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11:45 AM ET, August 23, 2010

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Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Protests, Rhetoric Feed Jihadists' Fire  —  Islamic radicals are seizing on protests against a planned Islamic community center near Manhattan's Ground Zero and anti-Muslim rhetoric elsewhere as a propaganda opportunity and are stepping up anti-U.S. chatter and threats on their websites.
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Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Far from Ground Zero, other plans for mosques run into vehement opposition  —  MURFREESBORO, TENN. — For more than 30 years, the Muslim community in this Nashville suburb has worshipped quietly in a variety of makeshift spaces — a one-bedroom apartment, an office behind a Lube Express …
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
New York mosque controversy worries Muslims overseas  —  Some can't understand the fuss over a house of worship and how a democracy promoting religious freedom could even be having such a debate.  Others are offended at the conflation of the 9/11 attacks with all Muslims.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Now That's Rich  —  We need to pinch pennies these days.  Don't you know we have a budget deficit?  For months that has been the word from Republicans and conservative Democrats, who have rejected every suggestion that we do more to avoid deep cuts in public services and help the ailing economy.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Poll numbers in 1994, a bad year for Democrats, don't bode well for them in 2010  —  Is it deja vu all over again for Democrats?  —  Some neutral observers and senior strategists within the party have begun to believe that the national political environment is not only similar to what they saw in 1994 …
Discussion: Wake up America
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Democrats to push party small-business agenda this week  —  House Democrats are planning a coordinated effort to highlight the party's small-business agenda this week, hoping to build momentum for stalled jobs legislation while hammering Republicans for obstructionism.
Lou Cannon / Politics Daily:
2010 Elections: Big Potential for Republican Governor, Redistricting Wins
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Betsy's Page
Orange Squeezer / Nick Egoroff Orlando …:
Was Mike Huckabee Ready To Sell His Endorsement to Rick Scott for $250,000?  —  I have spoken with a reliable source telling me that a little over a week ago, Mike Huckabee approached the Rick Scott campaign and made overtures that his endorsement could be had for $250,000 dollars.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, Ballot Box and Weigel
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Real Estate's Gold Rush Seems Gone for Good  —  Housing will eventually recover from its great swoon.  But many real estate experts now believe that home ownership will never again yield rewards like those enjoyed in the second half of the 20th century, when houses not only provided shelter but also a plump nest egg.
Kristi Keck / CNN:
10 things Obama must do in 10 weeks  —  (CNN) — President Obama is facing criticism that his message has gone off track at a crucial time for his party and administration.  With the midterm elections just 10 weeks away, the president's approval ratings are at their lowest.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Shakesville
Tracy Alloway / FT Alphaville:
Moving targets, US housing edition  —  If at first you don't succeed . . . move the goal-posts.  —  In the grand tradition of stimulus policy gone wrong, that seems to be just what the US Treasury has done in relation to its Hamp mortgage modification programme.
Discussion: interfluidity
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Taliban-hired snipers believed to have killed British soldiers killed by air strikes  —  Four foreign snipers hired by the Taliban, thought to be responsible for the deaths of ten British soldiers, have been hunted down and killed.  —  The mercenaries were found by British special forces …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.  —  David H. Koch in 1996.  He and his brother Charles are lifelong libertarians and have quietly given more than a hundred million dollars to right-wing causes.  —  KEYWORDS … On May 17th, a black-tie audience …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and pandagon.net
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Philly requiring bloggers to pay $300 for a business license  —  It looks like cash hungry local governments are getting awfully rapacious these days: … To say that these kinds of draconian measures are detrimental to the public discourse would be an understatement.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Max Blumenthal Lies Again About Geller  —  Max Blumenthal, notorious Jew hater, is lying, slandering and making up racist propaganda against me again.  I have no idea what this rally is.  I have no idea who these people are.  I have no idea who organized this rally.
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Pakistanis Tell of Motive in Taliban Leader's Arrest  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — When American and Pakistani agents captured Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's operational commander, in the chaotic port city of Karachi last January, both countries hailed the arrest as a breakthrough …
Ruth Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Credit-Card Rates Climb  —  Levels Hit Nine-Year High as New Rules Limiting Penalty Fees Help Fuel Rise  —  Interest rates continue to tumble for the U.S. Treasury, companies and home buyers alike.  But for a large portion of 381 million U.S. credit-card accounts, borrowing rates have been moving only one way: up.
New York Times:
Iran's President Unveils New Long-Range Drone Aircraft  —  TEHRAN — Iran unveiled a long-range unmanned bomber on Sunday, the latest in a series of announcements about new Iranian military advances as tensions rise over Tehran's nuclear program.  —  Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Insurance agents fight for survival in world after health reform  —  Insurance agents and brokers, afraid of being rendered irrelevant in the post-health reform world of simplified insurance shopping, are fighting for their very survival.  —  The agents want lawmakers' and regulators' support …
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Politico
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ARMEY DEMANDS ‘COURAGE’ ON RADICAL RYAN ROADMAP.... Rep. Paul Ryan …
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
South Korea free trade pact back on U.S. agenda
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Details About President Obama's Iraq Address Next Week
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Tim Geithner / msnbc.com:
Transcripts on  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday …
Wall Street Journal:
$4.4 Trillion  —  That's how much the spending baseline has increased in 31 months.
Discussion: Time and Commentary
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Facing Afghan mistrust, al-Qaeda fighters take limited role in insurgency
Discussion: Firedoglake and BBC
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
SPIN METER: Republicans hot, cold on Constitution
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
The Taylor Rule And The “Bond Bubble” (Wonkish)
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Howard Dean: I can't shake the feeling that Obama's advisors …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, Commentary and Gateway Pundit
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Obama's truce with teachers
Discussion: THE UNION LABEL
Wall Street Journal:
Threat of Wall Street Job Cuts Looms
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Page
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
PA may quit talks if building resumes
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
VIDEO: Democrat Jane Harman Admits, ‘Ahmadinejad Was . . . My Boyfriend!’
Discussion: Doug Ross and Pajamas Media