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11:45 AM ET, September 12, 2010

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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Is This America?  —  For a glimpse of how venomous and debased the discourse about Islam has become, consider a blog post in The New Republic this month.  Written by Martin Peretz, the magazine's editor in chief, it asserted: “Frankly, Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
A Harsh Thing I Should Have Said (Martin Peretz Dept)  —  Usually you regret the harsh things you say more than the harsh things you decide not to say.  At least, that's how it usually turns out for me.  —  Here's an exception.  Earlier this week I wrote an item about an incredible instance …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
A G.O.P. Leader Tightly Bound to Lobbyists  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats were preparing late last year for the first floor vote on the financial regulatory overhaul when Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders summoned more than 100 industry lobbyists …
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Time for This Big Dog to Bite Back  —  NO, he can't.  President Obama can't reverse the unemployment numbers by Election Day.  He can't get even a modest new stimulus bill past the Party of No, and even if he could, there would be few jobs to show for it until (maybe) 2011.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Boehner fights back: NYT story is ‘hatchet job’
Robert Costa / National Review:
Gingrich: Obama's ‘Kenyan, anti-colonial’ worldview  —  Citing a recent Forbes article by Dinesh D'Souza, former House speaker Newt Gingrich tells National Review Online that President Obama may follow a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview.  —  Gingrich says that D'Souza has made a …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
When Peggy Left Barry  —  How did the first president of color become so colorless?  —  And how can Obamicans can Obama?  —  The president is everywhere, trying to get more aggressive and recapture some of his “Yes we can” mojo in an effort to fend off the rebuke that's barreling toward him from voters this fall.
Discussion: Commentary and Daily Kos
The Hill:
New chairman: Unemployment ‘going to stay high’ in near term  —  President Obama's new chairman of the Council of Economic Affairs (CEA) said Sunday that the national unemployment rate will not decrease significantly anytime soon.  —  Austan Goolsbee, who Obama announced on Friday …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Palin Welcomes Murkowski to Alaskan Election Race, Calls Effort ‘Futile’  —  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said she would welcome a write-in ballot bid by Senator Lisa Murkowski, while predicting it would be a “futile” effort.  —  “Joe Miller is going to win the general,” …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Hoyer: Dems won't lose the House  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) acknowledged Sunday that Democrats will lose seats in the midterm elections but said they will keep their majority.  —  “We are going to hold the House,” said Hoyer, appearing on CNN's State of the Union.
Michael Isikoff / msnbc.com:
Saudi diplomat seeking asylum: ‘My life is in danger’  —  Envoy says he fears persecution if he leaves the U.S. and returns home  —  A ranking Saudi diplomat told NBC News that he has asked for political asylum in the United States, saying he fears for his life if he is forced to return to his native country.
WSMV-TV:
2 Local Men Burn Quran Despite Protest  —  Local Religious Leaders Follow Through With Plans  —  SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. — Despite multiple pleas to reconsider, two local religious leaders held a private Quran burning in a Springfield backyard Saturday afternoon.
Discussion: NY Daily News and Raw Story
Michael Moore / The Huffington Post:
If the ‘Mosque’ Isn't Built, This Is No Longer America  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  I am opposed to the building of the “mosque” two blocks from Ground Zero.  —  I want it built on Ground Zero.  —  Why?  Because I believe in an America that protects those who are the victims of hate and prejudice.
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
King: Imam behind Ground Zero-area mosque ‘blackmailing’ U.S. on project
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent  —  IRKUTSK, Russia — It was late one afternoon in January when a squad of plainclothes police officers arrived at the headquarters of a prominent environmental group here.  They brushed past the staff with barely a word and instead set upon the computers before carting them away.
 
 
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Richard Harris / NPR:
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Peterhamby / CNN:
Florida Republicans get political on 9/11 anniversary
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San Francisco Chronicle:
‘It looks like a war zone’
Discussion: SFist and The Moderate Voice
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Capitol Quran reading Saturday to ‘counter the forces of ignorance’
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