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Afternoon Fix: Harry Reid opposes Ground Zero mosque; Rick Scott ad takes on Obama

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made news today when he said he opposed the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

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According to a spokesperson, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "respects" that the First Amendment protects freedom of religion, but thinks that the Ground Zero mosque "should be built someplace else."

Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.) is up with her first TV ad, a 30-second broadcast and cable spot in which she declares that "bailout is just another word for cop-out."

Businessman Rick Scott (R) is launching his latest TV ad of the Florida Republican gubernatorial primary, a 30-second spot in which he takes on President Obama on the issue of the Ground Zero mosque. Meanwhile, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D) is up with her first TV ad of the race.

South Carolina Lt. Gov. nominee Ashley Cooper (D) is calling on Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene to end his campaign "immediately," calling the charges against Greene "very serious and troubling."


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President Obama holds a fundraiser in Los Angeles tonight for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, followed by a rally for Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in Seattle tomorrow. The Washington event will be Obama's only public rally among this week's fundraisers. How will he be received?

Voters are voting tomorrow in Washington and Wyoming! The Wyoming Republican gubernatorial primary and the Washington Senate race are tops, but there's a competitive primary for Rep. Brian Baird's (D-Wash.) seat, too. Plus, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) backing two Republican candidates (state Auditor Rita Meyer in Wyoming and former Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier in Washington). Will it be a good day for her?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is campaigning for Rep. Joe Sestak's (D-Pa.) Senate bid and DC Mayor Adrian Fenty's (D) re-elect bid tomorrow -- two events that indicate the mayor is stepping up his profile on the heels of his comments on the Ground Zero mosque.

As fallout over Obama's remarks on the mosque continues, will other Democrats join Reid's call for the Ground Zero mosque to be built elsewhere?


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By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 16, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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