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4:15 PM ET, August 12, 2010


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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  —  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.
CNN Poll shows big similarities between 2010, 1994
Discussion: The Hill and Ballot Box
Ezra Klein:
Portrait of a frustrated electorate
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The Bush tax plan vs. the Obama tax plan in one chart  —  Source.  —  United States - Tax - Democratic Party - Accounting - President
Discussion: Donklephant
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Weekly Standard
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 …
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 …
City Room:
Dinkins Offers the Finger, and Everybody's Talking
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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 …
Megan Carpentier / TPMMuckraker:
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Imam Was A Bush-Era Partner For Mideast Peace  —  Tuesday, Reps. Peter King (R-NY) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) called Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf — best known for his work with multicultural Cordoba Initiative to build a mosque and community center in Lower Manhattan …
Clifford D. May / National Review:
The Taboo of the Intellectuals
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.
Cristina Silva /
Bill McCollum unveils controversial immigration reform plan  —  GOP front-runner Rick Scott says his rival can't be trusted to be tough on immigration issues after Bill McCollum proposed a law that goes beyond Arizona's controversial measure.  —  Florida Attorney General …
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Marco Rubio hedges on Fla. immigration bill
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 …
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
William Poole / New York Times:
Say Goodbye to Fannie and Freddie  —  THE Federal National Mortgage Association — known as Fannie Mae — and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation — Freddie Mac — were poorly structured from the time, 40 years ago, when they were set up as so-called government-sponsored enterprises.
John Carney / New York Times:
Too Big Not to Fail  —  THE Obama administration is set …
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: Salon, Clusterstock and theblogprof
Iraq army ‘not ready’ until 2020  —  Iraq's most senior military officer has said that his security forces will not be able to secure the country until 2020 and that the US should delay its planned withdrawal.  —  The US government plans to withdraw its combat troops by the end of August, and to remove all troops by the end of 2011.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and The Page
Iraqi general says planned US troop pull-out ‘too soon’
Discussion: Firedoglake, FP Passport and FrumForum
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.
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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
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.
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
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Will its offbeat candidates hurt GOP?  —  A former professional wrestling executive, a libertarian ophthalmologist and a man who thinks bicycle use could empower the United Nations filed to run in elections.  That's not the start of a joke: that's a sampling of the deeply unusual pool of candidates running …
Chicago Breaking News:
Durbin has tumor removed; aide says no cancer found  —  U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin underwent surgery today at the University of Chicago Medical Center to have a small mass removed from his stomach, aides said.  —  His office initially said the tumor was a rare form of stomach cancer.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and The Swamp
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 …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Not An Ounce Of Contrition”  —  There is some bizarre notion among …
Discussion: Guardian
Deficits And Economic Recovery
Melissa Gray / CNN:
‘Cathy’ comic strip to end after 34 years
Israeli identified as man held in stabbings probe
Discussion: The Republic of T.
The Huffington Post:
Glenn Beck: Gay Marriage NOT Threat To America (VIDEO)
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Robert Gibbs keeps jabbing the left
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Firedoglake
The Huffington Post:
Huckabee Opposes Changing 14th Amendment, Setting Himself Apart From GOP Again
Discussion: TPMDC and FrumForum
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Senate approves $600M border security bill
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
James Caan Refuses to Be the Typical ‘Hollywood Liberal’
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Cohee at OneUnited, bank in Maxine Waters case, has checkered record
Brett Michael Dykes / Yahoo! News:
Cringe-inducing typo outside N.C. school