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2:25 PM ET, August 4, 2010


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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Missouri Votes Against Health Law  —  Missouri voters on Tuesday easily approved a measure aimed at nullifying the new federal health care law, becoming the first state in the nation where ordinary people made known their dismay over the issue at the ballot box.
Tony Messenger / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Prop C passes overwhelmingly  —  ST. LOUIS  • Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama's administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn …
Peter Landers / Wall Street Journal:
Missouri Voters Oppose Mandatory Health Insurance  —  Voters in Missouri overwhelmingly opposed requiring people to buy health insurance, in a largely symbolic slap at the Obama administration's health overhaul.  —  The referendum was the first chance for voters to express a view on the overhaul …
EXPLOSIVE: New Video of Couric Mocking Palin on the Day She was Named as McCain's Running Mate!  —  The following video was sent to C4P's tips account.  —  As you can see, the video shows Katie Couric preparing to go on the air on the day John McCain announced Governor Palin as his running mate.
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
Katie Couric mocks Sarah Palin's children
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, Gawker and Raw Story
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid plans September showdown on extension of Bush tax cuts  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to take up legislation in September to address the tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush.  —  Senior Democrats had expected the controversial issue to be postponed until …
Discussion: National Review
David Rogers / The Politico:
Big win for Reid on teacher money
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Hill
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
Senate Makes Further Cuts to Food Stamps to Pay for Medicaid, EduJobs
Discussion: Open Left and Michigan Messenger
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle: Obama and Reid are making government our false “God”
IDF: Journalists were tipped off  —  Presence of cameramen, journalists at site of deadly clash proves it was planned ambush, IDF says  —  Journalists and photographers were briefed in advance of the intention to ambush IDF troops and were therefore present at the site of Tuesday's deadly …
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Liberal Piety and the Memory of 9/11  —  The enlightened class can't understand why the public is uneasy about the Ground Zero mosque.  —  Americans may have lacked for much in the course of their history, but never instruction in social values.  The question today is whether Americans …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Quote Of The Day. … I'm glad Bloomberg is standing …
The Politico:
GOP puzzled as Michael Steele courts diplomats  —  The Republican National Committee is trying to set up meetings between Chairman Michael Steele and foreign ambassadors to the United States, according to an email obtained by POLITICO - an effort that has puzzled diplomats as well as fellow Republicans.
RNC tries to stop damaging leaks
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
U.S. Finds Most Oil From Spill Poses Little Additional Risk  —  WASHINGTON — The government is expected to announce on Wednesday that three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated — and that much of the rest …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bush and the Cordoba Initiative  —  Writing about the Cordoba Initiative controversy, Kevin Drum says “For once, I really do miss George Bush.  The damage he did to the American cause in the Muslim world is incalculable, but at least he never countenanced this kind of lunatic bigotry.”
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.”
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
More Workers Face Pay Cuts, Not Furloughs  —  The furloughs that popped up during the recession are being replaced by a highly unusual tactic: actual cuts in pay.  —  Local and state governments, as well as some companies, are squeezing their employees to work the same amount for less money …
President Obama Grudgingly Celebrates His 49th Birthday  —  Chicago-Bound President to Ring in Another Year With Little Fanfare, but More Gray Hair  —  President Obama turns 49 years old today, and while it's not quite the milestone of the big 5-0, clearly he is ringing in another year only grudgingly.
Discussion: CNN, Gawker and Political Punch
Keith Koffler / The Politico:
Don't celebrate President Obama's birthday
Discussion: American Power and Washington Post
TRENDING: 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)
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan and The Hill
Anthony Weiner / New York Times:
Why I Was Angry  —  LAST week I got angry on the floor of the House.  In this age of cable and YouTube, millions of people evidently saw the one-minute-plus clip.  But there has been relatively little focus on why the substantive debate that sparked it matters.
Ezra Klein:
Spin one for the Gipper  —  I expect some simplification and spin when political pundits discuss economics, but experts are generally more careful, if only for the sake of their own credibility.  So I was surprised to read Dan Mitchell, Cato's tax policy guy, offer this “slam-dunk comparison” between Reagan and Obama:
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Paul Krugman:
Beinart On The ADL  —  Peter Beinart has an excellent piece on how the Israeli occupation of the West Bank inexorably led the Anti-Defamation League into abandoning its principles, culminating in the awful decision to call for banning the Islamic Center in lower Manhattan.  —  Let me add two thoughts.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Autolib  —  Car-sharing schemes have a lot of promise, in my opinion.  Automobiles are extremely useful devices, so people generally want to be able to have access to them.  Thus insofar as the only reasonable way to have access to a car is to buy one, people will tend to buy cars.
Discussion: NPR, Grist and Eschaton
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama says he'll ‘keep on fighting’ to pass ‘card check’ bill  —  President Obama told the AFL-CIO on Wednesday that he would “keep on fighting” to pass the controversial “card check” bill.  —  Obama said during a speech to the labor group's executive committee meeting that he continued …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Anne Gearan / Military Times:
Rolling Stone writer denied embed permission  —  WASHINGTON — The author of the Rolling Stone article that ended the military career of Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander in Afghanistan, has been denied permission to join U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
In endorsement battle, score one for DeMint over Palin  —  An endorsement from Sarah Palin wasn't enough for Rep. Todd Tiahrt.  —  (CNN) - This time a Sarah Palin endorsement wasn't enough for victory.  But score another win for Sen. Jim DeMint.  —  Rep. Todd Tiahrt was edged …
Discussion: The Note
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U.S. State Department lifts warning to African Americans about …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sessions: No Kagan filibuster
Discussion: The Note
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems get pre-recess victory as Senate breaks funding impasse
Ezra Klein:
Can you have a middle class without middle-class jobs?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Daniel Foster / National Review:
Chris Christie: The Scourge of Trenton
Discussion: Power Line and Pajamas Media
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Simmons gains on McMahon ahead of Connecticut Senate primary
Discussion: Politics Daily, The Fix and CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Geithner takes political tone in speech whacking GOP
Annie Linskey / Maryland Politics:
Palin endorses Brian Murphy for governor
Discussion: The Swamp, Wonkette and The Page
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Joshua Mitnick / Wall Street Journal:
An NBA Star in the Holy Land
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Telegraph
Brian Faughnan / Liberty Central:
GQR Poll: Obama & Democrats Collapsing; GOP Leads by 11
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Hot Air
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
Federal judge to rule on whether gays and lesbians have a …
Discussion: The Foundry and Law Blog
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
Ex-President Clinton to stump for Sestak
Bill Bertolino / Strike Everything:
Quayle mailers not actually what meets the eye
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
NRSC slapped with racial bias lawsuit
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Wes Davis / The Verge:
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