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7:00 PM ET, August 16, 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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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 …
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 …
CNN:
Reid breaks with Obama, opposes mosque near Ground Zero  —  (CNN) - Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is breaking ranks with President Obama over the issue of the proposed construction of a controversial Islamic center and mosque just blocks away from Ground Zero.
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.
Josh Barro / National Review:
A Very Long Post on Cordoba House
Sun Tzu / Big Peace:
Haaretz: Muslim Leaders to Abandon Plans for Ground Zero Mosque
Discussion: Big Government
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Talking to the Void  —  Mark Halperin has a highly unusual …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Fox News:
White House Says Politics Not a Factor in Decision to Enter Mosque Debate
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Raw Story
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Laura Ingraham To Co-Founder Of Ground Zero Mosque In December 2009 …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and The Reaction
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.
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Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Harry Reid Agrees With Sarah Palin on Ground Zero Mosque
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
Reid Opposes Mosque Near Ground Zero
David Weigel / Weigel:
How the Religious Right Made the Ground Zero Mosque Possible
Discussion: The Washington Note
Ace / minx.cc:
Holy Frickin' Reagan: Best Advertorial You'll See  —  Seriously, watch it.  —  This comes from the Republican Study Committee, which is headed, if I have the information right, by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia.  —  So now you can't say the GOP isn't doing anything to advance the message.
The Politico:
DeLay ‘knew this day would come’  —  After almost six years of investigation, the Justice Department has decided not to bring corruption charges against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay over his involvement with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and other ethics issues, DeLay and his attorneys said Monday.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeLay calls Rangel ethics trial ‘unfair’
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
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Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Huckabee Leads 2012 Iowa Caucus Poll - Palin Finishes Fourth behind Newt
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Republican Jumble
Discussion: GOP 12
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: The meeting was held at Round Lake …
Discussion: YID With LID and The Right Scoop
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 …
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ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
FAIL: Obama's Much Heralded Swim in the Gulf Wasn't Actually in the Gulf...
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
ESPN:
Mich. school practices 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.  —  DEARBORN, Mich. — A Michigan high school football team is holding preseason practices in the middle of the night to help its Muslim players practice both faith and football.  —  The predominantly Muslim squad from Dearborn says the nocturnal regimen …
WIS-TV:
Alvin Greene howls and wails at reporter … Alvin Greene's mugshot from Richland County arrest  —  MANNING, SC (WIS) - In a bizarre interview at his home in Manning, South Carolina, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Alvin Green said he is not quitting the race even after his indictment on a felony charge of obscenity.
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
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
Mark Penn / The Politico:
Poll: Surprising demand for immigration reform  —  It's not news in this poll that Congress receives poor marks for its overall performance, given the state of the national economy, but what is a surprise is that solid majorities of the public and overwhelming majorities of DC elites …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama chides McConnell: ‘Obstruct more?  Is that even possible?’  —  President Obama chided the Senate's top Republican on Monday for suggesting this weekend that Republicans wish they'd done a better job blocking parts of the president's agenda.  —  The president seized on remarks …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich compares mosque to Nazis  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday compared the mosque planned to go up blocks away from ground zero in New York to Nazis protesting next to the Holocaust museum.  —  Gingrich highlighted the fact that New York Democratic Gov. David Paterson …
 
 
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