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9:20 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.
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.
Jkavcnn / This Just In:
Is Assange the target of a U.S. smear campaign?
David Batty / Guardian:
Assange rape warrant cancelled
Discussion: TalkLeft and Sweetness & Light
Karl Ritter / The Huffington Post:
Julian Assange Rape Case: Sweden WITHDRAWS Arrest Warrant
The Local:
Sweden drops warrant for WikiLeaks founder
Discussion: Raw Story
Colin Freeman / Telegraph:   Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over ‘rape’ claim
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
John / Power Line:
An Appalling Story  —  This afternoon at 4 p.m. Pacific, Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink, is hosting a $500-per-person fundraiser for Jerry Brown.  John Nolte reports at Big Hollywood: … At Big Peace, a Gold Star Mother recounts her painful experience with Code Pink, a truly vile group.
An Example of Why Nobody Trusts Old Media: WaPo's Joel Achenbach  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Now, let's get to this Muslim business, ladies and gentlemen.  Joel Achenbach, an obscure, relatively unknown member of the ruling class partisan political operative media writes a blog at the Washington Post …
Discussion: theblogprof and sisu
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: Left Coast Rebel and Open Left
Andy McCarthy / National Review:
Ground Zero Thought Experiment
Discussion: Big Peace
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republican National Committee closes July with just $5 million on hand  —  The Republican National Committee spent twice as much as it raised in July, leaving the committee with just over $5 million on hand with less than three months left before the 2010 midterm elections.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
RNC has just $5m for final push
Discussion: The Other McCain, POLISING and Gawker
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Oy Vey, Obama  —  Is President Obama good for the Jews?  For more and more Jewish-Americans, the answer is no.  —  In a Pew Research Center report issued on Thursday and entitled “Growing Number of Americans Say Obama Is a Muslim” (tragic in its own right), there was another bit of bad news for Obama …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
News Analysis: In Iraq, Obama Faces Balancing Act as Combat Mission Ends  —  WASHINGTON — The official end of America's combat mission in Iraq next week will fulfill the campaign promise that helped vault President Obama to the White House, but it also presents profound risks as he seeks …
Discussion: The Page
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Slim Majority Says Iraq War Will Be Judged a Failure
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 …
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
With consumers slow to spend, businesses are slow to hire  —  CHICAGO — Corporate profits are soaring.  Companies are sitting on billions of dollars of cash.  And still, they've yet to amp up hiring or make major investments — the missing ingredients for a strong economic recovery.
Jesse Lee / White Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: No Corporate Takeover of Our Democracy  —  The President calls out Republicans for blocking campaign finance reforms that would address the Supreme Court decision opening the floodgates of corporate money into elections.  —  Click here to see the video.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Obama cites recess ‘attack ads’ in call for campaign finance bill
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, CNN and The Politico
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Saw Drill Ban Killing Many Jobs  —  Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs, but went ahead with the ban because they didn't trust the industry's safety equipment and the government's own inspection process …
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Paul Krugman:
Bond Madness  —  Things are looking bleak for the economy …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Nearly 50 percent leave Obama mortgage-aid program
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Michael Moore calls soldier accused of leaks ‘patriotic’
 Earlier Items: 
Roger Meiners / Wall Street Journal:
Talking Green in Yellowstone
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Mosque protest loses Gingrich