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12:10 PM ET, August 12, 2010


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Wall Street Journal:
Grim Voter Mood Turns Grimmer  —  Pessimism Rises on Economy and War; Bad Reviews for Both Democrats and GOP  —  Americans are growing more pessimistic about the economy and the war in Afghanistan, and are losing faith that Democrats have better solutions than Republicans, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Douglas E. Schoen / The Politico:
The stakes in the health care war
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 …
Civil Unrest: The Death of Decorum in Washington?  —  Has Civility Reached an Historic Low in Congress?  —  There was an extraordinary moment during the final senate debate on Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation.  While Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delivered remarks, Senator Al Franken …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
The Huffington Post:
Huckabee Opposes Changing 14th Amendment, Setting Himself Apart From GOP Again
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and FrumForum
TRENDING: Huckabee against changing 14th Amendment
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Congressman Rangel's Party a Display of Defiance  —  It was a dramatic but fitting start to an evening that brimmed with political defiance.  About 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, as guests began strolling into the Plaza Hotel to celebrate Representative Charles B. Rangel's 80th birthday …
Raelyn Johnson / CNN:
Despite scandal, Rangel rings in 80th birthday with lavish gala
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:   Charlie Rangel's Birthday Bash: A Night for Ethics Amnesia
NY Daily News:
Daly: Rangel's big bash more fund-raiser than party
Discussion: Ballot Box and JammieWearingFool
Paul Krugman:
In The Matter Of Robert L. Gibbs  —  There he goes again.  What gets me is how unprofessional the whole thing is.  —  Look, if you're a public figure of any kind, you're going to face a lot of criticism.  Much of it will seem unfair to you; some of the unfair criticism will come from people …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
The press doesn't get Robert Gibbs  —  Roger Simon says he's guessing Gibbs knew what he was doing, and so did the president.  AP  —  When a presidential press secretary gets in trouble with the press, it's usually for accurately reflecting the feelings of his boss.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Alan Grayson wants Gibbs fired, calls him ‘Bozo the Spokesman’
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Hot Air and CNN
Decision on stay expected in California same-sex marriages case
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
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: Ezra Klein and Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Stocks plunge as U.S. trade deficit is wider than expected
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
For Fed, the Choices Get Harder
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Borrowers Refuse to Pay Billions in Home Equity Loans  —  PHOENIX — During the great housing boom, homeowners nationwide borrowed a trillion dollars from banks, using the soaring value of their houses as security.  Now the money has been spent and struggling borrowers are unable or unwilling to pay it back.
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.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Lindsey Graham quietly files Gitmo habeas bill
Discussion: Emptywheel and FrumForum
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
New claims for unemployment aid reach 484K  —  New applications for jobless benefits rise to highest since February as layoffs continue  —  Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  CFN  —  22.70  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The employment picture is looking bleaker …
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 …
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.
Clifford D. May / National Review:
The Taboo of the Intellectuals  —  The controversy over plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan has taken an odd twist.  On one side are those making arguments in opposition to the project, along with those who merely have questions they would like answered so they can decide …
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
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 …
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 …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
U.S. bailouts benefited foreign firms, report says  —  The federal government's effort to stabilize the financial system in 2008 by flooding money into as many banks as possible resulted in a boon to many foreign firms and left the United States shouldering far more risk than governments …
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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Cohee at OneUnited, bank in Maxine Waters case, has checkered record  —  As chairman and chief executive of OneUnited Bank, Kevin L. Cohee has sought to build a company that is about more than just money.  He promoted the bank, now at the center of a House ethics case against Rep. Maxine Waters …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker, The BLT and The Page
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Senate approves $600M border security bill
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William Poole / New York Times:
Say Goodbye to Fannie and Freddie
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
James Caan Refuses to Be the Typical ‘Hollywood Liberal’
Three Sides to Every Story …
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
The Fed's Fallacious “QE Lite” Logic
Discussion: TalkLeft and Eschaton
Tom Coyne / Associated Press:
Lugar likely to seek re-election
Discussion: The Hill
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Cringe-inducing typo outside N.C. school
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Gotta Water The Green Shoots
Discussion: TalkLeft and Mother Jones
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For the person who has everything: artisanal pencil sharpening
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Primary elections saw big wins for anti-establishment candidates and incumbents
Michael Barone / Associated Press:
Obama's state capitalism: A failure of modesty
Shawn Millerick / Now! Hampshire:
Local Democrats wish death upon Sarah Palin