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6:50 PM ET, August 22, 2010

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Frank Rich / New York Times:
How Fox Betrayed Petraeus  —  THE “ground zero mosque,” as you may well know by now, is not at ground zero.  It's not a mosque but an Islamic cultural center containing a prayer room.  It's not going to determine President Obama's political future or the elections of 2010 or 2012.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Going Mad in Herds  —  At the Bunch of Grapes bookstore on Martha's Vineyard, the sojourning President Obama bought a few books, including “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.  It was for his daughter, but it may have also conjured a sweet memory for the beleaguered president.
Discussion: Althouse and Prairie Weather
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Republicans question whether President Obama deserves a vacation  —  VINEYARD HAVEN, MASS. — For the second straight year, the first family has landed on this island of quaint seaside towns, second homes and working farms for a late-summer getaway.  —  But this year, more so than last …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Howard Dean: Obama aides need to spend ‘some time outside Washington’  —  Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Sunday that President Obama's political advisers are out of touch with average Americans and need to “spend some time outside Washington.”
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Reagan's first term offers measuring stick for Obama  —  Throughout this long year, President Obama's advisers have sometimes looked to Ronald Reagan for comparison and inspiration.  If the Gipper could survive a deep recession, low approval ratings and an adverse midterm election …
Discussion: Macsmind and Taylor Marsh
Erick Erickson / RedState:
By Faith: I Am Proud of Franklin Graham … Much has been made this week of Franklin Graham's comments both about the Ground Zero Mosque and Barack Obama's religion.  It has been more than hilarious to watch all the news networks, newspapers, and pundits try to explain Graham's comments.
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Dean Schabner / ABCNEWS:
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Opponents, Supporters Turn Out to Demonstrate  —  Daisy Khan, Organizer, Says Opposition Is ‘Like Metastasized Antisemitism’  —  Opponents of a planned Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero in New York shouted “Enough is enough” at supporters of the project …
Discussion: Reuters, Raw Story and Tammy Bruce
Joshua Miller / ABCNEWS:
Moving Islamic Center ‘Not’ On the Table for Now, Backer Says  —  Daisy Khan Says ‘Stakeholders’ Must be Consulted First  —  In an exclusive interview on “This Week,” Daisy Khan, one of the main backers of the mosque and Islamic community center near ground zero, told Christiane Amanpour …
msnbc.com:
Iran unveils ‘ambassador of death’ bomber  —  But unmanned aircraft has ‘message of peace,’ President Ahmadinejad says  —  TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Sunday inaugurated the country's first domestically built long-range unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an “ambassador of death” to Iran's enemies.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Blagojevich: Will call Emanuel, Reid, Menendez in retrial  —  Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Sunday that he would call a host of high-profile witnesses — including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel — to testify if he is retried on corruption charges.
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and The Jawa Report
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Feisal Abdul Rauf's Balancing Act in Mosque Furor  —  Not everyone in the Cairo lecture hall last February was buying the imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's message.  As he talked of reconciliation between America and Middle Eastern Muslims — his voice soft, almost New Agey — some questioners …
New York Times:
For Social Security, a Birthday Makeover  —  Social Security, now celebrating its 75th birthday, is receiving mixed diagnoses.  Some analysts think the program is on solid fiscal ground for decades to come, while others fear that the impending retirement of the baby boom generation precipitates a crisis.
Discussion: EconLog and The Volokh Conspiracy
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.
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New York Times:
Iran Opens Its First Nuclear Power Plant
Discussion: Truthdig, Hot Air and Fausta's Blog
 
 
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Tom DeLay's Legacy
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
As U.S. moves out of Iraq, military leaders keep an eye on Iran
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Sherrod to talk job offer with Vilsack
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Consumers Clamoring for a Leader
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Corrente
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
In Striking Shift, Small Investors Flee Stock Market
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
Bond Madness  —  Things are looking bleak for the economy …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Peter Baker / New York Times:
News Analysis: In Iraq, Obama Faces Balancing Act as Combat Mission Ends