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1:20 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Decision on stay expected in California same-sex marriages case
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
CNN Poll is First To Show Majority Support for Gay Marriage
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rangel attacks press over ethics woes, pledges silence on case
Discussion: Ballot Box and NY Daily News
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Waters set to launch defense against ethics charges in sit-down with reporters
Discussion: CNN
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
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
The Mirthless Senate  —  Senator Al Franken at the hearing …
Discussion: Althouse
Tom Coyne / Associated Press:
Lugar likely to seek re-election
Discussion: The Hill
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
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 …
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
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 and Wonkette
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.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Huckabee Opposes Changing 14th Amendment, Setting Himself Apart From GOP Again  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Distinguishing himself once more from his GOP rivals when it comes to immigration policy, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Wednesday that he didn't back efforts to rethink …
Huckabee against changing 14th Amendment
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Brett Michael Dykes / Yahoo! News:
Cringe-inducing typo outside N.C. school  —  Well, here's something to make your old English teacher gasp in horror: A road contractor hired to paint the word “school” on a freshly paved stretch of road near Southern Guilford High School in North Carolina rendered the traffic area in question a “shcool” zone.
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
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.
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