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3:15 PM ET, August 18, 2010


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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
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.
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Grow a Pair, Democrats
Discussion: National Review and Commentary
‘No regrets’ on mosque issue, Obama says
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Lazio gets graphic over WTC-area mosque
NY Daily News:
Ailing 9/11 responders slam President Obama: Focus on Zadroga …
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:
Michelle Malkin:
Pelosi and the Treasure Island land grab  —  Speaker Mop & Glo made headlines for her call to investigate opponents of the Ground Zero mosque, but there was something else about her remarks that should have raised your hackles: … Pelosi was speaking at a ceremony celebrating the Treasure Island land deal:
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Pelosi: Gov't should probe people opposed to Ground Zero mosque
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
Decision Not to Rebuild Church Destroyed on 9/11 Surprises Greek Orthodox Leaders  —  (Herman Krieger/Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America)  —  Greek Orthodox leaders trying to rebuild the only church destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks expressed shock this week after learning …
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.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
As Goes Washington, So Goes the Nation  —  In the years before reliable polling, political prognosticators relied on a simple maxim to forecast elections: As goes Maine, so goes the nation.  The saying didn't arise because Maine was a swing state.  Maine was in fact a solidly Republican state until …
Sydelle Moore / The Politico:
Rossi to face Murray in November
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and ABCNEWS
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
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 …
Kenric Ward /
GOP Governor's Race Back to Tossup
Discussion: Swing State Project, TPMDC and The Buzz
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 and Prairie Weather
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Given Stimulus Funds to Rehire, Schools Wait and See  —  As schools handed out pink slips to teachers this spring, states made a beeline to Washington to plead for money for their ravaged education budgets.  But now that the federal government has come through with $10 billion …
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.
Noah Pollak / The Politico:
Time to leave Human Rights Council  —  Among the first things the Obama administration did to break from the “unilateral” policies of the Bush administration was to join the United Nations Human Rights Council, which the U.S. shunned when it was formed in 2006.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Hurricane
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Warren sits down with big bank lobbyists  —  Elizabeth Warren, a top candidate to lead the new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, met quietly last week with some of her sharpest critics: big bank lobbyists.  —  Before the Harvard law professor visited the White House on Thursday to talk …
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Scott McCabe / Washington Examiner:
Fire-breathing bartenders arrested, face 45 years
Discussion: Hit & Run
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Declines in demand and how to disaggregate them
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Free exchange
Larry O'Connor /
Annoyed Obama Has ‘No Regrets’ Over Mosque Comments
Michelle Dynes / Wyoming Tribune-Eagle:
It's Mead by a hair
Discussion: Politics Daily and Daily Kos
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Frank: Obama admin ‘dumb’ to predict no higher than 8% unemployment
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Social Security ‘is not in crisis’
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Do Straight Razors Justify Barber Licensing
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Don Surber
Not Larry Sabato:
Mark Warner's 9/11 Pig Roast
Discussion: Don Surber and Weigel
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Socarides / The Politico:
A way forward on gay marriage
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Looking Back at DP World
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Boston Fed's New Excuse for Missing the Housing Bubble: NoneOfUscouddanode
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Mary Cheney gave $500 to anti-gay-marriage Senate hopeful
Mitt Romney / Boston Globe:
Grow jobs and shrink government
Discussion: The Fix, GOP 12 and The Hill
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Reid Birthright Video Found