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1:15 PM ET, August 17, 2010

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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 …
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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
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
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
Discussion: CNN and 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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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)
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.
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Michelle Obama to enter campaign fray
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Swamp and 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
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: Red Dog Report, Commentary and TPMDC
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
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Voters Want to Soak the Rich
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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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.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
King: Governor says he's meeting with mosque leaders this week  —  Rep. Pete King's camp tells me he spoke with Gov. David Paterson this morning and that the governor said he is meeting later this week with the developer and leader of the ground zero-area mosque project to discuss the possibility of moving it to an alternate site.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
White House Directive: Erect Signs at All Stimulus Projects as 'Symbol of President Obama's Commitment to American People'  —  (CNSNews.com) - Federal contractors receiving money for projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)—the $862 billion economic stimulus law …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
The Hill:
Obama travels to Seattle to help Murray, Dems hold Senate  —  President Obama is in Seattle on 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 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Liberal group to launch attack on Palin  —  The leaders of Emily's List unveiled a new resource center Tuesday to promote their new campaign targeting former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).  —  Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock will detail the group's new “Sarah Doesn't Speak for Me” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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