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12:35 PM 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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi supports probe of mosque opponents
Discussion: Commentary and Macsmind
Drew Joseph / SFGate:
Pelosi: New Yorkers should decide on mosque (VIDEO)
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and PolitiCal
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Pelosi Calls for Investigation of Ground Zero Mosque Opposition
Discussion: Big Peace and Knowledge is Power
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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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
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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Sydelle Moore / 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: CNN, Hot Air and ABCNEWS
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
As Goes Washington, So Goes the Nation
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Dino Demonstrates Bedrock of Support in Washington Primary
Discussion: Weekly Standard and GOP 12
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Clusterstock
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 …
Discussion: The Fix, Ballot Box, CNN, The Eye and The Page
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 and GOP 12
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 …
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.
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: Nice Deb and NewsBusters.org
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.
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 …
Clout St:
Democrats try to counter Blagojevich fallout at state fair  —  SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democratic leaders this morning launched their annual day at the State Fair by promoting their push to remove Rod Blagojevich from office last year as a way to counter potential negative voter sentiment …
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 …
Not Larry Sabato:
Mark Warner's 9/11 Pig Roast  —  What the hell is he thinking?  —  I've been to this once a year event (probably 10 times over the years) and it's a great party.  But why would Mark Warner have his annual Pig Roast on September 11th this year?  The large pig being carved up, the hay rides …
Discussion: Weigel
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Mosque debate strains tea party, GOP  —  The debate over the proposed mosque near ground zero, which has tied Democrats in knots, turns out to be just as tricky for their adversaries on the right—particularly those in the tea party.  —  Within the loose coalition of local …
 
 
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Plouffe: Obama's reelection will follow a different ‘playbook’ …
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Glenn Blain / NY Daily News:
Ethics commission calls for Gov. Paterson to pay $96K fine …
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Donald Douglas / American Power:
'I Want to Be Able to Say What's On My Mind Without Some Special …
Discussion: Washington Rebel
Richard Socarides / The Politico:
A way forward on gay marriage
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New York Post:
Rights — and wrongs  —  Could Mayor Mike finally have read …
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Boston Fed's New Excuse for Missing the Housing Bubble: NoneOfUscouddanode
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
State regulators' vote on medical loss ratio upsets insurers
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 Earlier Items: 
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Gun-toting soccer moms a scary thought in D.C. area, but not out west
Discussion: Right Wing News
John P. Martin / Philly.com:
U.S. ends webcam probe; no charges
Discussion: Say Anything
Blighty:
Whatever it is, it isn't repentance
Discussion: Guardian, Marbury and normblog
Thomas Sowell / Townhall.com:
Thomas Sowell  —  Thomas Sowell was born in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem.
Discussion: Power Line
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
9th Circuit finds a right to lie