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12:05 PM ET, August 5, 2010


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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Judge Walker's decision to overturn Prop 8 is factual, well-reasoned, and powerful. … - Charging the WikiLeaks Leaker With Treason Would Be Absurd- How Many Americans Can't Swim?  - Profitable Companies That Refuse To Restore the Benefits They Axed in 2008- Is It Possible To Write an Interesting Novel About a Nanny?
David Boaz / Cato @ Liberty:
Reagan-Appointed Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban  —  Chuck Donovan of the Heritage Foundation denounces Judge Vaughn Walker for “extreme judicial activism” and “judicial tyranny” in striking down California's Proposition 8, which barred gay people from marrying.
Dale Carpenter / The Volokh Conspiracy:
A Maximalist Decision, Raising the Stakes  —  I'm still studying the decision today in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, which strikes down Prop 8 on both due process and equal protection grounds.  I like a lot of the language, and the arguments, as a matter of rhetoric, common sense, and policy.
Gerard Bradley / Fox News:
Why Has Media Ignored Judge's Possible Bias In California's Gay Marriage Case?  —  Any minute now we will hear the result of another lawsuit about same-sex marriage.  —  This month a federal judge in Massachusetts threw out a Congressional law which defined marriage as the union of man and woman.
John / Power Line:
Today's Proposition 8 Decision
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
Judge strikes down Prop. 8, allows gay marriage in California [Updated]
Los Angeles Times:
Ruling against Prop. 8 could lead to federal precedent on gay marriage
Discussion: L.A. NOW and The Agonist
New York Times:
Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Ban in California
James Pethokoukis:
An August Surprise from Obama?  —  Main Street may be about to get its own gigantic bailout.  Rumors are running wild from Washington to Wall Street that the Obama administration is about to order government-controlled lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to forgive a portion of the mortgage debt …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Google and Verizon in Talks on Selling Internet Priority  —  WASHINGTON — Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege.
Josh Silver / The Huffington Post:
Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It
Discussion: The Agonist
Paul Revoir / Daily Mail:
Briton held for wearing a bikini in Dubai shopping mall after fight with Arabic woman  —  A British holidaymaker has been charged with indecency in Dubai after walking through the world's largest shopping centre in a bikini.  —  The woman was buying clothes and gifts in the Dubai Mall …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
President Obama celebrates birthday in Chicago  —  The president celebrated turning 49 on Wednesday with a relatively low-key overnight stay in Chicago.  AP  —  CHICAGO - It wasn't much of a party, just President Barack Obama catching up with some close friends and Oprah Winfrey over dinner in his adopted hometown.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pence: Obama ‘most anti-Israel’ president in modern history
Discussion: Israel Matzav and HotAirPundit
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
President Obama touts auto industry's turnaround
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
White House Statement on Proposition 8  —  A White House statement regarding Wednesday's ruling overturning Proposition 8 said President Barack Obama had spoken out against the measure because it was “divisive and discriminatory.”  —  A White House spokesperson sent the following statement …
Celeste Katz / The Daily Politics:
Caroline Giuliani's Shoplifting Bust: Updated x 2  —  Here's what we've got on the shoplifting bust of Caroline Giuliani, by our Police Bureau Chief, Rocco Parascandola.  —  The Ivy Leaguer daughter of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was busted Wednesday afternoon for trying to get a five-finger discount …
Discussion: Gothamist and Balloon Juice
Rudy Giuliani's Daughter Allegedly Stole From Sephora Store
Discussion: Politics Daily and Joe. My. God.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Marcela Hoeven Bikini Scandal?  —  North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven is 47 points ahead in a Senate campaign that is, by all odds, the closest thing to a surefire pick-up for Republicans this fall.  And yet it appears that there are some fiendish Democrats who hope that “family values” …
Helen Jung / Oregonian:
Portland lemonade stand runs into health inspectors, needs $120 license to operate  —  It's hardly unusual to hear small-business owners gripe about licensing requirements or complain that heavy-handed regulations are driving them into the red.  —  So when Multnomah County shut down an enterprise …
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 …
The Hill:
Pelosi calls on House to return next week to move $26 billion state aid package
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Is the GOP shedding a birthright?  —  Rather than shout, I'll just ask the question in a civil way: Dear Republicans, do you really want to endanger your party's greatest political legacy by turning the 14th Amendment to our Constitution into an excuse for election-year ugliness?
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Climb to Three-Month High  —  More Americans than projected filed applications for unemployment insurance last week, indicating firings remain elevated as the recovery moderated.  —  Initial jobless claims climbed by 19,000 to 479,000 in the week ended July 31 …
Jill Rosen / Baltimore Sun:
After flood of outrage, police will investigate shooting of husky in dog park  —  A day after dog's death becomes public, officials vow to look into the incident  —  Bea-Bear the Siberian husky was shot and killed at an Anne Arundel County dog park.  (Baltimore Sun / August 3, 2010)
Discussion: Blog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Priorities In an Era of Deficit Anxiety  —  Mark Kleiman sums it up well—in order to overcome filibusters in the Senate, Harry Reid's had to agree to pay for avoiding teacher layoffs by cutting nutrition assistance to poor families while in order to secure passage of the New START arms …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs dismisses Missouri vote against federal health insurance mandate  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs flatly dismissed Missouri's vote Tuesday rejecting a key part of the healthcare law.  —  Gibbs said Missouri's vote approving a ballot initiative to exempt residents …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Obama offers Iran an opening on engagement  —  President Obama put the issue of negotiating with Iran firmly back on the table Wednesday in an unusual White House session with journalists.  His message was that even as U.N. sanctions squeeze Tehran, he is leaving open a “pathway” for a peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Todd S. Purdum's big question of Obama's presidency: Can he play the game, yet transcend the game?  - GPG hires top Republican - How Malia used her one phone call from camp  —  BULLETIN — Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone contributing editor who wrote “The Runaway General,” tells Mika …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
You Know How Jesus Prized Wealth.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Democrats want to raise taxes — but only on red states!
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Rep. Young says feds won't charge him
Boston Globe:
Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May
Discussion: Think Progress and NO QUARTER
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Justice Department steers money to favored groups
Discussion: Hot Air
Tom Smith / The Right Coast:
Thoughts on conservative style and substance Tom Smith
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Trackers take midterms by storm
Discussion: The Eye
 Earlier Items: 
The Politico:
Sens. John McCain, Jeff Sessions sick of Ivy court
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Gloria Park / The Politico:
Next D.C. career: blogger relations
Larry W. Smith / Newsweek:
The Tea Party's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Night
Conor Friedersdorf / The American Scene:
Ugly Populism  —  I'd like to associate myself with everything …