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2:50 AM ET, August 21, 2010


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Karen Hughes / Washington Post:
Move the New York City mosque, as a sign of unity  —  The national debate about building a mosque near Ground Zero in New York is less about our freedom of religion than about the common sense and uncommon courtesy sometimes required to come together as Americans.
New York Post:
Muslim-born Miss USA says she opposes Ground Zero Islamic center  —  The reigning Miss USA has come out against the Ground Zero mosque, saying “it shouldn't be so close” to Ground Zero.  —  The 24-year-old Rima Fakih, is the first Muslim winner of the Miss USA contest and is preparing …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and Don Surber
Andrew Grossman / Metropolis:
For Strippers Near Ground Zero, It's Business as Usual Amid Mosque Uproar … After the World Trade Center towers fell, a stripper named Chris went to volunteer in the recovery effort for the Red Cross.  Nearly 10 years later, she dances just down the street from Ground Zero at the Pussycat Lounge.
Jim Newell / Gawker:
Our Muslim Miss USA Thinks ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Should Move!  —  America's beloved Miss USA, Rima Fakih — the first Muslim to hold that title — will hit the airwaves tonight to give her opinion on Cordoba House: it's too close to Ground Zero!  This complicates everything.
Discussion: Colorlines and Gateway Pundit
Samuel Goldsmith / NY Daily News:
They won't build it!  Hardhats vow not to work on controversial mosque near Ground Zero  —  The site of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero.  Many construction workers are vowing not to work on the controversial project.  —  A growing number of New York construction workers are vowing …
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Daisy Khan: “When will Muslims be accepted?”
The Huffington Post:
Howard Dean's Democracy For America Breaks With Him On Mosque Debate
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
FreeThinkerNY / Weasel Zippers:
True Face of Imam Rauf to be Revealed by Newly Discovered Audio Tapes...  This fraud's mask must be torn off.  The American people must be made aware of the truth about the “moderate” Ground Zero Mosque organizers that Leftists are so vociferously supporting ...  Via the great champion of freedom, Pamela Geller @Atlas Shrugs...
Discussion: Nice Deb
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Imam Rauf's Newly Discovered Explosive Audio Tapes  —  Steve Emerson has unearthed 13 hours of audio tape of Imam Rauf.  Emerson and his team of investigators has spent the past four weeks going through the newly found material.  Rauf is a “radical extremist cleric who cloaks himself in sheep's clothing.”
Ace /
Unmosqued: Steve Emerson Unearths Tapes of “Moderate Bridge-Building” Imam Rauf  —  I saw this coming.  Damn, I wish I put it into pixels.  You'll just have to take my word for it.  —  Because it was foreseeable.  Having taken a position so completely on the side of this supposed moderate …
Bradley Blackburn / ABCNEWS:
The Rev. Franklin Graham Says President Obama was ‘Born a Muslim’  —  Comments Come As Poll Shows One in Five Americans Wrongly Believes Obama Is Muslim  —  On the heels of a new poll suggesting that nearly one in five Americans incorrectly believes that President Obama is a Muslim …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama has himself to blame for Muslim problem
Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
Franklin Graham: 'President's Problem Is That He Was Born A Muslim' (VIDEO)
Discussion: CNN, Pharyngula, Whiskey Fire and TPMDC
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
U.S. officials: Abbas announcement imminent, details not yet finalized  —  U.S. officials told Jewish community leaders on a private conference call this afternoon that they believe Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is on the verge of joining Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
DNC Pulls Bush Ad  —  The Democratic National Committee released an advertisement, posted on the DNC's “Rapid Response” YouTube Channel, mocking George W. Bush.  The ad was laughable, and much derided.  —  Here is how it appeared in my post earlier today, Extremely Effective DNC Ad:
Wall Street Journal:
Why Political Sage Sees GOP Romp in November  —  In the panoply of political prognosticators populating Washington, few have painted a bleaker picture of Democrats' 2010 election prospects than Charlie Cook.  —  And he doesn't see that picture getting any brighter.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Treasury Admits HAMP Expectations Not Met, Thinks “Extend and Pretend” Is a Virtue  —  The Latin inscription reads: “We shall attain the excellence of virtue with the grace of God and the effort of our will.”  Federal government seems to be relying on similar methods to avert mortgage crisis.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Rich Miller / The Capitol Fax Blog:
This just in... Quinn's media firm fired, fires shots  —  * 10:30 am - More really bad campaign news for Gov. Pat Quinn.  His media firm, AKPD, has just exited the campaign [it was fired].  And check out this harsh goodbye statement...  Oh, man, what a shot that was.
Clout St:   Quinn parts ways with longtime political consultant months before election
Wyclef Jean / The Huffington Post:
Keep The Faith  —  It is with a heavy heart that I tell you today that the board of elections in Haiti has disqualified me from my run for the presidency of the country.  Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee's final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same.
Discussion: and Mediaite
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
BioShock Takes On American Exceptionalism.  —  I've written before about the horror/shooter BioShock series of video games being about the closest thing I've ever seen to narrative art in the genre, in part because the games tend to wrestle with political high concepts.
Discussion: The Confluence and Balloon Juice
Robert Mak / KING-TV:
First general election poll puts Rossi ahead; confirms competitive race  —  The first KING 5 Senate poll for the 2010 general election shows Republican Dino Rossi is actually ahead of Democratic incumbent Patty Murray, 52% to 45%.  —  In most polls leading up to this week's primary election …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama, Clyburn tee off together in Martha's Vineyard  —  President Obama invited a high-profile House leader to golf with him while on vacation in Martha's Vineyard Friday.  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) joined Obama on the links along with White House trip director Marvin Nicholson and long-time friend Eric Whitaker.
Discussion: The Politico
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Kerry: ‘Very active’ efforts under way to reach settlement with Taliban  —  Sen. John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Friday that there is a “very active” effort under way to reach a negotiated political settlement with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Boston Herald:
Will bacteria count beach Barack Obama?  —  WEST TISBURY - Welcome to Martha's Vineyard, Mr. President - but don't go in the water!  —  President Obama, who took a plunge in the Gulf last week to show Americans it was safe to swim the oil spill-plagued area, arrived on this supposedly …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Why won't the Pentagon help WikiLeaks redact documents?  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  When the controversy first arose over the lack of redactions in the war documents released by WikiLeaks, the website insisted that, using the New York Times as an intermediary …
Discussion: The Agonist
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Dems see fundraising dip in July  —  Democrats saw a drop in fundraising last month.  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Friday it raised $6.22 million in July — a decrease of almost $3 million from June.  —  The committee spent $4.19 million and banked slightly less …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Leader on Bush Tax Cuts Wins Allies to Keep Provisions in Place  —  A decade ago, Dirk Van Dongen sat across from President George W. Bush in the Indian Treaty Room in the White House complex, mapping out plans to pass tax cuts.  Now, Van Dongen, who heads the nation's top wholesalers' group …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CON AIR.... It was hard to imagine the Brent Furer story getting worse for Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) — but it has.  —  To briefly recap, Furer is the aide Vitter kept on his taxpayer-financed payroll, despite Furer having held his ex-girlfriend hostage, threatening to kill her, and attacking her with a knife.
Discussion: TPMDC and Swing State Project
Los Angeles Times:
Target feels backlash from shareholders  —  Institutions with stakes in the retail giant are demanding that the company revamp its donation process after a $150,000 contribution backed an anti-gay-rights candidate.  —  Reporting from Washington — After weeks of public protest …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
VIDEO surfaces of Ron Johnson blaming climate change on “sunspot activity”
Calculated Risk:
HAMP data for July
Discussion: New York Times
Blago Says, Like Winston Churchill, He Can Mount Dramatic Comeback
Discussion: Don Surber
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Biden: Democrats will keep the House and Senate
Discussion: The Hill and Pajamas Media
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Mosque Politics, Ctd.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
That 20%  —  Allahpundit says all that needs to be said about …
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
The Palin Twitter Backlash