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4:05 AM ET, August 17, 2010

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Shlomo Shamir / Haaretz:
Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center  —  Insiders say Muslim spiritual leaders behind the controversial initiative are considering giving up on the former World Trade Center location, in a gesture of appeasement.  —  After weeks of heated debate over plans …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Reid calls for mosque to be built “someplace else”  —  UPDATE, 3:34 p.m. Why Reid's position is indefensible: Some are pointing out that Harry Reid, by citing the First Amendment and religious freedom, is reaffirming the group's right to build the project.  That's true.
Daryl Lang / History Eraser Button:
“Hallowed Ground”  —  A few photos of stuff the same distance from the World Trade Center as the “Ground Zero Mosque”:  —  What's my point?  A month ago, I wrote about my support for a group of Muslim New Yorkers—whom I consider my neighbors—and their right to put a religious building …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Harry Reid weighs in on N.Y. mosque: It ‘should be built someplace else’  —  Now that President Obama has addressed and amplified the issue, the political debate over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero is being felt far from Lower Manhattan, in political races across the country.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Park 51/Cordoba Initiative's Antisemitic Tweets
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Responding to opponent's demand, Harry Reid breaks with Obama …
Erin Einhorn / NY Daily News:
Mosque gets all the press, but area near Ground Zero full of bars …
David Weigel / Weigel:
How the Religious Right Made the Ground Zero Mosque Possible
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What Obama Meant to Say About the Mosque
Discussion: Commentary
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Reid: Forget Ground Zero — ‘The Mosque Should Be Built Some Place Else’
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
California Gay Marriage on Hold as Case Is Appealed  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has extended a stay on same-sex marriages in California until it decides whether a ban on such unions is constitutional.  —  It is just the latest turn in a protracted legal battle over Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
9th Circuit Grants Stay Pending Appeal in Prop.  8 Case  —  The Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has granted a stay pending an expedited appeal of the District Court Order which held that California Prop. 8 violated the U.S. Constitution.  The Court specifically ordered the supporters …
Associated Press:
Federal Appeals Court Blocks Same-Sex Marriage in California as Case Continues  —  A federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.  —  The decision, issued by a three-judge panel …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Ninth Circuit stays Walker's order, postpones gay marriage in California until December; Update: Prop 8 opponents won't appeal  —  Via Legal Insurrection, here's the order in its entirety. … Emphasis mine.  I'm amazed they were willing to wave away Walker's order that marriages …
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Ninth Circuit Halts California Marriages Pending Appeal
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Christie: Both sides playing politics, don't paint all Muslims as ‘radical’  —  This is from Gov. Chris Christie at a press conference earlier today, weighing in with his first words on the ground zero-area mosque — and basically saying a pox on the houses of both political parties.
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Chris Christie warns GOP on mosque  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a new national icon for the Republican Party thanks in part to his push for pension reforms, on Monday became the most prominent GOP figure to warn against “overreacting” to the threat of terror and painting “all of Islam” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Man Who Deserves To Be Viable in 2012  —  Imagine a successful two-term Republican governor with a credible small government record, a demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, skepticism about foreign wars, a longstanding determination to right America's fiscal ship …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Hit & Run
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Sees Mosque Near Ground Zero as Campaign Issue
Discussion: New York Times
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama pleads to voters: 'Don't give in to fear'  —  MILWAUKEE - Flying thousands of miles to reap millions of dollars, President Barack Obama is dashing across the country to help his party retain power, essentially offering one familiar argument: Republicans don't solve problems.
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Geoff Boucher / Hero Complex:
Ray Bradbury hates big government: ‘Our country is in need of a revolution’  —  Ray Bradbury is mad at President Obama, but it's not about the economy, the war or the plan to a construct a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City.  —  “He should be announcing that we should go back to the moon …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hit & Run
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Total destruction: GOP out to biggest generic ballot leads in history in both Gallup and Rasmussen  —  The most amazing thing about this?  When Democrats tell people that voters hate the GOP as much as they hate them, they're not blowing smoke.  That's basically true.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Sees New Lows in Job Approval  —  Weekly average of 44% and three-day average of 42% are lowest yet  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Obama's job approval rating dipped to 44% for the week of Aug. 9-15, the lowest weekly average of his administration by one percentage point.
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FiveBooks:
Traditional and Liberal Conservatism  —  Let's start with John Stuart Mill, On Liberty.  You'd think it's obvious but no one else has suggested it.  Why On Liberty?  —  I don't know that it's obvious since it's a classic text of liberalism, not conservatism.  —  Explain that to me.
Discussion: EconLog and Hit & Run
John Del Signore / Gothamist:
Bedbugs Love AMC Empire 25, Hate Republicans  —  At left, bites sustained last night during a screening of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World at AMC Empire 25 on West 42nd Street.  —  [UPDATE BELOW] After seizing the Brooklyn DA's office and the Time Warner Center last week, a new division …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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Nathan Hurst / Detroit News:
Levin hit in face with pie in Big Rapids  —  Washington — Sen. Carl Levin was hit in the face with a pie this morning at a question-and-answer session on what should've been friendly ground in Big Rapids.  —  The Democrat from Detroit was speaking to members of the Mecosta County Democratic Party …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
It Begins... Dem Congresswoman Brings In Street Thug at Town Hall Meeting to Threaten Constituents (Video)  —  SUMMER SLAM 2010...  Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) brought Bruno the Bone-Crusher with her to a town hall meeting this weekend to threaten constituents.
Alyssa Danigelis / msnbc.com:
‘Human-electric’ hybrid car goes 30 mph uphill  —  If four people are cranking, street-legal car can run on human power alone  —  Fred Flintstone could only dream of such a car.  The HumanCar Imagine PS, a four-seater vehicle that uses hand cranks, can take on hills at 30 miles per hour …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Plan Easing Rules for Travel to Cuba  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is planning to expand opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba, the latest step aimed at encouraging more contact between people in both countries, while leaving intact the decades-old embargo …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
James Kilpatrick set stage for political TV talk  —  James Kilpatrick, the conservative columnist who died Sunday at the age of 89, left a wide mark on the world of letters, but his greatest impact on the political media may well have been in television.  —  Kilpatrick, known to all as Kilpo …
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Chamber economist: Obama tax increase would be ‘bullet in the head’ of recovery  —  U.S. Chamber of Commerce economist Martin Regalia on Monday said the tax increases advocated by President Obama would essentially kill any chance for an economic rebound.  —  “That's what you're suggesting …
Discussion: Red Dog Report
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Scott Walker blasts Obama in WI gubernatorial ad  —  It's pretty easy to see what Scott Walker's campaign strategy will be in Wisconsin to win back the governor's office for the GOP — and it won't be Charlie Crist-like bandwagoning for Barack Obama.  In this new ad, Walker blasts Obama …
 
 
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