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11:45 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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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  —  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.
Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
Franklin Graham: 'President's Problem Is That He Was Born A Muslim' (VIDEO)
Discussion: Pharyngula, CNN, Whiskey Fire and TPMDC
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.”
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 …
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
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” …
The White House:
President Obama Announces Recess Appointments to Key Administration Posts
Discussion: Political Punch
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Stephen Budiansky / New York Times:
Math Lessons for Locavores  —  IT'S 42 steps from my back door to the garden that keeps my family supplied nine months of the year with a modest cornucopia of lettuce, beets, spinach, beans, tomatoes, basil, corn, squash, brussels sprouts, the occasional celeriac and, once …
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 …
Discussion: TPMDC, Prairie Weather and Advocate
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 …
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
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Calculated Risk:
HAMP data for July
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Blago Says, Like Winston Churchill, He Can Mount Dramatic Comeback
Discussion: Don Surber
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Mosque Politics, Ctd.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
David Broder / The Fix:
The expanding Senate playing field
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
President Obama's winning streak
Discussion: Hot Air, Commentary, TalkLeft and Daily Kos