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8:40 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:
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Julieparise / CBS New York:
Ground Zero Mosque On The Move?  —  NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880) - 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 of the mosque …
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.
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Pelosi Calls for Investigation of Ground Zero Mosque Opposition
Discussion: Big Peace and Knowledge is Power
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama undaunted by fallout from mosque remarks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Chicago Breaking News:
Guilty on just 1 count, Blago taunts U.S. attorney  —  Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich leaves the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse after the verdict in his corruption trial today.  (Michael Tercha / Tribune)  —  After a federal jury convicted him of just one count — lying to the FBI …
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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
New York Times:
Blagojevich, Guilty on 1 of 24 Counts, Faces Retrial
Paul Meincke / WLS-TV:
Blagojevich guilty on 1 count; jury hung on 23
Discussion: CNN, Pajamas Media and The Blago Blog
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich guilty of one count; jury hung on 23 counts
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Blago convicted on one of 24 counts
Discussion: Bad Rachel, CNN and Wonkette
ABCNEWS:
Juror: Holdout Nixed Bigger Blago Conviction
Discussion: Wizbang and The Last Tradition
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
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CNN:
Dr. Laura to end her radio show  —  Los Angeles, California (CNN) — Embattled radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger announced Tuesday she will not renew her contract that is up at the end of the year, telling CNN's “Larry King Live” she wants to “regain my First Amendment rights.”
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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
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: The Other McCain, Nice Deb and Moe Lane
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Thomas Sowell / Townhall.com:
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
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
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 …
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.
Blighty:
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, normblog and Marbury
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.
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
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
The Politico:
Rossi to face Murray in November  —  Twice-defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi will face Democratic Sen. Patty Murray in a November contest that could prove critical to GOP chances of winning a Senate majority.  —  Murray finished first in Washington state's unique top-two primary …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Rebuilding the Democratic brand with jobs  —  Not to be difficult, mind you, but what is it that the Democrats see themselves running on in the next 75 days — or, for that matter, the next two years?  Health-care reform?  Since many of its benefits don't kick in until 2014 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Rita Meyer concedes to Matthew Mead in Wyo.  —  Republican Matthew Mead has won his party's primary for Wyoming governor, with state Auditor Rita Meyer calling to concede to the former U.S. attorney despite the race's razor-thin margin.  —  With all precincts reporting …
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and msnbc.com
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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Ezra Klein:
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