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3:45 PM 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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The Politico:
GOP takes harsher stance toward Islam  —  The harsh Republican response to President Barack Obama's defense of a mosque near ground zero marks a dramatic shift in the party's posture toward Islam — from a once active courtship of Muslim voters to a very public tolerance after Sept. 11 to an openly aired sense of mistrust.
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Obama's Clintonian speech pulls rug from under mosque supporters  —  When President Obama used the occasion of the White House Ramadan iftar dinner to announce his support for the Ground Zero mosque, some of his partisans rushed to praise what they viewed as a ringing endorsement of the controversial project.
Discussion: Red Dog Report and Theo Spark
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Sen. Cornyn on mosque near 9/11 site: ‘This is not about freedom of religion’  —  The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee believes the mosque set to be built near ground zero in New York City will be a campaign issue this fall.  —  “It demonstrates that Washington …
Jimmy So / CBS News:
GOP Pundit: Obama's Mosque Talk “Dumbest Thing”  —  Republican Strategists on “Face the Nation” Say Obama's Comments Condescending, Show Disdain Toward Americans  —  (CBS) President Barack Obama's comments supporting the right to build a mosque near Ground Zero have sharply divided the right and the left …
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:
Prominent Democrats want Kennedy's widow to run for his Senate seat  —  Nearly one year after Edward M. Kennedy's death, prominent Democrats in Washington and Massachusetts are promoting his widow as the party's best shot at winning back the Senate seat he held for nearly five decades.
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Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:   After Teddy  —  Since her senator husband's death one year ago …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
No Love From the Lefties  —  Robert Gibbs should be yanked as White House press secretary.  —  Not because of his outburst against the “professional left.”  He was right about that.  In an interview with The Hill last week, Gibbs once more proved Michael Kinsley's maxim that a gaffe is just truth slipping out.
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Collapse  —  The left is unpopular, undisciplined, and ill-tempered.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and American Glob
TBogg:
Bill Kristol Is Invited to Eat A Bag Of Salted Dicks  —  Bill Kristol, who has been spectacularly wrong about pretty much everything upon which he has ever ventured an opinion in his entire life, has decided that he is the one who must speak up for post 9/11 America which, in Kristol's eyes …
Paul Harris / Guardian:
Jobless millions signal death of the American dream for many  —  Even the criminals have fallen on hard times in America's poorest city as the long-term unemployed struggle to keep a grasp on normality  —  Richard Gaines is one of the best-known faces on Camden's Haddon Avenue.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
CNN:
Obamas take boat tour on Florida Panhandle trip  —  Panama City, Florida (CNN) — President Obama toured the waters off Panama City Beach by boat on Sunday as he capped a weekend visit aimed at sparking a recovery in the region hard-hit by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
Shari Roan / Los Angeles Times:
Medical treatment carries possible side effect of limiting homosexuality  —  A prenatal pill for congenital adrenal hyperplasia to prevent ambiguous genitalia may reduce the chance that a female with the disorder will be gay.  Critics call it engineering for sexual orientation.
 
 
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It's the Economy, Stupid
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