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10:00 AM ET, August 18, 2010


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Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
AUDIO - Rep. Pelosi calls for investigation of WTC mosque opposition  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, called for an investigation of those who are protesting the building of the Ground Zero Mosque on Tuesday.  She told San Francisco's KCBS radio:
Julieparise / CBS New York:
Ground Zero Mosque On The Move?  —  NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880/1010 WINS) - There was a possible resolution in the works in the debate surrounding the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center near ground zero.  —  CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer has learned it looks as if the developers …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Pelosi: Probe mosque opposition  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said she supports an investigation into groups opposing the building of a mosque near ground zero in New York.  —  Pelosi told San Francisco's KCBS radio that “there is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
Larry O'Connor /
Pelosi Calls for Investigation of Ground Zero Mosque Opposition
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Pelosi: New Yorkers should decide ‘ginned-up’ mosque issue
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The Ground Zero mosque must be built
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama undaunted by fallout from mosque remarks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Anahad O'Connor / Media Decoder:
Dr. Laura Schlessinger to End Radio Show  —  Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the conservative talk radio commentator under fire for repeatedly using a racial epithet, announced on Tuesday that she was ending her long-running radio show.  —  Dr. Schlessinger made the announcement on Tuesday night on …
Dr. Laura to end her radio show
Chicago Breaking News:
Some Blago jurors cite ‘lack of smoking gun’  —  The 12 individuals who sat in judgment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich were, by their accounts, cordial and careful in their consideration of charges against the colorful politician, coming close to convicting him on many counts …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
Christopher Weber / Politics Daily:
Rod Blagojevich Convicted on One Count; Mistrial Declared on 23 Others
Discussion: THEROOT.COM
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich guilty of one count; jury hung on 23 counts
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Tea Party Choice Scrambles in Taking On Reid  —  NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Sharron Angle leaned across a table in her campaign office here, defending her suddenly embattled campaign to defeat Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, under the gaze of a half-dozen advisers and an official videographer packed into the room.
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Page
Mitt Romney / Boston Globe:
Grow jobs and shrink government  —  IT'S NOT happening the way President Obama had planned.  Unemployment blew past his 8 percent ceiling and hasn't looked back.  Private sector investment in new jobs and capital has languished.  Even the head of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer, has resigned.
Discussion: The Hill
Quinnipiac University:
‘Insiders’ Back On Top In Florida Primaries, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Mccollum, Meek Lead, But Races Are Volatile  —  Two so-called “insiders” in Florida, Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum and Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, have come from behind to overtake so-called …
Discussion: The Fix, Ballot Box, The Eye and The Page
RGA condemns Republican's latest ad
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Our Mosque Madness  —  Maybe, for Barack Obama, it depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is.  —  When the president skittered back from his grandiose declaration at an iftar celebration at the White House Friday that Muslims enjoy freedom of religion in America and have the right …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Reid Birthright Video Found  —  Looks like Republican opposition researchers finally are getting their act together in countering the Reid campaign machine, as they unearthed video of Harry Reid forcefully arguing against birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens in 1993.
Christine Brim / Big Peace:
Ground Zero Mosque's Hidden Websites: Follow the Shariah  —  Do the math.  The 15 floors planned for the Ground Zero Mosque just don't add up.  —  What's the goal?  Maybe the Imam's goal is not simply to force a provocative “insensitivity” about 9-11 on the American public, with the help of America's elites.
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Israpundit
Thomas Sowell /
Thomas Sowell  —  Thomas Sowell was born in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem.  As with many others in his neighborhood, Thomas Sowell left home early and did not finish high school.  The next few years were difficult ones, but eventually he joined the Marine Corps and became a photographer in the Korean War.
Discussion: Power Line
John P. Martin /
U.S. ends webcam probe; no charges  —  Federal prosecutors on Tuesday closed their investigation into Lower Merion School District's secret use of software to track student laptops, saying they found no evidence that anyone intentionally committed a crime.  —  The decision, announced …
Discussion: Say Anything
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
AP Poll: Obama at new low for handling economy  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation's financial outlook as poor.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
9th Circuit finds a right to lie  —  In a major First Amendment decision Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit struck down a federal law making it a crime to falsely claim a military honor or decoration.  —  In a 2-1 ruling, the appeals court panel found that the poetically named Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional.
Jay P. Greene / Goldwater Institute:
Administrative Bloat at American Universities: The Real Reason for High Costs in Higher Education  —  Executive Summary  —  Enrollment at America's leading universities has been increasing dramatically, rising nearly 15 percent between 1993 and 2007.  But unlike almost every other growing industry …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Your fears confirmed: “up to” broadband speeds are bogus  —  Broadband providers in the US have long hawked their wares in “up to” terms.  You know—"up to" 10Mbps, where “up to” sits like a tiny pebble beside the huge font size of the raw number.  —  In reality, no one gets these speeds.
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
Let's just appreciate the great Obama presidency  —  Just how badly does President Obama want the Democrats to lose the 2010 midterm elections?  Just how much did first lady Michelle Obama relish her Spanish vacation?  —  Just how thrilled and grateful were the Gulf State residents to discover …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Given Money for Rehiring, Schools Wait and See  —  As schools handed out pink slips to teachers this spring, states made a beeline to Washington to plead for money for their ravaged education budgets.  But now that the federal government has come through with $10 billion …
Financial Times:
US matches Indian call centre costs  —  By James Lamont in New Delhi and Joe Leahy in Mumbai  —  Call centre workers are becoming as cheap to hire in the US as they are in India, according to the head of the country's largest business process outsourcing company.
Discussion: naked capitalism and FP Passport
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Hot button: GOP candidates knock global warming  —  Fueled by anti-Obama rhetoric and news articles purportedly showing scientists manipulating their own data, Republicans running for the House, Senate and governor's mansions have gotten bolder in stating their doubts over the well-established link between man …
Discussion: Think Progress, Daily Kos and TPMDC
Whatever it is, it isn't repentance  —  JOHN RENTOUL, Tony Blair's biographer, tweets mischievously that he is “having fun imagining the scenes of panic and despair at the Daily Mail” as they try to report the former prime minister's decision to donate all the money from his forthcoming memoirs …
Discussion: Guardian, Marbury and normblog
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Gun-toting soccer moms a scary thought in D.C. area, but not out west
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Rebuilding the Democratic brand with jobs
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Paul Sims / Daily Mail:
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Israeli Ex-Soldier Defends Her Facebook Snapshots
Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Rita Meyer concedes to Matthew Mead in Wyo.
Discussion: Associated Press
The Politico:
Rossi to face Murray in November
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White House searches for a villain
Fhardingj / CNN:
Gingrich went too far, says Buchanan
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
White House frustrated with gay bloggers
Discussion: Mediaite and
Ezra Klein:
Dean Baker: 'We've lost about $6 trillion in housing wealth …