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9:35 PM ET, August 18, 2010

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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 …
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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.
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 …
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
How to Win the Clash of Civilizations
Discussion: Commentary and Hyscience
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Our Mosque Madness  —  Maybe, for Barack Obama, it depends …
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.
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.
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The Politico:
Pelosi wants ‘transparency’ on mosque
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Karl Rove Slams President on 'No, We Can't' and Islamic Center Comments
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 and GayPatriot
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
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
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: Salon, TPMDC and The New Republic
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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.
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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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Michael Beckel / OpenSecrets.org:
Aviation Corporation, Previously Maxed-Out Donors Spend Big to Help Florida Democrat's Senate Bid  —  With the Florida Democratic primary less than a week away and early voting already underway, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) is getting some serious air cover in his U.S. Senate bid from wealthy donors …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House: Obama has ‘fully embraced Kendrick Meek’ in Florida Senate race
Discussion: The Politico
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
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.
Fhardingj / CNN:
TRENDING: DGA calls for Fox News to run disclaimer  —  The Democratic Governors Association has written a letter to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.  —  (CNN) - With the knowledge that Fox News' parent company recently cut a $1 million check to the Republican Governors Association …
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Large companies will get hit with 9% increase in health costs under ObamaCare  —  Douglas Holtz-Eakin discusses a new survey on the impact of ObamaCare on large companies in this clip from Fox News.  This survey of employers with five thousand employees shows that executives are planning …
msnbc.com:
U.S. ends combat operations in Iraq  —  After 7½ years, last convoy of fighting forces rolling into Kuwait  —  Photos  —  on msnbc.com -
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Zakaria Jumping to Time From Newsweek  —  Time magazine will announce on Thursday that Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post and Newsweek and editor of Newsweek's international edition, has been named a contributing editor for Time and will write a column for the magazine every other week.
 
 
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David Jackson / USA Today:
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