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10:35 PM ET, August 20, 2010

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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, Don Surber and Hot Air
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: Mediaite, Colorlines and Gateway Pundit
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.
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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 and The Jawa Report
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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.”
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.
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Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
July Marks Another Ugly Month For Government Mortgage Modifications
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 …
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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.
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.
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Clout St:   Quinn parts ways with longtime political consultant months before election
The Huffington Post:
In First 2010 TV Ad, DNC Raises Specter Of Bush Once Again  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The Democratic National Committee is once again using the imagery and words of former President George W. Bush to present a stark “choice” to voters heading into November in what an aide said is the DNC's …
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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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama has himself to blame for Muslim problem  —  In 1985, Barack Obama had just arrived in Chicago for his new job as a community organizer when he headed to Smitty's Barbershop, a tiny storefront on the South Side.  As Smitty cut his hair, Obama listened to the men in the shop talk politics and racial grievance.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
There Are Too Many Political Appointees.  —  Yesterday, President Obama made four recess appointments to vacancies in the Department of Agriculture, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the State Department.  There isn't anything “special” …
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The White House:
President Obama Announces Recess Appointments to Key Administration Posts
Discussion: Political Punch
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
The Politico:
The new battle: What it means to be American  —  It's a classic case of be careful what you wish for.  President Barack Obama wanted to end the baby boomer-era culture wars — and he's done it.  —  But along the way, Obama has sparked an even more visceral values debate about whether he's moving …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jeffrey Goldberg's fabrication on NPR  —  (updated below Update II - Update III - Update IV)  —  This is really quite strange.  Yesterday, my inbox began filling up with email telling me that Jeffrey Goldberg had gone on NPR and, when asked about my critiques of his Atlantic article on bombing Iran …
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
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Franklin Graham: President Obama Was Born a Muslim  —  We've got an economy that's a mess, people who have been unemployed forever that need jobs, massive flooding in Pakistan, millions of gallons of oil and dispersants still floating in the water in the Gulf of Mexico and what is the media spending hours upon hours covering?
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
The Palin Twitter Backlash  —  Black Republicans tell John Avlon that Sarah Palin's tweet in defense of Dr. Laura was ridiculous and indefensible—and that she may be “no longer fit to lead.”  —  Sarah Palin's post-VP nominee career has so far benefitted from bomb-throwing.
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
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Be More Aggressive’: Tom DeLay Says GOP Needs to Go After ‘Obama Agenda’ Even Harder  —  Former GOP Leader Says He Still Speaks to Abramoff; Won't Rule Out Return to Politics  —  Despite the corruption and lobbying scandals that ensnared Republicans in Congress and triggered …
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.
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 ABCNews.com
Ezra Klein:
Luxuries and necessities in one graph  —  I'd say people are underestimating the importance of computers given the evolving nature of the economy, overestimating the importance of appliances, and the centrality of cars doesn't bode well for pricing carbon.  —  Source.  Hat tip.
 
 
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Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Mosque Politics, Ctd.
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