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3:35 PM ET, August 4, 2010


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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 …
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.
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
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Democrats' craven silence on Ground Zero mosque continues  —  Steve Benen, Matthew Yglesias, and Kevin Drum all have posts up blasting Republicans for their unwillingness to step forward and condemn bigoted criticism of plans to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bush and the Cordoba Initiative
Discussion: Washington Monthly
National Review:
Not at Ground Zero  —  The story of the proposed mosque …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Quote Of The Day. … I'm glad Bloomberg is standing …
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle: Obama and Reid are making government our false “God”
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 …
The Hill:
House may cut recess short to move $26B state aid package
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: Michigan Messenger and Open Left
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 …
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.”
The Note:
Palin Scorecard: A Close Loss and a Surprising Addition  —  ABC News' Alex Pepper reports:  —  Sarah Palin's much-heralded slate of endorsements suffered a setback yesterday, with the first loss of a Palin-endorsed candidate in a statewide race.  —  Palin-backed Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan. …
Discussion: CNN
CNN:   In endorsement battle, score one for DeMint over Palin
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
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)
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 …
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.
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: Gawker and Political Punch
Keith Koffler / The Politico:
Don't celebrate President Obama's birthday
Discussion: American Power and Washington Post
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Crazy Muslim conspiracy theories  —  Politico's Laura Rozen points to this Times of India article, recounting how Rashad Hussain, the Obama administration's envoy to the Muslim world, was angered and “shocked” yesterday when — as part of a tour of India to promote better relations with Muslims …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Times of India:
Anti-US ‘tirade’ upsets Obama man
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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. …
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.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Outsourcing to India Draws Western Lawyers
Discussion: Law Blog
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Court Poised to Issue California Gay Marriage Ruling
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Autolib  —  Car-sharing schemes have a lot of promise, in my opinion.
Discussion: NPR, Grist and Eschaton
Daily Mail:
U.S. State Department lifts warning to African Americans about …
Ezra Klein:
Can you have a middle class without middle-class jobs?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Foster / National Review:
Chris Christie: The Scourge of Trenton
Discussion: Power Line and Pajamas Media
Ezra Klein:
Spin one for the Gipper
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama says he'll ‘keep on fighting’ to pass ‘card check’ bill
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Brian Faughnan / Liberty Central:
GQR Poll: Obama & Democrats Collapsing; GOP Leads by 11
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Commentary and Hot Air
Anne Gearan / Military Times:
Rolling Stone writer denied embed permission
Bill Bertolino / Strike Everything:
Quayle mailers not actually what meets the eye
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
NRSC slapped with racial bias lawsuit