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4:50 PM ET, August 19, 2010

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People-Press.org:
Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim  —  Religion, Politics and the President  —  OVERVIEW  —  A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined.  More than a year and a half into his presidency …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Defining Obama, Misperceptions Stick  —  WASHINGTON — Americans need only stand in line at the grocery checkout counter to glimpse the conspiracy theories percolating about President Obama.  “Birthplace Cover-Up,” screams the current issue of the racy tabloid Globe.  “Obama's Secret Life Exposed!”
CNN:
TRENDING: White House strikes back at ‘Muslim’ tag  —  The White House on Thursday responded to new polls which indicate Americans do not know what religion President Obama practices.  —  Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts (CNN) - The White House is responding to new polls Thursday that show …
Discussion: The Politico and Nice Deb
Washington Post:
Poll: 1 in 5 Americans thinks Obama is a Muslim  —  The number of Americans who believe — wrongly — that President Obama is a Muslim has increased significantly since his inauguration and now account for nearly 20 percent of the nation's population.  —  Those results, from a new Pew …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Tribalism And Constitutional Rights, Ctd.
Democracy in America:
Mosque-building and its discontents  —  From this week's Economist/YouGov poll:
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Awl
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Muslim view spreads
ap.org:
AP Standards Center issues staff advisory on covering New York City mosque  —  Associated Press Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production Tom Kent sent the following note to the staff about covering the New York City mosque story:  —  Colleagues,
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
AP advises staff on location of Islamic center and mosque  —  The Associated Press, one of world's most powerful news organizations, issued a memo today advising staff to avoid the phrase “Ground Zero mosque.”  —  The Upshot reported Tuesday that the AP started using the phrase “Ground Zero mosque” in some headlines in late May.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Russell Simmons on Ground Zero mosque: We didn't blame all Christians for the first WTC bombing, did we?  —  Via Hengler, the GZM kerfuffle suddenly takes an ... interesting turn.  The debate's raging on Twitter: Does this guy actually think the first World Trade Center bombing was the work of Christian fundamentalists?
Discussion: Big Hollywood
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Hip-Hop Mogul: If You Blame Muslims For 9-11, Blame Christians For 1st WTC Bombing!
Discussion: Knowledge is Power
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
Russell Simmons on CNN: Christians Bombed the WTC in 1993?
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Pajamas Media
Brian / Weasel Zippers:
Music Video Sums Up Opposition to Ground Zero Mosque - “Salt in the Wound” - Video
Discussion: The Jawa Report
CNBC:
Weekly Jobless Claims Post Surprise Jump, Hit 500,000  —  New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to a nine-month high last week, yet another setback to the frail economic recovery.  —  Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 500,000 …
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Ezra Klein:
If only Obama had ...  See if this structure seems familiar to you: Over the past two years, Barack Obama has done X. Now, his poll numbers have slipped to 44 percent.  His party is slated to lose a lot of seats in the 2010 midterms.  Obama's decision to do X is to blame.  —  “X” can be a lot of things.
Quinnipiac University:
Sink Inching Up In Close Florida Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Crist Leads Three-Way Senate Race  —  Apparently bolstered by the civil war for the Republican nomination for Governor in Florida, State Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the Democrat, is on the plus side …
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Quinnipiac University:
New Jersey's Christie Is More Leader Than Bully, Quinnipiac …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Shot fired at Al Franken's condo  —  Minneapolis and Capitol Hill police are investigating a shot that was fired at the condo of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).  —  Nobody was home at the time of the incident, which was not reported until after the senator and his wife returned home to Minneapolis …
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMDC
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CNN:   Police looking into damage to senator's home
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
‘Ground Zero’ Imam: ‘I Am a Jew, I Have Always Been One’  —  The right-wing campaign against the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” includes vicious personal attacks on the Muslim cleric who leads the Cordoba Initiative, the organization behind the plan.  I know Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf …
National Review:
You'll Get Served  —  The West Wing is on notice.  —  If Republicans win the House this fall, Rep. Darrell Issa will wield the majority's sharpest investigative tool: the subpoena pen.  —  “Cabinet officers, assistant secretaries, directors — I will be able to take on everybody …
Discussion: Federal Eye and Weigel
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Darren Goode / The Hill:
NOAA official: Roughly three-quarters of spilled oil still in Gulf
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Clemens to Be Indicted for Perjury in Doping Testimony  —  Federal authorities have decided to indict Roger Clemens on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to two people briefed on the matter.  —  An announcement is expected later today.
Hotline On Call:
How To Lose A Guy In 75 Days  —  Two years after his coattails helped sweep two dozen Democrats into office, President Obama is proving more a boon to Republicans than to Democrats during the midterm elections.  His poll numbers are so morose that Democrats are planning ways to avoid his shadow …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Senate candidate yanks video showing smoldering 9/11 site  —  This one is ugly.  —  GOP Senate candidate Roy Blunt's campaign has pulled down a Web video displaying the smoldering remains of the 9/11 attacks alongside audio of his Democratic opponent saying the location of the Islamic center should be up to New Yorkers to decide.
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Congress Blog:
A milestone for freedom in Iraq, but more challenges ahead (Rep. John Boehner)  —  House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued the following statement on the withdrawal of the last U.S. combat brigade from Iraq:  —  Today's withdrawal of the last U.S. combat brigade from Iraq marks …
Discussion: The Politico
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Jessica Grose / doublex.com:
The Battle for the Term “Feminist”: Sarah Palin Wins This Round  —  Yesterday, the pro-choice group Emily's List released a video with a bunch of women in “mama grizzly” suits telling Sarah Palin that she doesn't speak for them.  Well, Palin's seen the video, and she's responded with an epic …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama on the Trail  —  Illinois voters say they would be negatively influenced if a candidate was endorsed by Barack Obama.  And if his support isn't an asset in his home state it's hard to imagine where it is.  —  40% of voters in the state say they'd be less likely to support …
 
 
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