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9:10 AM ET, August 16, 2010

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New York Post:
Terror group's leader: ‘Have to build it’  —  By S.A. MILLER in Washington and TOM TOPOUSIS in New York  —  A leader of the Hamas terror group yesterday jumped into the emotional debate on the plan to construct a mosque near Ground Zero — insisting Muslims “have to build” it there.
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Mark Halperin / Time:
Why Republicans Must Avoid a ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Battle  —  From left: J. Scott Applewhite / AP; Mike Segar / Reuters  —  Dear Republican Party:  —  Your moment is now.  —  This weekend, President Obama defended the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque two short blocks …
Fox News:
Administration's Muddled Response on Mosque Creates New Election Year Debate
NY Daily News:
It's an emotional issue, but blocking the Ground Zero mosque …
Jimmy So / CBS News:
GOP Pundit: Obama's Mosque Talk “Dumbest Thing”
Discussion: THEROOT.COM
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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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Harvard Whores for Jihad: Harvard University Fund Sells all Israel holdings  —  Look at how far we have sunk.  America's once leading institution for higher learning pimps for jihad.  We knew that these institutions like Harvard, Georgetown, etc., would unashamedly dance on demand …
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.
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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Yahoo! News:
Gates, Petraeus clash on Afghan pull-out
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Gen. David Petraeus says Afghanistan war strategy ‘fundamentally sound’
Discussion: The Hill and Politics Daily
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Petraeus downplays July 2011 timeline
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: Clusterstock and Philly.com
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Islam in Two Americas  —  There's an America where it doesn't matter what language you speak, what god you worship, or how deep your New World roots run.  An America where allegiance to the Constitution trumps ethnic differences, language barriers and religious divides.
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
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Obama hits new low in Gallup's daily tracking poll  —  Obama approval sinks to 42 percent in Gallup's daily tracking poll.  And this didn't get much play, but earlier in the week Gallup surveyed Americans on how the president was handling a slew of issues.  The only issue where Obama …
Discussion: Red Dog Report and Scared Monkeys
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: Swampland and naked capitalism
The Politico:
Obama helps governors to help himself  —  President Barack Obama will do more in two days this week for his party's candidates for governor than he has done all year, wrapping his arm around several of the most highly touted gubernatorial hopefuls on the ballot in 2010.
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Some Democratic candidates distance themselves from Obama
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Los Angeles Times:
Union leader calls on L.A. teachers to boycott Times
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Cornyn predicts GOP majority will take two cycles
Discussion: Red Dog Report
Ambassador Dore Gold / Washington Examiner:
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the issue of the 1967 border
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
Wall Street Journal:
‘Super Angels’ Alight
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Conservative group kicks off $4.1-million election ad campaign
Discussion: The Swamp
Paul / Power Line:
Time for a real debate on citizenship, Part Two
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Angels in America
Discussion: Mediaite and Time
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Frank To Liberals: Only Target Conservative Dems In Safe Districts
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and RedState
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews Winces In Pain When Guest Says Dems Could Lose Senate
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
CNN:
Obamas take boat tour on Florida Panhandle trip
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and New York Times
Shari Roan / Los Angeles Times:
Medical treatment carries possible side effect of limiting homosexuality
Discussion: Raw Story and Advocate
 

 
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A group of top journalists, including from CNN, BBC, and CBS, sign an open letter asking Israel and Egypt to provide foreign media “unfettered access” to Gaza

 
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