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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 …
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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 …
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.
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
Javier C. Hernandez / City Room:
Mosque Near Ground Zero Clears Key Hurdle
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 …
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 …
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Stimulus Projects that Created No Jobs
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Tom Cohen / CNN:
GOP senators list what they say are the 100 worst stimulus projects
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Reid threatens cloture petition on Kagan vote
Coral Davenport / The Politico:
Senate Democrats punt on spill bill
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and RedState
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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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Missouri Votes Against Health Law  —  Missouri voters on Tuesday easily approved a measure aimed at nullifying the new federal health care law, becoming the first state in the nation where ordinary people made known their dismay over the issue at the ballot box.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Moran bests Tiahrt in GOP Senate primary  —  Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) narrowly defeated fellow Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) Tuesday in a Senate primary that went down to the wire.  —  The AP called the race for Moran with 86 percent of precincts reporting.  Moran was ahead of Tiahrt 49 percent to 45 percent.
Discussion: The Page
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Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Snyder wins in Michigan, Moran in Kansas; Rep. Kilpatrick loses primary
Discussion: The Page
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Black Caucus head said media to blame for Rep. Waters fallout  —  The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday blamed the media for overhyping the fallout over Rep. Maxine Waters's ethics trial.  —  Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said in a statement that people should not prejudge Waters …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Issa: Rangel should lose pension if he is found guilty of ethics violations
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman:
Hey, Small Spender  —  One of the things everyone knows right now is that Obama has presided over a huge increase in government spending.  But like so many of the things everyone knows, it isn't true.  —  A few considerations to bear in mind:  —  1. You don't want dollar amounts …
Discussion: The New Republic
Justin Elliott / Salon:
ABC whacks Shales over attack on Amanpour  —  ABC is hitting back at Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales for pushing “an utterly fabricated controversy” about “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour supposedly calling on viewers to honor slain Taliban fighters.
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Romenesko
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
U.S. Finds Most Oil From Spill Poses Little Additional Risk  —  WASHINGTON — The government is expected to announce on Wednesday that three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated — and that much of the rest …
The Politico:
GOP puzzled as Steele courts ambassadors  —  “Everyone's effort has to be focused on electing Republicans right now and that means making sure we have the resources to turn out the vote,” said longtime party strategist Jim Dyke, who was a part of Steele's original circle of advisers at the outset of his RNC term.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Brett Michael Dykes / Yahoo! News:
Where's the oil?  It's oozing out of the Louisiana ground  —  A slew of media reports last week asked, “Where is the oil?” angering many along the Gulf Coast, particularly those still seeing oil all over the place.  BP, the oil giant that's been trying to stem the flow of oil from its busted …
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:
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Elena Kagan Draws Opposition From Senators Who Backed Sotomayor  —  There is no question that Elena Kagan will be easily confirmed by the Senate this week to join the U.S. Supreme Court.  But in recent days, Kagan has lost a handful of key votes from both sides of the aisle …
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
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An Immigrant's View of the ‘Immigration Problem’
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Discussion: Free exchange and Paul Krugman
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