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1:55 PM ET, July 25, 2010

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
You'll Never Believe What This White House Is Missing  —  The Obama White House is too white.  —  It has Barack Obama, raised in the Hawaiian hood and Indonesia, and Valerie Jarrett, who spent her early years in Iran.  —  But unlike Bill Clinton, who never needed help fathoming Southern black culture …
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Darren Goode / The Hill:
Dean calls Fox News ‘absolutely racist’ for aiding Sherrod ouster  —  Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean accused Fox News of promoting racism, including in the recent fracus over the Obama administration's forced resignation of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod.
Examiner:
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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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 …
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.
CNN:
Geithner pushes plan to let tax cuts for wealthy expire  —  Washington (CNN) — Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the Obama administration will push for letting tax cuts for wealthy Americans expire while extending them for the rest of the nation.  —  In interviews broadcast Sunday on ABC and NBC …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Schakowsky: Want to cut the deficit?  Get with our new public option  —  LAS VEGAS - Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said Saturday that serious deficit hawks ought to get behind a new “robust” public option bill that she and more than a hundred other members introduced days ago.
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Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Reid to Netroots: “We're Going To Have a Public Option”
Discussion: Newsalert, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid vows changes to filibuster rules
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Tom / The Inverse Square Blog:
Why Friends Don't Let Friends Cite The Atlantic's “Business and Economics Editor”: Further to the Megan McArdle is Always Wrong chronicles.  —  The old joke* about Richard Nixon asked “How can you tell when he's lying?”  —  The answer: “When his lips move.”
Discussion: TBogg and The Hunting of the Snark
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 …
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Franken warns that GOP Congress would bring ‘truly dangerous agenda’  —  Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), addressing a convention of liberal bloggers and activists Saturday evening, implored the left to fight to stay in power in the midterm elections.  —  “If Republicans take back Congress they'll implement …
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.
Jessica Fargen / Boston Herald:
Political shipwreck  —  Boat builders: John Kerry could have created jobs in U.S.  —  New England boat builders say shame on Sen. John Kerry for buying a $7 million New Zealand-built luxury yacht while local ship makers struggle to find work.  —  “Darn, that would have been a wonderful job …
 
 
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
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Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Police Muslim forum headed by Islamic extremist
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China's Money and Migrants Pour Into Tibet
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Peking Duck
Bbtv / Breitbart.tv:
‘UnF-kTheGulf.com’ Ad Mixes Children and Profanity to Push Left Message
Discussion: Mediaite, Firedoglake and Newsalert