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10:35 AM ET, August 3, 2010

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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.
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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 …
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
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Hateful Ground Zero Hypocrisy
Discussion: First Draft
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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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 …
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
GOP Resumes Favorable Standing on Generic Ballot  —  Democratic enthusiasm for voting in midterms is the lowest seen this year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters favor Republicans by 48% and Democrats by 43% in Gallup's generic congressional ballot for the week of July 26 through Aug. 1.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., New High of 43% Call Afghanistan War a “Mistake”
Discussion: Politics Daily
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
GOP surges in generic ballot
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:
STARK NEWS: Geithner Warns About Unemployment  —  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 the unemployment rate will go up for a couple …
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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Frank Quaratiello / Boston Herald:
Barney Frank defends support of bank after call from disgraced pol
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  —  An unusually complex magnetic eruption on the sun has flung a large cloud of electrically charged particles towards Earth.  When the cloud hits, which could be anytime now, it could spark aurorae in the skies around the poles and pose a threat …
Discussion: Telegraph
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Federal judge refuses to dismiss Virginia challenge to ObamaCare  —  The federal bench giveth ... and the federal bench taketh away.  Federal judge Henry Hudson has refused to dismiss a challenge from Virginia on the constitutionality of the individual mandate in ObamaCare.
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Stephanie Cutter / White House.gov Blog Feed:
On Today's Ruling in Virginia
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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ABCNEWS:
Stimulus Slammed: Republican Senators Release Report Alleging 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.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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
Discussion: Real Time Economics
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.
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
Newsweek:
Raise My Taxes, Mr. President!  —  We can't afford the Bush cuts anymore.  —  For the last few months, we have heard powerful, passionate arguments about the need to cut America's massive budget deficit.  Republican senators have claimed that we are in danger of permanently crippling the economy.
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Washington Post:
Virginia legal opinion supports checks of immigration status  —  RICHMOND — Virginia joined the national debate over immigration Monday when Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II issued a legal opinion that authorizes law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone stopped by police officers for any reason.
Search | The White House:
Remarks by the President at Disabled Veterans of America Conference in Atlanta, Georgia  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Everyone, please have a seat.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  —  AUDIENCE MEMBER: Happy birthday!
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
 
 
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Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
Loretta Sanchez: 2014 gubernatorial candidate?
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Blue Dogs at risk get help, $200 million
Discussion: Ballot Box
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Music does not chime with Iran
CNN:
Poll shows opinions on Kagan divided along party lines
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
In Kandahar, U.S. tries the lessons of Baghdad
Discussion: Swampland
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Obama: Republicans want to ‘bamboozle’ voters this November
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Richard Severo / New York Times:
Mitch Miller, Maestro of the Singalong, Dies at 99
Discussion: Althouse
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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
Wall Street Journal:
The Death of Cap and Tax
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
In journalism's crossfire culture, everyone gets wounded
The Huffington Post:
Could Pot Drive Turnout In Key Elections?
Discussion: Firedoglake, Taylor Marsh and Mediaite