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3:55 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.
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.
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 …
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 and The Jawa Report
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
As U.S. moves out of Iraq, military leaders keep an eye on Iran  —  Iranian leaders “clearly” continue to back terrorist groups operating in Iraq, threatening the stability of Iraq's fragile government even as American troops are passing the baton of security to local forces, the U.S. commander in Iraq said Sunday.
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.
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 …
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 …
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: The Volokh Conspiracy
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
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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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Sherrod to talk job offer with Vilsack
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
EU-US convergence ?  —  The NYT ran yet another round …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Balloon Juice
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Consumers Clamoring for a Leader
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Corrente
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
 Earlier Items: 
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
With consumers slow to spend, businesses are slow to hire
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republican National Committee closes July with just $5 million on hand