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12:30 AM ET, August 6, 2010


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Manu Raju / The Politico:
McConnell to Franken: This isn't ‘SNL’  —  When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out his opposition to Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination, someone in the chamber appeared to be moving around in his chair, gasping and rolling his eyes.  —  It was Sen. Al Franken.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell scolds Franken for making faces from dais during his speech  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) scolded Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on the Senate floor Thursday for allegedly mocking him while he delivered a solemn speech on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Votes to Confirm Elena Kagan for U.S. Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan to a seat on the Supreme Court on Thursday, giving President Obama his second appointment to the high court in a year, and a political victory as the Senate neared the end of its business for the summer.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HEADS THEY WIN, TAILS YOU LOSE.... Time will tell what the Senate will look like next year, but chances are reasonably good that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will not be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  —  That said, it seems very likely that the Senate Republican caucus …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Scott Brown will vote against confirming Kagan
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate confirms Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court
ABCNEWS:   Senate Confirms Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Axelrod: President remains opposed to same-sex marriage  —  President Obama remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite a federal judge's decision to strike down a ban on such marriages, a top White House adviser said Thursday.  —  Senior adviser David Axelrod said the president supports …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Gay Marriage Ruling a Challenge for Both Parties
Discussion: KRLD-AM
Gerard Bradley / Fox News:
Why Has Media Ignored Judge's Possible Bias In California's Gay Marriage Case?
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Judge Walker's decision to overturn Prop 8 is factual, well-reasoned, and powerful.
Kirk Victor / Hotline On Call:
Romer To Leave White House  —  Christina Romer, chairwoman of Pres. Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, has decided to resign, according to a source familiar with her plans.  —  Romer, an economics professor at the University of California (Berkeley) before taking the key admin post, did not respond to repeated calls to her office.
The Note:
Romer To Step Down As Chairwoman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors
Discussion: The Politico
Media Matters for America:
Ben Dimiero & Eric Hananoki: Meet Breitbart's Sherrod writer: Racist sexual “expert” and inventor (who cured cancer)  —  In two posts on Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment website, Dr. Kevin Pezzi smears Shirley Sherrod as a racist, claiming that “if someone deserves to be put on a pedestal for overcoming racism, it isn't Sherrod.”
Oleoleolson / AlterNet Blogs:
Massive Censorship Of Digg Uncovered  —  A group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site have just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, upvote padding, and deliberately trying to ban progressives.
Timothy F. Geithner /
A MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC:  —  Each year the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs.  This message summarizes our 2010 Annual Reports.  —  The outlook for Medicare has improved substantially …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Source: Debt Commission Fights Over Freezing Military Pay, Slashing Benefits  —  Republicans would like you to think that Democrats have sinister plans for the post-election lame duck session of Congress, and Democrats are at pains to insist otherwise.  But the one winter initiative progressives fear …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Wamp loses gov. primary to Mayor Haslam  —  Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (R) defeated Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R) to claim the GOP gubernatorial nod Thursday.  —  Boosted by his support during early voting, Haslam was declared the winner by the Associated Press close …
Discussion: The Politico and Hotline On Call
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
The Return of the $1,000 Down Mortgage  —  In Wisconsin and other states, home buyers might be eligible for 100 percent financing on mortgages.  (Creative Commons.)  —  “Buy new with $1,000 down,” the advertisement says, the words resting atop a trim green clapboard house offset by a bright blue sky.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Sharia vs. The New Deal.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama admin skewers GOP attack on stimulus cocaine monkeys  —  Are your stimulus dollars really being wasted on getting monkeys high on crack and cocaine?  —  In recent days, select Republicans and conservatives have taken to bashing the Obama administration over this claim.
NY Daily News:
Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette on a glitzy Spanish vacation  —  Sacrifice is something that many Americans are becoming all too familiar with during this economic downturn.  It was a key theme in President Obama's inaugural address to the nation …
The Hill:
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) believes the November elections will likely weed out some of the “most difficult Democrats” that leadership lawmakers have dealt with this Congress.  —  In an interview with The Hill, the Energy and Commerce Committee chairman expressed confidence that Democrats …
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 …
Pat G. / Think Progress:
Boehner derides police officers and teachers as ‘special interests.’  —  Yesterday, the Senate finally overcame a Republican filibuster to approve $26 billion in funding to bolster state budgets, including $10 billion to prevent massive teacher layoffs.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi …
E.D. Kain / Balloon Juice:
International Beer Day  —  Today is International Beer Day (the site was down last I checked so here's the wiki article).  My favorite beer is Fat Tire.  I like New Belgium both as a company and because they make lots of good brews.  I also enjoy all the local breweries here, and going to local breweries when I'm on the road.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Dems accused of tea party tampering  —  The charges of dirty tricks are being leveled in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey and Florida.  AP Photo  —  Nationally, Democrats say they intend to campaign against the tea party movement.  But locally, Democratic officials and activists …
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Record-Setting Midterm of 2010  —  Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  Everyone already knows the 2010 elections are significant and competitive.  Let's add record-setting to that description.  Why?  — 2010 features the most U.S. Senate seats on the November ballot (37) since 1962.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Martin Chulov / Guardian:
Saddam Hussein's former deputy Tariq Aziz pleads with US forces to stay in Iraq
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and FP Passport
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Greens defend climate tactics
Discussion:, Dot Earth and The Hill
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
EXCLUSIVE: Fannie and Freddie's Foreclosure Barons
Rep. Michele Bachmann / Big Government:
Announcing the Largest Tele-Townhall: Mobilize Against Dem …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Carol Felsenthal / Chicago magazine:
Mark Kirk's Ex-wife: ‘Svengali Figure’ Influencing Candidate
Discussion: Wonkette, Salon, and Lez Get Real
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Head of defunct lobbying firm PMA indicted on charges of illegal campaign gifts
The Huffington Post:
Kristol's Hawkish Pro-Israel Group Launches New Ad Against Endangered Dem (VIDEO)
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Bush reportedly pushed back publication of his memoir until …
Discussion: Financial Times and Mediaite
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown / Daily Mail:
The Talibanisation of British childhood by hardline parents
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Fact-checking the Fact-checkers on the $3.8 Trillion Obama Tax Hike
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
Jill Rosen / Baltimore Sun:
After flood of outrage, police will investigate shooting of husky in dog park
Discussion: Raw Story and Blog
James Pethokoukis:
An August Surprise from Obama?