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11:35 PM ET, July 24, 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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: Weasel Zippers
Karen Ocamb / LGBT POV:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on ENDA at Netroots Nation - Transcript  —  With much pre-election 2010 grumbling by progressives about the slow pace of the progressive agenda by Democrats - taking the public option out of healthcare reform, for instance, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
'Don't ask, don't tell' before ENDA, Pelosi tells frustrated activists
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Five Minutes With Andrew Breitbart  —  Few would dispute the notion that Andrew Breitbart, 41, has become a major force on the right.  Formerly the editor of The Drudge Report, and a primary developer for The Huffington Post, Breitbart has come into his own in recent years …
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Young Voters Slowly Abandoning Hope & Change  —  Could it finally be sinking in who exactly is going to be paying for all this alleged “free” stuff? … “Easily disillusioned” is sociology-speak for “sucker.”  —  Even “Obama Girl” was struck by reality a few months ago.
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Shock poll reversal
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
CNN anchors attack the scourge of anonymity  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  CNN's Kyra Phillips and John Roberts spent a good five minutes yesterday expressing serious concern over what they called “the dark side” of the Internet: the plague of “anonymous bloggers” who are …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rangel proceeding worries Dems and puzzles ethics experts  —  The timing of Rep. Charles Rangel's (D-N.Y.) public House ethics trial has House Democrats panicked and ethics watchdogs puzzled.  —  Democrats are worried the unusual and high-profile trial will cost the party seats in the fall …
NY Daily News:
Rep. Charles Rangel says it would be unpatriotic of him to resign …
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Unease in Tibet Over Influx of China's Money and Migrants  —  LHASA, Tibet — They come by new high-altitude trains, four a day, cruising 1,200 miles past snow-capped mountains.  And they come by military truck convoy, lumbering across the roof of the world.
Discussion: The Peking Duck
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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‘’ Ad Mixes Children and Profanity to Push Left Message  —  Oil Spill Charity “F-Bomb-A-Thon” from UnF— on Vimeo.  —  Is it appropriate to use children yelling profanity to push a scheme that gives $5 to unspecified charities from every $13 t-shirt they sell?
Discussion: Firedoglake, Mediaite and Newsalert
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