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10:05 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.
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 …
Josh Barro / National Review:
A Very Long Post on Cordoba House
Fox News:
Administration's Muddled Response on Mosque Creates New Election Year Debate
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
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.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Harvard Whores for Jihad: Harvard University Fund Sells all Israel holdings
Discussion: Israpundit
Steve Bainbridge /
Did Harvard Divest From Israel?
Discussion: Clusterstock and Israel Matzav
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.
Guy Adams / The Independent:
President goes for a swim in the Gulf - or does he?
Discussion: Right Pundits
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
FAIL: Obama's Much Heralded Swim in the Gulf Wasn't Actually in the Gulf...
Discussion: Moe Lane
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Feds clear DeLay after six years  —  The Justice Department has informed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) that the government has ended a six-year investigation of his ties to the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to DeLay's lead counsel in the matter, Richard Cullen, chairman of McGuireWoods.
Discussion: Pat Dollard, The Eye and Swampland
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.
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 …
Yahoo! News:
Gates, Petraeus clash on Afghan pull-out
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Conservative group kicks off $4.1-million election ad campaign  —  The ads decrying Washington policies will run in markets including 24 competitive congressional races.  The midterm election appears likely to be the most expensive on record.  —  Reporting from Washington —
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Swamp
Paul Kane / Washington Post:   Democrats uncertain about approach to midterms
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
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: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Rand Paul: Keep EPA out of Ky. affairs  —  Candidate considers himself a friend of coal  —  HINDMAN — Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul took harsh digs at President Barack Obama while mining for votes in Kentucky coalfields Saturday, saying busybody regulators backed by the president are stifling the coal sector.
Los Angeles Times:
Union leader calls on L.A. teachers to boycott Times  —  A.J. Duffy objects to the paper's analysis of the effectiveness of more than 6,000 elementary school teachers.  —  The Los Angeles teachers union president said Sunday he was organizing a “massive boycott” of The Times …
Illegal immigrant deported twice confessed to killing 14-year-old girl in Texas  —  HOUSTON—The family of a 14-year-old girl who was murdered last weekend showed up in court Friday.  —  Although the two suspects charged in the crime didn't physically appear in court, both were assigned attorneys.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Agence France Presse:
Afghan couple ‘stoned to death’ over love affair  —  KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — A man and woman have been stoned to death in northern Afghanistan after being accused by the Taliban of having an affair, a witness and an official said Monday.  —  The 23-year-old woman and 28-year-old man were killed because …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Issa hits Obama admin for extensive use of ‘propaganda’ …
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Boston Globe:
Accused ‘Craigslist Killer’ Philip Markoff commits suicide in Boston jail
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Final verdict postponed for Iranian woman facing stoning
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Some Democratic candidates distance themselves from Obama
Discussion: Commentary
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Ambassador Dore Gold / Washington Examiner:
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the issue of the 1967 border
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
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Discussion: Red Dog Report and Scared Monkeys
Wall Street Journal:
‘Super Angels’ Alight
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Laid-Off Chinese Bank Workers Refuse to Go Quietly
Discussion: Swampland and naked capitalism
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Time for a real debate on citizenship, Part Two
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
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Chris Matthews Winces In Pain When Guest Says Dems Could Lose Senate
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse

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