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12:05 PM ET, July 9, 2010


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Be Careful What You Wish For Department: Federal District Court Strikes Down DOMA  —  Today Judge Joseph Tauro in the federal district court in Massachusetts struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in two opinions, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, and Massachusetts v. HHS.
David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
DOMA case and the Tenth Amendment  —  Jack Balkin has an interesting post on today's two Defense of Marriage Act cases from the federal District of Massachusetts, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, and Massachusetts v. HHS.  The latter case found DOMA unconstitutional, as applied to Massachusetts …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and GayPatriot
New York Times:
Judge Topples U.S. Rejection of Gay Unions  —  BOSTON — A federal judge in Massachusetts found Thursday that a law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, ruling that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Judge: Federal gay marriage ban unconstitutional
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: West Virginia Senate Special Election  —  West Virginia Senate: Manchin (D) 53%, Capito (R) 39%  —  A special Senate election this November to replace the late Robert Byrd is still awaiting the green light from West Virginia's attorney general, but popular Democratic Governor Joe Manchin …
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Manchin says he'll announce Senate intentions Monday, run likely  —  BOSTON - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) said in an interview with POLITICO Friday that he would declare his intentions about a Senate run Monday and called it “highly likely” that he would seek he seat previously held by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama-Pelosi Lame Duck Strategy  —  Union ‘card-check,’ cap and trade, and so much more.  —  Democratic House members are so worried about the fall elections they're leaving Washington on July 30, a full week earlier than normal—and they won't return until mid-September.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Corker challenges Dems to swear off moving major bills during lame-duck  —  President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress should swear off any major action during a lame-duck Congress, a Republican senator demanded Friday.  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said that if Democrats …
The Atlantic Online:
How LeBron's Move Helps the Tea Party  —  So LeBron James is abandoning Cleveland for sunny Miami.  That's a tough break for Ohio sports fans.  But what effect might LeBron's departure have on Ohio's politics?  I think it helps the Tea Party, for reasons I'll lay out.
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Firedoglake
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Emanuel: Business should be thanking this president - Palin video was shot by a single videographer - Dem. donors pressured by tally of GOP plans — Ask Matt Rhoades — P.K., Drew Hammill b'days  —  EXCLUSIVE: Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
President Obama's new slogan: ‘Yes we did!’
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama is convinced of his own magnificence, and hardly any of his own country's.
Discussion: Power Line and Wonkette
Brian Windhorst / Plain Dealer:
LeGone: LeBron James announces he's leaving Cleveland Cavaliers for Miami Heat  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — The witnesses have been excused.  —  LeBron James crushed Cavaliers fans Thursday night when he announced live on national television that he was leaving Cleveland and will sign with the Miami Heat.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   LeBron: Obama could hold his own in one-on-one matchup
San Francisco Chronicle:
After dark, mobs form, smash windows, loot  —  Matthai Kuruvila, Kevin Fagan, Carolyn Jones,Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writers  —  (07-08) 23:33 PDT OAKLAND — There was outrage, there was looting and there were skirmishes between police and protesters, but that wasn't the whole story …
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
GOP leaders let demagogues set tone, lawmaker says  —  WASHINGTON - Too many Republican leaders are acquiescing to a poisonous “demagoguery” that threatens the party's long-term credibility, says a veteran GOP House member who was defeated in South Carolina's primary last month.
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
‘Tan tax’ discussions include allegations of reverse racism  —  Mention the new “tan tax” in a major news outlet and cries of discrimination and reverse racism often follow.  —  The complaint surfaced on reader comment boards to blogs and news Web sites back in December …
New York Times:
The exchange on Friday of 10 convicted Russian sleeper agents for four men deemed to be spies for the West ended an episode that had threatened relations between the two nations.
Lynn Sweet:
What Kirk did not want you to know: McConnell headlined fund-raiser for Kirk.  UPDATED  —  Update: A Kirk campaign spokesman called to tell me that McConnell on Friday morning was the headliner at a Kirk fund-raising breakfast in Jacksonville and that Kirk and McConnell will be appearing together Friday …
Discussion: and Ballot Box
Katia Moskvitch / BBC:
Russian sub ‘could stop oil leak’  —  The subs have started their third season of exploration at Lake Baikal  —  Russian-built submersibles would be able to cap the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the captain of one of the vessels has said.  —  The skipper was speaking as two of the subs …
Phillip Longman / Washington Monthly:
Start moving freight by water again, and we'll use less oil, emit less carbon, cut highway traffic—and perhaps even save St. Louis.  —  very four days, a 4,200-horsepower tugboat, having crossed the Gulf of Mexico from Brownsville, Texas, slips into the ship channel off Egmont Key at the mouth of Tampa Bay.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
City Journal:
The Beholden State  —  How public-sector unions broke California  —  The camera focuses on an official of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), California's largest public-employee union, sitting in a legislative chamber and speaking into a microphone.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pity the Poor C.E.O.'s  —  Job creation has been disappointing, but first-quarter corporate profits were up 44 percent from a year earlier.  Consumers are nervous, but the Dow, which was below 8,000 on the day President Obama was inaugurated, is now over 10,000.
Discussion: Wonk Room and Economist's View
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Grassley Airs Concerns on Financial Bill  —  The Iowa Bankers Association wants Republican Sen. Charles Grassley to vote against the sweeping financial regulatory bill and tried to meet with him this week to press its case.  Mr. Grassley's office said the lawmaker didn't have time.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Oppose Federal Suit Against Ariz. Immigration Law  —  Republicans are highly opposed; a majority of Democrats are in favor  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' initial reactions to the U.S. Justice Department lawsuit against Arizona's new illegal immigration law are more negative than positive, by a 50% to 33% margin.
Obama: Israelis suspicious of me because my middle name is Hussein  —  U.S. president tells Channel 2 Israel is unlikely to attack Iran without coordinating with the U.S.  —  U.S. President Barack Obama told Channel 2 News on Wednesday that he believed Israel would not try to surprise the U.S. with a unilateral attack on Iran.
Washington Post:
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN — A massive suicide bombing targeting government offices and a prison in Pakistan's volatile tribal borderlands killed about 50 people Friday and wounded more than 70 others, according to local officials.  —  Pakistan - Suicide - Terrorism - Lower Dir District - Taliban
Washington Post:
CUBA HAS PLEDGED to let 52 of its prisoners of conscience go .  We hope their release happens, and soon.  But there should be no illusions that this gesture augurs fundamental political change on the island that the Castro brothers, Fidel and Raúl, have ruled with an iron fist since 1959.
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Andrew Porter / Telegraph:
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
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Ezra Klein:
More on raising the retirement age
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Democrats battle independents' weakening support of Obama and Congress
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
RNC still hasn't been reimbursed for bondage-themed nightclub expense
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Gibbs Evades Question of Whether Obama Agrees With His Medicare …
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Julie Hayden / KDVR:
Thieves could go free while victim faces jail time
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Eric Alterman / The Nation:
Kabuki Democracy: Why a Progressive Presidency Is Impossible, for Now
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