Morning Must Reads: Conflation

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–Our colleague Bobby Ghosh explores Islamophobia in America for this week’s newsstand edition of TIME. A taste:

But to be a Muslim in America now is to endure slings and arrows against your faith — not just in the schoolyard and the office but also outside your place of worship and in the public square, where some of the country’s most powerful mainstream religious and political leaders unthinkingly (or worse, deliberately) conflate Islam with terrorism and savagery.

You can read an abridged version here, subscribe here or get the iPad version here.

–The Cordoba House/Park51 debate has quickly morphed into a larger conversation about cultural tension. But as much as it’s about the proposed structure itself, it’s worth noting that the project looks unlikely to be seen through to completion.

–New unemployment claims are up to 500,000 this week, a nine-month high and the fourth rise in the last five weeks. That whole Recovery Summer branding thing and Tim Geithner’s mission accomplished op-ed may really come back to bite Democrats.

–The White House isn’t subtle about wanting you to know Obama is concerned with kitchen table issues.

–RGA chairman Haley Barbour gets more money, more power and more good press.

–The last combat troops have left Iraq. Some 50,000 U.S. military personnel and an army of private contractors remain.

–John Guardiano provides a contrarian take on Robert Gates’s tenure.

–Basel says capital requirements won’t hurt growth.

–Obama and family head to the Vineyard for 10 days of R&R.

–And apparently, nice guy politicians shower with their clothes on (or something):

What did I miss?

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