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10:10 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Power Line
Washington Post:
At Ramadan dinner, Obama defends plans for Ground Zero mosque  —  President Obama on Friday forcefully joined the national debate over construction of an Islamic complex near New York's Ground Zero, telling guests at a White House dinner marking the holy month of Ramadan that opposing the project is at odds with American values.
Discussion: Creeping Sharia
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama on the Ground Zero mosque: Sounds like a plan  —  C'mon, did anyone expect differently?  Would you have expected differently from Bush?  He's playing to a global audience so he took it as an opportunity to reiterate the “Islam vs. radical Islam” distinction.  Domestic sensitivities are secondary.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Sides with Ground Zero Mosque Builders vs. Americans
Discussion: alicublog and Firedoglake
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama backs Manhattan mosque
Discussion: Think Progress
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?
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 …
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
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% …
Quayle stands by ‘worst president in history’ critique  —  (CNN) - Arizona House candidate Ben Quayle on Friday stood by a statement in a new campaign ad that called President Obama “the worst president in history” but offered nothing more than Republican talking points to back the claim.
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.
Les Francis / FrumForum:
Why the 2010 Midterms Won't Be a Repeat of 1994  —  Having written a few days ago of my objections to the media's obsession with public opinion polls, I probably should have passed on the suggestion from my friends at FrumForum to address the topic de jour—a new CNN poll showing likely major Republican gains …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Washington Post:
Five myths about midterm elections
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Washington Post:
In weekly address, Obama returns to campaign chestnut: Warning of threat to Social Security  —  Reviving a scare tactic that Democrats have used before, President Obama said in his radio address Saturday that “some Republican leaders in Congress” want to privatize Social Security.
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.
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.
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Mixed Views on Blagojevich  —  CHICAGO — The jury is still out in the wide-ranging corruption trial of the ousted former governor, self-proclaimed political martyr and sometime Elvis impersonator Rod R. Blagojevich.  But across Chicago, there is some evidence that the court of public opinion has already rendered its verdict.
Discussion: Don Surber and TalkLeft
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
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
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Secrets Behind a Viral Web Hit-And the Huffington Post's Success  —  Everyone who makes stuff for the Web wants it to go “viral.”  But you can't just make your stuff go viral-anyone who actually found out how to do that would be very, very rich.  —  Still, there are ways to increase your chances of making stuff go viral.
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The Huffington Post:
Gibbs: Obama Still Wants To Feel Pressure From The Left
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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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