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3:45 AM ET, August 9, 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 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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay and Hot Air
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
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Washington Post:
Anchor babies, the Ground Zero mosque and other scapegoats  —  Politics always seems to get a bit off-kilter when the temperature goes up.  But instead of the familiar silly-season stuff of years past — made-up scandals and who-cares gossip — the past two summers have been filled with vitriol.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
BP: Cement plug stopping Gulf oil leak hardened  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP says the cement sealing the busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has hardened as crews prepare for the final phase of drilling a relief well.  —  The oil giant said Sunday that pressure tests on the cement plug poured …
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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
Paul Krugman:
Doubletalk Express  —  OK, here's Ryan's reply.  As I predicted, a snow storm of words, dodging the math questions.  —  Notice that Ryan does not address the issue of the zero nominal growth assumption, and how that assumption — not entitlement reforms — is the key to his alleged spending cuts by 2020.
Discussion: alicublog
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Judith Warner / New York Times:
What the Great Recession Has Done to Family Life
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Jobless and Staying That Way  —  Americans have almost always taken growth for granted.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Pot dispensaries feeling burned by banks' reluctance to work with them
Discussion: TalkLeft and Corrente
Los Angeles Times:
The myth of the Social Security system's financial shortfall
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What Was Michelle Obama Thinking?
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Housing Policy's Third Rail
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Further thoughts on the higher education bubble
Discussion: Don Surber
Christopher Caldwell / Financial Times:
A mosque that wrecks bridges
Discussion: The New Republic