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9:45 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.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Mosque protest loses Gingrich  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) will not be addressing a protest of the proposed mosque in lower Manhattan on the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.  —  The organizers of the rally, Stop Islamization of America …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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
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: Outside the Beltway and Nice Deb
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 …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama keeping public expressions of religion to a minimum
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and
Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
Franklin Graham: 'President's Problem Is That He Was Born A Muslim' (VIDEO)
Discussion: Pharyngula, CNN, Salon, 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:
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
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.
The Huffington Post:
Critics Target Housing Policy  —  Experts inside and outside of government have:  — Warned about the potentially dangerous effects of artificially keeping interest rates low for an extended period because it may lead to imbalances that 4could cause another crisis;
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Treasury Admits HAMP Expectations Not Met, Thinks “Extend and Pretend” Is a Virtue
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Obama cites recess ‘attack ads’ in call for campaign finance bill  —  President Barack Obama used his Saturday radio address to call for completion of campaign finance reform legislation that is currently stalled in the Senate.  —  A day after he began a family vacation on Martha's Vinyard …
Discussion: The Politico
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Anti-Islam Protest in U.S. Seen as Lift for Extremists  —  WASHINGTON — Some counterterrorism experts say the anti-Muslim sentiment that has saturated the airwaves and blogs in the debate over plans for an Islamic center near ground zero in Lower Manhattan is playing into the hands of extremists …
Discussion: American Power and Balloon Juice
Aaron David Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Missing his moment, and America's  —  President Obama, like most of our consequential presidents, arrived at the right time; unlike them, he may have badly misread his moment, and America's.  —  Woody Allen got it wrong.  Ninety percent of success in life isn't just showing up …
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.
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 …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama, Clyburn tee off together in Martha's Vineyard
Discussion: The Politico
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: Pajamas Media and The Hill
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Mosque Politics, Ctd.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CON AIR.... It was hard to imagine the Brent Furer story getting worse …
Discussion: TPMDC
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
BioShock Takes On American Exceptionalism.
Discussion: The Confluence and Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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Quinn parts ways with longtime political consultant months before election
Los Angeles Times:
Target feels backlash from shareholders
Joseph Stiglitz / Financial Times:
Needed: a new economic paradigm
Discussion: MyDD
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