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8:35 AM ET, August 15, 2010

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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Legitimate Questions for the President … Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people?  Please tell us your position.  We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they?  And, no, this is not above your pay grade.
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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.
The Politico:
Mosque controversy swirls around Obama  —  The White House on Saturday struggled to tamp down the controversy over President Barack Obama's statements about a mosque near Ground Zero — insisting Obama wasn't backing off remarks Friday night where he offered support for a project that has infuriated …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
3 Republicans Criticize Obama's Endorsement of Mosque  —  WASHINGTON — Three leading Republicans reacted negatively to President Obama's statements in favor of a mosque and Muslim community center whose construction has been proposed for a building near the site formerly occupied by the World Trade Center.
CNN:
Crist backs Obama on controversial Islamic center  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist backed President Obama Saturday, saying the President's statement on a plan to build a controversial Islamic center and mosque near ground zero was correct.  —  Panama City, Florida (CNN) - In a boost …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Political Memo: Obama Says Mosque Remarks Were Not Endorsement  —  PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Faced with withering Republican criticism of his defense of the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque near ground zero, President Obama quickly recalibrated his remarks on Saturday …
Matt Duss / Think Progress:
CNN Contributor Erickson Compares Building of Mosque To ‘Human Sacrifice’
Discussion: The Daily Whim and Guardian
John / Power Line:
An Awful President, A Worse Theologian
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama Strongly Supports Construction of Islamic Center Near Ground Zero
Andy McCarthy / National Review:
9/11 Families Stunned by President's Support of Mosque at Ground Zero
Discussion: The Mahablog and neo-neocon
Mike Allen / The Politico:
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? …
Discussion: USA Today
New York Times:
Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents  —  WASHINGTON — At first, the news from Yemen on May 25 sounded like a modest victory in the campaign against terrorists: an airstrike had hit a group suspected of being operatives for Al Qaeda in the remote desert of Marib Province, birthplace of the legendary queen of Sheba.
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’ …
Discussion: Doug Ross and Say Anything
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
This Time, Voter Anger Is No Surprise to Democrats  —  NEVADA, Mo. — A year ago, dozens of protesters gathered outside the district office of Representative Ike Skelton, a Democrat who has represented a wide stretch of western Missouri since 1976.  The anger they directed at health care legislation …
Steven Shepard / Hotline On Call:
Greene Collapse, Meek Surge Hurt Crist  —  Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) has turned around his primary campaign against developer Jeff Greene, and that's bad news for Gov. Charlie Crist's (I) chances in the general election, according to a new poll released late today.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Buzz
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Collapse  —  The left is unpopular, undisciplined, and ill-tempered.  —  The left has collapsed.  —  Its political support has collapsed.  Public opinion polls point to a historic repudiation of the president and the Democratic party this fall—something on the order of a 60-seat Republican gain in the House.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Burton: Not Obama's role to ‘pass judgment’  —  White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton tells Mike Allen that Obama never meant more, or less, than an abstract defense of religious freedom against government intervention:  —  Just to be clear, the president is not backing off in any way from the comments he made last night.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Swampland
 
 
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Nate Chinen / New York Times:
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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
In Gulf, Obama says he's committed to full cleanup from oil spill
Discussion: The Politico and Gawker
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
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Discussion: Red Dog Report and Say Anything
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Fire and Imagination  —  The Obama administration seems to be feeling sorry for itself.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org