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8:00 AM ET, August 22, 2010


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Karl Ritter / The Huffington Post:
Julian Assange Rape Case: Sweden WITHDRAWS Arrest Warrant  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  STOCKHOLM — Swedish authorities revoked a short-lived arrest warrant for the founder of WikiLeaks on Saturday, saying a rape accusation against him lacked substance.  —  Julian Assange …
Associated Press:
Sweden withdraws arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder
David Batty / Guardian:
Assange rape warrant cancelled
New York Times:
Iran Opens Its First Nuclear Power Plant  —  TEHRAN — Thirty-six years after construction began under the shah, Iran finally opened its first nuclear power plant at a ceremony on Saturday.  —  Attended by senior officials from Iran and Russia, the ceremony marked the beginning of the transfer …
Discussion: Hot Air, Truthdig and Fausta's Blog
Agency / Telegraph:
Iran ‘12 months from nuclear weapon’ US warns as Bushehr reactor started  —  The US sought to reassure Israel that Iran is still a year away from building a nuclear weapon, as Iran's leadership hailed the fuelling of its first nuclear power plant on Saturday.
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.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and American Power
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
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
In Striking Shift, Small Investors Flee Stock Market  —  Renewed economic uncertainty is testing Americans' generation-long love affair with the stock market.  —  Investors withdrew a staggering $33.12 billion from domestic stock market mutual funds in the first seven months of this year …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Corrente
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 …
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.
Andy McCarthy / National Review:
Ground Zero Thought Experiment  —  A friend poses the following: Imagine that there really were these fundamentalist Christian terror cells all over the United States, as the Department of Homeland Security imagines.  Let's say a group of five of these terrorists hijacked a plane, flew it to Mecca, and plowed it into the Kaaba.
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 …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Consumers Clamoring for a Leader  —  So it turns out that the Elizabeth Warren rap video that went “viral” this week is actually a made-in-Hollywood production.  —  You know the video, don't you?  The one in which a struggling comedian named Ryan Anthony Lumas, dressed in a cowboy outfit …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Corrente
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
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: sisu
Bruce Feiler / The Huffington Post:
Obama a Muslim!  Lincoln a Catholic! …
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.
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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:
Palestinians warn that U.S.-hosted peace talks could end soon after beginning
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Harry Reid's strategy: Winning ugly
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The New Culture War.  —  When Andrew Sullivan first wrote …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
America's Insurgent Pollster
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
Shân Ross / Scotsman:
Climate protester breaches RBS Gogarburn security and glues herself to desk
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News