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2:50 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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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:
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Pelosi: Gov't should probe people opposed to Ground Zero mosque
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
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.
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The Ground Zero mosque must be built  —  It is hard to imagine that anything has gone unsaid about the so-called Ground Zero mosque, but an important point seems to be missing.  —  The mosque should be built precisely because we don't like the idea very much.  We don't need constitutional protections to be agreeable, after all.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Lazio gets graphic over WTC-area mosque
NY Daily News:
Ailing 9/11 responders slam President Obama: Focus on Zadroga …
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Grow a Pair, Democrats
Discussion: National Review and Commentary
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 …
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, Hot Air and GOP 12
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.
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
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
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama battles Boehner for Ohio
Discussion: The Politico and Prairie Weather
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 …
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Kenric Ward / sunshinestatenews.com:
GOP Governor's Race Back to Tossup
Discussion: TPMDC and The Buzz
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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: GOP 12 and The Hill
 
 
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