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8:20 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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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 …
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Religious tolerance, then and now  —  “To bigotry no sanction.”  —  “Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.”  —  Two hundred twenty years ago today, the Jews of Newport, R.I., wrote a proclamation for President George Washington on his visit to their synagogue the next day.
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
Don't give Islamic extremists another victory at Ground Zero!
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
John McCormack / Washington Post:
Ground Zero mosque: Weekly Standard editor John McCormack argues for not building it
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: Hot Air and Don Surber
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Obama has no problem disagreeing with Reid over mosque debate
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.
Jim Tankersley / Los Angeles Times:
Obama raises a quick $1 million — and some L.A. commuter ire
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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 …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Blagojevich Guilty on 1 Corruption Count; Mistrial Declared on 23 Others
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
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Rand Paul's Answer To Kentucky's Drug Epidemic: Help ‘Rich People’
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rand Paul's solution to unemployment and drugs: Rich people?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
Fine, I'll Talk About This Thing  —  Here's the deal: the odds are very, very good that the current controversy about the “Ground Zero Mosque”...  1. Won't affect any elections this year.  —  2. Certainly won't affect the presidential election in 2012.  —  3. Will be rapidly forgotten.
The Politico:
Aircraft violates AF1 airspace  —  SEATTLE — Fighter jets were scrambled to intercept an aircraft that had violated restricted airspace around Air Force One as President Barack Obama visited Seattle on Tuesday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said Tuesday.
Discussion: CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Toomey moves ahead in PA-Sen race  —  With Joe Sestak's victory in the Democratic primary and the poll bump that came with it now three months in the rear view mirror, Pat Toomey has taken a 45-36 lead in the Pennsylvania Senate race.  That's a big change from the tie PPP saw in a June survey …
CNN:
Murdered soldier's parents: Repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Editor's note: Pat and Wally Kutteles are the parents of Pfc. Barry Winchell, who was murdered 11 years ago at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  Each year the couple travel to Washington to share the story of their son's murder with members …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Steve / Sweetness & Light:
Auto Workers Chase Out UAW Executives  —  From the irony proof Communists at the World Socialist Website: … The national UAW are ‘the bosses’ now that they effectively own General Motors. … Isn't irony ironic? … The workers would rather not have work than have their wages cut.
 
 
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Gene Healy / Washington Examiner:
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