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11:40 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:
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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.”
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 / Breitbart.tv:
Pelosi Calls for Investigation of Ground Zero Mosque Opposition
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi supports probe of mosque opponents
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
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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
New York Post:   Rights — and wrongs  —  Could Mayor Mike finally have read …
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 …
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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 …
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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: The Fix, Ballot Box, CNN, The Eye and The Page
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CNN:
RGA condemns Republican's latest ad
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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 …
Kenneth R. Gosselin / Hartford Courant:
Dodd: Is Warren ‘Confirmable?’  —  Senator Says He'll Support Her As Financial Protection Chief If Obama Names Her  —  As the campaign supporting the appointment of Elizabeth Warren to head the country's new consumer financial protection agency kicks into high gear, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd …
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
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Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Warren sits down with big bank lobbyists
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
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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Page
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
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.
Chicago Breaking News:
Some Blago jurors cite ‘lack of smoking gun’  —  The 12 individuals who sat in judgment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich were, by their accounts, cordial and careful in their consideration of charges against the colorful politician, coming close to convicting him on many counts …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
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Chicago Breaking News:
Guilty on just 1 count, Blago taunts U.S. attorney
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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.
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Mary Cheney gave $500 to anti-gay-marriage Senate hopeful  —  Mary Cheney, the openly gay first daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, gave hundreds of dollars in campaign contributions to a Senate candidate who opposes same-sex marriage, records show.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Lazio gets graphic over WTC-area mosque  —  This is the new web video from GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rick Lazio's campaign, and it goes to a place that few politicians in New York have visited over the last nine years - it uses images of firefighters surrounded by debris and dust as a prelude to interviews …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Looking Back at DP World  —  Something I've heard a few people raise over the past two days is the analogy between the Park51 controversy and the firestorm over Dubai Ports World taking over management of several American ports.  Rather than debate how precise an analogy this is …
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.
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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Blighty:
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Thomas Sowell / Townhall.com:
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Sydelle Moore / The Politico:
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Shirley Sherrod / NAACP:
YOU AND I CAN'T YIELD—NOT NOW, NOT EVER