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3:25 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.
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Rose to Highest Since November
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
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.
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
Bobby Ghosh / Time:
Does America Have a Muslim Problem?
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
New York Post:
Nancy's nefarious conspiracy theory  —  Is Nancy Pelosi making a bid to join Rob ert Welch, longtime leader of the John Birch Society, as a truly great conspir acy theorist?  —  It would seem only an inspired paranoic could find it so unaccountably strange — cue the “Twilight Zone” …
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