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3:55 PM ET, August 14, 2010

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Hear Washington Speak  —  We now have official Washington's response and take on the President's speech last night stating that Muslim-Americans have every right to build an Islamic center on private property near Ground Zero.  It comes in the form of Politico's ubiquitous and closely followed “Playbook” email.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Balloon Juice
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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.”
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 …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox Hosts Agree With Obama's Defense Of Mosque: ‘He Has To Stand Up For Our Constitution’  —  Reacting to President Obama's forceful defense of Muslims' rights to build a new Islamic community center near Ground Zero, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) — who believes there are “too many mosques in this country” …
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 …
Andy McCarthy / National Review:   9/11 Families Stunned by President's Support of Mosque at Ground Zero
The Politico:
Obama's comments take mosque story national
Fox News:
Obama's Support for Ground Zero Mosque Draws Fire
Discussion: New York Times and Jihad Watch
Frank Gaffney / Big Peace:
Obama's Ground Zero Mosque
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Obama defends Ground Zero mosque
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama on the Ground Zero mosque: Sounds like a plan
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
At Ramadan dinner, Obama defends plans for Ground Zero mosque
Discussion: Creeping Sharia
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama narrows mosque defense  —  Speaking to reporters today, President Obama drew a sharp line under his comments last night, insisting that his defense of the right to build a mosque does not mean he supports the project.  —  “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there.
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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Obama expands on mosque comments, said he supports ‘the right’ to build  —  Obama said that his statement on Friday didn't express support for the “wisdom” of building a mosque blocks from the 9/11 site.  —  President Obama expanded on his remarks about the mosque planned near ground zero during his trip to Florida Saturday.
Van Helsing / Moonbattery:
Attention Google Moonbats...  ...you might want to fix your autocomplete:  —  On a tip from John Lohman.  —  If you scroll further, it will say, “Obama is anti-Christ”.  —  ROFLMAO!  —  I thought it was a photoshop.  Nope.  I went to Google and typed it in...............  ROFLMAO!
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Helpful Tip for Obamaniacs: Turn Off Google's ‘Auto Complete’ Feature Before Searching For Info About Your Hero  —  By way of Moonbattery, it's time once again for “Fun with Google's ‘auto-complete’ feature.”  —  If you're a fan of the president, you might want to just turn it off:  —  That really happens.
Discussion: Say Anything
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:
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.
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% …
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
In Gulf, Obama says he's committed to full cleanup from oil spill  —  President Obama commended the Coast Guard's efforts to stop the worst oil spill in American history but said the job isn't over.  —  “I made a commitment in my visits here that I was going to stand with you not just until …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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