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5:50 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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Reid calls for mosque to be built “someplace else”  —  Harry Reid is breaking with the President, claiming that while he respects freedom of religion, he's not willing to support an Islamic center near Ground Zero.  —  Specifically, says Reid spokesman Jim Manley, he thinks the “mosque” should be built “some place else”:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Harry Reid weighs in on N.Y. mosque: It ‘should be built someplace else’
Discussion: The Fix, Mediaite and Weigel
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Talking to the Void  —  Mark Halperin has a highly unusual …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid breaks with Obama, opposes Ground Zero mosque
Fox News:
White House Says Politics Not a Factor in Decision to Enter Mosque Debate
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Raw Story
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
How many commentators will denounce GOP mosque strategy?
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Salon
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Laura Ingraham To Co-Founder Of Ground Zero Mosque In December 2009 …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and The Reaction
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
‘World News’ Political Insights: President Obama Adds Issue to Party's Challenge
Discussion: George's Bottom Line
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’
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Huckabee Leads 2012 Iowa Caucus Poll - Palin Finishes Fourth behind Newt  —  Believe it or not, the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is already underway in Iowa.  Potential candidates like Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich are already making frequent visits …
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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: Hit & Run
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Republican Jumble
Discussion: GOP 12
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.
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...
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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
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.
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CNN:
Gates wants to retire in 2011
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.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The fear campaign and Social Security
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dept. of propaganda  —  Rep. 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 …
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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.
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama chides McConnell: ‘Obstruct more? Is that even possible?’
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Obama mosque issue a gift for GOP
Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
James J. Kilpatrick, Conservative Voice in Print and on TV, Dies at 89
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
NY Daily News:
Bedbug City: 1 in 10 New Yorkers has grappled with bedbugs in their home
Mark Penn / The Politico:
Poll: Surprising demand for immigration reform
The Right Scoop:
Glenn Beck told there can be no prayer at his event at the Kennedy Center
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New York Post:
Grammar stickler: Starbucks booted me
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Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Harvard Confirms, They DID NOT Divest its Israel Holdings.
BBC:
Taliban ‘kill adulterous Afghan couple’ in marketplace
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Gordon Lubold / The Politico:
Stanley McChrystal to Yale