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2:30 PM ET, August 16, 2010

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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 …
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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.
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.
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.
Scott Keyes / Think Progress:
King Panders To Town Hall Bigots: Obama's ‘A Marxist’ …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
‘World News’ Political Insights: President Obama Adds Issue to Party's Challenge
Discussion: George's Bottom Line
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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The Politico:
Obama helps governors to help himself
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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Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
PJM Exclusive: Congressional Report Blasts the Propaganda Presidency …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
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.
BBC:
Taliban ‘kill adulterous Afghan couple’ in marketplace  —  A man and a woman who allegedly had an adulterous affair have been stoned and killed in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz.  —  The punishment happened in a crowded bazaar on Sunday in the Taliban-controlled village of Mullah Quli.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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Amir Shah / Associated Press:
Taliban stone couple for adultery in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Harvard Confirms, They DID NOT Divest its Israel Holdings.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Gordon Lubold / The Politico:
Stanley McChrystal to Yale  —  Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was forced to retire in July after an embarrassing Rolling Stone article quoted him and his staff making disparaging remarks about top White House officials, is taking a job at Yale, POLITICO has learned.
James Pethokoukis / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Bad Bets  —  “Recovery Summer” goes bust  —  Declaring a “Recovery Summer” victory tour at the start of June must have looked like a pretty safe wager for the Obama administration.  The economy seemed to have shifted firmly into gear during the spring.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: North Dakota House of Representatives  —  North Dakota House: Berg (R) 53%, Pomeroy (D) 44%  —  Republican challenger Rick Berg remains slightly ahead of incumbent Democratic Congressman Earl Pomeroy in the race for North Dakota's only U.S. House seat.
Discussion: Ballot Box, Say Anything and AmSpecBlog
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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Jihad Watch
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 …
Anita Kumar / Virginia Politics Blog:
McDonnell, Bolling headline fundraiser for Florida's Marco Rubio  —  Virginia's top two Republicans, Gov. Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, will headline a fundraiser next month for Marco Rubio of Florida, a conservative who is challenging his state's sitting governor for a U.S. Senate seat.
Discussion: The Buzz
CNN:
Poll shows economy will be key to midterms  —  The economy is the most important issue on the minds of voters, according to a new CNN poll.  —  (CNN) - Heading into this year's midterm elections, the economy remains the most important problem on the minds of Americans, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, TPMDC and GOP 12
 
 
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Robert Naiman / The Huffington Post:
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NY Daily News:
Ground Zero mosque debate is about common sense, sensitivity …
Discussion: Don Surber
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