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9:00 PM ET, August 9, 2010

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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin gets in dustup with teacher  —  Sarah Palin was involved in a short argument over the weekend with an Alaska teacher over her decision to leave her post as governor of Alaska.  AP  —  Sarah Palin was involved in a brief argument over the weekend with an Alaska teacher …
Discussion: CNN, Taylor Marsh and Weasel Zippers
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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.
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Did Sarah Palin Roll Her Eyes at Teaching?  —  Sarah Palin was up in Homer, Alaska, recently, fishing with her Discovery Channel crew in tow, when she was met with an unpleasant protest: a giant banner reading “Worst Governor Ever,” unfurled nearby by local Kathleen Gustafson.
Facebook:
There you go again, LSM  —  While filming the Alaska documentary in Homer, I had a brief discussion with a local lady who, in typical Alaska style, decided to give me her two cents worth about my political leanings, American politics in general, and much else besides.
The Note:
‘Worst Governor Ever’: Alaskan Accuses Sarah Palin of Quitting Her Responsibilities
Discussion: Politics Daily
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:   Huckabee backs Palin's Senate pick
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Unique Quality Of “Lifelong Heterosexual Monogamy”  —  [Re-posted from this afternoon.]  —  Ross is at his most Catholic today in his column on marriage equality, and I'd like to start a response by saying that he has conceded many secular points: that the life-long …
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Judge Vaughn Walker Gets Smeared By the Media
Discussion: Firedoglake, Angry Bear and Advocate
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Marriage and the role of the state
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Charge: Rand Paul tied up teammate, tried to ‘force her to take bong hits’
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.
Sean Gardiner / Metropolis:
Flight Attendant Pops Emergency Chute, Escapes Plane at JFK … A jetBlue flight attendant upset because a passenger refused to apologize after accidentally striking him with luggage, allegedly spewed obscenities over the PA system, then activated and slid down a plane's emergency chute …
Discussion: Gawker, Hot Air, Gothamist and Clusterstock
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Ray Rivera / City Room:
Flight Attendant Uses Emergency Slide to Escape Dispute  —  A JetBlue flight attendant activated an emergency-exit chute after a dispute with a passenger and slid off a plane that had just pulled up to a gate at Kennedy International Airport on Monday, a law enforcement official said.
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Why Michelle Obama Vacationed in Spain: To Be With Grieving Friend  —  Michelle Obama returned to Washington on Sunday from five days on Spain's Mediterranean coast, taking a mother-daughter trip with Sasha, 9, that stirred controversy.  A White House source told me, however …
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Tea Party Infiltration Done Wrong  —  It's rarely convincing when Tea Party activists brush off attacks on the movement by claiming that the bad apples at their rallies are really agents provocateurs.  That's just too convenient.  Sometimes, the people who make you look bad actually are part of your movement.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ed Rendell: Many Republicans ‘are nuts’  —  Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell on Monday said that Republican desires to repeal the 14th Amendment are “cuckoo” and prove that many in the GOP “are nuts.”  —  Asked during an MSNBC interview about many Republicans' calls to repeal the portion …
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CNN:
Obama to GOP: I'm pretty good at politicking, remember?  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama warned Republicans on Monday that he is back in campaign mode.  —  In a fundraising speech in Austin, Texas, Obama complained that while his administration has been governing the country since January 2009 …
Discussion: The Hill and Erick's blog
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama warns GOP: ‘I politic pretty good’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Google Public Policy Blog:
A joint policy proposal for an open Internet  —  Posted by Alan Davidson, Google director of public policy and Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy, and communications  —  The original architects of the Internet got the big things right.
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:   “Public Internet,” Private Plan: Verizon, Google Announce Joint Broadband Policy
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Gates announces major job cuts as Pentagon looks to cut spending  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Monday dozens of cuts to senior military and contractor positions and the elimination of a major military command.  —  The moves are part of an effort to streamline Pentagon spending.
Discussion: The Politico
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Making Good on Pledge, Gates Outlines Military Cuts
Discussion: MyDD and Truthdig
Jim Newell / Gawker:
Horrible Obama-Smashing Carnival Game Wows Jersey Shore Patrons  —  Last week, a fair near Allentown, Pennsylvania grabbed some attention for its “Alien Attack” shooting-gallery game, where one could shoot at Barack Obama's likeness.  The game was pulled.  But there's still a similar game on the Jersey Shore boardwalk!
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Doug Ross
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Greg Gutfeld: I'm raising money to build a Muslim gay bar next to the Ground Zero mosque  —  Andy Levy assures me that he's quite serious.  Media narrative on the GZ mosque: Shining beacon of liberal values bursting through the overcast skies of American intolerance.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Mediaite
Mike Mandel / Mandel on Innovation and Growth:
Where Americans Are Spending More..  —  Since the recession started in the fourth quarter of 2007, the common theme has been about Americans cutting back on their spending.  But the latest numbers from the BEA show aggregate personal consumption expenditures are up 2.9%, or $285 billion.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Ryan Rips Krugman: ‘Intellectually Lazy’ and ‘Bizarre’ Attack  —  Talking late this afternoon with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Republican congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin blasted New York Times columnist Paul Krugman for his “intellectualy lazy” attack on Ryan's fiscal “Roadmap.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: Box Turtle Bulletin and FrumForum
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.
 
 
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Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Odierno: Troops staying in Iraq to prevent foreign interference
Discussion: Raw Story and Matthew Yglesias
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Kyl becomes highest-ranking Senate Republican to oppose Islamic Center
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Villani / Chicago Boyz:
How Politicians and Regulators Caused the Sub-Prime Financial Crisis …
Discussion: EconLog
Joel Kotkin / Newgeography.com:
The Golden State's War on Itself
Discussion: Hit & Run
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Tim Johnson hospitalized with fever
Discussion: CNN and U.S. Senator Tim Johnson
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Islam and 2012  —  A former Bush aide, watching the GOP's …
Thom Patterson / CNN:
U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing
Dylan Matthews / Ezra Klein:
Where does the Laffer curve bend?
Hogan / RedState:
Ted Olson Pushes for Judicially Mandated Gay “Marriage”
W. James Antle, III / AmSpecBlog:
McCain: I Chose Lying
Discussion: Cubachi and The Other McCain
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Avg. Midterm Seat Loss 36 for Presidents Below 50% Approval