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2:41 AM ET, August 25, 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 …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
State Department compares Park 51 Imam to Shirley Sherrod  —  The State Department's top spokesman cautioned reporters Tuesday not to take snippets of edited remarks on the Internet by the “Ground Zero mosque” imam and use them to brand him a radical, lest they repeat the mistakes made by the media …
Fox News:
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Imam: America Killed More Innocents Than Al Qaeda
Discussion: Riehl World View
National Review:
Inventing Moderate Islam
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Scott shocks McCollum in Fla. governor's race  —  Multimillionaire health care executive Rick Scott narrowly captured the GOP's nomination for governor of Florida Tuesday night, shocking both Republican and Democratic insiders who believed the free-spending newcomer's fortunes had taken …
Discussion: CNN, Taylor Marsh, Guardian and Wonkette
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%.
Meek thanks supporters in e-mail
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
GOP Turnout Way Ahead in Florida?
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 …
Discussion: NPR and Mediaite, more at Mediagazer »
Los Angeles Times:
Islamophobia?  Not really  —  The supposed anti-Muslim backlash among Americans is mostly a myth.  —  ByJonah Goldberg  —  Here's a thought: The 70% of Americans who oppose what amounts to an Islamic Niketown two blocks from ground zero are the real victims of a climate of hate, and anti-Muslim backlash is mostly a myth.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Amnesty Int'l Finland: Israel scum state  —  Exclusive: In Jpost interview, Frank Johansson stands by his words.  —  Talkbacks (51)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Biased BBC
CHAIRMAN OF FINNISH AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CALLS ISRAEL A SCUM STATE.......  CHAIRMAN OF THE FAUX HUMAN RIGHTS  —  ORGANIZATION IN FINLAND A.I.  —  Finland's AI chairman Frank Johansson:  —  Oh I've been to Israel and deem it a scum state.  —  Writing on his blog over at the Finnish tabloid paper …
Discussion: Solomonia and RubinReports
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner on the national stage  —  CLEVELAND — John Boehner is clearly laying his marker for what Republicans think will propel them into the House majority in November.  —  Not a Contract with America, but a Contract on Obama.  A continuous battering of the president's advisers, policies and legacy.
Discussion: CNN, National Review and The Page
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
For Obamacare supporters, judgment day approaches
Dan Pfeiffer / White Blog Feed:
Their Economic Policies Haven't Changed, So They Won't Bring the Change We Need
The Huffington Post:
Bloomberg Launches Another Impassioned Defense Of Cordoba House  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In a rousing address before a predominantly Muslim audience Tuesday night, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reaffirmed his commitment to the controversial Islamic cultural center near the former site of the World Trade Center.
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
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: The Daily Caller and Salon
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
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 …
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
How Bad Was July's Plummet in Home Sales?  —  The housing bears were right: existing home sales fell off a cliff in July.  As my colleague Megan McArdle just noted, they sold at an annualized pace of 3.83 million, down by 27% versus June and 26% below July 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors.
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 …
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
McCain defeats conservative primary challenger  —  PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain routed conservative challenger J.D. Hayworth on Tuesday in the Republican primary in what could be the final campaign for the former GOP presidential nominee.  —  McCain spent more than $20 million to beat …
Discussion: and Mediaite
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
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.
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 …
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.
Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World:
Inhofe criticizes McCain on election day  —  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe attacked fellow Republican John McCain of Arizona on Tuesday as a closet liberal who “gets elected because of one thing - earmarks.”  —  Specifically, Inhofe was criticizing McCain's opposition to earmarks, which Inhofe said are simply appropriations.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama war on fisheries jobs gets vacation protest  —  President Obama may be on vacation this week at Martha's Vineyard, but as with all Presidents, it's a working vacation.  That's good, because the people who rely on fishing in the Northeast Atlantic have a message for Obama …
Discussion: Boston Herald
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
After Katrina, New Orleans Cops Were Told They Could Shoot Looters  —  This story was reported by Sabrina Shankman and Tom Jennings of Frontline, Brendan McCarthy and Laura Maggi of The New Orleans Times-Picayune and A.C. Thompson of ProPublica  —  In the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina …
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Sliced Bagels, Taxes on Top  —  What's the tax on a bagel?  It depends how you slice it—or in the case of New York, if you slice it.  —  State tax officials, under orders from cash-strapped Albany to ramp up their audit and compliance efforts, have begun to enforce one of the more obscure …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Gothamist, Gawker and TigerHawk
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Suhail A. Khan / Foreign Policy:
America's First Muslim President
Carol Cratty / CNN:
Government will appeal injunction against stem cell funding
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Discussion: Commentary
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
‘Race to the Top’ winners chosen
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog and AmSpecBlog
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Steve Goldstein / MarketWatch:
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HS test ‘slams’ Christianity, lauds Islam
St. Petersburg Times:
At this pace, early voters outnumber Election Day ballots
Discussion: Ballot Box
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dan Quayle defends son before vote
Rich Noyes /
New MRC Report Exposes The Real Radio Hatemongers