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10:40 PM ET, August 24, 2010


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Scott Whitlock /
Andrea Mitchell Lectures U.S. on Ground Zero Mosque: America Needs to Be ‘More Sensitive to Minority Communities’  —  Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday fretted that the “angry voices” protesting against the Ground Zero mosque will hurt Barack Obama's attempts to reach out to the Muslim world.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Karen Hughes: I don't remember any of my work with Imam  —  As you may have heard, former Bush senior adviser Karen Hughes came out against Cordoba House over the weekend.  Hughes called on Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to move the project in order to “provide a path toward the peaceful relationships …
Fox News:
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Imam: America Killed More Innocents Than Al Qaeda  —  The controversial imam at the center of the debate over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero says his goal is to create coalitions across the religious divide, but during a 2005 conference in Australia, he said America may be worse than Al Qaeda.
Discussion: Riehl World View
National Review:
Inventing Moderate Islam
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Minority leader Boehner to call for mass firing of Obama's economic team  —  CLEVELAND — House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will call Tuesday for the mass firing of the Obama administration's economic team, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House adviser Larry Summers …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner on the national stage
Discussion: CNN, National Review and The Page
Ed Hornick / CNN:
10 things Republicans must do in 10 weeks
Discussion: Don Surber and Pirate's Cove
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
John Boehner Mocked His Deficit Reduction Plan Before He Proposed It
The Hill:
House Republican leader calls on Obama to fire Geithner, Summers
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and National Review
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Meek wins; Scott leads McCollum  —  The anti-incumbent wave menacing Washington this year faced its toughest test to date Tuesday in primaries from Florida to Alaska, as an array of well-funded, energetic political veterans appeared poised to turn back primary challenges from insurgent outsider candidates.
Discussion: CNN, Guardian, Wonkette and Macsmind
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Rubio back on top  —  Democrats will get their stronger candidate if Kendrick Meek wins the Florida Senate primary tonight as expected- but the biggest winner coming out of the primary may be Marco Rubio.  PPP finds he would begin the general election in the lead at 40%, followed by Charlie Crist at 32%, and Meek at 17%.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
10 Questions for Marco Rubio
Nathan Hodge / Washington Wire:
Conway: U.S. Withdrawal Deadline Boosts Taliban in Afghan War  —  The top U.S. Marine general said President Barack Obama's announced July 2011 deadline to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan had given “sustenance” to the Taliban.  —  “We know the president was talking to several audiences …
Discussion: Hot Air, YID With LID and NO QUARTER
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Jonah Goldberg: Caring about Muslims is a hate crime against Real Americans  —  Jonah Goldberg, whose columns are apparently published in grown-up newspapers for consumption by literate adults, uses today's to expand on a theme that he first toyed with at The Corner last week …
Los Angeles Times:   Islamophobia?  Not really  —  The supposed anti-Muslim backlash …
Suhail A. Khan / Foreign Policy:
America's First Muslim President
July Existing-Home Sales Fall as Expected but Prices Rise  —  Existing-home sales were sharply lower in July following expiration of the home buyer tax credit but home prices continued to gain, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  —  Existing-home sales1 …
Alejandro Lazo / Los Angeles Times:
Sales of existing U.S. homes fall 27%
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
GOP Maintains Edge in Midterm Voting Preferences  —  Holds 47% to 44% advantage in latest update  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup tracking of 2010 midterm congressional election voting preferences shows 47% of registered voters saying they would vote for the Republican candidate and 44% …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Gallup.Com
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
For Obamacare supporters, judgment day approaches
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
MoJo for President: The Fantasy Continues  —  Joe Scarborough, former congressman from Florida and co-host of MSNBC's agenda-setting wake-up show Morning Joe, has protested, kindly and loudly (he is kind and loud), when speculation arises about his presidential ambitions.
Discussion: Salon and The Daily Caller
Greene escorted from campaign event  —  South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene was escorted from an event on Saturday.  —  Washington (CNN) - Embattled Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene was escorted from a meeting of the Oconee County Democratic Party on Saturday …
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
‘CBS Evening News’ Ties All-Time Low  —  The network newscast ratings for last week are in and “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” tied its all-time low in total viewers with an average of 4.89 million tuning in during the five days.  —  The low was set last June, when ABC also hit its own low.
Julie Appleby / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Colleges say new health law may imperil student policies  —  WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities say that some rules in the new health law could keep them from offering low-cost, limited-benefit student insurance policies, and they're seeking federal authority to continue offering them.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Sister Toldjah
Wall Street Journal:
The Twenty Years' War  —  Defeating Saddam took 19 years too long.  —  Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990.  Two decades later, on Aug. 18, 2010, the U.S. withdrew its last combat brigade from Iraq.  Throughout those years U.S. military operations went under a variety of names …
Discussion: Commentary
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Pickens Laments That He Failed To Convince Bush And Obama To Take Iraq's Oil
The Politico:
Is ‘Beckapalooza’ about cause or Beck?  —  Even as he prepares for a Saturday rally that could cement his status as an unparalleled force in conservative politics, Glenn Beck is facing quiet but persistent questions from some on the right about whether he can be a reliable partner …
Rachel Maddow Show on  —  Guests: Eugene Robinson, Kent Jones, Suhail Khan, Gail Hillebrand  —  RACHEL MADDOW, HOST: Good evening, Lawrence.  Thanks very much for that.  —  And thanks for you—thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Scott / Power Line:
A question too far...  ...for Obama's counterrorism adviser John Brennan, who has declared jihad a legitimate tenet of Islam.  Pressed on the issue by Washington Times editorial writer James Robbins — author of the terrific forthcoming book This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive …
Shai Oster / Wall Street Journal:
China Traffic Jam Could Last Weeks  —  BEIJING—A 60-mile traffic jam near the Chinese capital could last until mid-September, officials say.  —  Traffic has been snarled along the outskirts of Beijing and is stretching toward the border of Inner Mongolia ever since roadwork on the Beijing-Tibet Highway started Aug. 13.
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