegate was.
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Some call i-dosing a drug substitute, while others say binaural beats fall flat  —  Dangerous gateway drug that will lead your children to a sordid life of addiction?  Or . . . New Age Enya soundtrack?!  —  Teens, in pursuit of their inalienable right to try to get high off of anything …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Marbury
Washington Post:
Oil spill dumped 4.9 million barrels into Gulf of Mexico, latest measure shows  —  The blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico gushed 12 times faster than the government and BP estimated in the early weeks of the crisis and has spilled a whopping 4.9 million barrels, or 205.8 million gallons …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Dem Poll: GOP Not Tied To Bush  —  Dems can dramatically alter the electoral playing field by tying GOP candidates to George W. Bush, but at the moment, the public sees a difference between the former president and his party in Congress.  —  Dems have tried repeatedly to tie the GOP …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Wire
Robert Costa / National Review:
Breitbart on JournoList  —  The publisher of BigGovernment.com weighs in on the liberal-leaning listserv:  —  “The concept of neutral, objective journalism is no longer,” Breitbart says.  JournoList, he adds, was a “Watergate of epic proportion in the newsroom.”
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Set the Timer?  —  I hate to say it.  But anybody got a guess …
Discussion: Balloon Juice