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3:55 AM ET, August 14, 2010


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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
At Ramadan Iftar dinner, Obama supports new mosque on private property near Ground Zero  —  Text of President Obama's remarks at the White House Iftar dinner on Ramadan  —  Good evening.  Welcome to the White House.  To you, to Muslim Americans across our country, and to more than one …
Associated Press:
Obama Comes Out in Favor of Allowing Mosque Near Ground Zero  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed building a mosque near ground zero, saying the country's founding principles demanded no less.  —  “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Defends Plan for Mosque Near Ground Zero  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama defended the plan to build a mosque near the site of the 2001 terror attacks in New York, telling Muslim guests at a Ramadan dinner at the White House that the nation's commitment to freedom of religion “must be unshakable.”
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama defends “Ground Zero mosque”  —  (updated below)  —  This is one of the most impressive and commendable things Obama has done since being inaugurated: … What makes this particularly commendable is there is virtually no political gain to be had from doing it, and substantial political risk.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Strongly Endorses Islam Center Near 9/11 Site  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama delivered a strong defense on Friday night of a proposed Muslim community center and mosque near ground zero in Manhattan, using a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan to proclaim that “as a citizen …
Discussion: The New Republic
Obama defends plans for mosque near ground zero  —  Ramadan dinner speech: ‘Muslims have the right to practice their religion as anyone else’  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed plans for a Muslim mosque two blocks from ground zero in New York City, declaring that …
Ed Driscoll / Pajamas Media:
‘Obama Defends Ground Zero Mosque Plans’  —  Two words.  Unforced error: … The White House was much better off declaring the Cordoba House a local issue.  By wading into this, if conservatives weren't already fired up, ready to go (to coin a phrase) this November, they will be now after reading this.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Obama on the Ground Zero mosque: Sounds like a plan
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Sides With Ground Zero Mosque Builders vs. Americans
Discussion: alicublog and Pajamas Media
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Obama stands up for Ground Zero mosque
Discussion: Power Line
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama backs Manhattan mosque
Discussion: Think Progress
Los Angeles Times:
Obama supports plan for mosque near ground zero
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Charles Krauthammer: A Mosque in Lower Manhattan Like a Wagner Concert at Auschwitz
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Conservative Bloggers Select The 25 Worst Figures In American History  —  Out of all the gangsters, serial killers, mass murderers, incompetent & crooked politicians, spies, traitors, and ultra left-wing kooks in all of American history — have you ever wondered who the worst of the worst was?
Associated Press:
Judge Doubts Gay Marriage Ban's Backers Can Appeal  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure's sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday …
Ed Whelan / National Review:   The Most Egregious Performance Ever by a Federal District Judge
Associated Press:
Federal appeals court in NY rules against ACORN
Discussion: Macsmind
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: Prop. 8 case, less than anticipated?
Discussion: The BLT, Law Blog and The New Republic
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
WaPo Columnist Ruth Marcus Calls Left, Blogosphere ‘Deranged’  —  During an appearance on Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie's Daily Rundown, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus may have one-upped Robert Gibbs' “Professional Left” comments.  Having already written a column agreeing with Gibbs …
Discussion: PostPartisan and Red Dog Report
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN Poll: Who's on top in hunt for 2012 GOP nomination?  —  Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul (left to right) top a list of potential 2012 GOP contenders, according to a new CNN poll.  (PHOTO CREDITS: Getty Images)  —  Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) …
Les Francis / FrumForum:
Why the 2010 Midterms Won't Be a Repeat of 1994
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Washington Post:
Five myths about midterm elections
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Longshot US Senate candidate from SC indicted  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Longshot U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene was indicted Friday on two charges, including a felony charge of showing pornography to a South Carolina college student.  —  A Richland County grand jury indicted Green for disseminating …
Tom Scott / Tom Scott's updates:
CONTENTS NOT VERIFIED  —  It seems a bit strange to me that the media carefully warn about and label any content that involves sex, violence or strong language — but there's no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism and other questionable content.  —  I figured it was time to fix that, so I made some stickers.
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Tea Party groups out against net neutrality  —  Tea Party groups are staking out an anti-regulatory position in the fight over net neutrality rules for phone and cable companies.  —  A coalition that included 35 Tea Party groups sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) …
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
The Tea Party Hates Net Neutrality Because It's An ‘Affront’ …
Discussion: Digital Society and Balloon Juice
New Video Game Will Let You Play as the Taliban  —  It's a standard feature of World War II-themed video games like Electronic Arts' best-selling “Medal of Honor” series: In multiplayer sessions, while some players take the roles of Allied troops, the other half wind up playing as soldiers of the Third Reich.
The Huffington Post:
Pat Tillman's Father To Army Investigator: ‘F— You... And Yours’ (EXCLUSIVE)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  There always was a dark cinematic thread to the story of Pat Tillman: the football star imbued with post-9/11 patriotism who was killed in a friendly-fire incident in the Afghan mountains …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Defying Others, Germany Finds Economic Success  —  BERLIN — Germany has sparred with its European partners over how to respond to the financial crisis, argued with the United States over the benefits of stimulus versus austerity, and defiantly pursued its own vision of how to keep its economy strong.
Quayle stands by ‘worst president in history’ critique  —  Arizona House candidate Ben Quayle stood by his latest campaign ad on Friday.  —  Editor's Note: Watch John King USA on CNN at 7 p.m. ET  —  (CNN) - Arizona House candidate Ben Quayle on Friday stood by a statement in a new campaign ad …
Discussion: Blue Wave News
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
In U.S., Confidence in Newspapers, TV News Remains a Rarity  —  No more than 25% say they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in either  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans continue to express near-record-low confidence in newspapers and television news — with no more than 25% …
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
American Socialists Release Names of 70 Congressional Democrats in Their Ranks
Discussion: The Jawa Report, Nice Deb and Wizbang
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Who's the radical?  —  By this point, you've no doubt heard …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Denial: Brooklyn Muslims Deny Knowing AlQaeda's New Terrorist Leader …
Oshrat Carmiel / Bloomberg:
Manhattan Luxury Condos Try FHA Backing in ‘Game Changer’
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
Louisiana Senate race turns ugly
Discussion: CNN
The Huffington Post:
Gibbs: Obama Still Wants To Feel Pressure From The Left
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yes, Reid tried to end birthright citizenship — but he apologized profusely for it
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama's housing reform panel angers affordable-housing advocates
Fhardingj / CNN:
U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearing erupts into shouting
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Political Carnival
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
M-D Poll: Crist approval drops to 44%
Discussion: Hot Air, FrumForum and GOP 12
Byron York / Associated Press:
For Michelle Obama, extravagance dents popularity
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Althouse