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5:10 PM ET, July 31, 2010

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem leaders, donors to hold Rangel birthday bash at The Plaza  —  Democratic leaders and major party donors plan to hold a lavish 80th birthday gala for Charles Rangel at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan next month, despite 13 ethics charges pending against the veteran lawmaker.
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Ethics Trial Expected for California Congresswoman  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, will face charges of misusing her office and is expected to contest the claims in a House trial, the second powerful House Democrat to opt for such a public airing in recent days …
Los Angeles Times:
Maxine Waters faces ethics charges  —  The Los Angeles congresswoman plans to fight the allegations in a House trial, a source says.  A panel has been investigating her efforts on behalf of OneUnited Bank, which had ties to her husband.  —  The allegations come as Rep. Charles B. Rangel …
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Calls for Rep. Rangel to give up his seat in the House are on the rise
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
Janie Lorber / The Caucus:
The Saturday Word: The Economy
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Rep. Waters chooses trial rather than accept ethics charges, reports say
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The NYT now predicts the news on the front page?  —  I prefer it when the Times simply reports the news on A1, and leaves the prognostications to the opinion pages.  —  But today the Times can't help itself.  Wildly impressed that the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement in opposition …
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Jewish Group Opposes Muslim Center Near Ground Zero
Elizabeth Scalia / The Anchoress:
Anne Rice Quits Christianity  —  Anne Rice, whose book Called Out of Darkness was a beautifully-written spiritual confession, has decided that she loves Christ but not Christians.  —  She's neither the first nor the last to feel that way.  —  Sometimes I do, too.
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Matthew Hay Brown / In Good Faith:
Anne Rice quits Christianity — but not Christ
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Sin and a Shame  —  The treatment of workers by American corporations has been worse — far more treacherous — than most of the population realizes.  There was no need for so many men and women to be forced out of their jobs in the downturn known as the great recession.
ABCNEWS:
Madam Speaker: Is War In Afghanistan Worth It?  —  In an Exclusive ‘This Week’ Interview, Speaker Pelosi Discussing the War Funding Bill  —  In an exclusive interview on “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour, to air this Sunday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi dodged a question …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Rick Sanchez Asks Arizona Legislator ‘What is Your Beef with Illegal Immigration?’  —  CNN's Rick Sanchez on Thursday actually asked an Arizona state Congressman, “What is your beef with illegal immigration?”  —  Imagine that, a so-called journalist asking an elected official what his beef is with people breaking the law.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
TMZ.com:
Snooki Arrested in Jersey — Disorderly Conduct  —  Snooki from “Jersey Shore” was just arrested in Seaside Heights, NJ ... TMZ has confirmed.  —  Law enforcement sources tell us the Seaside Heights PD busted Snooki moments ago for disorderly conduct.  The details of that conduct are unclear.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
The new tea party bible  —  “Rules for Radicals,” the iconic liberal organizing manifesto by Saul Alinsky, was an unlikely bible  —  for tea party activists as they tried to mobilize their movement last year.  Now, as they struggle to demonstrate their impact and staying power …
Fay Schlesinger / Daily Mail:
My duty is to save the world: Prince Charles believes he was born for a purpose  —  The Prince of Wales says he believes he has been placed on Earth as future King ‘for a purpose’ - to save the world.  —  Giving a fascinating insight into his view of his inherited wealth and influence …
 
 
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