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7:05 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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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
NY members in swing districts coming out against mosque  —  After almost total silence from New York elected officials over the weekend after President Obama's mosque speech (in which some members were out of town, or pocket), the reactions from members in swing districts are starting to come in …
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 …
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
Don't give Islamic extremists another victory at Ground Zero!
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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Ed Hornick / CNN:
Critics say Obama's message becoming ‘incoherent’  —  Washington (CNN) — President Obama's comments on a plan to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero are not only giving opponents an opportunity to attack him but also reveal a messaging problem from the White House, a communications expert said.
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.
Jim Tankersley / Los Angeles Times:
Obama raises a quick $1 million — and some L.A. commuter ire
Agence France Presse:
Israel has ‘8 days’ to hit Iran nuclear site: Bolton  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - Israel has “eight days” to launch a military strike against Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility and stop Tehran from acquiring a functioning atomic plant, a former US envoy to the UN has said.
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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 …
Associated Press:
Report: Iranian Fighter Jet Crashes Near Nuke Plant
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Elder of Ziyon
The Note:
Sarah Palin: Proposed ‘Mosque’ Like a Weapon  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer reports:  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a scathing rebuke Monday night to the proposed “mosque” near Ground Zero and President Obama's comments supporting it.  —  “He just doesn't get it …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Liberal group to launch attack on Palin
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Obama 'doesn't get' mosque
Discussion: Gothamist, Wonkette and New York Times
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Rand Paul's Answer To Kentucky's Drug Epidemic: Help ‘Rich People’  —  Last week, Kentucky Senate candidate and Tea Party darling Rand Paul (R) told the AP of his desire to cut federal funding for undercover drug investigations and drug treatment programs that are “badly needed” in his state.
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John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republican Paul leads Senate race in Kentucky
Discussion: msnbc.com
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rand Paul's solution to unemployment and drugs: Rich people?
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CNN:
Blagojevich found guilty on 1 charge; jury hung on 23
Discussion: The Politico, Don Surber and Wonkette
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Fox parent gives $1 million to RGA  —  News Corp., which owns Fox News and the New York Post, gave $1 million to Haley Barbour's Republican Governors Association this year, according to the RGA's most recent filing.  —  The company's media outlets play politics more openly than most …
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Does News Corp's Donation To The Republican Governors Association …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Salon
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.
Discussion: Moe Lane, Think Progress and TPMCafe
Gene Healy / Washington Examiner:
‘Mosque’ debate is a red herring  —  By 2012, our national debt will be larger than the entire U.S. economy, according to the International Monetary Fund.  So what's on the front burner in Washington these days?  Zoning issues in lower Manhattan!  —  Is it OK to put a Muslim community center close to Ground Zero?
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.
The Huffington Post:
Jared Bernstein, White House Economist, Throws Cold Water On Bush Tax Cuts Compromise  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A key member of the White House economic team is throwing cold water on a leading compromise proposal in the debate over the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Toomey moves ahead in PA-Sen race  —  With Joe Sestak's victory in the Democratic primary and the poll bump that came with it now three months in the rear view mirror, Pat Toomey has taken a 45-36 lead in the Pennsylvania Senate race.  That's a big change from the tie PPP saw in a June survey …
Steve / Sweetness & Light:
Auto Workers Chase Out UAW Executives  —  From the irony proof Communists at the World Socialist Website: … The national UAW are ‘the bosses’ now that they effectively own General Motors. … Isn't irony ironic? … The workers would rather not have work than have their wages cut.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
I Am An Unlicensed Barber  —  At Karl Smith's suggestion can we talk for a moment about the regulation of barber shops?  The way I've been getting my hair cut for the past six months or so is that I bought a pair of hair clippers and I do it myself.  I normally trim about twice a week …
Discussion: Don Surber and Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Voters Back Tough Steps to Reduce Budget Deficit  —  RICHMOND, Va.—Frustrated voters, fixing on the $1.5 trillion federal deficit as a symbol of Washington's paralysis, appear increasingly willing to take drastic steps to address the red ink.  —  Leonard Anderson, 56 years old, a Richmond …
 
 
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