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12:30 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 …
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 …
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Fox News:
Administration's Muddled Response on Mosque Creates New Election Year Debate  —  President Obama's seemingly conflicting responses over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero demonstrate another example of the tone-deaf nature of the White House, politicians on both sides of the aisle …
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
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 …
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.
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: Think Progress and 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
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
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
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.
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.
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Free Parking Comes at a Price  —  IN our society, cars receive considerable attention and study — whether the subject is buying and selling them, the traffic congestion they cause or the dangerous things we do in them, like texting and talking on cellphones while driving.
 
 
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