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1:50 AM ET, August 20, 2010

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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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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Palin to AP: It's ‘Ground Zero mosque’  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) called out The Associated Press on Twitter Thursday for its decision to avoid the term “Ground Zero mosque” in its coverage.  —  She also knocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for suggesting Wednesday …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
AP advises staff on location of Islamic center and mosque  —  The Associated Press, one of world's most powerful news organizations, issued a memo today advising staff to avoid the phrase “Ground Zero mosque.”  —  The Upshot reported Tuesday that the AP started using the phrase “Ground Zero mosque” in some headlines in late May.
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Help AP Writers Find a Substitute Phrase for ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ — Update: Rep. Grayson Offers Suggestions  —  The Associated Press is now prohibiting its staff from using the words “Ground Zero mosque” in stories: … The AP memo is here.  Give it a read and see if you think it's simply …
The Huffington Post:
Ted Olson, Former Bush Solicitor General And Husband Of 9/11 Victim, Backs Obama On ‘Ground Zero Mosque’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Ted Olson, former George W. Bush solicitor general, attorney behind the case against California's gay marriage ban, and husband of a woman who died aboard …
Discussion: TPMCafe and Crooks and Liars
Brian / Weasel Zippers:
Music Video Sums Up Opposition to Ground Zero Mosque - “Salt in the Wound” - Video
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
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CNN:
TRENDING: White House strikes back at ‘Muslim’ tag
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:   White House Defends Obama's Faith
People-Press.org:
Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
‘Ground Zero’ Imam: ‘I Am a Jew, I Have Always Been One’  —  The right-wing campaign against the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” includes vicious personal attacks on the Muslim cleric who leads the Cordoba Initiative, the organization behind the plan.  I know Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf …
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 …
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.”
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
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Hip-Hop Mogul: If You Blame Muslims For 9-11, Blame Christians For 1st WTC Bombing!  —  I did not know Ramzi Yousef, Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammad Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Abdul Rahman Yasin and Ahmad Ajaj were Christian names?  Must have been converts prior to 1993.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Russell Simmons on Ground Zero mosque: We didn't blame all Christians …
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
Russell Simmons on CNN: Christians Bombed the WTC in 1993?
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Pajamas Media
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Clemens to Be Indicted for Perjury in Doping Testimony  —  Federal authorities have decided to indict Roger Clemens on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to two people briefed on the matter.  —  An announcement is expected later today.
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CNN:
Clemens indicted on obstruction of Congress charges
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Shot fired at Al Franken's condo  —  Minneapolis and Capitol Hill police are investigating a shot that was fired at the condo of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).  —  Nobody was home at the time of the incident, which was not reported until after the senator and his wife returned home to Minneapolis …
Discussion: CNN, Wonkette, Politics Daily and TPMDC
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Senate candidate yanks video showing smoldering 9/11 site  —  This one is ugly.  —  GOP Senate candidate Roy Blunt's campaign has pulled down a Web video displaying the smoldering remains of the 9/11 attacks alongside audio of his Democratic opponent saying the location of the Islamic center should be up to New Yorkers to decide.
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The Huffington Post:
Robin Carnahan, Missouri Senate Candidate, Wants Bush Tax Cuts Extended For Wealthy
Discussion: Firedoglake, cn|2 Politics and TalkLeft
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 …
CNBC:
Weekly Jobless Claims Post Surprise Jump, Hit 500,000  —  New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to a nine-month high last week, yet another setback to the frail economic recovery.  —  Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 500,000 …
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Ryan Alessi / cn|2 Politics:
Rand Paul and Jack Conway locked in tie at 41, new cn|  2 Poll shows  —  Democratic U.S. Senate candidate appears to have picked up some undecided voters over the last two weeks and is in a dead heat with Republican candidate Rand Paul, the latest cn|  2 Poll shows.
Discussion: Swing State Project and TPMDC
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Decline of Private Health Insurance  —  I'm not very interested in the underlying dispute between Scott Winship and Mike Konczal, but I did think this Winship chart about health insurance was interesting:  —  I emailed Winship to ask him what this data looks like if we examine the under-65 crowd.
Discussion: ScottWinshipWeb and TalkLeft
Hotline On Call:
How To Lose A Guy In 75 Days  —  Two years after his coattails helped sweep two dozen Democrats into office, President Obama is proving more a boon to Republicans than to Democrats during the midterm elections.  His poll numbers are so morose that Democrats are planning ways to avoid his shadow …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Video discussion with Gov. Howard Dean  —  (updated below)  —  Howard Dean spoke to me this afternoon for roughly 20 minutes regarding his remarks on a New York City radio station yesterday concerning the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, as well as the response he wrote, published today on Salon, to my criticisms.
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Poll: Majority of N.J. voters approve of Gov. Chris Christie's job performance  —  TRENTON — After his stampedes on budget cuts and property tax caps, the payoff for Gov. Chris Christie is a bounce in his approval rating, according to a poll released today.
National Review:
You'll Get Served  —  The West Wing is on notice.  —  If Republicans win the House this fall, Rep. Darrell Issa will wield the majority's sharpest investigative tool: the subpoena pen.  —  “Cabinet officers, assistant secretaries, directors — I will be able to take on everybody …
Discussion: Federal Eye, American Glob and Weigel
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.
Discussion: pandagon.net
WSB-TV:
Poll Shows Deal With Narrow Lead Over Barnes  —  ATLANTA — An InsiderAdvantage/WSB-TV poll conducted in the race to be Georgia's next governor showed Republican Nathan Deal with a 4 point lead over Democrat Roy Barnes.  —  The poll, the first since the state primary election …
Discussion: Swing State Project
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Charlie Crist Moving Left: Independent Thanks God For Leaving GOP …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
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Talk Business:
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Discussion: Weigel, The Fix and Swing State Project
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Cruel summer
CNN:
2012 Watch: Santorum being “pulled along” to 2012 race
J.R. Dunn / American Thinker:
Obama's Point of No Return
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Michael Sokolove / New York Times:
Joe Sestak, the 60th Democrat
Discussion: Tablet Magazine
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Skip the lecture on Israel's ‘risks for peace’