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8:05 PM ET, August 23, 2010


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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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: and The Other McCain
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 - Update III)  —  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.
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.
Kbh /
Responding to Dr. Krugman's column on tax cuts for the rich
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Chicago Boyz
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
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 …
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.
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
Judge stops federal funding of embryonic stem cell research  —  Washington (CNN) — A U.S. district judge granted a preliminary injunction Monday to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell research that he said destroys embryos, ruling it went against the will of Congress.
Discussion: Think Progress and Truthdig
U.S. Court Rules Against Obama's Stem Cell Policy
Discussion: Weekly Standard and ACS Blog
Adam Kirk /
Islamic Radicals Threaten Suicide Bombings Against Gainesville Church  —  A Gainesville church plans to go ahead with the burning of the Muslim holy book on Sept. 11, despite threats of bombings and the lack of a permit.  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, Terry Jones …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 and The Daily Dish
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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
The son tries to rise  —  LAS VEGAS — Rory is fighting like a Reid.  —  Trailing by double digits in the polls in his bid to be Nevada's next governor, Rory Reid is looking for a knockout punch against Republican opponent Brian Sandoval, promising a major fall offensive attacking him before the November election.
Discussion: CNN
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Islamic group calls Boehner's mosque stance ‘un-American’  —  An Islamic organization is urging its supporters to contact House Minority Leader John Boehner's office to object to his stance on the Lower Manhattan mosque, calling his stance “un-American.”  —  The Cincinnati chapter of the Council …
Discussion: Politics Extra and Weasel Zippers
Boston Herald:
Obama: Tee-ing off nation, 1 Sunday at a time  —  EDGARTOWN - Another Sunday, another missed opportunity for President Obama to prove to America he's not a Muslim.  —  But instead of attending church services at one of the dozens and dozens of quaint, island Christian churches yesterday morning …
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.
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Paul money bomb falls short  —  Republican Rand Paul's latest money bomb appears to have, well, bombed.  —  While the Kentucky Senate nominee raised an impressive $258,000 in his two-day fundraising quest Thursday and Friday, that's far short of the $400,000-plus his campaign hoped to raise.
Discussion: cn|2 Politics and Wonkette
The Huffington Post:
RNC Committeewoman Kim Lehman Claims Obama Told Muslims That He Was A Muslim  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The Republican ranks have, by and large, cautiously avoided weighing in on recent poll numbers showing that a healthy portion of the American public believes that President Barack Obama is a Muslim.
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Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
WH counter-terrorism adviser Brennan storms out of TWT offices
Discussion: Solomonia, Potluck and AmSpecBlog
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Venezuela, More Deadly Than Iraq, Wonders Why
Megan McGrath / NBC Washington:
Barack Obama Elementary Opens in Maryland
Anita Kumar / Virginia Politics Blog:
Cuccinelli: State can regulate abortion clinics
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Blogger beware: Postings can lead to lawsuits
Discussion: TalkLeft and Law Blog
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Net-neutrality group challenged by ties to MoveOn.Org, ACORN
Discussion: Big Government and Hot Air
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
So far, Sestak back on his heels
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Weekly Job Approval Average at New Low of 43%
Discussion: Hot Air, Politic365 and Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Raising the Ceiling of the House Projections
Discussion: Hot Air, Moe Lane and
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Biden predicts successful Iraqi political future
Discussion: FP Passport and HotAirPundit
Alyssa Battistoni / Salon:
The creeping threat of backdoor privatization
Orange Squeezer / Nick Egoroff Orlando …:
Was Mike Huckabee Ready To Sell His Endorsement to Rick Scott for $250,000?