Lunchtime Links: August 5, 2010

In the wake of U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision Wednesday overturning California’s Proposition 8 and legalizing gay marriage in the state, the debate rolls on.

British supermodel Naomi Campbell, testifying at the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, said on Thursday she had been given a pouch containing small, rough diamonds while in South Africa but did not know who they were from. Prosecutors summoned Campbell to support their allegations that Taylor received so-called “blood diamonds” from rebels in Sierra Leone and used them to buy weapons during his 1997 trip to South Africa.

Senate Democrats overcame a Republican filibuster 61-38 Wednesday to move forward a $26.1 billion package of aid to U.S. states.

Elena Kagan is on the cusp of being approved as the newest Supreme Court justice.

BP has started to pump cement down the throat of the blown-out Gulf of Mexico well in hopes of sealing it for good, the oil giant said on Thursday.

Former teammates of Lance Armstrong are reportedly verifying rumors he was doping during Tour de France victories.

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