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6:55 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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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.
Daryl Lang / History Eraser Button:
“Hallowed Ground”  —  A few photos of stuff the same distance from the World Trade Center as the “Ground Zero Mosque”:  —  What's my point?  A month ago, I wrote about my support for a group of Muslim New Yorkers—whom I consider my neighbors—and their right to put a religious building …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Responding to opponent's demand, Harry Reid breaks with Obama …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Park 51/Cordoba Initiative's Antisemitic Tweets
Discussion: Nice Deb, Israpundit and Jihad Watch
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Harry Reid weighs in on N.Y. mosque: It ‘should be built someplace else’
Celeste Katz / The Daily Politics:
Haaretz Reporting Mosque Developers Will Announce Move Away …
David Weigel / Weigel:
How the Religious Right Made the Ground Zero Mosque Possible
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What Obama Meant to Say About the Mosque
Discussion: Commentary
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  —  The Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has granted a stay pending an expedited appeal of the District Court Order which held that California Prop. 8 violated the U.S. Constitution.  The Court specifically ordered the supporters …
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog
Associated Press:
Federal Appeals Court Blocks Same-Sex Marriage in California as Case Continues  —  A federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.  —  The decision, issued by a three-judge panel …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Ninth Circuit stays Walker's order, postpones gay marriage in California until December; Update: Prop 8 opponents won't appeal  —  Via Legal Insurrection, here's the order in its entirety. … Emphasis mine.  I'm amazed they were willing to wave away Walker's order that marriages …
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Federal panel puts same-sex marriage on hold as appeal of Prop …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Associated Press and Guardian
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Court halts Calif. gay marriages pending appeal
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Ninth Circuit Halts California Marriages Pending Appeal
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Christie: Both sides playing politics, don't paint all Muslims as ‘radical’  —  This is from Gov. Chris Christie at a press conference earlier today, weighing in with his first words on the ground zero-area mosque — and basically saying a pox on the houses of both political parties.
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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” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Man Who Deserves To Be Viable in 2012
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Sees Mosque Near Ground Zero as Campaign Issue
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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.
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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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Sees New Lows in Job Approval  —  Weekly average of 44% and three-day average of 42% are lowest yet  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Obama's job approval rating dipped to 44% for the week of Aug. 9-15, the lowest weekly average of his administration by one percentage point.
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FiveBooks:
Traditional and Liberal Conservatism  —  Let's start with John Stuart Mill, On Liberty.  You'd think it's obvious but no one else has suggested it.  Why On Liberty?  —  I don't know that it's obvious since it's a classic text of liberalism, not conservatism.  —  Explain that to me.
Discussion: EconLog and Hit & Run
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.
Discussion: The Page
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Israeli-Palestinian direct talks expected to be announced soon  —  An announcement that Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to go into direct peace talks is expected in the coming days, U.S. officials, Mideast watchers and European diplomats said Monday.  —  “We are close, we are optimistic,” a U.S. official said.
Discussion: The Page
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: Weasel Zippers
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sounds Alarm at China's Military Buildup  —  WASHINGTON—The Pentagon voiced alarm over China's military buildup, saying it was expanding its advantage over Taiwan and investing heavily in ballistic and cruise missile capabilities that could one day pose a challenge to U.S. dominance in the western Pacific.
Discussion: The Nation
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
James Kilpatrick set stage for political TV talk  —  James Kilpatrick, the conservative columnist who died Sunday at the age of 89, left a wide mark on the world of letters, but his greatest impact on the political media may well have been in television.  —  Kilpatrick, known to all as Kilpo …
R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
DeLay says he's ready to fight state ethics charges  —  AUSTIN - Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, today said he is happy to have a federal investigation of his relationship with dishonored lobbyist Jack Abramoff behind him and now is ready to fight Texas ethics charges.
Discussion: The Hill, Off the Kuff and USA Today
Alyssa Danigelis / msnbc.com:
‘Human-electric’ hybrid car goes 30 mph uphill  —  If four people are cranking, street-legal car can run on human power alone  —  Fred Flintstone could only dream of such a car.  The HumanCar Imagine PS, a four-seater vehicle that uses hand cranks, can take on hills at 30 miles per hour …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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 Earlier Items: 
Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Emily's List takes on Sarah Palin's list (of candidates)
Discussion: The Confluence, Tammy Bruce and GOP 12
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Target: No equality in donations
Discussion: The Swamp
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Chamber economist: Obama tax increase would be ‘bullet in the head’ of recovery
Discussion: Red Dog Report
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama chides McConnell: ‘Obstruct more? Is that even possible?’
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
It Begins... Dem Congresswoman Brings In Street Thug at Town Hall …