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9:45 AM ET, August 9, 2010

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Fox News:
86 Days to Decide: Activists Say Tea Party Imposters Infiltrating Elections  —  In this April 27 photo, a 'Don't Tread On Me' flag flies over Republican and Tea Party protesters during a rally at Leo O'Laughlin Inc. on the eve of President Obama's visit to Macon, Mo. (AP Photo)
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
The tea party's growing money problem  —  Some leading tea party activists are concerned their efforts are undermined by a shortage of cash.  AP  —  Some leading tea party activists are concerned that their efforts to reshape American politics, starting with the 2010 elections …
Discussion: Hot Air
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America Goes Dark  —  The lights are going out all over America — literally.  Colorado Springs has made headlines with its desperate attempt to save money by turning off a third of its streetlights, but similar things are either happening or being contemplated across the nation, from Philadelphia to Fresno.
NY Daily News:
Republican Party starts to kill its own: S.C. Rep. Bob Inglis ousted for not hating Obama enough  —  There are landmarks all over our city named after LaGuardia and Javits and Rockefeller, names out of the city's great Republican past, when the party was one of intelligence, not fear-mongering and hate.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Sherry Jacobson / Dallas Morning News:
Across Texas, 60,000 babies of noncitizens get U.S. birthright  —  sjacobson@dallasnews.com  —  As Republican members of Congress press for changes to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, preventing automatic citizenship for babies born to illegal immigrants, opponents insist the debate is not really about babies.
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Students Spared Amid an Increase in Deportations
Discussion: Think Progress
Rachel Streitfeld / CNN:
Activists rally to ‘Free Bradley Manning’ in WikiLeaks case  —  Quantico, Virginia (CNN) — Activists rallied outside the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia, Sunday to applaud the man military officials suspect leaked scores of military documents to the WikiLeaks website — a 22-year-old Army private named Bradley Manning.
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Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
Early Struggles of Soldier Charged in Leak Case
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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Michael P. Fleischer / Wall Street Journal:
Why I'm Not Hiring  —  When you add it all up, it costs $74,000 to put $44,000 in Sally's pocket and to give her $12,000 in benefits.  —  With unemployment just under 10% and companies sitting on their cash, you would think that sooner or later job growth would take off.  I think it's going to be later—much later.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Mark Whitehouse / Wall Street Journal:
Some Companies Struggle to Fill Jobs  —  In Bloomington, Ill., machine shop Mechanical Devices can't find the workers it needs to handle a sharp jump in business.  Job fairs run by airline Emirates attract fewer applicants in the U.S. than in other countries.
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
SOAK THE VERY, VERY RICH  —  The fight on Capitol Hill over whether to extend the Bush tax cuts is about many things: deficit reduction, economic stimulus, supply-side ideology.  But at its core is a simple question: who counts as rich?  The Obama Administration's answer is that you're rich …
Discussion: Clusterstock
Quinnipiac University:
Dem Gov Primary Too Close To Call As Malloy Closes, Quinnipiac University Connecticut Poll Finds; McMahon Up 22 Points In GOP Senate Primary  —  The Democratic primary for governor in Connecticut is going down to the wire with businessman Ned Lamont at 45 percent and former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Page
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Faced with chance of winning, GOP asks, ‘Now what?’  —  Republicans are starting to think about how to answer the Robert Redford question.  —  You know the scene.  In the 1972 movie “The Candidate,” the Redford character, having won the election, turns to his political consultant and asks, “What do I do now?”
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
In Harlem, Rangel faces Powell: The next generation  —  NEW YORK — Forty years ago, a Harlem political legend named Adam Clayton Powell Jr. refused to step down from his House seat in the face of an ethics scandal.  Rather than allowing Powell to retire on his own time …
Discussion: The Page
Andy McCarthy / National Review:
Re: “United States of Arabia,” etc.  —  Jonah, I appreciate that, big guy, and admiration is very much a two-way street.  —  On the GZ mosque, Jonah and I are substantially in agreement.  I don't mean to weasel, so let me elaborate.  I say “substantially” because my sense …
The Huffington Post:
Robert Rubin Argues Against ‘Major’ Stimulus And For Deficit Reduction  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Bob Rubin, the former Clinton administration Treasury Secretary and routine foil for many progressive-minded economists, argued on Sunday against a second “major” stimulus to revive the economy.
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New York Post:
The end of responsibility  —  This was the rumor last week.  It sounds laughable.  I don't want to believe it.  The Treasury Department denied it.  —  But when it comes to the Magic Kingdom that is the Obama administration, the fantastical has a way of coming true.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and TigerHawk
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Housing Policy's Third Rail
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
 
 
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Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Obama visiting Dallas today to raise campaign cash
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NY Daily News:
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U.S. to Sell F-15s to Saudis
Illinois Review:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
BP: Cement plug stopping Gulf oil leak hardened
Discussion: The Page and New York Magazine
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Jobless and Staying That Way  —  Americans have almost always taken growth for granted.
Discussion: Corrente and Vox Popoli
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Pot dispensaries feeling burned by banks' reluctance to work with them
Discussion: TalkLeft and Corrente
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
McCain on Colorado Senate race: The Buck stops here
Discussion: The Page