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Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
AUDIO - Rep. Pelosi calls for investigation of WTC mosque opposition  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, called for an investigation of those who are protesting the building of the Ground Zero Mosque on Tuesday.  She told San Francisco's KCBS radio:
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Mosque supporters beg George W. Bush to come to Obama's rescue  —  There's a new argument emerging among supporters of the Ground Zero mosque.  Distressed by President Obama's waffling on the issue, they're calling on former President George W. Bush to announce his support for the project …
The Politico:
Pelosi wants ‘transparency’ on mosque  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday morning called for “transparency” in the funding behind a planned Islamic community center and mosque being built blocks from ground zero.  But she also said there should be similar openness about the money behind …
NBC New York:
Mosque Developer Rejects Meeting With Paterson  —  The developers of an Islamic cultural center that would include a mosque near Ground Zero have rejected Gov. David Paterson's offer to help them find a different site.  —  Paterson said today the group is apparently committed to building in the proposed site.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Our Mosque Madness  —  Maybe, for Barack Obama, it depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is.  —  When the president skittered back from his grandiose declaration at an iftar celebration at the White House Friday that Muslims enjoy freedom of religion in America and have the right …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi clarifies call for look at funding of anti-mosque critics  —  Nancy Pelosi kicked off a bit of controversy on the right this morning when the news broke that she had told a local San Francisco radio station that she agreed with those calling for a look at how the groups opposing the “Ground Zero mosque” are being funded.
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
Let's just appreciate the great Obama presidency  —  Just how badly does President Obama want the Democrats to lose the 2010 midterm elections?  Just how much did first lady Michelle Obama relish her Spanish vacation?  —  Just how thrilled and grateful were the Gulf State residents to discover …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Michelle Malkin:
Pelosi and the Treasure Island land grab  —  Speaker Mop & Glo made headlines for her call to investigate opponents of the Ground Zero mosque, but there was something else about her remarks that should have raised your hackles: … Pelosi was speaking at a ceremony celebrating the Treasure Island land deal:
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Grow a Pair, Democrats
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Pelosi: Gov't should probe people opposed to Ground Zero mosque
NY Daily News:
Ailing 9/11 responders slam President Obama: Focus on Zadroga …
WorldNetDaily:
WND dumps Ann Coulter from Miami due to Homoconflict  —  Farah cites her speech to ‘gay’ event as reason  —  WASHINGTON - Conservative superstar Ann Coulter today was dropped as a keynote speaker for WND's “Taking America Back National Conference” next month because of her plan to address an event titled …
Fox News:
Decision Not to Rebuild Church Destroyed on 9/11 Surprises Greek Orthodox Leaders  —  (Herman Krieger/Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America)  —  Greek Orthodox leaders trying to rebuild the only church destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks expressed shock this week after learning …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The cash question: Murdoch, Fox and the GOP  —  Rupert Murdoch, who has never been shy about making his political views known, has voted with his sizable checkbook.  —  Murdoch's News Corp. has made a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association, triggering swift criticism …
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New York Times:
News Corp. Gives Republicans $1 Million  —  WASHINGTON — With Republicans hoping to recapture a number of statehouses in November, the media conglomerate headed by Rupert Murdoch is inserting itself into the races in bold fashion with a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association.
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Gives $1 Million to GOP
Discussion: The Hill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Social Security ‘is not in crisis’  —  President Obama said Social Security is not in crisis and only modest changes are needed to keep it solvent.  —  The president acknowledged at a small town hall gathering in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday that the pension fund “has to be tweaked …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Jared A. Favole / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, in Ohio, Seeks to Reassure Voters
Discussion: National Review and Truthdig
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Plouffe: Obama's reelection will follow a different ‘playbook’ …
Discussion: Mediaite and TPMDC
Corinna Jessen / Spiegel Online:
Tensions Rise in Greece as Austerity Measures Backfire  —  The austerity measures that were supposed to fix Greece's problems are dragging down the country's economy.  Stores are closing, tax revenues are falling and unemployment has hit an unbelievable 70 percent in some places.
Anahad O'Connor / Media Decoder:
Dr. Laura Schlessinger to End Radio Show  —  Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the conservative talk radio commentator under fire for repeatedly using a racial epithet, announced on Tuesday that she was ending her long-running radio show.  —  Dr. Schlessinger made the announcement on Tuesday night on …
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Howard Dean: Move the Mosque  —  “This is not about the rights of Muslims to have a worship center...”  —  This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Annoyed Obama Has ‘No Regrets’ Over Mosque Comments
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Tea Party Choice Scrambles in Taking On Reid in Nevada  —  NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Sharron Angle leaned across a table in her campaign office here, defending her suddenly embattled campaign to defeat Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, under the gaze of a half-dozen advisers …
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New York Times:
Interview With Sharron Angle
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Petraeus: Here's My Afghan Redeployment Strategy  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - General David Petraeus isn't planning to wake up one morning after July 2011 and order his troops out of Afghanistan's provinces all at once.  Instead, his idea is to slowly and deliberately remove small units …
Quinnipiac University:
‘Insiders’ Back On Top In Florida Primaries, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Mccollum, Meek Lead, But Races Are Volatile  —  Two so-called “insiders” in Florida, Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum and Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, have come from behind to overtake so-called …
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Kenric Ward / sunshinestatenews.com:
GOP Governor's Race Back to Tossup
Discussion: Swing State Project and TPMDC
Matt Bai / New York Times:
The Paradox of a Legislative President  —  Democrats in Washington are divided and somewhat puzzled over President Obama's fading popularity.  They reject, of course, the Republican view that the president is basically a closet Socialist whose disdain for free enterprise has alienated voters.
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Karl Rove Slams President on 'No, We Can't' and Islamic Center Comments  —  Obama Says He Has ‘No Regrets’ About Jumping into the Debate  —  President Obama today said he had no regrets weighing in on the debate over the proposed Islamic center in New York City.
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msnbc.com:
‘No regrets’ on mosque issue, Obama says
Carla Hall / Los Angeles Times:
It's unanimous, president's visit leaves L.A. boiling  —  President Obama's Monday evening ride from the Beverly Hilton to Hancock Park caused havoc as roads across the city were closed.  Tuesday, he wisely chose to helicopter back to the airport.  —  A Marine helicopter carrying White …
Discussion: Mediaite and JammieWearingFool
Financial Times:
US matches Indian call centre costs  —  By James Lamont in New Delhi and Joe Leahy in Mumbai  —  Call centre workers are becoming as cheap to hire in the US as they are in India, according to the head of the country's largest business process outsourcing company.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
AP Poll: Obama at new low for handling economy  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation's financial outlook as poor.
Scott McCabe / Washington Examiner:
Fire-breathing bartenders arrested, face 45 years  —  Two fire-breathing bartenders face up to 45 years in prison each for performing flaming bar tricks.  —  Jimmy's Old Town Tavern owner Jimmy Cirrito said his bartenders have been entertaining his customers — by juggling bottles of alcohol …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Hit & Run
 
 
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