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5:15 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.
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.
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:
Dems hit at Bush in new cable ad
DNC deploys George W. Bush in new ad
Discussion: Politics Daily and Mediaite
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.)
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   LA TIMES WRITER FORGETS FILIBUSTERS EXIST.... Stopping by the L …
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: ProPublica and Prairie Weather
The Huffington Post:
Critics Target Housing Policy
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
July Marks Another Ugly Month For Government Mortgage Modifications
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.
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
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jeffrey Goldberg's fabrication on NPR  —  (updated below Update II)  —  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, claimed I had “retracted” part of what I had written.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Howard Dean's Democracy For America Breaks With Him On Mosque Debate  —  What's Your Reaction: … The grassroots political organization founded by Howard Dean after the 2004 presidential election has made a dramatic break with the former DNC chairman over the construction of an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dean: ‘Some’ Dems demonizing N.Y. mosque opponents
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.
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 …
Mark Niquette / DispatchPolitics:
Obama had facts wrong about visit here  —  Finance director: Stimulus dollars didn't aid project  —  A local project that President Barack Obama cited during a visit Wednesday to Columbus as an example of how the federal stimulus package has worked isn't actually being funded with stimulus dollars.
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?
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 …
David Broder / The Fix:
The expanding Senate playing field  —  As we sat down to rank which ten Senate races are most likely to flip party control on November 2, it became immediately clear that our Line wasn't big enough.  —  The simple truth is that over the past six to nine months, the Senate playing field …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
That 20%  —  Allahpundit says all that needs to be said about new polling on the perception of Obama's religion: … South Park put it more succinctly.  —  (Cable news fail via Pareene)  —  Christianity - United States - Barack Obama - South Park - President
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Employment: (202) 691-6559 * *  —  Unemployment: (202) 691-6392 * *  —  Media contact: (202) 691-5902 *
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.
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 …
Nicole Allan / The Atlantic Online:
Campaign Scandals Are Weirder in Florida  —  A Florida state representative running for the House has been accused of beating up his girlfriend and then running a truck carrying his opponent's fliers off the highway.  —  Even when multiple versions of the flier/truck story are laid out, it still doesn't make much sense.
New York Times:
At the Far Edge  —  For months, it has been clear that Republican Congressional candidates would benefit from independent voters' dissatisfaction with President Obama.  With the Republican field now largely in place, all voters might want to take a close look at who those candidates are.
Joseph Stiglitz / Financial Times:
Needed: a new economic paradigm  —  The blame game continues over who is responsible for the worst recession since the Great Depression - the financiers who did such a bad job of managing risk or the regulators who failed to stop them.  But the economics profession bears more than a little culpability.
Discussion: MyDD
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Los Angeles Times:
Target feels backlash from shareholders
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Defending the Fight to Cast off a Conservative's “Shackles”
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Was Jeff Greene too cheap to beat Kendrick Meek?
Discussion: Salon and Ben Smith's Blog
Stephen Budiansky / New York Times:
Math Lessons for Locavores
Discussion: Eater National
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Pain Caucus  —  National Review takes on the similar trajectories …
Discussion: National Review and Rortybomb
Mark Gillispie / Metro:
High-tech carts will tell on Cleveland residents who don't recycle …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Michelle Malkin
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Things People Believe
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The lost promise of Barack Obama
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Commentary
Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Republican primary bruises not healing quickly
Discussion: The Caucus and The Eye
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
President Obama's winning streak
Discussion: Hot Air, TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Michelle Malkin:
And now: The stealth Obama ocean grab
Discussion: Wonkette and Babalú Blog
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
DSCC Planning Ads For Carnahan, Conway