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1:30 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.
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 …
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: Theo Spark, JustOneMinute and Nice Deb
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 Big Journalism
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, Victoria Reggie Kennedy has continued the advocacy and activism they both loved.  Now she's sifting through White House job offers and fielding pleas that she run for office.  Here's her next chapter.  —  The newlyweds sailing off Cape Cod in 1992.
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN and TalkLeft
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
It's the Economy, Stupid  —  Obama plans to raise taxes anyway.  —  Barack Obama understands that it's bad economics to raise taxes in a recession.  It's “the last thing you want to do,” he said almost exactly one year ago.  —  In early August 2009, the president visited Elkhart, Indiana, to tout his $862 billion stimulus plan.
 
 
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