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2:25 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.  —  That's the simple explanation most of the talking heads have for the continuing high unemployment numbers.  Those Evil, Greedy Corporations horde their money and refuse to hire anyone.  When they do hire someone …
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  —  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, Douthat insists …
Discussion: GayPatriot
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?  —  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.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Towleroad News #gay
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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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
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Nelson Lund / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 8 judge makes strange charge
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?
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 …
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, CNN, Ben Smith's Blog and LAist
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
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.
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.
Washington Examiner:
Time to admit Obamanomics has failed  —  It's no coincidence that Christina Romer, chairwoman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, announced her retirement the day before Friday's brutal unemployment report.  With 131,000 more jobs lost in July, and downward revisions of 97,000 …
Discussion: New York Times
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Weasel Zippers, The Page and FrumForum
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
 
 
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic candidates all but ignore their legislative successes
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
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Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
U.S. Supersizes Afghan Mega-Base as Withdrawal Date Looms
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New York Post:
Lazio: Let's pull plug on mosque
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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New York Times:
As the Economy Slows  —  The economic news — on growth …
Discussion: National Review and NRSC
Mike Mandel / Mandel on Innovation and Growth:
Where Americans Are Spending More..  —  Since the recession started …
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Franken visit part fact-finding, part politics
RIA Novosti:
Deadly Moscow summer kills 700 daily
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Democratic pollster Mark Penn raising money for Charlie Crist
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans see balanced budget amendment as potent campaign weapon
New York Post:
The end of responsibility
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