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3:45 PM ET, August 21, 2010

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Associated Press:
Sweden withdraws arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder  —  Issued on rape allegations that Assange calls ‘without basis’  —  STOCKHOLM — Swedish prosecutors withdrew an arrest warrant for the founder of WikiLeaks on Saturday, saying less than a day after the document was issued that it was based on an unfounded accusation of rape.
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BBC:
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.
CNN:
WikiLeaks founder accused of rape, molestation in Sweden  —  Stockholm, Sweden (CNN) — The founder and editor of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is wanted in Sweden after accusations of rape and molestation, a spokeswoman for the Swedish prosecutor's office told CNN Saturday.
David Batty / Guardian:
Rape warrant against Wikileaks founder cancelled  —  Swedish authorities withdraw an arrest warrant for the founder of the whistleblowers' website on suspicion of rape  —  Swedish authorities have withdrawn an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, stating that the accusation of rape against him was unfounded.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Sweetness & Light
Jkavcnn / This Just In:
Is Assange the target of a U.S. smear campaign?
Colin Freeman / Telegraph:
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over ‘rape’ claim
The Local:
WikiLeaks founder suspected of rape
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Eye WikiLeaks Charges
Discussion: The Politico and The Caucus
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
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John / Power Line:
An Appalling Story  —  This afternoon at 4 p.m. Pacific …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Big Peace
Bruce Feiler / The Huffington Post:
Obama a Muslim!  Lincoln a Catholic!  FDR a Jew!  Why Americans Don't Like Their President's God  —  In 1860, in the midst of tensions surrounding the Civil War, it was widely believed in the United States that Abraham Lincoln was Catholic.  Coming on the heels of decades of anti-Catholic sentiment …
Discussion: Open Left
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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 …
Karen Hughes / Washington Post:
Move the New York City mosque, as a sign of unity
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The New Culture War.  —  When Andrew Sullivan first wrote “Goodbye to All That,” believing that the candidacy of Barack Obama could be the beginning of a “truce” in the culture war, he was largely placing the blame on the narcissism of the baby-boomers.  The culture war as Sullivan was writing …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Harry Reid's strategy: Winning ugly  —  RENO — As Republicans tie him to the state's economic tailspin and highlight his penchant for politically damaging gaffes, Harry Reid seems to have conceded he's going to remain the same unpopular figure here between now and Election Day.
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
America's Insurgent Pollster  —  Understanding the tea party is essential to predicting what the country's political scene will look like.  —  You can tell it's a volatile political year when a balding, middle-aged pollster gets a standing ovation from hundreds of state legislators …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Palestinians warn that U.S.-hosted peace talks could end soon after beginning  —  The Palestinians are warning that the new round of Middle East peace talks announced Friday by the Obama administration could be over as soon as they begin if Israel continues new construction in the West Bank.
Discussion: Aljazeera, Weasel Zippers and Bloomberg
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Michael Moore calls soldier accused of leaks ‘patriotic’
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Talking Green in Yellowstone
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
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Discussion: NO QUARTER and Matthew Yglesias
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Saw Drill Ban Killing Many Jobs
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Camp: 48 out of 50 states have lost jobs since stimulus
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Don Surber
Shân Ross / Scotsman:
Climate protester breaches RBS Gogarburn security and glues herself to desk
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
Aaron David Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Missing his moment, and America's
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Obama cites recess ‘attack ads’ in call for campaign finance bill
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Wyclef Jean / The Huffington Post:
Keep The Faith  —  It is with a heavy heart that I tell you today …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Mediaite
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Kerry: ‘Very active’ efforts under way to reach settlement with Taliban