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3:35 PM ET, August 19, 2010


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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 …
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!”
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 …
Alex Altman / Time:
TIME Poll: 61% of Americans Oppose ‘Ground Zero Mosque’  —  An opponent of the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero holds a sign during a community board meeting to debate the issue  —  Opponents of the planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero …
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
TRENDING: White House strikes back at ‘Muslim’ tag
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Muslim view spreads
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
New Unemployment Claims SURGE, Hit Highest Level Since November 2009
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Rose to Highest Since November
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.
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,
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
New York Post:
The shame of New York  —  The real story of the Ground Zero mosque …
Brian / Weasel Zippers:
Music Video Sums Up Opposition to Ground Zero Mosque - “Salt in the Wound” - Video
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Randy / The Turner Report:
Blunt employing throw everything at Robin and hope something sticks strategy  —  I am having a hard time understanding the campaign strategy of Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt.  In the accompanying video, Blunt apparently wants us to be deeply offended because Robin Carnahan …
Discussion: Think Progress and MyDD
.Sean / Fired Up! Missouri:
Confronted By The Press, Blunt Campaign Pulls Web Ad With 9/11 Image
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.
Jessica Grose /
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 …
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.
Larry Yellen / Chicago News and Weather:
Speculation Abounds on ‘Holdout’ Blago Juror
Last U.S. combat convoy has left Iraq  —  Mosul, Iraq (CNN) — The last U.S. brigade combat team in Iraq has left the country, a move that helps U.S. President Barack Obama reach his goal of 50,000 troops in the country by September 1.  —  Their departure leaves about 56,000 U.S. troops in the country, according to the U.S. military.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain says Bush administration deserves ‘some credit’ for Iraq troop exit
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Shakesville
Fred Clark / slacktivist:
Please forgive me for the actions of extremists I have never met who commit acts of violence that I have never advocated  —  As a white male Baptist, it is my duty today to denounce the violence perpetrated by Patrick Gray Sharp, 29, who yesterday attacked the police headquarters in McKinney …
Police looking into damage to senator's home  —  Police are looking into damage to Al Franken's home.  —  (CNN) - A window in Sen. Al Franken's Minneapolis residence was damaged by what could have been a pellet or BB fired from a gun, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Shot fired at Al Franken's condo
Discussion: TPMDC
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Beltway Confidential
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Skip the lecture on Israel's ‘risks for peace’  —  In the intifada that began in 2000, Palestinian terrorism killed more than 1,000 Israelis.  As a portion of U.S. population, that would be 42,000, approaching the toll of America's eight years in Vietnam.  During the onslaught …
Michael Sokolove / New York Times:
Joe Sestak, the 60th Democrat  —  Joe Sestak stepped out of a Chevy Suburban on the morning of July 3 and met up with a group of 15 campaign volunteers gathered in the parking lot of a drugstore in Canonsburg, Pa., just southwest of Pittsburgh.  The town is the birthplace of Perry Como.
Discussion: Tablet Magazine
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Discussion: Ballot Box, TPMDC and HotAirPundit
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Discussion: National Review and TPMDC
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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