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8:40 PM ET, August 17, 2010

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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Beginning of the End of the Ground Zero Mosque  —  A column (h/t, MEMRI) in the August 16, 2010 London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid, director of Al-Arabiya TV and the paper's former editor, “A House of Worship or a Symbol of Destruction?” should mean the end of plans for a mosque near Ground Zero.
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MEMRI:
Al-Arabiya Director: The Majority of Muslims Do Not Want or Need a Mosque Near Ground Zero  —  In an August 16, 2010 column in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, Al-Arabiya TV director-general and the paper's former editor, criticized President Obama for supporting …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
NY members in swing districts coming out against mosque  —  After almost total silence from New York elected officials over the weekend after President Obama's mosque speech (in which some members were out of town, or pocket), the reactions from members in swing districts are starting to come in …
John McCormack / Washington Post:
Ground Zero mosque: Weekly Standard editor John McCormack argues for not building it
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
Don't give Islamic extremists another victory at Ground Zero!
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Chicago Breaking News:
Guilty on just 1 count, Blago taunts U.S. attorney  —  Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich leaves the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse after the verdict in his corruption trial today.  (Michael Tercha / Tribune)  —  After a federal jury convicted him of just one count — lying to the FBI …
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Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich guilty of one count; jury hung on 23 counts  —  Ex-gov: ‘This was a persecution. . . . I did not lie to the FBI’  —  The jury is finally in on Rod Blagojevich — and the verdict is decidedly undecided.  —  A federal jury of six men and six women just returned a split verdict …
ABCNEWS:
Rod Blagojevich Verdict: Jury Finds Ex-Illinois Governor Guilty on 1 Count; He Vows to Fight On  —  Could Get 5 Years in Prison; Prosecution to Try Again After Jury Hung on 23 Counts  —  Both sides vow to keep battling in court after a jury found former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty …
Discussion: Wizbang
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Blagojevich Guilty on 1 Corruption Count; Mistrial Declared on 23 Others
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama, the one-term president  —  Q: Will Barack Obama be a one-term president?  —  A: Yes, he might last that long.  —  Honest to goodness, the man just does not get it.  He might be forced to pull a Palin and resign before his first term is over.  He could go off and write his memoirs and build his presidential library.
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Ed Hornick / CNN:
Critics say Obama's message becoming ‘incoherent’  —  Washington (CNN) — President Obama's comments on a plan to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero are not only giving opponents an opportunity to attack him but also reveal a messaging problem from the White House, a communications expert said.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
President Obama OK with Harry Reid's mosque stance
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Don Surber
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
BARBRA STREISAND SKIPS DEMOCRATIC FUNDRAISER  —  Barbra Streisand and Jeffrey Katzenberg were no-shows at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser the two were to co-host Monday night at the Los Angeles home of television producer John Wells.
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Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
L.A. fuming over Obama traffic, demands investigation [Updated]  —  The massive traffic jam that resulted from President Obama's motorcade and speech Monday night in Hancock Park is prompting calls for an investigation from some residents, who say they were caught in traffic for hours.
Wall Street Journal:
A Tea Party Manifesto  —  The movement is not seeking a junior partnership with the Republican Party.  It is aiming for a hostile takeover.  —  On Feb. 9, 2009, Mary Rakovich, a recently laid-off automotive engineer, set out for a convention center in Fort Myers, Fla. with protest signs …
Discussion: Salon
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John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republican Paul leads Senate race in Kentucky
Discussion: msnbc.com
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Toomey moves ahead in PA-Sen race
The Note:
Sarah Palin: Proposed ‘Mosque’ Like a Weapon  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer reports:  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a scathing rebuke Monday night to the proposed “mosque” near Ground Zero and President Obama's comments supporting it.  —  “He just doesn't get it …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Obama 'doesn't get' mosque
Discussion: Gothamist, Wonkette and New York Times
Agence France Presse:
Israel has ‘8 days’ to hit Iran nuclear site: Bolton  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - Israel has “eight days” to launch a military strike against Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility and stop Tehran from acquiring a functioning atomic plant, a former US envoy to the UN has said.
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Associated Press:
Report: Iranian Fighter Jet Crashes Near Nuke Plant
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Elder of Ziyon
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
GOP WI Sen. candidate Ron Johnson claims ‘sunspot activity’ is the cause of extreme weather trends.  —  Yesterday, Wisconsin businessman and U.S. Senate candidate for the Republican Party Ron Johnson gave a wide-ranging interview to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
9th Circuit finds a right to lie
Discussion: National Review
JSOnline:
Sunspots are behind climate change, Johnson says
Discussion: Daily Kos and Grist
Wired:
The Web Is Dead.  Long Live the Internet  —  Sources: Cisco estimates based on CAIDA publications, Andrew Odlyzko  —  Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services — think apps — are less about the searching and more about the getting.
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Rand Paul's Answer To Kentucky's Drug Epidemic: Help ‘Rich People’  —  Last week, Kentucky Senate candidate and Tea Party darling Rand Paul (R) told the AP of his desire to cut federal funding for undercover drug investigations and drug treatment programs that are “badly needed” in his state.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rand Paul's solution to unemployment and drugs: Rich people?
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. threatens to sue Ariz. sheriff Arpaio in civil rights inquiry  —  A federal investigation of a controversial Arizona sheriff known for tough immigration enforcement has intensified in recent days, escalating the conflict between the Obama administration and officials in the border state.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Does News Corp's Donation To The Republican Governors Association Violate Its Own Company Policy?  —  Yesterday, Bloomberg News reported that News Corp., the Fox News parent company run by Rupert Murdoch, donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) in June.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Fox parent gives $1 million to RGA
Ace / minx.cc:
Top Ten Problems With Emily List's Ewok Ad  —  10. Too much boo-hoo, not enough yub-yub  —  9. Silly costumes sort of remind people that these women have to play dress up to be Mama Grizzlies, doesn't it?  —  8. One time seeing furries yiffing and scritching in a fur-pile on CSI was plenty for me
Discussion: Nice Deb
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Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
America Has Disgraced Itself  —  Conservative fury over the “ground zero” mosque shows that when it comes to the battle for freedom and religious liberty, the U.S. has thrown in the towel.  —  The president is furiously backtracking; Republicans are clawing over each other to demonize Muslims; Democrats are dead silent.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
White House frustrated with gay bloggers  —  Feeling's mutual.  —  From an account by Michael Kenny, executive director of Florida Together, of a White House meeting last week with state-based equality groups. … It's great that you're “supportive.”  But it's the same argument gay Republicans used to describe George Bush.
Discussion: Mediaite and pandagon.net
 
 
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CNN:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Steep Drop Seen in Circumcisions in U.S.
Discussion: The Awl and Gawker
Ezra Klein:
Dean Baker: 'We've lost about $6 trillion in housing wealth …
The Huffington Post:
Jared Bernstein, White House Economist, Throws Cold Water …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Narayana Kocherlatkota Gets One Very Wrong
Discussion: Free exchange and Angry Bear
Gene Healy / Washington Examiner:
‘Mosque’ debate is a red herring
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Discussion: Don Surber and Outside the Beltway