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6:45 PM ET, August 8, 2010

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Igor / Think Progress:
Ted Olson To Chris Wallace On Marriage Equality: 'Would You Like Fox's Right To Free Press Put Up To A Vote?'  —  This morning, Ted Olson — the conservative lawyer who represented President Bush in Bush v. Gore — appeared on Fox News Sunday to discuss his recent victory in overturning Proposition 8 …
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David / Crooks and Liars:
Ted Olson: Same-sex marriage is a conservative value  —  The attorney at the center of successfully arguing that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional calls Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling an example of “judicial responsibility.”  —  Ted Olson told Fox News' Chris Wallace Sunday that it's not …
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Same-Sex Marriage Decision: “Far From Over”  —  Conservative: “Activist” Judge Ruled Against Human History; Boies Says Fear and Prejudice Were Put on Trial, and Lost  —  (CBS) Even before this week's ruling in the case involving Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in California, appeals of the judge's decision were expected.
New York Post:
Half-baked mosque  —  Not so fast.  —  The developers of the controversial mosque proposed near Ground Zero own only half the site where they want to construct the $100 million building, The Post has learned.  —  One of the two buildings on Park Place is owned by Con Edison …
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Battles Around Nation Over Proposed Mosques  —  While a high-profile battle rages over a mosque near ground zero in Manhattan, heated confrontations have also broken out in communities across the country where mosques are proposed for far less hallowed locations.
Neda Bolourchi / Washington Post:
A Muslim victim of 9/11: ‘Build your mosque somewhere else’
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Further thoughts on the higher education bubble  —  Back at the beginning of the summer, I had a column in this space in which I predicted that higher education is in a bubble, one soon to burst with considerable consequences for students, faculty, employers, and society at large.
Discussion: Don Surber
Frank Rich / New York Times:
How to Lose an Election Without Really Trying  —  COULD George W. Bush be a kind of Gipper-in-reverse and win yet one more for the Democrats?  Clearly this White House sees him as the gift that will keep on giving.  The 2010 campaign against the Bush administration is in full cry, with President Obama leading the charge.
Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Improving, More Stimulus Isn't the Answer, Rubin, O'Neill Say  —  The U.S. economy will improve slowly and another round of fiscal stimulus probably wouldn't be effective, former Treasury secretaries Paul O'Neill and Robert Rubin said.  —  Rubin, who served under Democratic …
Discussion: Clusterstock, Paul Krugman and Eschaton
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Obama tests basketball skills against LeBron James, Magic Johnson  —  President Obama hosted more than a dozen current and former basketball pros for an afternoon game at Fort McNair Sunday.  —  The group included LeBron James, Grant Hill, Dwyane Wade, Magic Johnson and Bill Russell.
Discussion: CNN and The Swamp
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
McCain on Colorado Senate race: The Buck stops here  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) headlined two campaign rallies for Colorado Senate candidate Jane Norton (R) Sunday.  —  Norton is locked in a close and nasty primary battle with Prosecutor Ken Buck (R).  The state's primary is Tuesday.
Discussion: The Page
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.
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Housing Policy's Third Rail  —  WHILE Congress toiled on the financial overhaul last spring, precious little was said about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage finance companies that collapsed spectacularly two years ago.  —  Indeed, these wards of the state got just two mentions …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
 
 
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What Was Michelle Obama Thinking?
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Whiskey Fire
BBC:
Huge ice sheet breaks from Greenland glacier
Discussion: Biased BBC
James Zogby / thenational.ae:
Virulent anti-Middle East rhetoric grips the US right
Discussion: Doug Ross and The Hill
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Minerals Service Had a Mandate to Produce Results
Los Angeles Times:
Mexico drug cartels thrive despite Calderon's offensive
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats get little boost from stimulus
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Caucus
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Caldwell / Financial Times:
A mosque that wrecks bridges
Discussion: The New Republic
Kevin Carey / The Quick and the Ed:
UC.world  —  It's often hard to predict the future.  But not always.