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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Howard Dean: “Mosque” should move  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Certain things are disappointing and surprising even for the most hardened cynics.  Hearing Howard Dean — the former liberal standard-bearer — join Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin by saying the following is definitely one of them:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Howard Dean: Mosque ‘an affront’  —  Calling for compromise, Dean said on WABC radio today the mosque plan “a real affront to people who lost their lives” and laments Islam's being “in the 12th century” in Iran and some other Muslim countries.  —  He also says he believes the Cordoba organizers …
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.
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
In flap over mosque near Ground Zero, conservative writers gaining influence  —  Long before President Obama waded into the vociferous debate over a proposal to build a mosque near Ground Zero, a group of conservative writers and bloggers critical of Islam had seized on the issue and helped transform …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi clarifies call for look at funding of anti-mosque critics
The Politico:
Pelosi wants ‘transparency’ on mosque
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Karl Rove Slams President on 'No, We Can't' and Islamic Center Comments
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 …
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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.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
How to Win the Clash of Civilizations  —  The key advantage of Huntington's famous model is that it describes the world as it is—not as we wish it to be.  —  What do the controversies around the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, the eviction of American missionaries from Morocco earlier this year …
Discussion: Commentary and Hyscience
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
Did Sarah Palin really say that? … - Bogus Trends: Kiddie Porn, Sextortion, and Chinese Hymenoplasty- The Incredible Jazz Photography of Herman Leonard- Was Hurricane Katrina Good for the Environment?  - A Wonderful, Enigmatic Poem About a Badger- Puny, Decadent …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Palin battles with women's group
Discussion: CNN and Feministing
Alana Goodman / NewsBusters.org:
Sheryl Crow Bashes Sarah Palin: 'Someone Unplug Her Microphone!"
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
msnbc.com:
Last U.S. combat troops leave Iraq  —  Final fighting brigade rolls into Kuwait; 50,000 Americans still remain  —  on msnbc.com -  — More from: - TODAY - Nightly News - Meet the Press - Dateline - Morning Joe - Hardball - Countdown - Rachel Maddow - msnbc tv
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Final U.S. combat brigade pulls out of Iraq
msnbc.com:
Last full U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq
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 …
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Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
World Net Daily Drops Ann Coulter From Conference For Speaking …
Discussion: Blue Gal, Mediaite and GayPatriot
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Proud to Support More Women Leaders on the 90th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage  —  Today marks the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which granted American women the right to vote.  Words cannot express the depth of gratitude we owe to those brave feminist foremothers …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Palin backs another seven candidates; hits Rep. Etheridge for ‘turning violent’
Discussion: Wonkette
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Coup of 2011  —  It occurred to me today that there's at least some chance that in January of 2011 the US Senate will have 49 Democrats, Joe Lieberman, Charlie Crist, and 49 Republicans.  Which is to say that Lieberman & Crist could form a two-man caucus, hold the balance of power, and drive organization of the Senate.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Islamic Center Backers Won't Rule Out Taking Funds from Saudi Arabia, Iran  —  ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Developers in Talks With NY Gov. Paterson  —  The developers behind the Islamic center planned for a site near Ground Zero won't rule out accepting financing from the Mideast …
Igor / Think Progress:
9/11 family member Ted Olson breaks from the GOP on NYC mosque: Obama ‘was right about this.’  —  This afternoon, Ted Olson — whose wife died in the September 11th attacks — distanced himself from other conservatives and told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that he did not oppose the building of a mosque near ground zero.
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Igor / Wonk Room:
Ted Olson On Mosque: ‘I Think Probably The President Was Right About This’
Discussion: Think Progress and The Politico
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.
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
JOHN L. SMITH: Angle's soft-lens tactics do little to obscure past pronouncements  —  Maybe the showdown between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and firebrand Republican Sharron Angle was inevitable.  —  You would certainly think so after reading the angry letter Angle wrote to Reid on Nov. 20 …
Discussion: TPMDC, Salon and The New Republic
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Disapprove Than Approve of Obama Mosque Remarks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More Americans disapprove than approve of President Barack Obama's recent comments concerning the planned construction of a mosque near where the Sept. 11 terror attacks occurred in New York City, but 4 in 10 do not have an opinion on the matter.
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama on mosque: ‘The answer is no regrets’  —  President Obama has made his first public comment on the mosque controversy since Saturday — a very short comment.  —  It came when a television reporter in Ohio asked Obama if he had any regrets about weighing in.  —  “The answer is no regrets,” Obama said.
Discussion: Wizbang and Tammy Bruce
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Annoyed Obama Has ‘No Regrets’ Over Mosque Comments
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Political Times: Obama Is Boxed In by a Big Legislative Agenda  —  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.
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
WXII-TV:
Furious Parent Blasts Senator Over Health Care  —  Sen. Kay Hagan's ‘Conversations With Kay’ Turns Into Health Care Debate  —  KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — “Conversations with Kay” quickly turned into “Confrontation With Kay” when Sen. Kay Hagan visited the Kernersville Senior Enrichment Center.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
NRSC: ‘The Next Time Democrats Call You Extreme, Show Them This Video.’  —  You see it here first, folks: the new web video from the NRSC about just whose views are “extreme” around here.  —  Their closing sequence, showcasing that the so-called extreme candidates are either leading or in dead heats …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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 …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
The U.S. Department of Education's spokesperson hung up on The Daily Caller Wednesday when seeking clarification regarding the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's planned speech at an Aug. 28 protest march that the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) are holding …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
The Great American Bond Bubble  —  If 10-year interest rates, which are now 2.8%, rise to 4% as they did last spring, bondholders will suffer a capital loss more than three times the current yield.  —  Ten years ago we experienced the biggest bubble in U.S. stock market history …
 
 
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