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12:25 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 …
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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” …
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 …
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
Discussion: MEMRI and News, Opionion …
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.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Woah! LA OUTRAGED After Obama Fundraiser Shuts Down Traffic For Hours
Discussion: Instapundit
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama boasts of most ‘progressive’ political triumphs in decades  —  President Obama told a Hollywood fundraiser Monday night that he and congressional Democrats have passed the most progressive legislation in decades.  —  “We have been able to deliver the most progressive legislative agenda …
Hunter Walker / The Wrap:
President Obama Owes Los Angeles a Big Apology  —  I am coming to you live from the center of the worst traffic jam I have ever seen in my life.  I've been trapped here for over three hours because President Obama and a group of Hollywood insiders are having a fancy fundraiser.
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.
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Michelle Obama to enter campaign fray
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Swamp and The Page
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Paterson to discuss ‘alternate location’ for N.Y.C. mosque  —  New York Gov. David Paterson (D) will meet with the developer of the proposed Islamic center and the congregation's imam this week, according to New York Rep. Peter King (R).  —  King, a vocal critic of the project …
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
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The Fix:
David Paterson to meet with mosque imam, developer
Discussion: The Page
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 …
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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.
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Andre Damon / World Socialist Web Site:   Indianapolis auto workers drive UAW executives out of meeting
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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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.
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain blames press for new image  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday blamed the “Eastern press” for planting the idea he has changed his positions on key issues in recent months.  —  McCain dismissed the notion that he has tacked to the right on matters such as immigration and climate change …
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Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
John McCain: I Haven't Changed My Positions, and Don't Ask Me About Trust
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
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, Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
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.
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
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: The Plum Line and Commentary
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
2 Zombies to Tolerate for a While  —  Representative Barney Frank was furious.  —  The Massachusetts Democrat had been watching a morning news program that had me on, and soon afterward he was calling my cellphone to fume about that morning's discussion.  The topic?
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
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
The Obama administration's attacks on the media  —  Cases brought against journalists who ferreted out confidential information appear to have little to do with protecting national security interests.  —  It is a popular conservative myth to suggest that the “mainstream media” …
Discussion: Hit & Run
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama will travel to meet with EU leaders shortly after election
Discussion: CNN
DeNeen Brown / Washington Post:
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Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Romenesko
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
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Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
White House Directive: Erect Signs at All Stimulus Projects …
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