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1:35 PM 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 …
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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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
WTC Mosque, Meet the Auschwitz Nuns  —  Pope John Paul offers a model of tolerance for a heated controversy.  —  With every passing day, the dispute over the planned Islamic Center near Ground Zero grows more acrimonious.  These feelings will probably only get worse today …
Discussion: The Mahablog
ABCNEWS:
Controversial ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Gets Green Light From NYC Landmarks Commission
Discussion: Moonbattery and Atlas Shrugs
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich, pushing prejudice at Ground Zero
Tom Topousis / New York Post:   Landmark vote opens door to Ground Zero mosque
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 …
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
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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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Angle: Reid's clout misguided  —  Challenger describes what junior senators can do  —  Challenger Sharron Angle took aim Monday at one of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's strongest arguments for re-election, contending that the Senate majority leader's influence has hurt, not helped, the state.
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CNN:
Senate begins debate on Kagan nomination to high court
Discussion: The Note
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reid asks for civility as Kagan debate begins
Discussion: The Politico
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: Don Surber and The Reaction
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Stuart Clark / New Scientist:
The sun sends a charged cloud hurtling our way
Discussion: Telegraph
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
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Democrats declare swamp of corruption drained
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., New High of 43% Call Afghanistan War a “Mistake”
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Democratic Party to Keep Controversial Superdelegates
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Discussion: Family Scholars and Althouse