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7:10 PM ET, August 9, 2010


 Top Items: 
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: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Palin laughs and rolls her eyes when demonstrator says she's a teacher.
Discussion: Gawker, SHANNYN MOORE and Daily Kos
The Note:
‘Worst Governor Ever’: Alaskan Accuses Sarah Palin of Quitting Her Responsibilities
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Marriage and the role of the state  —  (updated below)  —  Ross Douthat uses his New York Times column today to put what he undoubtedly considers to be the most intellectual and humane face on the case against marriage equality.  Without pointing to any concrete or empirical evidence …
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Judge Vaughn Walker Gets Smeared By the Media
Discussion: Firedoglake and Advocate
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.
Logan Penza / The Moderate Voice:   Why They're Not Hiring  —  It's those Evil, Greedy Corporations.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Charge: Rand Paul tied up teammate, tried to ‘force her to take bong hits’  —  This allegation from Jason Zengerle's GQ profile of Rand Paul is a bit too big a deal to be left in its ether of anonymity and non-denial:  —  The strangest episode of Paul's time at Baylor occurred one afternoon in 1983 …
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 …
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, Clusterstock and Gothamist
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.
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Much Revenue Would a Millionaires' Tax Raise?
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
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama warns GOP: ‘I politic pretty good’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Tea Party Infiltration Done Wrong
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 …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Ground Zero Mosque (Actually, Two-Blocks-from-Ground-Zero Mosque)  —  I don't have anything helpful to say on the ethical, public relations, or interfaith amity questions raised by the ground zero mosque.  Cathy Young takes one view, [UPDATE: Christopher Hitchens in Slate takes a somewhat different one …
New York Post:
Lazio: Let's pull plug on mosque
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   “Public Internet,” Private Plan: Verizon, Google Announce Joint Broadband Policy
David Frum / CNN:
Frum: Bristol-Levi more significant that Prop 8 ruling  —  Editor's note: David Frum writes a weekly column for  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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Tim Johnson hospitalized with fever  —  Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) was hospitalized over the weekend with a fever, his office said Monday.  —  Johnson was admitted to a Sioux Falls hospital on Sunday for a fever possibly due to an adverse reaction to an antibiotic, and is in stable condition.
Discussion: CNN and U.S. Senator Tim Johnson
The Politico:
Rep. Maxine Waters charged with three violations  —  The House ethics committee released its formal charges against Rep. Maxine Waters Monday.  AP  —  The House ethics committee released its formal charges against Rep. Maxine Waters Monday, accusing her of three counts of violating the letter …
Discussion:, The Swamp, LAist and CNN
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Making Good on Pledge, Gates Outlines Military Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said on Monday that he would close a major military command, restrict the use of outside contractors and reduce the number of generals and admirals across the armed forces to trim back on unaffordable defense spending.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Islam and 2012  —  A former Bush aide, watching the GOP's current discussion of Islam with some interest, noted to me today that the crucial thing will be how the 2012 presidential candidates handle mosques and Muslims rhetorically: With the deliberate embrace that Bush chose just post September 11 …
Paul Krugman:
Self-induced Paralysis  —  Reading Jon Hilsenrath's column today, I was initially a bit skeptical about this assertion: … I knew that I had pushed that option (pdf); I was less sure that Bernanke had, since he often focused more on quantitative easing.  But Hilsenrath is right …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Hogan / RedState:
Ted Olson Pushes for Judicially Mandated Gay “Marriage”
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
British Towns and Institutions Reel From First Austerity Cuts
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
W. James Antle, III / AmSpecBlog:
McCain: I Chose Lying
Discussion: Cubachi and The Other McCain
 Earlier Items: 
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Obama not miffed by White's absence in Texas
Discussion: CNN
J. Christian Adams / Washington Examiner:
Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is out of control
Mike Mandel / Mandel on Innovation and Growth:
Where Americans Are Spending More..  —  Since the recession started …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Avg. Midterm Seat Loss 36 for Presidents Below 50% Approval
Agence France Presse:
Taliban execute pregnant woman in Afghanistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TalkLeft
Gingrich ramps up Iowa activity