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6:15 PM ET, August 12, 2010


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Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
Judge who overturned Prop. 8 extends temporary hold on gay marriage [Updated]  —  A federal judge Thursday refused to permanently stay his ruling overturning Proposition 8's ban of gay marriage but extended a temporary hold to give supporters time to appeal the historic ruling.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage Appears to Shift at Accelerated Pace  —  In April, 2009, when we last took a survey of gay marriage polls, we found that support for it had converged somewhere into the area of 41 or 42 percent of the country.  Now, it appears to have risen by several points …
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Judge keeps California gay marriage ruling on hold  —  The federal judge who last week overturned the state's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, agreed to a continued hold on his ruling while foes appeal.  —  Reporting from San Francisco — A federal judge Thursday refused to permanently stay …
The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck: Gay Marriage NOT Threat To America (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Why doesn't Glenn Beck cover gay marriage?  Because he doesn't believe it's a threat to the nation.  —  In a conversation with Bill O'Reilly on why he avoids culture war issues, Beck admitted …
Prop 8 stay lifted by judge
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Ben Smith's Blog
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Walker Rejects Stay Request
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
David Lat / Above the Law:
Breaking: Judge Walker Won't Stay Prop 8 Ruling Pending Appeal!
Discussion: L.A. NOW, Daily Kos and The Awl
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Judge Allows, but Delays, Gay Marriage in California
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dem group launches ‘F*ck Tea’ campaign  —  Last summer, Democrats argued that the Tea Party movement was the astroturf creation of corporate groups.  Now that the grassroots conservative resurgence has emerged as a clear force on the right, the left is making a different case: That tea parties are simply the enemy.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Public favors Tea Party over top Dems  —  The American public has a more positive view of the Tea Party movement than both leaders of the majority party in Congress, according to a poll released Wednesday.  —  An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that 30 percent view the grassroots conservative groups …
Wall Street Journal:
Grim Voter Mood Turns Grimmer
Daily Kos:
Are We At War With All Of Islam?  Right Wingers Think So  —  Nearly every oath of service in this nation includes the phrase “Defend and protect the Constitution of the United States of America” in some form or the other.  Not having a King we needed an object of loyalty, something bigger than the individual to focus our loyalty on.
Tim Graham /
Daily Kos Holocaust Denial: 9/11 Attacks ‘Were More About Optics Than Actual Harm’
Ezra Klein:
Portrait of a frustrated electorate  —  Want sure-footed polling analysis?  Ask Nate Silver.  Want a sort of bemused confusion?  Well, then you're in the right place.  —  I was on “Morning Joe” today talking about the new NBC/WSJ poll (pdf), and I don't think we had time to really dig into how weird the results are.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Department of Strategery  —  The latest poll numbers show …
CNN Poll shows big similarities between 2010, 1994
Discussion: The Hill and Ballot Box
Ezra Klein:
The Bush tax plan vs. the Obama tax plan in one chart  —  Source.  —  United States - Tax - Democratic Party - Accounting - President
Discussion: Donklephant
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
GOP plan to extend tax cuts for rich adds $36 billion to deficit, panel finds  —  A Republican plan to extend tax cuts for the rich would add more than $36 billion to the federal deficit next year — and transfer the bulk of that cash into the pockets of the nation's millionaires …
CBS 5 Poll: Fiorina Widens Lead Over Boxer  —  Dead Heats In Governor, Lt. Governor Races; Marijuana Prop.  16 Passing  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― California Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina has increased her lead over Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
N.H. legislator resigns over Palin remark  —  A New Hampshire Democrat who joked about Sarah Palin's death has resigned from the state's House of Representatives and ended his campaign for reelection, he announced today in a public letter to the House Speaker, apologizing for bringing “this House into disrepute.”
Michelle Malkin:
The vulgarity of liberal female “comedians”  —  Left-wing female comedians are proving that they can be as crude and stupid as their male counterparts.  Who knew that striving for gender equality meant pursuing the dream that one day, someday, liberal women would be able to mock …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
But It's Awesome Broccoli for the Rich!  —  Matt Bai writes about the Paul Ryan's budget plan ... without writing about Paul Ryan's budget plan: … Unless, of course, you're wealthy, because the plan cuts upper-income tax brackets by 10 percent, so that “households with incomes …
Stan Collender /
Six essential questions about the deficit, Wall Street and Washington  —  Fiscal expert Stan Collender points out that the bond market is not demanding deficit reduction — in fact, quite the opposite.  So where is the Washington establishment's obsession with the deficit coming from?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Ezra Klein
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The First Wave of Weary Aides Heads for the Exits  —  WASHINGTON — Linda Douglass slept nearly 12 hours the day after she left her job as a communications aide at the White House.  And the day after that and the day after that.  It took two weeks until she finally felt rested.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Not An Ounce Of Contrition”  —  There is some bizarre notion among the punditocracy that the Obama administration cannot and should not blame Bush and the GOP for the awful recession, looming tax rises and entitlement cuts, endless wars, tainted moral standing, crumbling infrastructure and massive debt that Obama inherited.
Discussion: Guardian
Nile Gardiner /
The stunning decline of Barack Obama: 10 key reasons why the Obama presidency is in meltdown  —  The last few weeks have been a nightmare for President Obama, in a summer of discontent in the United States which has deeply unsettled the ruling liberal elites, so much so that even the Left has begun to turn against the White House.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Netanyahu, the anti-Obama  —  Two photographs adorn the office of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.  Together they illuminate a portentous fact: No two leaders of democracies are less alike — in life experiences, temperaments and political philosophies — than Netanyahu …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
George W. Bush makes surprise visit to U.S. troops  —  Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, made a surprise visit to U.S. troops this afternoon.  —  They showed up at the USO in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.  There they mingled with the returning soldiers, thanked them …
Ezra Klein:
Who can we blame for job losses?  —  “Obama's America,” tweets Republican political consultant Patrick Ruffini, linking to this map of economic devastation.  —  Fairly or not, Ruffini raises an interesting question: How much unemployment can we blame on the Obama administration?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Housing crisis reaches full boil in East Point; 62 injured  —  Thirty thousand people turned out in East Point on Wednesday seeking applications for government-subsidized housing, and their confusion and frustration, combined with the summer heat, led to a chaotic mob scene that left 62 people injured.
Discussion: Clusterstock, theblogprof and Salon
Christina Hoff Sommers / AMERICAN.COM:
Take Back the Sports Page?  —  The political wing of the women's sports movement is in trouble.  These activists are accustomed to challenging timid bureaucrats and university administrators.  But in taking on TV sports coverage, they are challenging the market itself.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
Race Card Is Maxed Out … - Recommended
Discussion: Hot Air and Big Hollywood
City Room:
Dinkins Offers the Finger, and Everybody's Talking  —  It was not so much the gesture — the raised middle finger is a familiar salute on the streets of New York — but the person who made it and the setting that has set off all the buzz.  —  The finger belonged to former Mayor David N. Dinkins …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Updated Senate and Governor rankings!  —  With the 2010 primary season (nearly) over, the Fix and Post senior political reporter — and co-author of “The Battle for America” — Dan Balz sat down to revisit our rankings of the most competitive Senate and governor's races in the country.
Ian M. / Think Progress:
GOP candidate calls for internment camps for ‘people that snuck into the country.’  —  Speaking at a rally sponsored by Glenn Beck's 9/12 Project, GOP state house candidate in Florida, Marg Baker, endorsed building concentration camps for undocumented immigrants: … Watch it:
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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
After Fox News hit, Paul avoids local TV reporter - in reporter's own studio
Discussion: Bluegrass Politics
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Showcase Afghan Army Mission Turns to Debacle
Shira Rawlinson /
Free the Monks and Free Enterprise
Financial Times:
The great false choice, stimulus or austerity
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Newsdesk / Blagojevich on Trial:
Blago jury has verdict on 2 counts, deadlocked on others
Melissa Gray / CNN:
‘Cathy’ comic strip to end after 34 years
 Earlier Items: 
Chicago Breaking News:
Durbin has tumor removed; aide says no cancer found
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and The Swamp
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Robert Gibbs keeps jabbing the left
William Poole / New York Times:
Say Goodbye to Fannie and Freddie
Brett Michael Dykes / Yahoo! News:
Cringe-inducing typo outside N.C. school