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9:30 AM 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:
Julieparise / CBS New York:
Ground Zero Mosque On The Move?  —  NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880/1010 WINS) - There was a possible resolution in the works in the debate surrounding the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center near ground zero.  —  CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer has learned it looks as if the developers …
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.”
Discussion: Riehl World View
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: New Yorkers should decide ‘ginned up’ mosque issue  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said a proposed Islamic center in New York City was a local issue, and said that the opposition to the center was worth investigating.  —  Pelosi told local reporters on Tuesday that the decision …
Larry O'Connor /
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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama undaunted by fallout from mosque remarks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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 …
Dr. Laura to end her radio show  —  Los Angeles, California (CNN) — Embattled radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger announced Tuesday she will not renew her contract that is up at the end of the year, telling CNN's “Larry King Live” she wants to “regain my First Amendment rights.”
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Dr. Laura announces she will end her radio show due to criticism of her N-word rant
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Christine Brim / Big Peace:
Ground Zero Mosque's Hidden Websites: Follow the Shariah  —  Do the math.  The 15 floors planned for the Ground Zero Mosque just don't add up.  —  What's the goal?  Maybe the Imam's goal is not simply to force a provocative “insensitivity” about 9-11 on the American public, with the help of America's elites.
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Israpundit
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Tea Party Choice Scrambles in Taking On Reid  —  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 and an official videographer packed into the room.
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Page
Wall Street Journal:
A Tea Party Manifesto
Chicago Breaking News:
Some Blago jurors cite ‘lack of smoking gun’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
New York Times:
Blagojevich, Guilty on 1 of 24 Counts, Faces Retrial
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich guilty of one count; jury hung on 23 counts
RGA condemns Republican's latest ad  —  Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott is out with a new ad Tuesday that has been condemned by the Republican Governors Association.  —  (CNN) - Florida's Republican gubernatorial primary keeps getting hotter.
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Quinnipiac University:
‘Insiders’ Back On Top In Florida Primaries, Quinnipiac University …
Discussion: The Fix, The Page and The Eye
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.
Thomas Sowell /
Thomas Sowell  —  Thomas Sowell was born in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem.  As with many others in his neighborhood, Thomas Sowell left home early and did not finish high school.  The next few years were difficult ones, but eventually he joined the Marine Corps and became a photographer in the Korean War.
Discussion: Power Line
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: The Hill
John P. Martin /
U.S. ends webcam probe; no charges  —  Federal prosecutors on Tuesday closed their investigation into Lower Merion School District's secret use of software to track student laptops, saying they found no evidence that anyone intentionally committed a crime.  —  The decision, announced …
Discussion: Say Anything
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.
Discussion: naked capitalism and FP Passport
Jay P. Greene / Goldwater Institute:
Administrative Bloat at American Universities: The Real Reason for High Costs in Higher Education  —  Executive Summary  —  Enrollment at America's leading universities has been increasing dramatically, rising nearly 15 percent between 1993 and 2007.  But unlike almost every other growing industry …
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.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Hot button: GOP candidates knock global warming  —  Fueled by anti-Obama rhetoric and news articles purportedly showing scientists manipulating their own data, Republicans running for the House, Senate and governor's mansions have gotten bolder in stating their doubts over the well-established link between man …
Discussion: Think Progress, Daily Kos and TPMDC
Whatever it is, it isn't repentance  —  JOHN RENTOUL, Tony Blair's biographer, tweets mischievously that he is “having fun imagining the scenes of panic and despair at the Daily Mail” as they try to report the former prime minister's decision to donate all the money from his forthcoming memoirs …
Discussion: Guardian, Marbury and normblog
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: ABCNEWS
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
9th Circuit finds a right to lie  —  In a major First Amendment decision Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit struck down a federal law making it a crime to falsely claim a military honor or decoration.  —  In a 2-1 ruling, the appeals court panel found that the poetically named Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and National Review
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Rebuilding the Democratic brand with jobs  —  Not to be difficult, mind you, but what is it that the Democrats see themselves running on in the next 75 days — or, for that matter, the next two years?  Health-care reform?  Since many of its benefits don't kick in until 2014 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
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Discussion: Associated Press
Mary Sanchez / Kansas City Star:
Why demagogues love debating the 14th Amendment
Discussion: The Agonist
Justice Dept. cuts losses with DeLay
Discussion: Power Line
Shirley Sherrod / NAACP:
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White House searches for a villain
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
White House frustrated with gay bloggers
Discussion: Mediaite and
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Steep Drop Seen in Circumcisions in U.S.
Discussion: The Awl and Gawker
Ezra Klein:
Dean Baker: 'We've lost about $6 trillion in housing wealth …