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12:30 PM 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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Strongly Backs 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 …
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.
The Politico:
Obama defends Ground Zero mosque  —  President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed a controversial plan to build a mosque and Islamic center just blocks from Ground Zero in Manhattan, despite the strong objections of conservatives, the ADL and those who lost loved ones in the September 11 attacks.
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.”
Washington Post:
At Ramadan dinner, Obama defends plans for Ground Zero mosque
Discussion: Creeping Sharia
Andy McCarthy / National Review:   9/11 Families Stunned by President's Support of Mosque at Ground Zero
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama backs Manhattan mosque
Discussion: Think Progress
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Man Scrawls World's Biggest Message With GPS ‘Pen’  —  One man drove 12,238 miles across 30 states to scrawl a message that can only be viewed using Google Earth.  His big shoutout: “Read Ayn Rand.”  —  Nick Newcomen did a road trip over 30 days that covered stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
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?
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% …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Approval of Labor Unions Remains Near Record Low
Discussion: Publius Forum 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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
American Socialists Release Names of 70 Congressional Democrats in Their Ranks  —  The Socialist Party of America announced in their October 2009 newsletter that 70 Congressional democrats currently belong to their caucus.  —  This admission was recently posted on
Discussion: Wizbang and Nice Deb
Madeline Brooks / Pajamas Media:
Terror Ties: Ground Zero Imam Attended Hizb-ut Tahrir Conference  —  The Marxist-Leninist/Islamist terror group has been banned in Germany, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia.  —  In an earlier piece for Pajamas Media, I wrote about how the imam behind …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
“WAR” Breaks Out at Civil Rights Commission Meeting Re: Black Panther Case Follow-up  —  The US Commission of Civil Rights investigation of a possible Justice Department cover-up relating to the New Black Panther voter intimidation case is heating up big time.
Ed Whelan / National Review:
The Most Egregious Performance Ever by a Federal District Judge  —  Consider the totality of Judge Walker's conduct in the anti-Prop 8 case:  —  Let's start with Walker's initial case-management conference when he determined, to the surprise even of plaintiffs' lawyer Ted Olson …
Discussion: American Power
Associated Press:
Judge Doubts Gay Marriage Ban's Backers Can Appeal
Discussion: Macsmind and Firedoglake
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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
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The Huffington Post:
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