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12:45 AM ET, August 12, 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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Alan Grayson wants Gibbs fired, calls him ‘Bozo the Spokesman’
The Note:
Jane Hamsher: Obama in ‘Trouble Across the Board’ with Liberals
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs returns to press podium after battle with ‘professional left’
The White House:
Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan  —  On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I want to extend our best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world.  Ramadan Kareem.  —  Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world reflect upon the wisdom and guidance …
David Gibson / Politics Daily:
At Ramadan, Obama Hails Islam As ‘Part Of America’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Mosque a teachable moment?
Fhardingj / CNN:
Overwhelming majority oppose mosque near Ground Zero
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Congressman Rangel's Party a Display of Defiance  —  It was a dramatic but fitting start to an evening that brimmed with political defiance.  About 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, as guests began strolling into the Plaza Hotel to celebrate Representative Charles B. Rangel's 80th birthday …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Deficit in July Totals $165.04 Billion  —  The U.S. government spent itself deeper into the red last month, paying nearly $20 billion in interest on debt and an additional $9.8 billion to help unemployed Americans.  —  Federal spending eclipsed revenue for the 22nd straight time, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Organizers of Muslim Center Underestimated Its Opponents  —  Joy Levitt, executive director of the Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, remembers her first conversation with Daisy Khan around 2005, years before Ms. Khan's idea for a Muslim community center …
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.
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Barack Obama ‘may be prepared to meet Iranian president’  —  Barack Obama's national security adviser, Gen James Jones, has indicated the President may be prepared to meet Mahmoud Ahmadinejad if the regime resumed negotiations over its nuclear programme.  —  The retired general also indicated …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
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: Lynn Sweet, Politics Daily and The Hill
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
57% of Likely Voters Describe Democratic Congressional Agenda As Extreme
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
FT Alphaville:
Guest post: El-Erian on violent market moves  —  Why such a sharp sell-off in equities on Wednesday, together with a further rally in US government bonds?  I suspect that three US-related drivers are part of the answer - one is obvious, and two, less so.  —  Tuesday's FOMC statement confirmed …
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Money Game
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Waiting in the Wings to Be Chief G.O.P. Dealmaker  —  WASHINGTON — As lawmakers head home this week for what remains of summer, one question transfixes Washington: Will Democrats lose control of the House and possibly even the Senate in November, or will they hang on to fragile majorities?
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Yes, Google Is a Little Bit Evil  —  So what's the story on the Google/Verizon proposal that would allow carriers to offer high-speed networks to favored customers at a higher price than standard internet access?  Would it spell the end of net neutrality?  —  There are two parts of the proposal.
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: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
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.
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New York Times:
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
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