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9:20 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.
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” …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   A CNN anchor expresses the crux of “mosque” opposition
Celeste Katz / The Daily Politics:
Haaretz Reporting Mosque Developers Will Announce Move Away …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Park 51/Cordoba Initiative's Antisemitic Tweets
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What Obama Meant to Say About the Mosque
Discussion: Don Surber and Commentary
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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Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court puts California gay marriages on hold  —  California's ban on same-sex marriages will remain in place until at least December, an appeals court ruled Monday, dashing the hopes of hundreds of couples who had hoped to wed as soon as Wednesday.
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
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 …
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
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: Gateway Pundit
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 …
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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 …
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.
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
James J. Kilpatrick, 89, dies; conservative columnist formerly on ‘60 Minutes’  —  James J. Kilpatrick, 89, a fiery advocate of racial segregation as a Richmond newspaper editor in the 1950s who became a sparring partner of liberals on the television show “60 Minutes” and a syndicated columnist …
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
James Kilpatrick set stage for political TV talk
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.
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
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, MyDD and Weasel Zippers
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: Hit & Run and EconLog
 
 
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Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Israeli-Palestinian direct talks expected to be announced soon
Discussion: The Page and Haaretz
R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
DeLay says he's ready to fight state ethics charges
Discussion: Off the Kuff, The Hill and USA Today
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
AP decides not to LOL
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Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sounds Alarm at China's Military Buildup
Discussion: The Nation
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Hey Taxpayers, Get Ready To Pay For the Union Pension Failure Tsunami
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
White House denies Turkey arms ultimatum
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon and Israel Matzav
Alyssa Danigelis / msnbc.com:
‘Human-electric’ hybrid car goes 30 mph uphill
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Scott Walker blasts Obama in WI gubernatorial ad
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Chamber economist: Obama tax increase would be ‘bullet in the head’ of recovery
Discussion: Red Dog Report
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
It Begins... Dem Congresswoman Brings In Street Thug at Town Hall …