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8:25 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” …
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 …
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.
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
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Sees Mosque Near Ground Zero as Campaign Issue
Discussion: New York Times
Celeste Katz / The Daily Politics:
Haaretz Reporting Mosque Developers Will Announce Move Away …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Harry Reid weighs in on N.Y. mosque: It ‘should be built someplace else’
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What Obama Meant to Say About the Mosque
Discussion: Don Surber and 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 …
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.
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
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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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)
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 …
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
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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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
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
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 and Haaretz
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.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Gateway Pundit
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
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 …
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
 
 
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R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
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Laura Rozen / The Politico:
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U.S. Said to Plan Easing Rules for Travel to Cuba
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 Earlier Items: 
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Scott Walker blasts Obama in WI gubernatorial ad
Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Emily's List takes on Sarah Palin's list (of candidates)
Discussion: The Confluence, Tammy Bruce and GOP 12
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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