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9:15 AM ET, August 19, 2010

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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!”
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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 …
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 …
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
In flap over mosque near Ground Zero, conservative writers gaining influence  —  Long before President Obama waded into the vociferous debate over a proposal to build a mosque near Ground Zero, a group of conservative writers and bloggers critical of Islam had seized on the issue and helped transform …
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New York Post:
Iran cash might fund mosque at Ground Zero  —  The developers of the Ground Zero mosque are refusing to flat out reject cash for the project from Holocaust-denying Iranian nuke nut Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  —  “I can't comment on that” was the reply of mosque spokesman Oz Sultan yesterday …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Anti-'Mosque' Geller: 'Strip Clubs Didn't Bring Down The Towers'
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America Respond to Nancy Pelosi
Wcbsmark / CBS New York:
Dolan Offers To Mediate Moving Ground Zero Mosque
Discussion: New York Times
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Howard Dean: “Mosque” should move  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Certain things are disappointing and surprising even for the most hardened cynics.  Hearing Howard Dean — the former liberal standard-bearer — join Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin by saying the following is definitely one of them:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Howard Dean: Mosque ‘an affront’  —  Calling for compromise, Dean said on WABC radio today the mosque plan “a real affront to people who lost their lives” and laments Islam's being “in the 12th century” in Iran and some other Muslim countries.  —  He also says he believes the Cordoba organizers …
The Huffington Post:
Dean Stands By Mosque Remarks, Charges Liberal Critics With Being Inflexible  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In an interview late Wednesday, former DNC Chair Howard Dean reiterated his belief that the controversial “Ground Zero” mosque should be re-located, arguing that critics of his position were …
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Final U.S. combat brigade pulls out of Iraq  —  Lt. Col. Mark Bieger huddled his infantrymen in a darkened parking lot minutes before they were to depart Baghdad for the last time.  —  “This is a historic mission!” he bellowed, struggling to be heard over the zoom of fighter jets …
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Civilians to Take U.S. Lead After Military Leaves Iraq
Discussion: Mediaite, Guardian and Hot Air
msnbc.com:   Last U.S. combat troops leave Iraq
Aljazeera:
US ends combat operations in Iraq
Discussion: The Agonist
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
NRSC: ‘The Next Time Democrats Call You Extreme, Show Them This Video.’  —  You see it here first, folks: the new web video from the NRSC about just whose views are “extreme” around here.  —  Their closing sequence, showcasing that the so-called extreme candidates are either leading or in dead heats …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Breaking: Blago Holdout Retired State Employee Who Once Handed Out Campaign Literature For Relative Seeking Office; NPR and Liberal Talk Radio Listener  —  Here's what Fox local news in Chicago reports: … Note that that is not yet confirmed.  It is now confirmed by CBS local news Chicago.
Discussion: WBBM-TV, Wizbang and JOSHUAPUNDIT
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WBBM-TV:
Blagojevich Jury Holdout Remaining Silent
Discussion: Big Government
Alana Goodman / NewsBusters.org:
Sheryl Crow Bashes Sarah Palin: 'Someone Unplug Her Microphone!  "  —  Pop-singer Sheryl Crow has always been outspoken about her own political views, but now she's telling former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to zip it.  —  “I saw you ranting on TV today, I heard you tell me to reload.
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Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
Did Sarah Palin really say that? … - Bogus Trends …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Palin battles with women's group
Discussion: CNN and Feministing
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 …
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 …
The Politico:
Mosque a long shot to be built  —  When President Barack Obama turned the battle over a planned New York Islamic center into a national debate over religious freedom, he unwittingly allied himself and his party with an ill-planned, long-shot development project described by one of its most prominent allies as “amateur hour.”
Discussion: Guardian and Hullabaloo
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Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Ann Coulter to WorldNetDaily Editor: 'He's a swine' and ‘publicity whore’  —  Conservative pundit Ann Coulter responded today to the announcement that WorldNetDaily was dropping her as a speaker for one of their events, calling WorldNetDaily Editor Joseph Farah a “publicity whore” and a “swine.”
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Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
World Net Daily Drops Ann Coulter From Conference For Speaking …
Discussion: Raw Story and AmSpecBlog
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Disapprove Than Approve of Obama Mosque Remarks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More Americans disapprove than approve of President Barack Obama's recent comments concerning the planned construction of a mosque near where the Sept. 11 terror attacks occurred in New York City, but 4 in 10 do not have an opinion on the matter.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
The U.S. Department of Education's spokesperson hung up on The Daily Caller Wednesday when seeking clarification regarding the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's planned speech at an Aug. 28 protest march that the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) are holding …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Coup of 2011  —  It occurred to me today that there's at least some chance that in January of 2011 the US Senate will have 49 Democrats, Joe Lieberman, Charlie Crist, and 49 Republicans.  Which is to say that Lieberman & Crist could form a two-man caucus, hold the balance of power, and drive organization of the Senate.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Conservative Elites, Cont'd: Being in on the Joke  —  Apropos my earlier post about conservative elites and the Park 51 controversy, I want to address the general relationship between certain influential figures in the conservative movement — Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Andrew Breitbart …
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
Obvious Failure of Stimulus Becomes Obvious Even To Economists  —  Where do Keynesians go now that even public radio is talking about the failure of one of history's costliest Keynesian stimulus efforts?  —  At City Journal, Guy Sorman notes how quickly the managed-market winds have shifted.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Wall Street Journal:
The Great American Bond Bubble  —  If 10-year interest rates, which are now 2.8%, rise to 4% as they did last spring, bondholders will suffer a capital loss more than three times the current yield.  —  Ten years ago we experienced the biggest bubble in U.S. stock market history …
 
 
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James Risen / New York Times:
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Robin Marantz Henig / New York Times:
What Is It About 20-Somethings?  —  ROW 1, left to right …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Condemning mosque, Gingrich echoed Mussolini
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Commentary
Murray Wardrop / Telegraph:
Young will have to change names to escape ‘cyber past’ warns Google's Eric Schmidt
Marc Caputo / The Buzz:
GOP whistleblower lawsuit may spell trouble for Charlie Crist camp
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
How to Win the Clash of Civilizations
Discussion: Commentary and Townhall.com
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Proud to Support More Women Leaders on the 90th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage