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2:50 AM ET, August 16, 2010

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Hillel Koren / Globes Online:
Harvard University fund sells all Israel holdings  —  No reason for the sale was mentioned in the report to the SEC.  —  In another blow to Israeli shares, the Harvard Management Company notified the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday that it had sold all its holdings …
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John / Power Line:
Et Tu, Harvard?  —  On Friday, Harvard University reported in an SEC filing that it has sold all of the shares it owned in Israeli companies.  The total wasn't large, by Harvard's standards, around $39 million, and the university didn't offer an explanation.
NY Daily News:
It's an emotional issue, but blocking the Ground Zero mosque is just what the terrorists want  —  As I stood at the planned site of the mosque near Ground Zero Saturday morning, I remembered nights laughing at a big round table in Zinno's restaurant, a newspaper guy with five friends from the Fire Department …
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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 …
Fox News:
Administration's Muddled Response on Mosque Creates New Election Year Debate
Jimmy So / CBS News:
GOP Pundit: Obama's Mosque Talk “Dumbest Thing”
Discussion: THEROOT.COM
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 …
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The Politico:
GOP takes harsher stance toward Islam
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Attacking Social Security  —  Social Security turned 75 last week.  It should have been a joyous occasion, a time to celebrate a program that has brought dignity and decency to the lives of older Americans.  —  But the program is under attack, with some Democrats as well as nearly all Republicans joining the assault.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
David Barboza / New York Times:
China Passes Japan as Second-Largest Economy  —  SHANGHAI — After three decades of spectacular growth, China passed Japan in the second quarter to become the world's second-largest economy behind the United States, according to government figures released early Monday.
Mark Whitehouse / Wall Street Journal:
Boomers Threaten Economy  —  America's baby boomers—those born between 1946 and 1964—face a problem that could weigh on the economy for years to come: The longer it takes for the economy to recover, the less money they'll have to spend in retirement.  —  Policy makers have long worried …
Discussion: Philly.com
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews Winces In Pain When Guest Says Dems Could Lose Senate  —  Chris Matthews this weekend winced in pain when a guest on his syndicated program said it's actually more likely the Democrats will lose the Senate than the House in the upcoming midterm elections.
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Paul / Power Line:
Time for a real debate on citizenship, Part Two  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham's call for a revisiting of “birthright citizenship” has received mixed reviews from conservatives.  Some dismiss the idea out of hand.  But others, including John, think it warrants real debate.  —  I agree with John.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Laid-Off Chinese Bank Workers Refuse to Go Quietly  —  BEIJING — These are heady days for China's state-controlled banks.  Last month, the Agricultural Bank of China made its stock market debut, bringing in $22 billion for the largest public offering ever.
Discussion: naked capitalism
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Petraeus Opposes a Rapid Pullout in Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of American and NATO forces, began a campaign on Sunday to convince an increasingly skeptical public that the American-led coalition can still succeed here despite months of setbacks …
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Fox News:   Petraeus: No Guarantee of Afghanistan Drawdown in July 2011
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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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Angels in America
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Frank To Liberals: Only Target Conservative Dems In Safe Districts
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CNN:
Obamas take boat tour on Florida Panhandle trip
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