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10:45 PM ET, August 6, 2010


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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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Is Kagan Obama's Last Justice?  —  The margins for confirming Supreme Court Justices are getting tighter: … Kagan's meager tally is five fewer than Sonia Sotomayor last year, 15 fewer than John Roberts got in 2005 and pales in comparison to the 96-3 coronation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993.
Daniel Foster / National Review:
Birth of a Strategy: Talking Immigration With Lindsey Graham
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Who Inspired Lindsey Graham to Vote for Elena Kagan's Confirmation?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Danny Shea First / The Huffington Post:
Fareed Zakaria Returns Anti-Defamation League Award Over Ground Zero Mosque  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Newsweek writer and CNN host Fareed Zakaria has returned an award he received in 2005 from the Anti-Defamation League over the Jewish group's opposition towards the Ground Zero mosque.
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Reminder to critics who think a mosque is offensive to the legacy of 9/11: There's already one at the Pentagon.  —  In opposing the planned Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City, conservative stalwarts have picked up on right-wing extremists' paranoid hysteria over the initiative.
Stephen Chernin / Newsweek:   Build the Ground Zero Mosque
Cathy Young / Real Clear Politics:
The Mosque Controversy & Religious Freedom
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Moderate Voice
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Three Senators Oppose Ground Zero Mosque
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.
CNN Exclusive: Mark Williams rejoins Tea Party movement, has new effort
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
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown urges judge to allow same-sex marriages …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Conservative Jurist, With Independent Streak
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What collapsing empire looks like  —  (updated below)  —  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 …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Governments Go to Extremes as the Downturn Wears On
Discussion: Clusterstock
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
Palin helping RNC raise money  —  Sarah Palin is helping the RNC raise funds.  —  Palin has attached her name to a letter and survey being mailed to RNC donors soliciting contributions for the committee's Victory 2010 program, a nationwide get-out-the-vote effort.
First Read /
Steele: Pelosi ‘in the back of the bus’
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
The RNC's least favorite reporter
Discussion: CNN and Wonkette
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle: I would refuse money from company that supports gay rights  —  Sharron Angle has taken some extreme positions, but this one is remarkable even by her standards: She said on a candidate questionnaire that she would refuse political contributions from a private company …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sharron Angle opposes gay adoption
Discussion: Wonkette and New York Magazine
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Group promoting Angle event: Medicare “evil” …
Daily Mail:
Spanish police close public beach for Michelle Obama's £250,000 Spanish holiday  —  Michelle Obama today faced a fresh wave of attacks over her lavish break in Spain with 40 friends, which could easily cost U.S. taxpayers a staggering £50,000 a day.
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 …
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: Open Left, The Fix and Hotline On Call
Steven Allen Adams / West Virginia Watchdog:
Manchin's Office Confirms Subpoenas  —  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.
Gabriel Beltrone / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin vs. PolitiFact  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is duking it out with, the fact-checking arm of the St. Petersburg Times, over her claim that “Democrats are poised to allow [the] largest tax increase in U.S. history” by letting the Bush tax cuts to expire.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Dick Morris' Plan for Economic Recovery: Bankrupt States; Break Unions  —  It's silly season, and Republican consultants are leaving no stone unturned in their effort to confuse, conflate, attack and stir up anger and fear.  But Dick Morris' latest may possibly be one of the most evil.
Charlie Sykes /
FEINGOLD'S FAKE PERSON?  —  In Senator Feingold's new ad, he features some footage designed to make the argument that his $787 stimulus bill created Wisconsin jobs.  —  One piece of footage features a nameplate being placed outside an office or cubicle, and it appears the person named does not exist …
Discussion: RedState and Marathon Pundit
John Cook / Yahoo! News:
Fox News chief packs heat  —  Fox News chief Roger Ailes has a license to carry a firearm in New York City on his person at all times, according to the NYPD's newly released list of handgun-permit holders.  And he's not alone among his Fox News colleagues: Prime-time shouter Sean Hannity also has a city license to carry a gun.
Ezra Klein:
The problem with Larry Summers  —  You're seeing some White House pushback on the idea that Christina Romer is leaving because she's tired of fighting with Larry Summers.  And fair enough: People do tire of serving in the pressure cooker that is the White House, Romer and Summers were often …
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Annals of executive overreach
Discussion: Firedoglake
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Kerry: Net-neutrality legislation unlikely, FCC must act
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
The Huffington Post:
Sam Stein: Senate Dems, Messina Chart Strategy For August …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Passes Calendar Reform
New York Sun:
Palin's Fraternal Greetings
Gregory White / Clusterstock:
Watch The Hilarious Way White House Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Tries …
Discussion: NO QUARTER, Hot Air and Money Game
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Tony Romm / The Politico:
Chuck Grassley: NSF still a hotbed of porn
Discussion: Don Surber and Wonkette
Obama Fed Pick Diamond Referred Back to White House by Senate
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
NBC Takes Olbermann Off Sunday NFL Broadcasts
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Private Growth Is Tepid as U.S. Economy Sheds Jobs Overall