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1:15 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.
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Logan Penza / The Moderate Voice:   Why They're Not Hiring  —  It's those Evil, Greedy Corporations.
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.
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Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Did Sarah Palin Roll Her Eyes at Teaching?
Discussion: Ballot Box and Towleroad News #gay
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.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   Marriage and the role of the state
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.
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 …
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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)
David Frum / CNN:
Frum: Bristol-Levi more significant that Prop 8 ruling  —  Editor's note: David Frum writes a weekly column for CNN.com.  A special assistant to President George W. Bush in 2001-02, he is the author of six books, including “Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again,” and is the editor of FrumForum.
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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.
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:   Why is the Journal Mystified that Some Employers Are Having Trouble Finding Workers?
WFAA-TV:
White won't meet Obama on Texas visit; Perry will  —  GRAND PRAIRIE — Bill White is standing by his decision not to appear with President Obama during a visit to Texas on Monday, but his Republican opponent will.  —  The Democratic gubernatorial nominee attended a healthy family fair in Grand Prairie on Saturday.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Democrats Duck an Unpopular President
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Dem Analyst Kirsten Powers Calls Michelle Obama's Spain Trip ‘Absolutely Tone Deaf’
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 …
GQ:
GQ Exclusive: Rand Paul's Kooky College Days (Hint: There's a Secret Society Involved)  —  When the Lexington Herald-Leader reported last week that Rand Paul was, in effect, a college dropout, it looked like the 2010 midterms might feature yet another fabulist.
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 …
CNN:
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: The Page, Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
J. Christian Adams / Washington Examiner:
Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is out of control  —  Two unpleasant topics of conversation most of us avoid are the epidemic of HIV/AIDS among prison inmates and a variety of sometimes violent events resulting in transmission of the disease.  Some states long ago implemented policies …
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
New York Post:
Lazio: Let's pull plug on mosque  —  GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rick Lazio yesterday called on the Public Service Commission to zap the Ground Zero mosque because of the revelation that Con Ed owns half the site.  —  “As governor I will appoint commissioners . . . who, like me …
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.
 
 
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