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9:30 PM ET, August 11, 2010


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Bryan Fischer /
No more mosques, period  —  Permits should not be granted to build even one more mosque in the United States of America, let alone the monstrosity planned for Ground Zero.  This is for one simple reason: each Islamic mosque is dedicated to the overthrow of the American government.
Giant Mecca clock seeks to call time on Greenwich  —  For more than a century, a point on the top of a hill in south-east London has been recognised as the centre of world time and the official starting point of each new day.  —  But now the supremacy of Greenwich Mean Time is being challenged …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
State Department: Maybe We'll Publish Remarks of Ground Zero Mosque Opponents, Too
The Huffington Post:
Gibbs Stands By His ‘Professional Left’ Critique, Expects Liberals To Vote In 2010  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Speaking publicly for the first time since he disparaged the “professional left,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he stands by his comments, has no plans to resign …
The Note:
Jane Hamsher: Obama in ‘Trouble Across the Board’ with Liberals  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: With White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs lashing out at President Obama's liberal critics, a card-carrying member of Gibbs' “professional left” joined us on ABC/Washington Post's “Top Line” today.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs returns to press podium after battle with ‘professional left’
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Exclusive: Rand Paul's accuser clarifies “kidnapping”  —  The woman who sparked a national firestorm by recounting Rand Paul's  —  youthful indiscretions to GQ magazine is now clarifying her account: She says she was not kidnapped nor forced to do drugs by Paul.
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Why the GOP really wants to alter the 14th Amendment  —  As Lindsey Graham and his fellow Republicans explain it, their sudden turn against conferring citizenship on anyone born in the United States was prompted by the mortal threat of “anchor babies” — the children of foreigners who scurry …
Pew Hispanic Center:
Unauthorized Immigrants and Their U.S.-Born Children  —  An estimated 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the United States in 2008 were the offspring of unauthorized immigrants, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
A Primary Victory Boosts White House, for Now  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and his White House on Wednesday were savoring one of their sweetest victories of the midterm election season, as Senator Michael Bennet's triumph in the Colorado Democratic primary on Tuesday interrupted …
Discussion: The Politico and Commentary
The Huffington Post:
Michael Bennet Got Fewer Votes Than GOP Loser, Kaine Not Happy With Gibbs' Comments
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Depressed Democratic Turnout Portends Rotten November
Shawn Millerick / Now! Hampshire:
Local Democrats wish death upon Sarah Palin  —  There's only one way the tragic airplane crash in Alaska that ended the life of former-U.S. Senator Ted Stevens could have been better, according to New Hampshire Democratic activist and State Rep. candidate Keith Halloran: If Sarah Palin had been on it.
Fhardingj / CNN:
Americans split evenly on gay marriage  —  Americans are split on the issue of same-sex marriage, according to a new CNN poll.  —  (CNN) - Nearly half of all Americans think the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll.
Fhardingj / CNN:
Overwhelming majority oppose mosque near Ground Zero
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
On the Issues, Obama Finds Majority Approval Elusive  —  Scores best on race relations, education  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Barack Obama's 52% approval rating for handling race relations is the only issue among 13 tested in two recent Gallup polls for which the president receives majority-level approval.
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
Poll: Congress, Obama and Performance
Discussion: The Hill
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sen. Harry Reid doubles down on Hispanic comment  —  Harry Reid's campaign is not shying away from the Senate Majority Leader's questioning of why “anyone with Hispanic heritage could be a Republican,” instead using it to attack GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle's relationships with the Hispanic community.
The Hill:
Senate will reconvene to pass border security
Discussion: The Politico, CNN, The Swamp and TPMDC
Rasmussen Reports:
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll  —  The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president.  Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Point of No Return  —  For the Obama administration, the prospect of a nuclearized Iran is dismal to contemplate— it would create major new national-security challenges and crush the president's dream of ending nuclear proliferation.  But the view from Jerusalem is still more dire …
Neil Steinberg / Chicago Sun Times:
Former U.S. Representative Dan Rostenkowsi has died  —  Dan Rostenkowski was the most important congressman ever to represent Chicago, “Mr. Chairman” of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, confidante of presidents, pride of the Polish community and bringer of millions upon millions …
Discussion: CNN, Politics Daily, Lynn Sweet and The Hill
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The End of Retirement as We Know It  —  “I don't know if it's ever going to be realistic that everyone saves enough to spend the last third of their life on vacation.”  —  That quote is from Allison Schrager, and it's my favorite line in my newest column for the magazine.
Al-Qaeda Seeks Overthrow of Saudi Arabia Monarchy, Killing of Christians  —  Al-Qaeda urged soldiers to help topple the Saudi monarchy and kill Christians and government officials in the kingdom, said someone purporting to be a leader of the group in a recording.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:   AQAP: Overthrow Saudi Monarchy/Kill All Christians
Robert Bluey / Big Journalism:
Thoughtcrime: D.C. Reporter Suspended for Accurate Report on BP's Donations to Obama  —  WJLA-TV, a Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate, suspended reporter Doug McKelway following his alleged “partisan” comments at a liberal rally on Capitol Hill marking the three-month anniversary of the Gulf oil spill.
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
The Obsolescence of Barack Obama  —  The magic of 2008 can't be recreated, and good riddance to it.  —  Not long ago Barack Obama, for those who were spellbound by him, had the stylishness of JFK and the historic mission of FDR riding to the nation's rescue.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Nice Deb
Discussion: Firedoglake and Calculated Risk
James Dao / New York Times:
Officer Sues to Block His Discharge Under Gay Ban  —  In early 2008, just eight days before he was to deploy in support of the war in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, a decorated Air Force flight officer, was told he was under investigation on charges of sexually assaulting a civilian …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Hispanic media turn on President Obama  —  President Barack Obama has lost the most trusted man in the Hispanic media.  —  Univision's Jorge Ramos, an anchor on the nation's largest Spanish-language television network, says Obama broke his promise to produce an immigration reform bill within a year of taking office.
Paul Krugman:
The Meaning Of 2.71  —  As of right now, the 10-year bond rate is 2.71 percent.  As you can see from the chart above, this puts it back where it was in the early spring of 2009 — higher than it was during the Oh-my-God-we're-all-gonna-die period of winter 2008-2009, but lower than anything else we've seen for decades.
Discussion: Money Game
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Mosque a teachable moment?
Jeff Dunetz / Big Government:
Blame Barney Frank for the Recession, Not George Bush
Discussion: Pajamas Media and YID With LID
Nick Schulz / The Enterprise Blog:
Who's Laffing at Europe?
Fhardingj / CNN:
Obama signs bill to help U.S. manufacturing
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Hickenlooper way ahead
Discussion: Daily Kos
Laurence Kotlikoff / Bloomberg:
U.S. Is Bankrupt and We Don't Even Know: Laurence Kotlikoff
Discussion: Doug Ross
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
U.S. Trade Deficit Unexpectedly Widens to $49.9 Billion in June
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Discussion: Weigel, Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Tracy Alloway / FT Alphaville:
Hamp - it's worse than we thought
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The case for the Bush card
Mike Morris / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Crowd waiting for housing vouchers gets rowdy
Discussion: Don Surber and Michelle Malkin
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Georgia Elections News:
Handel concedes GOP nomination for governor to Deal
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Elite Isolation  —  It seems to me that this chart is the key …