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Afternoon Fix: Obama "respects the right of anybody" on mosque issue; Kirk, Giannoulias split

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  • Asked about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's position on the proposed ground zero mosque, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said that President Obama "respects the right of anybody" to disagree.
  • Meanwhile, in the race for Obama's former Senate seat, Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) said he supports the mosque site, while Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said the mosque should be moved to a "less controversial site."
  • Businessman Bill Binnie is going up with a new TV ad in the New Hampshire Senate Republican primary slamming former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte for her handling of the FRM fraud scandal investigation.
  • For the first time, a majority of those surveyed -- 51 percent -- disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, according to a new Gallup poll.


  • Polls close tonight in the Wyoming GOP gubernatorial primary (a.ka. the general election) at 9 p.m. Eastern and in Washington at 11 p.m. Eastern.
  • Today is the pre-primary FEC filing deadline for candidates running in Louisiana. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) already reported more than $500,000 raised since July 1, while opponent Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.) raised about half that.
  • Colorado gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes (R) has tapped former state Rep. Tambor Williams (R) as his running mate. The choice is not likely to matter much in the race, but with former Sens. Hank Brown (R) and Wayne Allard (R) now lining up behind Maes, are Colorado Republicans beginning to coalesce around their nominee?
  • Vice President Joe Biden is slated to speak tomorrow at the funeral of the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). On Friday, Biden heads to Missouri to address a meeting of Democratic National Committee members.


  • New Mexico's 1st district Republican nominee Jon Barela -- nothin' but net.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 17, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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