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4:15 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
WTC Mosque, Meet the Auschwitz Nuns
Discussion: The Mahablog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE, FOOT-SHOOTING BIGOTRY.... I don't often agree …
ABCNEWS:
Controversial ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Gets Green Light From NYC Landmarks Commission
Discussion: Moonbattery and Atlas Shrugs
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
The FOX Nation:
Sharron Angle too Honest in Latest Interview
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sanders: GOP calls to review 14th Amendment are ‘100 percent political’
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Angle: Reid's clout misguided
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:
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Mark Hemingway / Washington Examiner:
Many of Rangel's colleagues hanging on to his dirty money UPDATED!  —  At least 45 Democratic members of Congress — including nine senators and 43 congressmen — are hanging on to more than $303,000 in donations they received from embattled former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel …
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
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.
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.
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.
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 …
The Muqata:
Attack on Northern Israel  —  War Blogging updates right after the introduction. … 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).  The fence is set a few meters inside Israeli territory for tactical and functional reasons.
 
 
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