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10:25 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:
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: Hot Air and Riehl World View
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 …
Larry O'Connor /
Pelosi Calls for Investigation of Ground Zero Mosque Opposition
Christine Brim / Big Peace:
Ground Zero Mosque's Hidden Websites: Follow the Shariah
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Israpundit
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Pelosi: New Yorkers should decide ‘ginned-up’ mosque issue
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The Ground Zero mosque must be built
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama undaunted by fallout from mosque remarks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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 …
Discussion: CNN, The Fix, Ballot Box, The Eye and The Page
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 …
RGA condemns Republican's latest ad
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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
Chicago Breaking News:
Guilty on just 1 count, Blago taunts U.S. attorney  —  Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich leaves the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse after the verdict in his corruption trial today.  (Michael Tercha / Tribune)  —  After a federal jury convicted him of just one count — lying to the FBI …
Chicago Breaking News:
Some Blago jurors cite ‘lack of smoking gun’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
Christopher Weber / Politics Daily:
Rod Blagojevich Convicted on One Count; Mistrial Declared on 23 Others
Discussion: THEROOT.COM
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich guilty of one count; jury hung on 23 counts
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Given Money for Rehiring, 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 …
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 …
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
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Gun-toting soccer moms a scary thought in D.C. area, but not out west  —  PHOENIX — In the red rock and sand of the Arizona desert, just past the retirement villages and golf greens that have made this sun-worshipping city famous, sits the biggest public shooting range in the United States.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Really Unusually Uncertain  —  Over the past few weeks I've …
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
Let's just appreciate the great Obama presidency
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Hot button: GOP candidates knock global warming
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Rebuilding the Democratic brand with jobs
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Paul Sims / Daily Mail:
Councils pay for disabled to visit prostitutes and lap-dancing clubs …
Whatever it is, it isn't repentance
Discussion: Guardian, Marbury and normblog
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Discussion: Power Line
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Israeli Ex-Soldier Defends Her Facebook Snapshots
The Politico:
Rossi to face Murray in November
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Shirley Sherrod / NAACP:
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
White House searches for a villain