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1:00 AM ET, August 5, 2010


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Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
Judge strikes down Prop. 8, allows gay marriage in California [Updated]  —  A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions.
New York Times:
Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Ban in California  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Saying that it unfairly targets gay men and women, a federal judge in San Francisco struck down California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, handing supporters of such unions a temporary victory …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Prop.  8 Overturned: The Facts, Not the Law, Matter  —  Here's what you need to know about Judge Vaughn Walker's decision invalidating California's Proposition 8, a referendum passed by voters that banned same-sex marriage.  The decision itself will be appealed, and Walker's reasoning …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Fed Judge Finds Calif. Prop.  8 Unconstitutional  —  A federal lawsuit was filed in May 2009 challenging Proposition 8, the California referendum which amended the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.  Prop. 8 previously was upheld by the California Supreme Court.
John / Power Line:
Today's Proposition 8 Decision  —  Conservatives have long said that the day would come when liberal judges declare the Constitution unconstitutional.  That happened today, when a gay federal judge in San Francisco, relying on the opinions of mostly-gay “expert” witnesses …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
David Boaz / Cato @ Liberty:
Reagan-Appointed Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban  —  Chuck Donovan of the Heritage Foundation denounces Judge Vaughn Walker for “extreme judicial activism” and “judicial tyranny” in striking down California's Proposition 8, which barred gay people from marrying.
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Judge Hands Victory to Proposition 8 Opponents, Gay-Marriage Ban Overturned
Logan Penza / The Moderate Voice:
Only A Temporary Victory For Gay Marriage
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Federal judge's ruling on Proposition 8 coming soon …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Judge strikes down ban on same-sex marriage
Discussion: MyDD
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Google and Verizon in Talks on Selling Internet Priority  —  WASHINGTON — Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Google, Verizon Said to Strike Deal on Web Traffic Rules
Christopher N. Osher / Denver Post:
Bike agenda spins cities toward U.N. control, Maes warns  —  Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is warning voters that Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's policies, particularly his efforts to boost bike riding, are “converting Denver into a United Nations community.”
CNN Poll: Quarter doubt Obama was born in U.S.  —  President Obama's birth certificate (left) has been certified authentic by the Republican governor of Hawaii.  His birth announcement (right) appeared in print in 1961.  (PHOTO CREDIT: State of Hawaii)  —  Washington (CNN) …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
41% of GOP: Obama foreign-born
Richard Allen Greene / Religion:
Jewish group won't fight ground zero mosque, leader says  —  The Anti-Defamation League will not fight the building of a controversial Islamic center and mosque planned near the site of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York, the group's leader told CNN Wednesday.
Discussion: Salon
Russell Simmons / The Huffington Post:
Ground Zero Mosque: Are We Digging a Hole in the Soul of America?
Discussion: In Good Faith
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images  —  For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they're viewed.  The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that “scanned images cannot be stored or recorded.”
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle: “What's happening (in America) a violation of the 1st Commandment,” entitlements “make government our God.”  —  That's what Sharron Angle, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate, said in an April 21 interview with TruNews Christian Radio's Rick Wiles.
New York Times:
Senate Vote Clears Way for $26 Billion in Aid to States  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday cleared the way to provide $10 billion to states and local school districts to prevent teacher layoffs and an additional $16 billion in federal aid to cash-strapped states, and the Speaker …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCaskill: ‘Message received’ from Missouri voters on health reform  —  Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) said she had received the message from her state's voters after they approved a ballot initiative looking to exempt the state's residents from mandates contained within the healthcare reform law.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs dismisses Missouri vote against federal health insurance mandate
Discussion: MyDD and Weasel Zippers
Rep. Luis Gutierrez / The Huffington Post:
Why We Should Welcome McConnell's Demand for Hearings on Rescinding 14th Amendment  —  The “your papers, please” hysteria spreading through the Republican Party has reached a new low.  Now, they want to corrupt the U.S. Constitution to promote their opposition to immigrants and immigration.
Updated.  Must Watch: The Broken Window Fallacy  —  This brilliant video is a simple illustration on the fallacy of claiming that calamities stir economic growth.  Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize - winning economist, says the attacks of 9/11 and World War II brought great economic benefits to the nation.
Larry W. Smith / Newsweek:
The Tea Party's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Night  —  Moderates rule a series of high-profile primaries.  —  Kansas Rep. Todd Tiahrt, along with his wife, Vicki, concedes to Jerry Moran during a watch party for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.
Conor Friedersdorf / The American Scene:
Ugly Populism  —  I'd like to associate myself with everything Alan Jacobs just wrote in his post on the mosque and community center being built near Ground Zero.  Newt Gingrich is a politician I would've considered supporting in a bid for the presidency.  His behavior during this episode has cost him any chance at my vote.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
U.S. To Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers  —  $22 million, federally-backed program aims to help outsourcers in South Asia become more fluent in areas like Java programming—and the English language.  —  Despite President Obama's pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S. …
New York Post:
Sheriff Taylor's health pitch sparks cardiac arrest  —  WASHINGTON — Was it not enough for President Obama to saddle future Americans with billions of dollars in new health benefits and entitlements that they simply cannot afford?  —  He also had to go and corrupt one of America's most beloved figures of the last half-century.
Christopher Hitchens / Vanity Fair:
JOINING THE RESISTANCE?  —  I have more than once in my time woken up feeling like death.  But nothing prepared me for the early morning last June when I came to consciousness feeling as if I were actually shackled to my own corpse.  The whole cave of my chest and thorax seemed to have been hollowed …
Michael Barone / Associated Press:
This year's election may mirror Democrats' setback of 1966  —  President Lyndon B. Johnson signs an executive order in January of 1968.  —  Everybody, even White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, agrees that Republicans are going to pick up seats in the House and Senate elections this year.
Discussion: Liberty Central
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Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Obama courts wealthy donors
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Los Angeles Times:
Nostalgia for Buckley et al is misplaced
David Zahniser / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. pensions may consume a third of city's general fund by 2015
Discussion: Beltway Confidential and Doug Ross
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Jack Griffin To Succeed Ann Moore At Time Inc.
Stephen Schwartz / Weekly Standard:
Rauf's Radicals  —  The leader of the “Ground Zero mosque” …
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Discussion: Hot Air
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Broadway and the Mosque
Discussion: Althouse
The Huffington Post:
Dodd Presses Senate Freshmen To Back Off Effort To End Filibuster
Discussion: Open Left, Salon and Suburban Guerrilla
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
What Reagan Didn't Do  —  Via Ezra Klein, I see that the latest thing …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Karl Rove claims Bush didn't blame Clinton for the '01 recession.
Times of India:
Anti-US ‘tirade’ upsets Obama man
Discussion: Salon and The Politico
The Note:
Palin Scorecard: A Close Loss and a Surprising Addition
Discussion: The Caucus and
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid plans September showdown on extension of tax cuts
EXPLOSIVE: New Video of Couric Mocking Palin on the Day She was Named …