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4:45 PM ET, August 23, 2010


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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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “mosque” debate is not a “distraction”  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Opponents of the Park51 Islamic community center held a rally yesterday in Lower Manhattan, and a 4-minute video, posted below, reveals the true sentiments behind this campaign.
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.
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
New York mosque controversy worries Muslims overseas
Adam Kirk /
Islamic Radicals Threaten Suicide Bombings Against Gainesville Church
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Dan / Riehl World View:
My Response To The Daily Caller's Payola Allegations
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Ian Dodge /
So you are coming to the 8/28 Glenn Beck March on Washington?  —  by Bruce Majors  —  Herein a visitors' guide.  I will be updating it daily.  Please post any issues you want addressed or researched.  —  I am told (but did not check) that hotels are very full.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Tea Party guide to D.C.: Stay Northwest
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 …
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.
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
So far, Sestak back on his heels  —  Aggressive Toomey has sharper campaign message, more money to spread it.  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Sestak is halfway to learning whether his defeat of Arlen Specter will end with a seat in the U.S. Senate.  —  But so far Pat Toomey has controlled …
Republican Hagel backs Sestak in PA Senate race
Discussion: The Note and Ballot Box
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.
The Politico:
Dems urge Obama to take a stand  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs's recent complaint about the ingratitude of the “professional left” is a small symptom of a larger problem for President Barack Obama: He has left wide swaths of the Democratic Party uncertain of his core beliefs.
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mediaite
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 …
Washington Monthly:
College Dropout Factories  —  It was money—or the lack of it—that determined where Nestor Curiel chose to go to college.  The third of six children in an immigrant Mexican family, Nestor grew up in Blue Island, a gritty working-class suburb near Chicago's South Side.
Discussion: Economix
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Salon and Hit & Run
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Weekly Job Approval Average at New Low of 43%  —  Obama's ratings improved near end of week  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Obama's job approval rating slipped to 43% for the week of Aug. 16-22, down one percentage point from the previous weekly low set a week ago.
Discussion: Politic365 and Commentary
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
SPIN METER: Republicans hot, cold on Constitution  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia won his seat in Congress campaigning as a strict defender of the Constitution.  He carries a copy in his pocket and is particularly fond of invoking the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Eric Cantor: Mosque builders ‘not interested in healing’  —  ASHLAND, Va. — Rep. Eric Cantor, one of the highest-ranking Jewish lawmakers, says Muslims building a community center in lower Manhattan are “insensitive” and “not interested in healing or bringing people together.”
Discussion: Commentary and Weasel Zippers
Uninsured Slow To Sign Up For Coverage  —  HACKENSACK, N.J. - Just two people in New Jersey will begin receiving coverage Monday under new plans created by federal health care reforms.  —  NJ Protect plans are available to those who have been without insurance for at least six months …
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The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham Supports Drawdown Of U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Next Summer
Discussion: Firedoglake
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Gov. Quinn's chief of staff resigns amid ethics probe
Discussion: Hotline On Call and TPMMuckraker
Kevin Woster / Rapid City Journal:
Looking at 2012?  Thune campaign spending gives hints of presidential prospects
Discussion: GOP 12
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Raising the Ceiling of the House Projections
Discussion: Moe Lane
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Michelle Obama, Laura Bush plan joint 9/11 event
Discussion: Mediaite and Gothamist
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
The Republican divide: K Street vs. Tea Partiers
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