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7:50 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
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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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 …
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.
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Karl Rove Slams President on 'No, We Can't' and Islamic Center Comments
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Howard Dean: “mosque” should move  —  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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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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Howard Dean: Mosque ‘an affront’
Discussion: Daily Kos, TPMDC and The Page
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 …
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
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
19th amendment anniversary: Politicians celebrate
Discussion: The Politico, ACS Blog, Gawker and Truthdig
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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’
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.
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 …
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
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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Michael Beckel / OpenSecrets.org:
Aviation Corporation, Previously Maxed-Out Donors Spend Big …
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 …
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.
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
George Zornick / Think Progress:
GOP Candidate Allen West: People With ‘Coexist’ Bumper Stickers Want To ‘Give Away Our Country’  —  Republican Allen West is the Tea Party candidate for House in Florida's 22nd district, a seat currently held by Rep. Ron Klein (D).  West is an extremely successful fundraiser …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Famed Investor Bill Gross Calls For Massive Taxpayer-Backed Mortgage Refinance Initiative  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The head of the world's biggest bond fund, bemoaning the slow economic recovery, reignited debate Tuesday by publicly supporting a massive new refinance program currently roiling …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Milton J. Valencia / Boston Globe:
Vineyard buzzes less for Obamas' second visit  —  Many say they'll leave family alone  —  OAK BLUFFS — Sharky's Cantina is once again mixing its “Obamarita” cocktail, with tastes of the president's favorite fruits, and the Locker Room on Circuit Avenue has restocked the “I vacationed with Obama” T-shirts.
Discussion: Villainous Company
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Frank: Obama admin ‘dumb’ to predict no higher than 8% unemployment  —  It was “dumb” for President Obama and his aides to promise that unemployment would not surpass eight percent if the stimulus act passed, a top House Democrat said Tuesday.  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) …
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Grow a Pair, Democrats  —  When a reporter in Ohio asked Obama if he regretted entering the debate over the mosque being built near Ground Zero, the president thought for a moment and said “The answer is: no regrets.”  Obama said on Friday that he supported the right of Muslims to build there …
 
 
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