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1:10 AM ET, August 24, 2010


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Ann McElhinney / Not Evil Just Wrong:
James Cameron—King of Hypocrites  —  Last March James Cameron sounded defiant.  —  The Avatar director was determined to expose journalists, such as myself, who thought it was important to ask questions about climate change orthodoxy and the radical “solutions” being proposed.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Report: Director James Cameron calls climate change skeptics ‘swine’  —  James Cameron, director of the eco-tinged smash film Avatar, on Sunday called global warming skeptics “swine” at a renewable energy conference in Aspen, Colo., according to a news report.
Aaron Hedge / Aspen Times:
Filmmaker Cameron, in Aspen, has harsh words for global warming skeptics  —  ASPEN — James Cameron doesn't mince words when talking about people who are skeptical that humans are causing global warming.  —  “I think they're swine,” the renowned filmmaker told an audience member Sunday …
Noel Sheppard /
Filmmaker James Cameron Backs Out of Global Warming Debate HE Organized
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Climate Depot
Marc Morano / Climate Depot:
From King of the World to Chicken of the Sea: Director James …
Discussion: Nice Deb
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
True stories of bloggers who secretly feed on partisan cash  —  Katie Couric once described bloggers as journalists who gnaw at new information “like piranhas in a pool.”  But increasingly, many bloggers are also secretly feeding on cash from political campaigns, in a form of partisan payola …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Blogger payola?  —  Election season usually means better ad rates …
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
True stories of bloggers who secretly feed on partisan cash
Discussion: POWIP and Riehl World View
Dan / Riehl World View:
My Response To The Daily Caller's Payola Allegations
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
ATLAS EXCLUSIVE!  GROUND ZERO MOSQUE IMAM FEISAL'S EXTREMISM EXPOSED: IN HIS OWN WORDS: “the United States has more blood on its hands than al Qaida,” Elimination of Israel, the N-Word, “Fahrenheit 911”  —  The media frenzy to destroy good, decent Americans who oppose a 15-story mega-mosque on Ground Zero is rabid.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
‘The United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims.’  —  In light of this . . .  . . . everyone who lectured us about how moderate and sensible Imam Rauf is is invited to eat their words with the sauce of their choice.
Discussion: Macsmind and Cold Fury
Rasmussen Reports:
Many More Now Following Mosque Controversy - And Don't Like It  —  A lot more voters are paying attention to the plans to build a mosque near the Ground Zero site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, and they don't like the idea.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Anti-Semitic Incident at Ground Zero Mosque Counter Protest  —  At Sunday's Ground Zero mosque protest, I spoke to one man who had been with the counter-protesters, Joey “Boots” Bassolino, immediately after the police pulled him out from the crowd.  What happened, I asked?
Dana Loesch /
Rage Against Teh Joos! WTC Supporters Attack Man at Rally
Discussion: American Power and Gateway Pundit
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Thousands Protest Ground Zero Mosque
Discussion: Solomonia and Keep America Safe
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
L.A. Times Runs Most Biased Top Story Ever Published In Any Free-World Newspaper  —  In one of its many books of guidelines, the Los Angeles Times instructs employees to write so that a reader “cannot detect” the political views of the reporter.  If there's any place where you'd expect …
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 …
David Weigel / Weigel:
A Purge at the Cato Institute?  —  The libertarian Cato Institute is parting with two of its most prominent scholars.  Brink Lindsey, the institute's vice president of research and the author of the successful book The Age of Abundance, is departing to take a position at the Kauffman Foundation.
U.S. Court Rules Against Obama's Stem Cell Policy  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. district court issued a preliminary injunction on Monday stopping federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, in a slap to the Obama administration's new guidelines on the sensitive issue.
Discussion: ACS Blog and TalkLeft
Judge stops federal funding of embryonic stem cell research
Discussion: Think Progress and Truthdig
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
WH counter-terrorism adviser Brennan storms out of TWT offices  —  White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan joined President Barack Obama and the rest of the First Family in Martha's Vineyard, while the President and his family vacationed.  As I wrote in my Friday post on Mr. Brennan …
Discussion: Solomonia, Potluck and AmSpecBlog
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 …
Kbh /
Responding to Dr. Krugman's column on tax cuts for the rich  —  In his column yesterday, Dr. Paul Krugman argues for raising the top marginal income tax rates on January 1.  His polemic is useful because it encapsulates most of the Left's arguments.  —  Language trick #1: “We” (the government) should not “give money to the rich.”
The Smoking Gun:
Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts  —  DEA wants “Black English” linguists to decipher bugged calls … The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Jimmy Carter headed to North Korea on rescue mission  —  Jimmy Carter is set to travel to North Korea very soon, according to two sources familiar with the former president's plans, in what they characterized as a private mission to free a U.S. citizen imprisoned there.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Rep. Jordan: If GOP wins the House, we won't get anything done except frame the 2012 election.  —  Last Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) held a town hall with his constituents in Shelby, Ohio, and fielded questions on a variety of topics ranging from health care to the economy.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The best (positive) campaign ad of the cycle?  —  Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) is out with a new ad in his bid for the state's open governorship that perfectly captures the anti-politician sentiment coursing through the electorate.  —  “I'm John Hickenlooper and I guess …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Why is left so disappointed in Obama?  —  Politico top dog editor John Harris is leading his site with another one of his big-think conversation-driving pieces, and this one tries to explain the left's disappointment with Obama: … This is certainly something that many on the left think …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Megan McGrath / NBC Washington:
Barack Obama Elementary Opens in Maryland  —  To view this video you must to have Flash Player 9.0 or later installed.  Click to download the most recent version of Flash.  —  The first school in the D.C. area named after the current president opens Monday morning as the school year begins in Prince George's County.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Sessions: ‘Sick to my stomach’ over Miller attacks  —  National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions is trying to referee an increasingly bitter Florida 24th District primary, criticizing a new mailer from Florida Republican Craig Miller questioning rival Karen Diebel's mental fitness as out of bounds.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Raising the Ceiling of the House Projections  —  Patrick Ruffini wants a new update on the overall outlook for the House.  —  I had a list of 99 back in May.  A few races have been added since then (Bob Etheridge had not grabbed anyone by the neck back then), and the outlook has shifted a bit.
Discussion: Hot Air, Moe Lane and
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Richard Just / The New Republic:
Disgrace  —  Obama's increasingly absurd gay marriage position.
Discussion: Democracy in America
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Students, Welcome to College; Parents, Go Home
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Grayson Knocks ‘Taliban Dan’ Webster For Supporting ‘Covenant Marriage’
Discussion: Weigel
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Islamic group calls Boehner's mosque stance ‘un-American’
Discussion: Politics Extra, CNN and Weasel Zippers
Manu Raju / The Politico:
The son tries to rise
Discussion: CNN
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Venezuela, More Deadly Than Iraq, Wonders Why
Anita Kumar / Virginia Politics Blog:
Updated: Cuccinelli: State can regulate abortion clinics
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Blogger beware: Postings can lead to lawsuits
Discussion: Law Blog and TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Net-neutrality group challenged by ties to MoveOn.Org, ACORN
Discussion: Big Government and Hot Air
Felix Salmon:
Why hedge funds are less risky than banks
Discussion: The New Republic
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Paul money bomb falls short
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