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Newt Gingrich: Building Islamic center not far from Ground Zero like posting a Nazi sign next to Holocaust memorial. Yet he will still receive endless face time on Fox and elsewhere.
Robert Gates says he’s quitting as Pentagon chief next year. Maybe he’s angling for Steve Carell’s job at "The Office"?
Huff Post: As the midterm elections get closer, it is becoming increasingly clear that this political season won’t be any different when it comes to political insults. With the Senate race as a choice between a "mob banker" and a "serial liar" (or a new Republican Senate candidate, Linda "crotch-kicker" McMahon), the name-calling is sure to get much worse before November.
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy announced that it was suing the Department of Energy for failure to comply with FOIA in a meaningful way over nuclear power subsidies. The Obama administration said in February it would provide $8.3 billion in taxpayer-financed loan guarantees to the Southern Company to build two new nuclear reactors at its Plant Vogtle in Georgia.
MONDAY ON THE LINKS
Paul Krugman blasts critics of Social Security at its 75th birthday–numbers and arguments don’t add up, and then there’s the "ignorance."
New Yorker site with chapter from Sean Wilentz’s forthcoming book on Bob Dylan in America, this excerpt covering Dylan, Allen Ginsberg and the Beats.
David and Goliath: Gen. Petraeus on "Meet the Press" says U.S. military leaders inherited faulty strategy for Afghan war at end of Bush era. Opposes fast pullout and says he didn’t sign on just for a "graceful exit." …. Gen. McChrystal reportedly getting new gig — teaching at Yale.