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1:25 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 …
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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.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
No, Mr. President  —  Penetrating commentary on President Obama's remarks last night on Islam, 9/11, and Ground Zero is already available.  —  The lawyers at Powerline dissect Obama's high-flown rhetoric: “a classic of brain-dead multiculturalism,” “the ultimate destination of multiculturalism is platitudinous stupidity.”
Andy McCarthy / National Review:
9/11 Families Stunned by President's Support of Mosque at Ground Zero  —  Here's the statement issued by Debra Burlingame, the co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America:  —  Barack Obama has abandoned America at the place where America's heart was broken nine years ago …
Fox News:
Obama's Support for Ground Zero Mosque Draws Fire  —  President Obama is under fire after jumping into the middle of a cultural clash Friday night in favor of building a mosque near ground zero, a stance that has elevated the contentious issue to the presidential level ahead of a difficult election season for Democrats.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?  Obama strongly backs ‘Ground Zero’ mosque - Michael Gerson agrees - GOP aide: ‘will drive Middle America crazy’ - W.H. official: ‘inconvenient,’ but Obama wouldn't duck it  —  E-MAIL FROM AUTUMN: The beautiful and perfect Allie Ross Thomas was born at Sibley Hospital yesterday …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Obama defends Ground Zero mosque
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
Washington Post:
At Ramadan dinner, Obama defends plans for Ground Zero mosque
Discussion: Creeping Sharia
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.
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 Scribd.com:
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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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Approval of Labor Unions Remains Near Record Low
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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 …
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 …
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.
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?
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