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9:50 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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Fox News:
Administration's Muddled Response on Mosque Creates New Election Year Debate
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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”
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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
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
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 …
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: Swampland and The Eye
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.
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: The Swamp
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:   Democrats uncertain about approach to midterms
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
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.
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
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
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 …
 
 
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Boston Globe:
Accused ‘Craigslist Killer’ Philip Markoff commits suicide in Boston jail
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CNN:
Final verdict postponed for Iranian woman facing stoning
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Guy Adams / The Independent:
President goes for a swim in the Gulf - or does he?
Discussion: Right Pundits and Weasel Zippers
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Some Democratic candidates distance themselves from Obama
Discussion: Commentary
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Cornyn predicts GOP majority will take two cycles
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
Paul / Power Line:
Time for a real debate on citizenship, Part Two
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
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Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
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Medical treatment carries possible side effect of limiting homosexuality
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