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8:05 PM ET, August 4, 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.
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Judge Hands Victory to Proposition 8 Opponents, Gay-Marriage Ban Overturned  —  U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled on Wednesday that the California's Proposition 8 ballot initiative denying marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional, in a case that will almost certainly go all the way to the Supreme Court.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Guardian and Poliglot
Associated Press:
Judge overturns Calif. gay marriage ban
Discussion: Publius Forum
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
OVERTURNED: Judge Rules California Prop 8 Unconstitutional
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Prop 8 Decision Day FAQ
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Federal judge's ruling on Proposition 8 coming soon …
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 …
New York Post:
Sheriff Taylor's health pitch sparks cardiac arrest
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Missouri Votes Against Health Law
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
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.
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.
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.
National Review:
Not at Ground Zero  —  The story of the proposed mosque at the site of the World Trade Center has been thoroughly misrepresented, as have the parties behind the project.  They present themselves as ambassadors of moderate Islam.  Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement …
Russell Simmons / The Huffington Post:
Ground Zero Mosque: Are We Digging a Hole in the Soul of America?
Discussion: In Good Faith
Richard Allen Greene / Religion:   Jewish group won't fight ground zero mosque, leader says
EXPLOSIVE: New Video of Couric Mocking Palin on the Day She was Named as McCain's Running Mate!  ; UPDATED  —  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.
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 …
Times of India:
Anti-US ‘tirade’ upsets Obama man  —  Mohammed Wajihuddin, TNN, Aug 4, 2010, 04.17am IST  —  MUMBAI: Rashad Hussain, the Barack Obama administration's Muslim face, was in for a shock on Tuesday when the head of a city-based Muslim institution slammed the US' policies, not just in the Middle East, but towards Muslims everywhere.
Discussion: The Politico
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   Crazy Muslim conspiracy theories
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.”
Paul Krugman:
What Reagan Didn't Do  —  Via Ezra Klein, I see that the latest thing on the right is to compare the economic recovery from the 1981-2 recession with our current state and claim that it proves the superiority of conservative economic policies.  —  This shows why I can't maintain the pretense …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Ezra Klein:
Spin one for the Gipper
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Keyes Hits Graham For Politicizing The 14th Amendment: This ‘Is Not Something That One Should Play With Lightly’  —  In recent days, several leading Republicans have launched a movement to review or revoke parts of the 14th amendment, which guarantees birthright citizenship.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez / The Huffington Post:
Why We Should Welcome McConnell's Demand for Hearings on Rescinding 14th Amendment
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 …
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. …
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Broadway and the Mosque
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Aharding / CNN:
Black conservatives join hands to deny racism within the Tea Party movement
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The Huffington Post:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Karl Rove claims Bush didn't blame Clinton for the '01 recession.
The Note:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid plans September showdown on extension of tax cuts