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9:50 AM ET, August 17, 2010

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Shlomo Shamir / Haaretz:
Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center  —  Insiders say Muslim spiritual leaders behind the controversial initiative are considering giving up on the former World Trade Center location, in a gesture of appeasement.  —  After weeks of heated debate over plans …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A CNN anchor expresses the crux of “mosque” opposition  —  CNN anchor Don Lemon hosted a “debate” this weekend over the Park 51 Community Center in Lower Manhattan (misleadingly described everywhere as the “Ground Zero mosque") in which Lemon dropped his mask of journalistic objectivity completely and …
Discussion: TalkLeft and National Review
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Chris Christie warns GOP on mosque  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a new national icon for the Republican Party thanks in part to his push for pension reforms, on Monday became the most prominent GOP figure to warn against “overreacting” to the threat of terror and painting “all of Islam” …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Reid calls for mosque to be built “someplace else”  —  UPDATE, 3:34 p.m. Why Reid's position is indefensible: Some are pointing out that Harry Reid, by citing the First Amendment and religious freedom, is reaffirming the group's right to build the project.  That's true.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Arguing About the Mosque  —  Dan Drezner fully supports the construction of Cordoba House (i.e., the “Ground Zero” mosque) but says there's one argument against the mosque's opponents that he's tired of: … I think this is right, but too narrow.  I agree that the Cordoba House controversy …
Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Democrats: We were blindsided by President Obama's Ground Zero mosque comments
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Metropolis
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What Obama Meant to Say About the Mosque
Discussion: Don Surber and Commentary
Justin Elliott / Salon:
How the “ground zero mosque” fear mongering began
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Harry Reid weighs in on N.Y. mosque: It ‘should be built someplace else’
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Court Extends Stay on Allowing Gay Marriage  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has extended a stay on same-sex marriages in California until it decides whether a ban on such unions is constitutional.  —  It is just the latest turn in a protracted legal battle over Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
9th Circuit Grants Stay Pending Appeal in Prop. 8 Case
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Ninth Circuit stays Walker's order, postpones gay marriage …
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Federal panel puts same-sex marriage on hold as appeal of Prop …
Jim Tankersley / Los Angeles Times:
Obama raises a quick $1 million — and some L.A. commuter ire  —  During his trip west, the president also pitches his efforts to create clean-energy jobs.  —  President Obama leaves Air Force One upon his arrival at Los Angeles International Airport.  (Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty Images / August 16, 2010)
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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama pleads to voters: 'Don't give in to fear'  —  MILWAUKEE - Flying thousands of miles to reap millions of dollars, President Barack Obama is dashing across the country to help his party retain power, essentially offering one familiar argument: Republicans don't solve problems.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama boasts of most ‘progressive’ political triumphs in decades
Discussion: TalkLeft and Gateway Pundit
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Dinner for Democrats  —  Obama courts Hollywood donors
Discussion: The Other McCain and L.A. NOW
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
GOP Shows Strongest Positioning Yet in 2010 Vote Test  —  Leads Democrats by 50% to 43% in latest update on congressional voting preferences  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's latest update on 2010 congressional voting preferences finds 50% of registered voters saying they would vote …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Total destruction: GOP out to biggest generic ballot leads in history in both Gallup and Rasmussen  —  The most amazing thing about this?  When Democrats tell people that voters hate the GOP as much as they hate them, they're not blowing smoke.  That's basically true.
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.
Geoff Boucher / Hero Complex:
Ray Bradbury hates big government: ‘Our country is in need of a revolution’  —  Ray Bradbury is mad at President Obama, but it's not about the economy, the war or the plan to a construct a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City.  —  “He should be announcing that we should go back to the moon …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
No ‘Graceful Exit’  —  In his book, “The Promise,” about President Obama's first year in office, Jonathan Alter describes a brief conversation between the president and Vice President Joe Biden that took place last November at the end of Mr. Obama's long deliberation about what to do in Afghanistan.
Chris Blank / Associated Press:
Judge: Missouri funeral protest ban unconstitutional  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that Missouri laws restricting protests near funerals are unconstitutional.  —  Missouri legislators passed two laws in 2006 in response to protests at servicemembers' funerals …
Discussion: Say Anything and Gateway Pundit
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Economy Led to Cuts in Use of Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — The economic crisis in the United States has reduced the use of routine medical care, and the cutbacks here are much deeper than in countries with universal health care systems, researchers say in a new report.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
GOP reveals midterm blueprint  —  The GOP blueprint for winning control of the House is rapidly coming into focus, with the National Republican Congressional Committee readying a $22 million TV ad blitz aimed at a handful of powerful, long-serving incumbents and several dozen of the most junior members of the Democratic majority.
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.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
AP decides not to LOL  —  The Associated Press almost shared a page with LOLcats.  —  Pet Holdings Inc., which owns a network of blogs that post pictures of felines with silly captions, and videos of men getting hit in the groin on its Fail Blog, had been wrapped in rather lengthy negotiations …
Ace / minx.cc:
Holy Frickin' Reagan: Best Advertorial You'll See  —  Seriously, watch it.  —  This comes from the Republican Study Committee, which is headed, if I have the information right, by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia.  —  So now you can't say the GOP isn't doing anything to advance the message.
Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Plan Easing Rules for Travel to Cuba  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is planning to expand opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba, the latest step aimed at encouraging more contact between people in both countries, while leaving intact the decades-old embargo …
Discussion: Babalú Blog, Weasel Zippers and MyDD
Oliver Jones / People.com:
Michael Douglas Has a Tumor in His Throat  —  The Oscar-winning actor, 65, will under go eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy.  His doctors expect the Wall Street star to make a full recovery, according to the spokesperson.  —  “I am very optimistic,” Douglas said in a statement.
 
 
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
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