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11:15 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.
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.
Justin Elliott / Salon:
How the “ground zero mosque” fear mongering began  —  A group of progressive Muslim-Americans plans to build an Islamic community center two and a half blocks from ground zero in lower Manhattan.  They have had a mosque in the same neighborhood for many years.  There's another mosque two blocks away from the site.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Mahablog
National Review:
Obama Fumbles Mosque Question  —  'Let me be clear," Pres. Barack Obama said at Friday night's iftar dinner at the White House before making what nearly everyone took to be a deeply felt endorsement of the Ground Zero mosque. “  Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site,” was the New York Times headline.
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Justice Dept. ends 6-year investigation of Tom DeLay …
Gordon Lubold / The Politico:
Stanley McChrystal to Yale
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
John / Power Line:
Et Tu, Harvard?
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog
Steve Bainbridge /
Did Harvard Divest From Israel?
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Harvard Whores for Jihad: Harvard University Fund Sells all Israel holdings
Discussion: Israpundit
Guy Adams / The Independent:
President goes for a swim in the Gulf - or does he?  —  President Barack Obama wanted to convince America that the Gulf of Mexico remains open for business.  But perhaps he didn't want the world to catch another glimpse of his hairless chest.  —  So when he and his daughter, Sasha …
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Discussion: RedState
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.
Fred Kaplan / Foreign Policy:
The Transformer  —  Bob Gates never thought he'd be Barack Obama's defense secretary.  Now, in an exclusive interview, the most revolutionary Pentagon leader since Robert McNamara tells FP why he said yes, when he'll get out of Washington, and what legacy he hopes to leave behind.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Pentagon's Gates likely to retire in 2011
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: North Dakota House of Representatives  —  North Dakota House: Berg (R) 53%, Pomeroy (D) 44%  —  Republican challenger Rick Berg remains slightly ahead of incumbent Democratic Congressman Earl Pomeroy in the race for North Dakota's only U.S. House seat.
Discussion: Say Anything and National Review
Rasmussen Reports:
60% in Florida Favor Arizona-Like Immigration Law in Their State
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dept. of propaganda  —  Darrell Issa is out with a report this morning claiming that the Obama Administration has engaged in an unprecedented amount of illegal propaganda.  —  The charge is almost undoubtedly true: As the report drily catalogues, virtually every 20th Century administration …
Discussion: Say Anything
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Issa hits Obama admin for extensive use of ‘propaganda’ …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Riehl World View
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
Yahoo! News:
Gates, Petraeus clash on Afghan pull-out  —  US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday the July 2011 date to start withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan was set in stone, putting him at odds with his top Afghan war commander.  —  Gates and General David Petraeus were in lock-step …
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Petraeus Opposes a Rapid Pullout in Afghanistan
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Muslim lawmaker: Obama comments won't hurt Dems
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Epidemic Fears Prompt Call for Clean Water in Pakistan
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Nancy Folbre / Economix:
Why Girly Jobs Don't Pay Well
Brad / Think Progress:
Cato's Pat Michaels admits ‘40 percent’ of funding comes from big oil.
Discussion: Climate Progress
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Rates Fall as Market Fears Economic Weakness
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Large union to re-join AFL-CIO coalition
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Another Round in Same-Sex Marriage Case
Discussion: Law Blog and The Page
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Agence France Presse:
Afghan couple ‘stoned to death’ over love affair
Illegal immigrant deported twice confessed to killing 14-year-old girl in Texas
Discussion: Right Wing News
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats uncertain about approach to midterms
Discussion: National Review
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Some Democratic candidates distance themselves from Obama
Discussion: Commentary
Los Angeles Times:
Union leader calls on L.A. teachers to boycott Times
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Laid-Off Chinese Bank Workers Refuse to Go Quietly
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Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

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