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11:00 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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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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Big Peace and Hot Air
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.
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
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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 …
Chicago Breaking News:
Blago juror: We were 1 vote shy of convicting on Senate seat
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hot Air
New York Times:
Blagojevich, Guilty on 1 of 24 Counts, Faces Retrial
ABCNEWS:
Rod Blagojevich Verdict: Jury Finds Ex-Illinois Governor Guilty …
Discussion: The Last Tradition and Wizbang
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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Matt Negrin / The Politico:
White House searches for a villain
Discussion: Red Dog Report
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
President Obama OK with Harry Reid's mosque stance
Discussion: The Hill 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.
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: Moe Lane and Nice Deb
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The Note:
Sarah Palin: Proposed ‘Mosque’ Like a Weapon
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 …
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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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Toomey moves ahead in PA-Sen race
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.
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Elliott Abrams / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Bombing Iran?  Don't Be Surprised  —  This post is part of our forum on Jeffrey Goldberg's September cover story detailing the prospects and implications of an Israeli strike against Iran.  Follow the debate here.  —  Jeffrey Goldberg's main subject is an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear program …
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Agence France Presse:
Israel has ‘8 days’ to hit Iran nuclear site: Bolton
Associated Press:
Report: Iranian Fighter Jet Crashes Near Nuke Plant
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Elder of Ziyon
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
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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.
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: National Review
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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