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ap.org:
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,
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Moral myopia at Ground Zero  —  It's hard to be an Obama sycophant these days.  Your hero delivers a Ramadan speech roundly supporting the building of a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York.  Your heart swells and you're moved to declare this President Obama's finest hour, his act of greatest courage.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Palin to AP: It's ‘Ground Zero mosque’
The Huffington Post:
Ted Olson, Former Bush Solicitor General And Husband Of 9/11 Victim …
Discussion: TPMCafe and Crooks and Liars
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
New Dem message: ‘Improve’ health care, don't talk cost  —  Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit and instead stressing a promise to “improve it.”
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Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Worried Democrats courting elderly voters as midterm elections near  —  Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) is no stranger to Greenspring Village, a gated retirement community in Springfield that is a frequent stop for local politicos.  It leans Democratic, but that tilt is being tested in a year …
Discussion: The Eye
New York Times:
U.S. Persuades Israel That Iran's Nuclear Threat Is Not Imminent  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, citing evidence of continued troubles inside Iran's nuclear program, has persuaded Israel that it would take roughly a year — and perhaps longer — for Iran to complete …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Appeasing the Bond Gods  —  As I look at what passes for responsible economic policy these days, there's an analogy that keeps passing through my mind.  I know it's over the top, but here it is anyway: the policy elite — central bankers, finance ministers, politicians who pose as defenders …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Prairie Weather
Spencer Abraham / The Politico:
Obama's energy meltdown  —  The decision by congressional Democrats to not try to pass a major energy bill in this Congress, while receiving a modest amount of media attention, actually constitutes one of the sharpest rebukes to a sitting president in recent memory.
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Nicole Allan / The Atlantic Online:
The Most Sexist Ad, Well, Ever  —  In an act of shockingly retro, sexist stupidity, a local unit of the Republican Party of Minnesota has broadcast a new reason you should vote Republican: GOP women are hot, and Democratic women are not.  —  The group has made a web video contrasting photos of attractive …
Michelle Malkin:
And now: The stealth Obama ocean grab  —  For the past few months, I've been spotlighting the Obama administration's War on the West, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's War on Jobs,  —  and the White House land lock-up (Part 1, Part 2).  Today's column exposes the next Obama environmental power grab — into the sea.
Discussion: Babalú Blog
Howard Dean / Salon:
Why I back a mosque compromise  —  The builders want to build it as a healing gesture, but healing is impossible without dialogue  —  First of all, I am not going to back off.  The reaction did surprise me because most of the negative reaction had to do with defending the constitutional rights of the builders of the center.
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Mitch Daniels / Economist:
The right stuff  —  Indiana's governor is a likeable wonk.  Can he save the Republicans from themselves and provide a pragmatic alternative to Barack Obama?  —  CLAY COUNTY  —  THE governor does not like to keep people waiting.  On a recent morning this small man leapt out of a trooper's Toyota …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
BP Settlements Likely to Shield Top Defendants  —  WASHINGTON — People and businesses seeking a lump-sum settlement from BP's $20 billion oil spill compensation fund will most likely have to waive their right to sue not only BP, but also all the other major defendants involved with the spill …
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
DSCC Planning Ads For Carnahan, Conway  —  The DSCC has reserved air time in October for KY and MO SEN, sources tell Hotline On Call.  The committee is planning to spend $4M in MO for a statewide broadcast ad and $1.3M in KY for a statewide ad campaign.  —  The ads buys will bolster …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Media: Maybe Obama Should Go To Church More Publicly So People Know He's Christian  —  Today, Pew put out a poll showing that 18 percent of the American public believes President Obama is a Muslim.  That number includes 31 percent of Republicans.  Only 34 percent of the adult public says Obama …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dems hit at Bush in new cable ad  —  Democrats again used former President George W. Bush as a foe in their latest TV ad campaign, driving home the point Republicans would restore policies that helped create the economic downturn.  —  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) …
Discussion: The Swamp and This ain't Hell …
Michael Walsh / Big Hollywood:
The Most Lethal Weapon the United States Returns in ‘Early Warning’  —  Thanks to all of you, my new novel, Early Warning, is in stores today, as well as on Kindle.  It's the sequel to last year's thriller, Hostile Intent, which went to No. 1 on Kindle upon its debut, sat high …
Discussion: Power Line
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
An Airline Magazine That Makes Travelers Want to Pull the Rip Cord  —  Safi Shows the Real Afghanistan, From Dog Fighting to Dry Swimming Pools  —  KABUL—Safi Airways, a start-up Afghan airline, ventures where few air carriers dare to go: Its in-flight magazine tells the ugly truth about the place where you're about to land.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Deal  —  Bob Somerby is following the latest Social Security chatter and hopes that Paul Krugman can explain how the trust fund works in an understandable way: … Well, hell, I'll take a crack at it.  Here's the simple version.  —  In 1983, when we last reformed Social Security …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Mike Allen's Mind-Mis-Meld.
Discussion: Firedoglake
msnbc.com:
Arizona prison escapee, fiancée-cousin caught  —  Pair on lam since July 30, accused of killing elderly Oklahoma couple  —  Escaped inmate John McCluskey and his fiancée-cousin Casslyn Welch were captured in the northeast Arizona's Apache County, the U.S. Marshals Office said late Thursday.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Ed Tibbetts / Pantagraph:
Thomson prison appraisal, fed's offer differ  —  THOMSON — The three appraisals of the Thomson Correctional Center have been completed, and the average value assigned to the vacant prison is far higher than what the Obama administration budgeted to buy the facility.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama now blames poor job numbers on congressional inaction.  Wait!  His party runs Congress  —  Just a few minor things to catch up on for the weekend now that the Fundraiser-in-Chief has gone on another vacation (Don't worry though.  White House chef Sam Kass went along, so the first family need not eat ordinary human food.)
Discussion: The Foundry and Erick's blog
Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
FAA Set to Levy Penalty on Airline  —  Federal regulators are ready to propose a record penalty of $25 million or more against American Airlines for maintenance lapses that prompted widespread flight cancellations in the spring of 2008, said people familiar with the matter.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Israelis and Palestinians to Resume Talks, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to announce Friday that Israel and the Palestinians will return to direct negotiations for the first time in 20 months, delivering the Obama administration …
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
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The Decline of Private Health Insurance
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