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12:20 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.
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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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: Truthdig, Hot Air and Fausta's Blog
Agency / Telegraph:
Iran ‘12 months from nuclear weapon’ US warns as Bushehr reactor started
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: The Confluence and Corrente
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
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 …
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.
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: CNN
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Sherrod to talk job offer with Vilsack  —  Former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod is meeting Tuesday with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss a new job offer at the agency.  —  Sherrod said the new offer was on the table Saturday in Alabama at an event hosted …
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
EU-US convergence ?  —  The NYT ran yet another round …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Balloon Juice
Paul Krugman:
Bond Madness  —  Things are looking bleak for the economy …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Nearly 50 percent leave Obama mortgage-aid program
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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