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Kagan confirmation nears.  Though Scott Brown voting against.

Verizon and Google teaming up to "end Internet as we know it."  Not all agree and Google now denies…. New Onion report"Verizon Introduces New Charge-You-At-Whim Plan." 

Despite Prop 8 ruling  David Axelrod today says Obama remains opposed to same-sex marriage.

Experts question feds’ downplaying of BP oil leak damage.  Whitewash?

Senate passes legislation to prevent tens of thousands of teachers, police and other public workers from loosing their jobs.


In a major victory for gay rights activists, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a voter initiative banning same-sex marriage in California violated the Constitution’s equal protection and due process rights clauses. Rachel Maddow Interviews David Boies and Ted Olson about the Prop 8 victory…. 

Great Jon Stewart bit last night on Repubs–with help from Dems–failing to pass that bill providing aid for 9/11 emergency workers.  Jon almost as angry as Anthony Weiner.

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New CNN poll: 27% of all  Americans (and 41% of GOPers) believe birthday boy Obama defiinitely or probably NOT born in USA.  Only 42% say they are sure he was born here.

Dave Leonhardt: How the labor market punishes mothers.

Carnival game — you could throw darts at Obama figure — withdrawn in Pennsylvania after protests.

Stephen Colbert tweets:  "Brett Favre now says he won’t retire if his ankle heals. So if you had 18 hours in your Favre Retirement Pool, congratulations!"  Also last night Stephen hit Fox News over  lack of African-American viewers.

OUTSIDERS OUT  Gail Collins on this week’s primary and election results:  What happened to the end of insiders?  Most of the wacko outsiders with viral web videos lost.  Yes, we’re looking at you Dale Peterson and Rick Barber…. DNC to now really push envelope on making GOP candidates back or disavow Tea Party support. 

WE CAN GUESS WHY:   Gawker headline: "New York’s Two Loudest Democrats Dead Silent on Ground Zero Mosque."  That would be Sen. Schumer and Rep. Weiner.

MOST BUSTED NAME IN NEWS?   "The Gray Lady of Cable News," Michael Wolff on CNN.

WHITE HOUSE COVER-UP   See my new piece, with Robert Jay Lifton, on how President Truman re-edited the first Hollywood movie about use of the atomic bomb against Hiroshima 65 years ago this week.

WHAT’s MISSING IN THIS PICTURE?  NYT belatedly (we covered it a week ago)  looks at controversy over TIME‘s cover of disfigured Afghan girl.  Fairly balanced, quotes some critics.

BYTES & PIECES   Maddow on Letterman show talking Sherrod case….  Ex-Guantanamo detainee now campaigning in Afghanistan (for parliament)….AP latest to publish a puff piece about Breitbart…. On a more serious note: Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner talks to Stephen Colbert about the importance of stable democracies enforcing human rights around the world.

BECK’s BIER  TPM:  All of the copies of "Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology" removed from circulation a public library in Burlington County, New Jersey after a member of Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project complained about the book’s content.

RICH IDEA  Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are asking the nation’s billionaires to pledge to give at least half their net worth to charity, in their lifetimes or at death. 34 US billionaires have already made the pledge.


One of the most amazing baseball catches ever–from Hiroshima no less, where I once attended a game–will leave you gasping.  "Climbing the fence for the ball" taken literally.



Saw a fine documentary last night on the eccentric  piano icon Glenn Gould called "The Genius Within." It’s opening in New York in September and may win a prize of two.  Who could imagine he was good with kids–and made a film hailing Petula Clark.  Here’s the trailer: