Today on Observer.com: August 10

Some highlights from our daily online coverage:

Meet Michael Schmidt, the Young Times Writer Who Exposes Baseball’s Worst

Bloomberg and Booker, a Love Fest

Obama Thwarts Attacks on Health Care Plan With a New Web Site

Ben Kaufman and His Quirky Toy Factory

Hug It Out! William Morris Endeavor Hunts for Fresh N.Y.C. Digs

At East Hampton Authors’ Night, Baldwin Says Literary Theme of His Life is ‘Something Dickensian’

The Week in DVR: Mad Men Marathon! Plus, an Anniversary with Regis and Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam

Box Office Breakdown: G.I. Joe Is a Real American Hit! Plus, Julie & Julia’s Opening Slightly Half Baked

Unreal Estate: 500 Days of Pincus

Booked!

Today on Observer.com: August 10