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6:20 PM ET, August 4, 2010


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Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Judge Vaughn Walker Hands Victory to Proposition 8 Opponents  —  This afternoon U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in the case brought before him by lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies, which argued that the Proposition 8 ballot initiative denying marriage rights to same-sex couples in California was unconstitutional.
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.
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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
OVERTURNED: Judge Rules California Prop.  8 Unconstitutional  —  Attorneys Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Promise Immediate Appeal on Proposition 8 Ruling  —  A federal judge in California ruled today that the state's same-sex marriage ban amounts to unconstitutional discrimination and should be immediately struck down.
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Judge overturns Calif. gay marriage ban
G-A-Y / Good As You:
EEK! The #prop8 decision is here
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.
New York Post:
Sheriff Taylor's health pitch sparks cardiac arrest
Discussion: theblogprof and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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)
Andy Barr / The Politico:
41% of GOP: Obama foreign-born
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Times of India:
Anti-US ‘tirade’ upsets Obama man
Discussion: The Politico
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
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 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. …
The Huffington Post:
Dodd Presses Senate Freshmen To Back Off Effort To End Filibuster  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Chris Dodd gathered with the Democratic Senate freshman class on Tuesday night at a dinner organized by Mark Warner to persuade them to back off their push to change Senate rules when the chamber returns …
Discussion: Open Left, Salon and Suburban Guerrilla
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.
The Huffington Post:
EXTEND AND PRETEND: The Obama Administration's Failed Foreclosure Program  —  What's Your Reaction: … President Barack Obama's signature plan to combat the housing crisis has fallen short of its goals — rather than significantly and permanently reducing home foreclosures, it is only delaying them.
Athan Manuel / Congress Blog:
How bad does it have to be?  —  H. Sterling Bennett's column Wednesday ("More Hype than Harm") claims the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico isn't that bad.  He says the environmental movement “is in absence of good evidence” when we call this BP oil disaster a massive catastrophe and horrible tragedy.
Discussion: The Politico
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCaskill: ‘Message received’ from Missouri voters on health reform  —  Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) said she had received the message from her state's voters after they approved a ballot initiative looking to exempt the state's residents from mandates contained within the healthcare reform law.
Discussion: Hot Air, Swampland and The Note
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi says on Twitter she'll reconvene House to vote on state aid bill
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Army investigating run-up to McChrystal magazine article
Discussion: Military Times and TPMMuckraker
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Karl Rove claims Bush didn't blame Clinton for the '01 recession.
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Outsourcing to India Draws Western Lawyers
Discussion: Law Blog
The Note:
Palin Scorecard: A Close Loss and a Surprising Addition
Discussion: CNN and The Caucus
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid plans September showdown on extension of tax cuts
 Earlier Items: 
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
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
U.S. Finds Most Oil From Spill Poses Little Additional Risk