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11:00 AM ET, August 9, 2010

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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)
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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
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.
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?
CNN:
TRENDING: 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 …
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 …
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
Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
Early Struggles of Soldier Charged in Leak Case  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — He spent part of his childhood with his father in the arid plains of central Oklahoma, where classmates made fun of him for being a geek.  He spent another part with his mother in a small, remote corner of southwest Wales …
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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 and FiveThirtyEight
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 …
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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
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
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Dem 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
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.
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
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Hotline On Call
RIA Novosti:
Deadly Moscow summer kills 700 daily  —  The number of deaths in Moscow has increased to 700 daily during the deadly summer with record-breaking heat and toxic smog smothering the Russian capital, the head of the Moscow healthcare department said on Monday.  —  Moscow region has seen …
Discussion: The Reaction
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
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.
 
 
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NY Daily News:
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Illinois Review:
Downstate 9-12 Group pushes back on Democrat bullies
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Andy McCarthy / National Review:
Re: “United States of Arabia,” etc.