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12:20 PM ET, August 9, 2010


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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.
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.
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)
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 …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Marriage Ideal  —  Here are some commonplace arguments against gay marriage: Marriage is an ancient institution that has always been defined as the union of one man and one woman, and we meddle with that definition at our peril.  Lifelong heterosexual monogamy is natural; gay relationships are not.
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.
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Why is the Journal Mystified that Some Employers Are Having Trouble Finding Workers?  —  The Wall Street Journal seems truly mystified that with headline unemployment at 9.5% and U6 at 16.5%, some employers are nevetheless having trouble filling jobs.  But this shouldn't seem all that strange …
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Democrats Duck an Unpopular President  —  Ever had a date you didn't want to introduce to your mother?  —  Bill White knows how you felt.  The Democratic nominee for governor will campaign today in Midland, Abilene and Alvarado.  Where he won't be is in Austin and Dallas …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
As President Obama fundraises in Texas, White steers clear
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 …
Shannyn Moore / The Huffington Post:
Palin's Homer Moment: Celebrity Sarah Confronted by Citizen (WATCH)  —  I'm really proud of my home town.  When I say, “I'm just a girl from Homer” on my blog, radio or television show, I like to think it's not so much self-deprecation as it is a friendly warning.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
New York Post:
A foolish trip  —  The first lady's well-publicized, expensive vacation in southern Spain last week was a PR gift to her husband's opposition.  —  After all, we're in the middle of a major recession, with many Americans suffering terribly.  President Obama himself, in discussing American economic woes …
The Politico:
FLOTUS's star power in demand
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Democratic pollster Mark Penn raising money for Charlie Crist  —  Big-shot Democratic pollster and former Hillary Clinton senior adviser Mark Penn and his wife, Nancy Jacobson, are hosting a $4,800-per-person fundraising reception for Charlie Crist at their Washington home Wednesday.  Here's the invite.
Gingrich ramps up Iowa activity  —  Gingrich is stepping up his activities in Iowa.  —  Washington (CNN) - With his busy travel schedule and penchant for wading into heated national debates, Newt Gingrich has gotten plenty of presidential buzz.  —  But the former House speaker is doing …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Page
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Avg.  Midterm Seat Loss 36 for Presidents Below 50% Approval  —  Presidents above 50% lose average of 14 House seats in midterm elections  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Presidents who retain majority job approval from Americans at the time of midterm elections are much less likely …
Discussion: Politics Daily and YID With LID
Agence France Presse:
Taliban execute pregnant woman in Afghanistan  —  HERAT, Afghanistan — The Taliban publicly flogged and then executed a pregnant Afghan widow by firing three shots into her head for alleged adultery, police said on Monday.  —  Bibi Sanubar, 35, was kept in captivity for three days …
Mary Garrigan / Rapid City Journal:
Franken visit part fact-finding, part politics  —  PINE RIDGE — Lakota artist Joe Pulliam thought Sen. Al Franken's visit to the Oglala Lakota Nation Powwow on Saturday was pure politics, and that was just fine with him.  —  “I liked him from his ‘Saturday Night Live’ days,” Pulliam, 41, said.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Party Like It's 1999: Rubinites Trading on a Happy Accident  —  Paul Krugman is a bit too polite with this comment, methinks: … If he took this a step further, he would add that Rubin and company happened to be around when technology advanced to the point that the Internet boom could take flight.
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Republicans Ask ‘What Do I Do Now?’  —  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: Pajamas Media
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: and TigerHawk
Kbh /
Roles of the President's White House economic advisors  —  The White House has announced that Dr. Christina Romer, Chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, will soon resign and return to California.  This comes on the heels of Budget Director Peter Orszag's resignation.
Peter Wallsten / Washington Wire:
Washington Wire Q & A: Gary Johnson  —  Libertarianism is enjoying a recent renaissance in the Republican Party.  —  Texas GOP Rep. Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll earlier this year at the Conservative Political Action Conference, then his son Rand, running on a largely libertarian platform …
Discussion: The Hill
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Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
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Associated Press:
Mosque Used by 9/11 Attackers Shut Down
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Glenn Hubbard / Wall Street Journal:
Fairness and the Capital Tax Fetish
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Nelson Lund / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 8 judge makes strange charge
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RIA Novosti:
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NY Daily News:
How public worker pensions are too rich for New York's - and America's - blood
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Sell F-15s to Saudis
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Page
Andy McCarthy / National Review:
Re: “United States of Arabia,” etc.