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11:40 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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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 …
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
Mo. voters reject key provision of health care law  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law, sending a clear message of discontent to Washington and Democrats less than 100 days before the midterm elections.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
WOW!  “SHOW ME STATE” SHOWS OBAMACARE THE DOOR... Prop C Passes By Over 70%  —  MISSOURI VOTERS REJECT OBAMACARE!  —  Prop C passes in Missouri!  —  Over 70% of voters reject the democrat's nationalized health care plan.  —  WOW!  The Show Me State showed Obamacare the door tonight.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Republicans trumpet Missouri ballot initiative on health reform
Discussion: The Note
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.
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Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
Katie Couric mocks Sarah Palin's children  —  Katie Couric, whose real name is Katherine Anne Couric, mocked the names of Sarah Palin's children in her studio this week.  —  “Where the hell do they get these names from?” she asked, referring to Palin children Trig and Track, sending her crew into peals of laughter.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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 …
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Justin Elliott / Salon:
Michael Bloomberg delivers stirring defense of mosque
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 …
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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Bristol Palin & Levi Johnston SPLIT, Bristol Says ‘I Got Played’
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Elena Kagan Draws Opposition From Senators Who Backed Sotomayor
The Politico:
Kagan avoids drama on way to court
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
Federal judge to rule on whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry [Updated]  —  A federal judge in San Francisco will decide Wednesday whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry.  —  U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who presided …
Discussion: The Foundry and Law Blog
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CNN:
California gears up for ruling on same-sex marriage
Discussion: Prop 8 Trial Tracker and The Eye
Bmaz / Emptywheel:
Expect A Win For Plaintiffs and Gay Marriage In Perry Prop8 Case
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.
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The Politico:
GOP puzzled as Steele courts ambassadors
Discussion: Power Line
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
Ex-President Clinton to stump for Sestak  —  WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak will get a little help on the campaign trail next week from his ex-employer.  —  Former President Bill Clinton will join Sestak in Scranton Tuesday to rally support for the Democratic congressman, the Sestak campaign confirmed.
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 …
Discussion: Above the Law and naked capitalism
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Stupid or Venal?  —  The Cordoba Initiative is an organization in New York City that wants to tear down an old building a couple of blocks from the World Trade Center site and convert it into a community center and mosque.  Recently this has become famous as the Ground Zero Mosque …
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Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg on Mosque Vote
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
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.
ABCNEWS:
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, The Politico and Political Punch
Bill Bertolino / Strike Everything:
Quayle mailers not actually what meets the eye  —  Two recent mailers sent by the Ben Quayle campaign contain some curious images and statements by the 33-year-old lawyer and flush-with-cash candidate in Arizona's crowded 3rd Congressional District primary.  —  Quayle is depicted in playful scenes with two toddler-aged girls.
David T. Beito / History News Network:
Liberty & Power: Group Blog  —  Fox News on Eminent Domain Through the Back Door  —  In my capacity as chair of the Alabama State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights I am featured today in two Fox stories (print and television).  Our committee has been investigating eminent domain as a civil rights issue.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Comparing 2010 and 2006  —  2010 may be a good year for Republicans on par with the great year Democrats had in 2006.  But the reason for their likely victory is very different.  —  The Democrats' big win in 2006 was not driven by the enthusiasm gap, but because a lot of people who had voted …
Brian Faughnan / Liberty Central:
GQR Poll: Obama & Democrats Collapsing; GOP Leads by 11  —  These charts - by Democratic pollster Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner for Citizen Opinion - are quite stunning.  They show an electorate that seemed to be seeing economic improvement - at least until a few months ago.
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
NRSC slapped with racial bias lawsuit  —  A longtime employee of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has accused its leaders of racial discrimination after they fired him last month.  —  Keith Carter, who joined the NRSC in 1995, has charged Republican officials with creating …
 
 
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Vote on New START nuclear arms treaty delayed in Senate
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Don't Bogart That Deduction: IRS Says Marijuana Is a Medical Expense
Discussion: Law Blog
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Labor Market Punishing to Mothers
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