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5:15 PM ET, August 6, 2010


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Flimflam Man  —  One depressing aspect of American politics is the susceptibility of the political and media establishment to charlatans.  You might have thought, given past experience, that D.C. insiders would be on their guard against conservatives with grandiose plans.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Old Washington hands break with GOP leaders on Bush-era tax cuts
Paul Krugman:
How To Read A CBO Report
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Time for a divorce  —  In the 1500s, a pestering theologian instituted something called the Marriage Ordinance in Geneva, which made “state registration and church consecration” a dual requirement of matrimony.  —  We have yet to get over this mistake.  But isn't it about time we freed marriage from the state?
Discussion: protein wisdom and GayPatriot
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Scalia Was Right  —  Why the same-sex marriage ruling will stand.  —  For the first time, a federal judge has held that the Constitution mandates the legal redefinition of marriage.  The California Supreme Court had reached a similar conclusion in 2008, and voters responded by amending …
Obama Fed Board Pick Diamond Gets Referred Back to White House by Senate  —  The Senate sent the nomination of Peter Diamond, one of President Barack Obama's three nominees for the Federal Reserve Board, back to the White House because of objections from at least one lawmaker.
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Rejects Fed Nominee
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What Collapsing Empire looks like  —  As we enter our ninth year of the War in Afghanistan with an escalated force, and continue to occupy Iraq indefinitely, and feed an endlessly growing Surveillance State, reports are emerging of the Deficit Commission hard at work planning how to cut Social Security …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Governments Go to Extremes as the Downturn Wears On
Discussion: Money Game and Ezra Klein
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Private Growth Is Tepid as U.S. Economy Sheds Jobs Overall  —  With the American economic recovery hanging in the balance, private employers added 71,000 jobs in July, up from a downwardly revised 31,000 in June but below the consensus forecast of 90,000.  The unemployment rate stayed steady at 9.5 percent.
Christina Romer / White Blog Feed:
The Employment Situation in July
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Private Sector Adding Jobs, State Budget Crises Killing Economy  —  The new unemployment report highlights the fact that the economy remains lousy and John Boehner is going to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.  Ironically, it also demonstrates the bankruptcy of Boehner's way of thinking.
Ezra Klein:
Jobs report: Public sector loses 202,000 jobs; private sector gains 71,000
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Jobs Report Terrible, Again
Discussion: Don Surber
Republican Senator: Jesus's ‘Golden Rule’ Inspired His Vote For Pro-Abortion Kagan  —  ( - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said that Jesus's Golden Rule inspired him to vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court and suggested it would be a good thing …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The alleged political benefits of moderation
RNC approves 2012 nominating calendar  —  The RNC has approved a 2012 presidential calendar that pushes the first GOP primaries to February 2012.  —  Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) - The Republican National Committee on Friday passed an amendment that would shift the 2012 presidential calendar …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
The RNC's least favorite reporter
Discussion: CNN and Wonkette
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Passes Calendar Reform
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Exotic Deals Put Denver Schools Deeper in Debt  —  In the spring of 2008, the Denver public school system needed to plug a $400 million hole in its pension fund.  Bankers at JPMorgan Chase offered what seemed to be a perfect solution.  —  The bankers said that the school system …
Sen. Bennet pushes back against critical report  —  Sen. Michael Bennet is pushing back against a critical report published Friday in the New York Times.  —  (CNN) - A front page article in Friday's New York Times could spell trouble for Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
The Huffington Post:
Dean: Individual Mandate Will Be Removed From Health Care Reform By 2014  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean has never been a fan of the individual mandate for insurance coverage, both on policy and political grounds.  And once Senate negotiators removed any hope …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Prime Buzz
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Howard Dean Launches Misguided Attack On Health Reform
Steven Allen Adams / West Virginia Watchdog:
Source: Federal probe subpoenas Manchin  —  Gov. Joe Manchin's office confirmed today that state government officials have been contacted by the U.S. Attorney's Office this week regarding an ongoing investigation.  The target may be Manchin himself, according to a source who asked to remain anonymous.
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and Weigel
Associated Press:
W.Va. gov says feds seeking documents, information
Discussion: The Hill
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Five myths about the ‘tea party’  —  The grass-roots conservative activists who march under the “Don't tread on me” Gadsen flag and the “tea party” label have put a new twist on Gandhi's maxim: First they were ignored; then they were ridiculed; then they began to fight.
New York Sun:
Palin's Fraternal Greetings  —  No sooner had President Obama concluded his dirge before the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations than Sarah Palin was out with a posting on her Facebook page, commiserating with her husband's fellow union members on having to sit through another “Blame Bush” lecture.
Alan Snyder / Big Government:
Ridicule and Disdain: The Reagan-Palin Connection
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Da Techguy's Blog
Brookings Institute:
2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll: Results of Arab Opinion Survey Conducted June 29-July 20, 2010  —  Shibley Telhami, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy  —  On Thursday, August 5, Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development …
Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Arab confidence in Obama collapsing
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sharron Angle opposes gay adoption  —  Sharron Angle doesn't believe gays should be able to adopt, according to a questionnaire she filled out.  AP  —  Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle believes that gays should not be allowed to adopt children and that religious leaders should be allowed …
Discussion: Wonkette
Wall Street Journal:
America Is at Risk of Boiling Over  —  And out-of-touch leaders don't see the need to cool things off.  —  It is, obviously, self-referential to quote yourself, but I do it to make a point.  I wrote the following on New Year's day, 1994.  America 16 years ago was a relatively content nation …
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Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Child Nutrition and Food Stamps.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michael Barbaro / City Room:
In Mosque Debate, a Rival Praises Bloomberg
Discussion: The Daily Politics and TPMDC
Elaine Marshall / The Huffington Post:
I would welcome President Obama to North Carolina
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
How ‘urban hunters’ outfoxed the media
Discussion: Boing Boing
John Cook / Yahoo! News:
Fox News chief packs heat
Kevin Powell / The Huffington Post:
Kevin Powell's financial life. And yours, too.
 Earlier Items: 
Gregory White / Clusterstock:
Watch The Hilarious Way White House Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Tries …
Discussion: Money Game, NO QUARTER and Hot Air
David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
Obama & the Neocons: the Odd Alliance
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Chuck Grassley: NSF still a hotbed of porn
Discussion: Don Surber and Wonkette
Wayne Besen / Truth Wins Out:
Bulletin: Porno Pete's ‘Truth Academy’ a Poorly Attended Dud
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Uwe E. Reinhardt / Economix:
Is Health Care Special?
Discussion: The New Republic