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1:00 PM ET, August 17, 2010


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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A CNN anchor expresses the crux of “mosque” opposition  —  CNN anchor Don Lemon hosted a “debate” this weekend over the Park 51 Community Center in Lower Manhattan (misleadingly described everywhere as the “Ground Zero mosque") in which Lemon dropped his mask of journalistic objectivity completely and …
The Fix:
David Paterson to meet with mosque imam, developer  —  New York Gov. David Paterson will meet with the imam and developer of the proposed Ground Zero mosque later this week.  Reuters photo.  —  By Jason Horowitz and Chris Cillizza  —  New York Gov. David Paterson (D) …
Discussion: The Awl and The Page
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Obama 'doesn't get' mosque  —  Sarah Palin Monday night chided President Barack Obama for his support of the right to build the proposed mosque two blocks from Ground Zero in New York, saying the president “doesn't get it.”  —  “It sounds cliched to say that the president is disconnected …
Discussion: The Note
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.
Discussion: MEMRI, News, Opionion … and Hyscience
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Commentary
Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Democrats: We were blindsided by President Obama's Ground Zero mosque comments  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats complain they were blindsided when President Obama weighed in on the Ground Zero mosque and handed the GOP a new club to beat them with.  —  Capitol Hill Democrats, including those facing tough races …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Metropolis
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” …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Paterson to discuss ‘alternate location’ for New York mosque  —  New York Gov. David Paterson (D) will meet with the developer of the proposed Islamic center to discuss moving it.  —  New York Gov. David Paterson (D) will meet with the developer and imam of the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero …
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
Shlomo Shamir / Haaretz:
Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
America Has Disgraced Itself
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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)
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama boasts of most ‘progressive’ political triumphs in decades
Hunter Walker / The Wrap:
President Obama Owes Los Angeles a Big Apology
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
L.A. fuming over Obama traffic, demands investigation
Discussion: Hot Air
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Woah! LA OUTRAGED After Obama Fundraiser Shuts Down Traffic For Hours
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Michelle Obama to enter campaign fray
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Swamp and The Page
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 …
Discussion: Angry Bear and Beat the Press
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Voters Want to Soak the Rich
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Steve / Sweetness & Light:
Auto Workers Chase Out UAW Executives  —  From the irony proof Communists at the World Socialist Website: … Isn't it hilarious to see the shoe on the other foot.  The national UAW are ‘the bosses’ now that they effectively own General Motors.  Now they are the ones riding the backs of the proletariat.
Andre Damon / World Socialist Web Site:   Indianapolis auto workers drive UAW executives out of meeting
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 …
Discussion: Commentary, Red Dog Report and TPMDC
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 …
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.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Court Extends Stay on Allowing Gay Marriage
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.
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.
Discussion: National Review and BLACKFIVE
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
No ‘Graceful Exit’  —  In his book, “The Promise,” about President Obama's first year in office, Jonathan Alter describes a brief conversation between the president and Vice President Joe Biden that took place last November at the end of Mr. Obama's long deliberation about what to do in Afghanistan.
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
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Economy Led to Cuts in Use of Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — The economic crisis in the United States has reduced the use of routine medical care, and the cutbacks here are much deeper than in countries with universal health care systems, researchers say in a new report.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Swampland
Bryon Ackerman / The Observer-Dispatch Top:
Arcuri opposes NYC mosque, and now Hanna does, too  —  Republican congressional candidate Richard Hanna reversed himself Monday on the planned Lower Manhattan mosque, saying he opposed the project one week after he'd said he supported it.  —  Hanna's new position came hours after U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri …
The Hill:
Obama travels to Seattle to help Murray, Dems hold Senate  —  President Obama is in Seattle Tuesday to help Sen. Patty Murray pull off a reelection win her party can ill afford to lose.  —  Murray, a three-term incumbent and member of the Senate Democratic leadership, has run into problems …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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In Wisconsin, Obama Pushes Green Jobs
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Who gets discharged under 'don't ask, don't tell'?
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
No Charges Against DeLay in Abramoff Inquiry
Discussion: Wizbang and Daily Kos
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
Death and Joblessness  —  Suicide Dogs the Long-Term Unemployed.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
DeNeen Brown / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck's plans for rally on a hallowed date and spot spurs countermarches
Discussion: and Romenesko
Scott / Power Line:
Ten theses on Obama's iftar speech
Los Angeles Times:
The Obama administration's attacks on the media
Discussion: Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Bobby Bailout: Casey to Put Taxpayers on Hook for Teamsters' Shenanigans
Discussion: Say Anything
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Gates exit sparks talk of Hillary Clinton taking over at Pentagon
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
White House Directive: Erect Signs at All Stimulus Projects …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Michelle Malkin:
The next big government/Big Labor bailout
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
American Crossroads launches ads in Colorado, Ohio Senate races
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Radio, RIAA: mandatory FM radio in cell phones is the future