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8:35 AM 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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Associated Press
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Michael Bloomberg delivers stirring defense of mosque  —  Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has emerged as the unlikely but passionate defender of the planned Muslim community center near ground zero, today traveled to Governors Island off the tip of Lower Manhattan to deliver a stirring plea …
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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 Lisberg / The Daily Politics:
Mayor Bloomberg Stands Up For Mosque
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What's Anthony Weiner's position on Ground Zero mosque?
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Salon and Weekly Standard
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Bristol Palin to Levi Johnston: 'It's Over'  —  And just like that, they were off again.  “It's over.  I broke up with him,” Bristol Palin tells PEOPLE exclusively of her second try at an engagement to Levi Johnston, father of her 19-month-old son Tripp.  —  Palin, 19, says the relationship soured …
Haaretz:
UNIFIL official: IDF did not enter Lebanon prior to border clash  —  Milos Strugar tells Army Radio that the UN force receives reports of provocations by Lebanon soldiers against IDF units on a daily basis.  —  Israel Defense Forces did not cross the border with Lebanon …
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IDF Spokesperson's / Israel Defense Force Spokesperson:
Aerial Photograph of Location of Incident Along Lebanese Border, 3  —  Earlier today, an IDF force performing routine pre-coordinated maintenance in Israeli territory was attacked in a provocative act by the Lebanese Armed Forces.  This map reflects the exact location of the incident …
BBC:
Israel-Lebanon border clash kills five people
Discussion: Corrente and Truthdig
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 …
The Politico:
Kagan avoids drama on way to court  —  The fight over Kagan's nomination has produced relatively few fireworks, judicial activists agree.  AP  —  Senate floor debate on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan kicked off Tuesday, beginning the final chapter in what has proved to be a low-drama process well-suited to a hot Washington summer.
Discussion: New York Times
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Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Elena Kagan Draws Opposition From Senators Who Backed Sotomayor
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Stimulus Projects that Created No Jobs  —  Republican Senators John McCain and Tom Coburn Issue Report Detailing Wasted Money  —  (CBS) A couple of Republican senators put out a report today spelling out how they say a lot of the money taxpayers shelled out for the stimulus package was wasted.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
McCain Faces Tough Questions About GOP Push To Repeal 14th Amendment
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Moran bests Tiahrt in GOP Senate primary  —  Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) narrowly defeated fellow Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) Tuesday in a Senate primary that went down to the wire.  —  The AP called the race for Moran with 86 percent of precincts reporting.  Moran was ahead of Tiahrt 49 percent to 45 percent.
Discussion: The Page
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Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Snyder wins in Michigan, Moran in Kansas; Rep. Kilpatrick loses primary
Discussion: The Page
Conservatives4Palin.com:
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Black Caucus head said media to blame for Rep. Waters fallout  —  The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday blamed the media for overhyping the fallout over Rep. Maxine Waters's ethics trial.  —  Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said in a statement that people should not prejudge Waters …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Issa: Rangel should lose pension if he is found guilty of ethics violations
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
BBC:
Iran denies reports of attack on President Ahmadinejad  —  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been president since 2005  —  Iranian officials have denied that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was targeted in an assassination attempt.  —  A conservative Iranian website had said an explosive device …
David Fleischer / Los Angeles Times:
Behind the numbers of Prop.  8  —  It's crucial to understand the data about Prop. 8's victory before launching another attempt to legalize gay marriage.  —  Immediately after Proposition 8 passed, many who supported same-sex marriage tried to make sense of the results.  A set of assumptions gained wide acceptance.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Race And Gay Marriage In Perspective
Justin Elliott / Salon:
ABC whacks Shales over attack on Amanpour  —  ABC is hitting back at Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales for pushing “an utterly fabricated controversy” about “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour supposedly calling on viewers to honor slain Taliban fighters.
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Romenesko
Paul Krugman:
Hey, Small Spender  —  One of the things everyone knows right now is that Obama has presided over a huge increase in government spending.  But like so many of the things everyone knows, it isn't true.  —  A few considerations to bear in mind:  —  1. You don't want dollar amounts …
Discussion: The New Republic
The Politico:
GOP puzzled as Steele courts ambassadors  —  “Everyone's effort has to be focused on electing Republicans right now and that means making sure we have the resources to turn out the vote,” said longtime party strategist Jim Dyke, who was a part of Steele's original circle of advisers at the outset of his RNC term.
Discussion: Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
On the Web's Cutting Edge, Anonymity in Name Only  —  You may not know a company called [x+1] Inc., but it may well know a lot about you.  —  From a single click on a web site, [x+1] correctly identified Carrie Isaac as a young Colorado Springs parent who lives on about $50,000 a year, shops at Wal-Mart and rents kids' videos.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Harry Reid holds narrow edge in Nevada: Reuters-Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, one of America's most powerful politicians, holds a narrow edge among likely voters in his re-election bid in recession-lashed Nevada, a Reuters-Ipsos poll said on Tuesday.
Brett Michael Dykes / Yahoo! News:
Where's the oil?  It's oozing out of the Louisiana ground  —  A slew of media reports last week asked, “Where is the oil?” angering many along the Gulf Coast, particularly those still seeing oil all over the place.  BP, the oil giant that's been trying to stem the flow of oil from its busted …
 
 
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Agence France Presse:
Islamic police smash 80,000 beer bottles in Nigeria
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Andrew Stern / Reuters:
Target Corp targeted for political donation
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Arms-Treaty Vote Delayed in Senate
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Discussion: TBogg
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