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8:50 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 …
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  —  Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has emerged as the unlikely but passionate defender of the planned Muslim community center near ground zero, today traveled to Governors Island off the tip of Lower Manhattan to deliver a stirring plea …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE, FOOT-SHOOTING BIGOTRY.... I don't often agree …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael R. Bloomberg / The Huffington Post:
Defending Religious Tolerance: Remarks on the Mosque Near Ground Zero
Discussion: Philly.com and Swampland
Wall Street Journal:
WTC Mosque, Meet the Auschwitz Nuns
Discussion: Washington Post and The Mahablog
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 …
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
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 …
Tom Cohen / CNN:
GOP senators list what they say are the 100 worst stimulus projects
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
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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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Race And Gay Marriage In Perspective
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 …
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:
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.
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: JOSHUAPUNDIT, Mediaite and Tammy Bruce
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
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 …
CNN:
Coleman cancels trip to RNC meeting  —  Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman will not attend the Republican National Committee's summer meeting in Kansas City.  —  Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) - Norm Coleman will no longer be attending the Republican National Committee's summer meeting in Kansas City …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
One Progressive's Nat'l Scheme To Burn Confederate Flags At Tea Party Rallies  —  An anonymous liberal blogger in Washington state hopes that progressives across the country will show up to tea party rallies on September 12 and — if it's legal — light up a confederate flag so tea partiers can watch it burn.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
McCain: Obama ‘small-minded’  —  Sen. John MCain (R-Ariz.) accused the president Monday of being “small-minded” and “bizarre” in his presentation of American military success in Iraq.  —  The 2008 Republican Presidential nominee called out President Barack Obama for being a detractor …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Best Campaign Vid So Far: “Madam Governor” Kristin Davis Wants to Legalize Pot, Poker, Prostitution in NY or, Oh No 4 Cuomo!  —  The Empire State has a long list of sad-sack governors, ranging from the current one, the previous one, and the one who served three terms too many, and Nelson Rockefeller …
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: Law Blog, SCOTUSblog and Above the Law
Dorian de Wind / The Huffington Post:
An Immigrant's View of the ‘Immigration Problem’  —  A major U.S. newspaper has asked immigrant readers to relate their immigration stories and experiences and, in particular, how they have been affected by illegal immigration—in 250 words or fewer.  —  As one of those immigrants—with a story to tell—I have responded.
 
 
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Denise Grady / New York Times:
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
No Such Thing as a Simple Mortgage
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What's Anthony Weiner's position on Ground Zero mosque?
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Black Caucus head said media to blame for Rep. Waters fallout
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Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Chris Christie Set to Take on State Pensions
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell: GOP will detail election-year agenda in late September
Discussion: Daily Kos
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Americans Want to Soak the Rich
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
President Obama to address Sen. Bennet's tele-townhall Tuesday evening
Discussion: National Review, CNN and The Hill
Mark Hemingway / Washington Examiner:
Many of Rangel's colleagues hanging on to his dirty money UPDATED!
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
ACLU, CCR seek to have Obama enjoined from killing Awlaki without due process