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5:20 AM ET, August 16, 2010

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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 …
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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  —  Look at how far we have sunk.  America's once leading institution for higher learning pimps for jihad.  We knew that these institutions like Harvard, Georgetown, etc., would unashamedly dance on demand …
Fox News:
Administration's Muddled Response on Mosque Creates New Election Year Debate  —  President Obama's seemingly conflicting responses over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero demonstrate another example of the tone-deaf nature of the White House, politicians on both sides of the aisle …
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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”
Discussion: THEROOT.COM
TBogg:
Bill Kristol Is Invited to Eat A Bag Of Salted Dicks  —  Bill Kristol, who has been spectacularly wrong about pretty much everything upon which he has ever ventured an opinion in his entire life, has decided that he is the one who must speak up for post 9/11 America which, in Kristol's eyes …
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: Crooks and Liars
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: Philly.com
David Barboza / New York Times:
China Passes Japan as Second-Largest Economy  —  SHANGHAI — After three decades of spectacular growth, China passed Japan in the second quarter to become the world's second-largest economy behind the United States, according to government figures released early Monday.
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Paul / Power Line:
Time for a real debate on citizenship, Part Two  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham's call for a revisiting of “birthright citizenship” has received mixed reviews from conservatives.  Some dismiss the idea out of hand.  But others, including John, think it warrants real debate.  —  I agree with John.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
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
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: naked capitalism
Wall Street Journal:
‘Super Angels’ Alight  —  No Longer Flying Solo, Big Investors Attract Others to Juice Start-Ups  —  Much of the venture-capital industry is undergoing a shakeout.  But a growing breed of start-up investors dubbed “super angels” is rapidly raising new money—and ratcheting up competition …
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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Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
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