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10:40 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 …
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.
Josh Barro / National Review:
A Very Long Post on Cordoba House
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?
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Harvard Whores for Jihad: Harvard University Fund Sells all Israel holdings
Discussion: Israpundit
Steve Bainbridge /
Did Harvard Divest From Israel?
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 …
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.
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
FAIL: Obama's Much Heralded Swim in the Gulf Wasn't Actually in the Gulf...
Discussion: RedState
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.
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.
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats uncertain about approach to midterms  —  The Democrats passed the stimulus package.  They passed health-care and Wall Street overhauls and revamped the financing system for higher education.  Their other main priorities, on immigration and energy, appear to be headed nowhere.
Discussion: National Review
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Conservative group kicks off $4.1-million election ad campaign
Discussion: The Swamp
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
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
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
60% in Florida Favor Arizona-Like Immigration Law in Their State  —  Most voters in Florida support an immigration law like the one recently passed in Arizona in their state.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 60% of Likely Voters in the state favor a similar immigration law in Florida …
Discussion: HotAirPundit and Hot Air
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
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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
Gordon Lubold / The Politico:
Stanley McChrystal to Yale
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Agence France Presse:
Afghan couple ‘stoned to death’ over love affair
New York Times:
Hulu Is Said to Be Ready for an I.P.O.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mike Huckabee, Iowa frontrunner?
Boston Globe:
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Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Final verdict postponed for Iranian woman facing stoning
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Obama hits new low in Gallup's daily tracking poll
Discussion: Red Dog Report and Scared Monkeys
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