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6:15 PM ET, July 28, 2010

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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Key Parts of Immigration Law in Arizona  —  PHOENIX — A federal judge, ruling on a clash between the federal government and a state over immigration policy, has blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration enforcement law from going into effect.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Arizona Law Upheld In Part - Order and Analysis Here (Update: Strikes Most Key Provisions)  —  The Court in Arizona has upheld the Arizona immigration law in part.  —  Here is how The Wall Street Journal characterizes the holding: … The decision was a surprise to me in that it struck the provision …
Arizona Republic:
Arizona immigration law: Key parts struck down by judge  —  U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton has issued a preliminary injunction preventing several sections of Arizona's new immigration law from becoming law, at least until the courts have a chance to hear the full case.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
BREAKING: Judge blocks key portions of Arizona's anti-immigrant law, SB1070 UPDATED
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and TPMDC
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Filibuster reform is short of needed votes  —  Senate Democrats do not have the votes to lower the 60-vote threshold to cut off filibusters.  —  The lack of support among a handful of Senate Democratic incumbents is a major blow to the effort to change the upper chamber's rules.
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Journolist veers out of bounds  —  This may be the most embarrassing thing I have ever written — and looking back on my writing, there is a lot of competition for that dubious distinction — but when I became a reporter, it was almost a holy calling.  —  We really believed we were doing good.
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Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Brent Bozell's Open Letter to the Washington Post: 20 Questions About the JournoList
Discussion: National Review
Joint Economic Committee Republicans:
AMERICA'S NEW HEALTH CARE SYSTEM REVEALED  —  Updated Chart Shows Obamacare's Bewildering Complexity  —  Download a PDF version of the chart below  —  Washington, DC - Four months after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously declared “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it …
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
Do You Trust Your Government to Be Competent to Run This?
Discussion: Hot Air, Nice Deb and Gateway Pundit
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Democratic Message: We May Be Incompetent, But They're Crazy  —  Only in meta-ville do you hold a press conference to announce a campaign message for the fall.  Today, the Democratic Party asked reporters to come over to their Ivy Lane headquarters to listen to the party chairman describe …
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Michael Barone / Associated Press:
House Democrats head for a thumping at the polls
Discussion: Don Surber
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle: DISCLOSE Act already exists (except it doesn't)  —  It was rejected by the Senate this week.  But here's what Sharron Angle said to conservative talker Heidi Harris today (audio at right):  —  Harris: Interesting story, or I should say Op-Ed, in the Washington Post this morning …
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Tucker Reals / CBS News:
WikiLeaks Reportedly Outs 100s of Afghan Informants  —  Hundreds of Afghan civilians who worked as informants for the U.S. military have been put at risk by WikiLeaks' publication of more than 90,000 classified intelligence reports which name and in many cases locate the individuals, The Times newspaper reported Wednesday.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Graham: Prosecute WikiLeaks
Wall Street Journal:
Our Divisive President  —  Barack Obama promised a new era of post-partisanship.  In office, he's played racial politics and further split the country along class and party lines.  —  During the election campaign, Barack Obama sought to appeal to the best instincts of the electorate …
Dunstan Prial / FOXBusiness.com:
SEC Says New FinReg Law Exempts It From Public Disclosure  —  So much for transparency.  —  Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases …
The Center for Public Integrity:
Haphazard Firefighting Might Have Sunk BP Oil Rig … The Coast Guard has gathered evidence it failed to follow its own firefighting policy during the Deepwater Horizon disaster and is investigating whether the chaotic spraying of tons of salt water by private boats contributed to sinking …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Not-So-Scammy Interchange Fee Scam  —  When the great Credit Card Interchange Fee Debate began, I said I was generally skeptical of the idea of purely economic regulation (as opposed to regulation aimed at public safety or environmental hazards).  Kevin Drum followed up yesterday with a post on …
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Interchange Fees a Scam?
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Modeled Behavior
Agence France Presse:
US Congress votes to cut cocaine sentencing disparity  —  WASHINGTON — The US Congress voted Wednesday to reduce sentencing disparities for offenders caught with crack cocaine versus the drug in powder form, a gap blamed for disproportionate jailing of black Americans.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
In Study, 2 Economists Say Intervention Helped Avert a 2nd Depression  —  WASHINGTON — Like a mantra, officials from both the Bush and Obama administrations have trumpeted how the government's sweeping interventions to prop up the economy since 2008 helped avert a second Depression.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers  —  How much do your kindergarten teacher and classmates affect the rest of your life?  —  Economists have generally thought that the answer was not much.  Great teachers and early childhood programs can have a big short-term effect.  But the impact tends to fade.
Jon Ortiz / The State Worker:
Schwarzenegger orders more furloughs for state workers  —  Less than one month after ending furloughs for about 200,000 state workers, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this morning brought back a scaled-down version of the policy, effective Sunday.  —  The governor made the decision this week …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
John R. Bohrer / Esquire:
Rod Blagojevich: Not Guilty  —  It is impossible when covering a trial as a journalist not to start thinking like a juror.  The jobs are not all that different to begin with: sifting facts, weighing sides, judging trustworthiness, trying to be objective about it all.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic of American Education-Related Social Stratification  —  Peter Beinart, like all good heterodox liberals, thinks we should curb race-based affirmative action in college admissions in favor of something more focused on class.
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Affirmative Action Is Irrelevant
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
John Callahan, Cartoonist, Dies at 59  —  John Callahan, a quadriplegic, alcoholic cartoonist whose work in newspapers and magazines made irreverent, impolitic sport of people with disabilities and diseases and those who would pity and condescend to them, died Saturday in Portland, Ore. He was 59 and lived in Portland.
GOP.com:
The President Wears Prada  —  Glitzy Fundraisers, Posh Vacations, And Celebrity Concerts Show Obama's Elitist Disconnect From The American People “President Obama is coming to New York on July 28 for Democratic National Committee fundraising, but apparently he has two events planned on the day …
 
 
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CNN:
Obama urges GOP to back bill aiding small businesses
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The Huffington Post:
HAMP Report Revised After Analysts Question New Metric
Susanna G. Kim / New York Times:
Unexpected Drop in Durable Goods
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
An Order of Seven Global Cyber-Guardians Now Hold Keys to the Internet
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Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
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The Note:
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Fools Gold: Inside the Glenn Beck Goldline Scheme
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Updated Governor and Senate ratings!
Discussion: Capitol Alert
New York Times:
Democrats Split as House Backs War Funds