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3:15 PM ET, August 3, 2010

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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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
WTC Mosque, Meet the Auschwitz Nuns
Discussion: The Mahablog
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich, pushing prejudice at Ground Zero
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: Crooks and Liars
The FOX Nation:
Sharron Angle too Honest in Latest Interview  —  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: “We needed to have the press be our friend.”
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Angle: Reid's clout misguided
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Angle: Reporters Should Only ‘Ask The Questions We Want To Answer’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Open Left
The Hill:
GOP leader McConnell: Fourteenth Amendment is in need of review  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told The Hill on Monday that Congress “ought to take a look at” changing the 14th Amendment, which gives the children of illegal immigrants a right to U.S. citizenship.
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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 …
ABCNEWS:
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.
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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Free exchange:   Look on the bright side, please
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 …
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
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Illegal immigrant who killed nun in accident was released by feds  —  (Provided by Prince William County Police)  —  The man suspected of drunken driving and killing a Catholic nun in Prince William County this weekend is an illegal immigrant who was awaiting deportation …
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 …
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
ACLU, CCR seek to have Obama enjoined from killing Awlaki without due process  —  A major legal challenge to one of the Obama administration's most radical assertions of executive power began this morning in a federal courthouse in Washington, DC.  Early last month, the ACLU and the Center …
CNN:
TRENDING: 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
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
How Newsweek Blew It  —  Ninety-one-year-old audio tycoon Sidney Harman's purchase of Newsweek yesterday was greeted with internal cheers.  But a look inside the magazine's financial records, leaked to The Daily Beast, reveals its new crisis.  —  Yesterday's purchase of a 77-year-old magazine …
The Politico:
Health reform's bureaucratic spawn  —  Don't bother trying to count up the number of agencies, boards and commissions created under the new health care law.  Estimating the number is “impossible,” a recent Congressional Research Service report says, and a true count “unknowable.”
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.
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.
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Condé Nast to Move to Skyscraper at Ground Zero  —  Condé Nast, the publishing giant, has signed a tentative deal to move its stable of chic magazines to ground zero, where it will anchor the skyscraper now under construction, according to two real estate executives who have been briefed on the negotiations.
The Muqata:
Attack on Northern Israel  —  War Blogging updates right after the introduction. … 8:08 PM Entire attack caught on video tape.  Will publish it here as soon as we have the link.  —  7:10 PM Q. Were IDF soldiers attacked using weapons and training supplied to the Lebanese army by the United States?
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why did feds claim Kindle violates civil rights?  —  Did you know the Justice Department threatened several universities with legal action because they took part in an experimental program to allow students to use the Amazon Kindle for textbooks?  —  Last year, the schools — among them Princeton …
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
Are Americans Closet Statists?  —  Despite what liberal pollsters say, we don't secretly worship big government.  —  So maybe Americans aren't so different from Europeans after all?  If you read a lot of the opinion press—poor lamb—you might be getting the idea that we're all social democrats now.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Poll: Waning support for Obama on wars  —  WASHINGTON — Public support for President Obama's Afghanistan war policy has plummeted amid a rising U.S. death toll and the unauthorized release of classified military documents, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows.  —  Support for Obama's management …
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Republican Who Gives Me Hope
Thomas Fitzgerald / Philly.com:
Maine's Sen. Collins, a key moderate, helps raise cash for Toomey
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
DC's Strange Love Affair with Paul Ryan
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Steele ally threatens legal action at RNC
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
McCain: Obama ‘small-minded’
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Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
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Robert Costa / National Review:
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Discussion: theblogprof
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Some call i-dosing a drug substitute, while others say binaural beats fall flat
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Marbury
Boston Globe:
Frank warned colleague not to aid troubled bank
Spencer Platt / Newsweek:
Democratic Party to Keep Controversial Superdelegates