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11:35 AM ET, August 21, 2010


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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.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Anti-Islam Protest in U.S. Seen as Lift for Extremists  —  WASHINGTON — Some counterterrorism experts say the anti-Muslim sentiment that has saturated the airwaves and blogs in the debate over plans for an Islamic center near ground zero in Lower Manhattan is playing into the hands of extremists …
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 …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama keeping public expressions of religion to a minimum
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Daisy Khan: “When will Muslims be accepted?”
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange accused of rape  —  Julian Assange was cited as saying the release of the allegations was “deeply disturbing”  —  Swedish authorities say they have issued an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, on accusations of rape and molestation.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Why won't the Pentagon help WikiLeaks redact documents?
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: Outside the Beltway and Nice Deb
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
In Mideast Talks, Scant Hopes From the Beginning  —  JERUSALEM — The American invitation on Friday to the Israelis and Palestinians to start direct peace talks in two weeks in Washington was immediately accepted by both governments.  But just below the surface there was an almost audible shrug.
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Israpundit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   U.S. officials: Abbas announcement imminent, details not yet finalized
The Politico:
Mideast talks offer promise, peril for Obama
Shân Ross / Scotsman:
Climate protester breaches RBS Gogarburn security and glues herself to desk  —  A CLIMATE change protester managed to breach security at the headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland by making an appointment to speak to an adviser and then glued herself to a desk.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Mosque protest loses Gingrich  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) will not be addressing a protest of the proposed mosque in lower Manhattan on the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.  —  The organizers of the rally, Stop Islamization of America …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
DNC Pulls Bush Ad / Update: Edits and Re-Posts Video  —  The Democratic National Committee released an advertisement, posted on the DNC's “Rapid Response” YouTube Channel, mocking George W. Bush.  The ad was laughable, and much derided.  —  Here is how it appeared in my post earlier today, Extremely Effective DNC Ad:
Debbie Lee / Big Peace:
Code Pink Tells Gold Star Mom: Your Son Deserved to Die  —  Note: Please join with me and Move America Forward in calling on Jerry Brown to return any money he has received from Jodie Evans and protest at her fundraiser tomorrow: Aug 21st at 4PM PST at the Home of Jodie Evans, 757 Palms Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Discussion: National Review and Big Hollywood
Wyclef Jean / The Huffington Post:
Keep The Faith  —  It is with a heavy heart that I tell you today that the board of elections in Haiti has disqualified me from my run for the presidency of the country.  Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee's final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same.
Discussion: and Mediaite
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Obama cites recess ‘attack ads’ in call for campaign finance bill  —  President Barack Obama used his Saturday radio address to call for completion of campaign finance reform legislation that is currently stalled in the Senate.  —  A day after he began a family vacation on Martha's Vinyard …
Discussion: The Politico
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.
The Huffington Post:
Critics Target Housing Policy  —  Experts inside and outside of government have:  — Warned about the potentially dangerous effects of artificially keeping interest rates low for an extended period because it may lead to imbalances that 4could cause another crisis;
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Treasury Admits HAMP Expectations Not Met, Thinks “Extend and Pretend” Is a Virtue
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Jay Heflin / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Camp: 48 out of 50 states have lost jobs since stimulus
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Aaron David Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Missing his moment, and America's
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama, Clyburn tee off together in Martha's Vineyard
Discussion: The Politico
Robert Mak / KING-TV:
First general election poll puts Rossi ahead; confirms competitive race
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Dems see fundraising dip in July
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Calculated Risk:
HAMP data for July
Discussion: New York Times
Blago Says, Like Winston Churchill, He Can Mount Dramatic Comeback
Discussion: Don Surber
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Biden: Democrats will keep the House and Senate
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Hill
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Mosque Politics, Ctd.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CON AIR.... It was hard to imagine the Brent Furer story getting worse …
Discussion: TPMDC
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
BioShock Takes On American Exceptionalism.
Discussion: The Confluence and Balloon Juice
Los Angeles Times:
Target feels backlash from shareholders
Joseph Stiglitz / Financial Times:
Needed: a new economic paradigm
Discussion: MyDD