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1:55 AM ET, August 18, 2010

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Julieparise / CBS New York:
Ground Zero Mosque On The Move?  —  NEW YORK (CBS 2) - There was a possible resolution in the works Tuesday night 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 of the mosque …
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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:
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.
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.
Romesh Ratnesar / Time:
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Park51 Not a Triumph of Radical Islam  —  The site of the planned mosque and cultural center, located near New York City's Ground Zero  —  Should Muslims be allowed to build a mosque at Ground Zero?  Merely posing the question is an act of deliberate distortion.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NewsBusters.org
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
Fine, I'll Talk About This Thing
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New York Times:
Blagojevich, Guilty on 1 of 24 Counts, Faces Retrial  —  CHICAGO — Prosecutors here had once said that the conduct of Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, was so despicable it would make Abraham Lincoln “roll over in his grave,” but 12 jurors in the federal corruption case against him were apparently not all so certain.
Chicago Breaking News:
Many Blagojevich jurors disappointed
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich guilty of one count; jury hung on 23 counts
ABCNEWS:
Rod Blagojevich Verdict: Jury Finds Ex-Illinois Governor Guilty …
Discussion: The Last Tradition and Wizbang
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 and Moe Lane
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The Note:
Sarah Palin: Proposed ‘Mosque’ Like a Weapon
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.
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Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
America Has Disgraced Itself
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republican Paul leads Senate race in Kentucky  —  (Reuters) - Republican Rand Paul, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, has a narrow lead among likely voters in a Senate race in Kentucky, where economic worries top voters' concerns, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday said.
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Wall Street Journal:
A Tea Party Manifesto
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Rand Paul's Answer To Kentucky's Drug Epidemic: Help ‘Rich People’
CNN:
RGA condemns Republican's latest ad  —  Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott is out with a new ad Tuesday that has been condemned by the Republican Governors Association.  —  (CNN) - Florida's Republican gubernatorial primary keeps getting hotter.
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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.
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.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and National Review
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.
Shirley Sherrod / NAACP:
YOU AND I CAN'T YIELD—NOT NOW, NOT EVER  —  Back in March, I delivered a speech to an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet in my home state of Georgia.  I drew on my personal life story to urge poor people, white and black, to pull together and overcome racial divisions.
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.
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.
Fhardingj / CNN:
Gingrich went too far, says Buchanan  —  Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, is being criticized by conservative stalwart Pat Buchanan.  —  (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's latest comments regarding the controversial Islamic center near the site …
Reuters:
Justice Dept. cuts losses with DeLay  —  DeLay complained over the slow pace of the DOJ investigation into his dealings with Abramoff, a once close political ally whose downfall in 2004 helped destroy DeLay's political career.  DeLay resigned in June 2006 following two years of negative stories …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Advocate
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.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
DC EXCLUSIVE: Palin supports Angle and will ‘actively help’ her in Nevada  —  The Daily Caller has learned that Sharron Angle has former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's endorsement.  —  Palin's brother, Chuck Heath, told The Daily Caller that his sister plans to “actively help” Angle and …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Giannoulias has a small lead  —  In a race pitting two of the weakest Senate candidates in the country Alexi Giannoulias continues to hold a small lead over Mark Kirk, 37-35, with Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones pulling 9%.  Voters in the heavily Democratic state it seems would narrowly prefer …
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
White House searches for a villain  —  As far as politics go, President Barack Obama and John Boehner have virtually nothing in common.  And that makes him a perfect Republican for the White House to vilify.  —  The president and the House Republican minority leader don't agree …
Discussion: Red Dog Report
Ezra Klein:
Dean Baker: 'We've lost about $6 trillion in housing wealth, and I expect we will lose more.'  —  When I looked over the invitees to the Treasury Department's forum on housing policy today, I noticed one of the names that wasn't there: The Center for Economic and Policy Research's director, Dean Baker.
 
 
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