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5:40 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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE, FOOT-SHOOTING BIGOTRY.... I don't often agree …
Wall Street Journal:
WTC Mosque, Meet the Auschwitz Nuns
Discussion: Washington Post and The Mahablog
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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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 …
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.
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.
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Angle: Reid's clout misguided
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: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Angle: Reporters Should Only ‘Ask The Questions We Want To Answer’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Open Left
The FOX Nation:
Sharron Angle too Honest in Latest Interview
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:
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
John Schwartz / New York Times:
F.B.I. Challenges Wikipedia Over Use of Its Seal  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken on everyone from Al Capone to John Dillinger to the Unabomber.  Its latest adversary: Wikipedia.  —  The bureau wrote a letter in July to the Wikimedia Foundation, the parent organization of Wikipedia …
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John D. Sutter / CNN:
FBI to Wikipedia: Remove our seal
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 …
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: Above the Law, Law Blog and SCOTUSblog
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.
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.
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 …
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Americans Want to Soak the Rich  —  The sensible thing to do about Social Security in 2010 and 2011 is to do nothing.  At some future point it may become the case that projected Social Security deficits are a problem for economic growth, and that would be an excellent time to worry about them.
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 …
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 …
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 …
The Muqata:
Attack on Northern Israel  —  War Blogging updates right after the introduction. … 11:42 PM Video of how the attack started...  10:43 PM Map of attack.  As you can clearly see the attack from Lebanon happened on the Israel side of the Blue Line (demarcating the border).
 
 
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
I Got My Correction Thanks to the The New York Times — Now Who's Next?
Discussion: Mediaite and Tammy Bruce
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Best Campaign Vid So Far: “Madam Governor” …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
President Obama to address Sen. Bennet's tele-townhall Tuesday evening
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
What to Do About the Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
PewResearch.org:
Earmarks Could Help Candidates in Midterms; Palin and Tea Party …
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
McCain: Obama ‘small-minded’
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ABCNEWS:
GOP Slams Stimulus For Perceived Waste