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1:35 PM ET, August 18, 2010


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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:
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Pelosi: Probe mosque opposition  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said she supports an investigation into groups opposing the building of a mosque near ground zero in New York.  —  Pelosi told San Francisco's KCBS radio that “there is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some.”
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Pelosi: Gov't should probe people opposed to Ground Zero mosque
Michelle Malkin:
Pelosi and the Treasure Island land grab
Discussion: Big Peace and Associated Press
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi supports probe of mosque opponents
Discussion: The Plum Line, Commentary and Macsmind
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Karl Rove Slams President on 'No, We Can't' and Islamic Center Comments
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Swamp
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 …
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 …
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
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The Ground Zero mosque must be built  —  It is hard to imagine that anything has gone unsaid about the so-called Ground Zero mosque, but an important point seems to be missing.  —  The mosque should be built precisely because we don't like the idea very much.  We don't need constitutional protections to be agreeable, after all.
New York Post:   Rights — and wrongs  —  Could Mayor Mike finally have read …
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 …
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 …
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.
Sydelle Moore / The Politico:
Rossi to face Murray in November  —  Twice-defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi will face Democratic Sen. Patty Murray in a November contest that could prove critical to GOP chances of winning a Senate majority.  —  Murray finished first in Washington state's unique top-two primary …
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and ABCNEWS
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
As Goes Washington, So Goes the Nation
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Dino Demonstrates Bedrock of Support in Washington Primary
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hot Air and GOP 12
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Chicago Boyz
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Plouffe: Obama's reelection will follow a different ‘playbook’ - Rahm was skeptic on mosque endorsement — Romney silent on mosque, releases jobs agenda - Katie from Kabul, tomorrow and Friday  —  BLAGO VERDICT - Chicago Tribune print-edition banner, “GUILTY ON 1: Jury 1 vote from conviction …
Discussion: Mediaite and TPMDC
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama battles Boehner for Ohio
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Fix, Ballot Box, CNN, The Eye and The Page
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
Stolen Valor act ruled unconstitutional by 9th Circuit  —  Or as Josh Gerstein entitles his POLITICO piece, “9th Circuit discovers a right to lie”.  —  I think that probably sums it up pretty well. … So we're again reduced to shaming people like Alvarez.  —  I understand the arguments concerning free speech.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
9th Circuit finds a right to lie
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 …
Mitt Romney / Boston Globe:
Grow jobs and shrink government  —  IT'S NOT happening the way President Obama had planned.  Unemployment blew past his 8 percent ceiling and hasn't looked back.  Private sector investment in new jobs and capital has languished.  Even the head of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer, has resigned.
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Hill
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Reid Birthright Video Found  —  Looks like Republican opposition researchers finally are getting their act together in countering the Reid campaign machine, as they unearthed video of Harry Reid forcefully arguing against birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens in 1993.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Your fears confirmed: “up to” broadband speeds are bogus  —  Broadband providers in the US have long hawked their wares in “up to” terms.  You know—"up to" 10Mbps, where “up to” sits like a tiny pebble beside the huge font size of the raw number.  —  In reality, no one gets these speeds.
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Mary Cheney gave $500 to anti-gay-marriage Senate hopeful  —  Mary Cheney, the openly gay first daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, gave hundreds of dollars in campaign contributions to a Senate candidate who opposes same-sex marriage, records show.
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George Zornick / Think Progress:
GOP Candidate Allen West: People With ‘Coexist’ …
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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Bennett: Iraq is ‘Going Nifty’ …
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Making the case for success in Afghanistan
Discussion: SWJ Blog, Commentary and Wonk Room
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Parking Feedback Loops
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Social Security ‘is not in crisis’
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
A Blagojevich retrial? Don't expect smiles from White House
Discussion: Salon, Hot Air and The Fix
Not Larry Sabato:
Mark Warner's 9/11 Pig Roast
Discussion: Weigel
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Socarides / The Politico:
A way forward on gay marriage
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Lazio gets graphic over WTC-area mosque
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Looking Back at DP World
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Boston Fed's New Excuse for Missing the Housing Bubble: NoneOfUscouddanode
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Gun-toting soccer moms a scary thought in D.C. area, but not out west
Discussion: Right Wing News
Thomas Sowell /
Thomas Sowell  —  Thomas Sowell was born in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem.
Discussion: Power Line