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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Howard Dean: “Mosque” should move  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  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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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 …
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 …
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 Huffington Post:
Dean Stands By Mosque Remarks, Charges Liberal Critics With Being Inflexible  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In an interview late Wednesday, former DNC Chair Howard Dean reiterated his belief that the controversial “Ground Zero” mosque should be re-located, arguing that critics of his position were …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi clarifies call for look at funding of anti-mosque critics
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Dean: “I think another site would be a better idea”
Discussion: Corrente
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Anti-'Mosque' Geller: 'Strip Clubs Didn't Bring Down The Towers'
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Grow a Pair, Democrats
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Howard Dean: Move the Mosque
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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Alana Goodman / NewsBusters.org:
Sheryl Crow Bashes Sarah Palin: 'Someone Unplug Her Microphone!"
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Palin battles with women's group
Discussion: CNN and Feministing
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 …
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Final U.S. combat brigade pulls out of Iraq  —  Lt. Col. Mark Bieger huddled his infantrymen in a darkened parking lot minutes before they were to depart Baghdad for the last time.  —  “This is a historic mission!” he bellowed, struggling to be heard over the zoom of fighter jets …
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msnbc.com:
Last U.S. combat troops leave Iraq
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and CNN
msnbc.com:
Last full U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Ann Coulter to WorldNetDaily Editor: 'He's a swine' and ‘publicity whore’  —  Conservative pundit Ann Coulter responded today to the announcement that WorldNetDaily was dropping her as a speaker for one of their events, calling WorldNetDaily Editor Joseph Farah a “publicity whore” and a “swine.”
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Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
World Net Daily Drops Ann Coulter From Conference For Speaking …
Discussion: Blue Gal, Mediaite and GayPatriot
WorldNetDaily:
WND dumps Ann Coulter from Miami due to Homoconflict
Washington Post:
Poll: 1 in 5 Americans thinks Obama is a Muslim  —  The number of Americans who believe — wrongly — that President Obama is a Muslim has increased significantly since his inauguration and now account for nearly 20 percent of the nation's population.  —  Those results, from a new Pew …
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.
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
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
America, the Decent  —  My views on the mosque are pretty well aired out now.  I think it's a bad idea to build right there (though not the end of the world), and — as I argue today — if Bloomberg and Obama had more talent and statesmanship this mess never would have come to pass in the first place.
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.
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 …
Emptywheel:
How a Previously Qualified Elizabeth Warren became Unqualified, According to a Previously Progressive Chris Dodd  —  July 27: Chris Dodd says of Elizabeth Warren, “She's qualified, no question about that”  —  August 9: Katrina vanden Heuvel tweets that several sources have told her Elizabeth Warren would be nominated “next week”
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
The Politico:
Mosque a long shot to be built  —  When President Barack Obama turned the battle over a planned New York Islamic center into a national debate over religious freedom, he unwittingly allied himself and his party with an ill-planned, long-shot development project described by one of its most prominent allies as “amateur hour.”
Discussion: Red Dog Report and Hullabaloo
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.
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 …
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 …
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, Wonkette, The New Republic and Salon
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.
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
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
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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Marc Caputo / The Buzz:
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David Jackson / USA Today:
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The Huffington Post:
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