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10:00 AM ET, July 25, 2010

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Los Zetas drug cartel seizes 2 U.S. ranches in Texas  —  In what could be deemed an act of war against the sovereign borders of the United States, Mexican drug cartels have seized control of at least two American ranches inside the U.S. territory near Laredo, Texas.
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Digger / TheCypressTimes:
BREAKING: MULTIPLE RANCHES IN LAREDO, TX TAKEN OVER BY LOS ZETAS  —  Publisher's Note: We are now receiving numerous conflicting reports regarding the veracity of this article.  Numerous sources on the web (found via Google search) are picking up on this report, just as we did at The Cypress Times.
Confederate Yankee:
No, Texas Hasn't Been Invaded  —  Twitter exploded a while ago about this story, which claims that heavily-armed Los Zetas gunmen of the Gulf Cartel have taken over ranches on the U.S. side of the border.  —  My curiosity got the better of me, and so I called the Laredo Police Department …
Digger / Diggers Realm:
BREAKING: Multiple Ranches In Laredo, TX Taken Over By Los Zetas [Update 3]  —  The bloodbath continues along our southern border and now word is coming in that Los Zetas, the highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel, have crossed into the United States and taken over at least two ranches in the Laredo, Texas area.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid vows changes to filibuster rules  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Saturday that Democrats will try to change Senate rules on the longstanding practice of filibusters.  —  Reid said that while Democrats were still looking at options as to how they would change the filibuster …
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
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Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Reid to Netroots: “We're Going To Have a Public Option”
Discussion: Newsalert and Weasel Zippers
Karen Ocamb / LGBT POV:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on ENDA at Netroots Nation - Transcript
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
'Don't ask, don't tell' before ENDA, Pelosi tells frustrated activists
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Britain Plans to Decentralize National Health Care  —  LONDON — Perhaps the only consistent thing about Britain's socialized health care system is that it is in a perpetual state of flux, its structure constantly changing as governments search for the elusive formula that will deliver …
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Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Axe falls on NHS services  —  NHS bosses have drawn up secret plans for sweeping cuts to services, with restrictions on the most basic treatments for the sick and injured.  —  Some of the most common operations — including hip replacements and cataract surgery — will be rationed as part …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Democrats are betting that ending tax cuts for the rich will play in their favor  —  President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress are setting the stage for a high-stakes battle over taxes in the final weeks before the November congressional elections, betting that their plan …
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Big Fight Ahead on Expiration of Bush Tax Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — An epic fight is brewing over what Congress and President Obama should do about the expiring Bush tax cuts, with such substantial economic and political consequences that it could shape the fall elections and fiscal policy for years to come.
Discussion: Truthdig and TigerHawk
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Under Roberts Is Most Conservative in Decades  —  WASHINGTON — When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and his colleagues on the Supreme Court left for their summer break at the end of June, they marked a milestone: the Roberts court had just completed its fifth term.
Bbtv / Breitbart.tv:
CNN Panelist to Tea Party: 'We Don't Think You're Racist, We Think Your Ideology is Racism'  —  This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Trader's Cocoa Binge Wraps Up Chocolate Market  —  LONDON — To some, he is a real-life Willy Wonka.  To others, he is a Bond-style villain bent on taking over the world's supply of chocolate.  —  In a stroke, a hedge fund manager here named Anthony Ward has all but cornered the market in cocoa.
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
MSNBC's Ed Schultz Accuses Obama Of ‘Loyalty’ Issues For Not Going On His Show  —  MSNBC and talk radio host Ed Schultz delivered his address to the progressive congregation of bloggers at the Netroots Nation conference, and he had some strong words for the White House.
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Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Van Jones: Stop worrying about the deficit. …
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Frank Rich / New York Times:
There's a Battle Outside and It Is Still Ragin'  —  THE glittering young blonde in a low-cut gown is sipping champagne in a swank Manhattan restaurant back in the day when things were still swank.  She is on a first date with an advertising man as dashing as his name, Don Draper.
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NY Daily News:
Rep. Charles Rangel says it would be unpatriotic of him to resign amid ethics scandal  —  HENRICK KAROLISZYN AND KATHLEEN LUCADAMO  —  Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel said Saturday it would be unpatriotic to resign rather than fight his pending ethics charges - despite a call that he do so to save the Democratic party.
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:   Rangel proceeding worries Dems and puzzles ethics experts
 
 
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