• Why the White House has not weighed in the Cordoba Initiative: The pro-construction side polls horribly nationwide. [Ben Smith]

• Meanwhile, the Obama administration is sending the extremely radical imam behind the center on a diplomatic outreach tour of the Mideast … just like the Bush administration did. [American Prospect]

• An especially good Tony Judt obit. [NY Observer]

• A fourth-grader reads Portnoy’s Complaint. [The Millions]

• Steve Stern, author of The Frozen Rabbi, reveals and revels in his musical taste. [Paper Cuts]

• Tonight! Lower East Side Tenement Museum! Go see our very own Sara Ivry interview novelist Ghita Schwarz! [Tenement Museum]