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5:55 PM ET, July 27, 2010

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yet again, it all turns on Olympia Snowe  —  UPDATE, 11:34 a.m.: Senator Ben Nelson's spokesman, Jake Thompson, confirms that Nelson will vote Yes.  “He will vote for cloture on the Disclose Act,” Thompson emails.  “It's all about transparency.”  —  That removes one more element of suspense.
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The Hill:
Schumer promises flurry of votes on Disclose Act until passage  —  Sen. Charles Schumer, the sponsor of the stalled campaign finance bill, promised Tuesday that Democrats would hold round-after-round of votes on it until it passes.  —  Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke to reporters following …
Trish Turner / The Speakers Lobby:
Dems' Campaign Finance Effort Near Defeat
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Mavericky: GOP Thwarts Disclosure Bill
Glenn Thrush / Ben Smith's Blog:
Aides: Lieberman a “yes” on DISCLOSE cloture vote UPDATED
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
NH looking more competitive  —  Kelly Ayotte's seen her appeal to moderate voters crumble in the wake of her endorsement by Sarah Palin and her lead over Paul Hodes has shrunk to its lowest level of any public polling in 2010- she has a 45-42 advantage over him, down from 47-40 in an April PPP poll.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Boxer expands lead  —  Independent voters have turned against Carly Fiorina over the last two months and the result is Barbara Boxer expanding her lead to 49-40 in the California Senate race after holding just a 45-42 advantage in a PPP poll two months ago.  —  Fiorina wasn't particularly …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Ed Rendell Criticizes Obama for Going on ‘The View,’ Compares it to Jerry Springer  —  Here's one thing Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) and Pat Buchanan (R-everywhere) agree on: Pres. Obama should not go on ‘The View.’  —  Rendell: I think there's got to be a little bit of dignity to the presidency.
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CNN:
Rendell says View may not be appropriate for Obama
Discussion: The Politico
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
News that President Obama was set to appear on ABC's 'The View …
Discussion: USA Today and Don Surber
New York Post:
Rep. Barney Frank causes scene demanding discount  —  Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank caused a scene when he demanded a $1 senior discount on his ferry fare to Fire Island's popular gay haunt, The Pines, last Friday.  Frank was turned down by ticket clerks at the dock in Sayville …
kaus.sitebuilder.completecampaigns.com:
“Journolist” Was Not a Progressive Idea (July 27, 2010 2:20 AM) … You can't argue that there's a careerist element lurking beneath the surface of Reihan Salam's latest defense of Journolist.  It's pretty much right there on top.  Salam explains that Ezra Klein's secretuve off-record web group represented …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jeb Bush says no to 2012 run  —  Former Florida GOP Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that he is “not running” for president in 2012.  —  In a wide-open presidential primary field, Bush's name has been floated as one of the few potential Republicans who might be able to attract voters beyond the typical GOP ranks.
Discussion: FrumForum
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Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Finalists Named in Education Contest  —  Eighteen states and the District of Columbia were named as finalists on Tuesday in the second round of a national competition for $3.4 billion in federal financing to support education reform.  —  The much-anticipated decision by the federal Education …
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Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Education reforms spark ‘quiet revolution’
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Long Strategy  —  I was a liberal Democrat when I was young.  I used to wear a green Army jacket with political buttons on it — for Hubert Humphrey, Birch Bayh, John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt.  I even wore that jacket in my high school yearbook photo.  —  It's a magic green jacket.
Mike / Rortybomb:
Megan McArdle's Hack Post on Elizabeth Warren's Scholarship  —  So Megan McArdle wrote a long post attacking Elizabeth Warren as a scholar.  What's surprising is how little “there-there” there is to her critique.  I would love to see nomination hearings based around how expansive of a definition …
Discussion: Economist's View and TBogg
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CNN:
Former GOP House Speaker sounds off on midterms  —  Former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert, center, spoke with CNN Tuesday about his Democratic successor Speaker Nancy Pelosi, foreground, and the upcoming midterm elections.  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert …
Discussion: Reuters
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Ezra Klein:
How to end the filibuster with 51 votes  —  If you can't manage the 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, you can't manage the 67 votes to change the rules and end the filibuster.  At least in theory.  —  But in practice, there's another path open to the Senate's growing ranks of reformers …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Top Dem: Rangel must decide alone whether to resign or face inquiry  —  The House's second-ranking Democrat on Tuesday said Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will decide on his own whether to resign his seat or go forward with Thursday's ethics inquiry.  —  Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) …
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Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Wait! There's even more dirt on Rangel
Christine O'Donnell for U.S. Senate:
Game Changer?  Tea Party Express Endorses Christine O'Donnell  —  Today, the Tea Part Express, announced it's full endorsement of Christine O'Donnell for U.S. Senate in Delaware.  This powerful and welcome endorsement comes as Christine has experienced a wave of support and outstanding coverage …
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Scott / Power Line:
What is Mr. Times saying?
Discussion: Media Research Center
Jason Dick / Congressional Connection Poll:
Despite Tough Climate, Public Prefers Obama's Policies  —  Despite a tough year for President Obama, the public believes his administration's policies offer a better chance at improving the economy over the policies of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Shirley Sherrod's USDA Job Offer: Deputy Director of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach  —  Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign from the Department of Agriculture after an out-of-context video of remarks she made were published on a conservative website, is still considering …
Telegraph:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacks Octopus Paul  —  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader, says Paul the Octopus, the sea creature that correctly predicted the outcome of World Cup games, is a symbol of all that is wrong with the western world.  —  He claims that the octopus is a symbol of decadence and decay among “his enemies”.
Michael Booth / The Spot:
Romanoff goes all in, sells house and loans campaign $325,000  —  UPDATE 6:28 p.m. |  Loan to campaign is $325,000.  —  Andrew Romanoff has officially gone all-in for his U.S. Senate campaign, selling his Washington Park house and loaning the effort $325,000.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems fear GOP oversight of Obama administration  —  Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. (Alex Brandon/AP)  —  Speaking to a group of left-wing activists at the annual Netroots Nation convention in Las Vegas, Democratic Sen. Al Franken painted a bleak picture …
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Ex-Washington Post blogger David Weigel joins Slate  —  Journalist David Weigel, who resigned from the Washington Post last month following a leaked email controversy, is joining Slate as a political reporter.  —  “I'm thrilled to be joining Slate, thrilled to be working with writers I've read …
Andrew Exum / New York Times:
Getting Lost in the Fog of War  —  ANYONE who has spent the past two days reading through the 92,000 military field reports and other documents made public by the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks may be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about.  I'm a researcher who studies Afghanistan …
KATU-TV:
Gore interviewed by Portland detectives  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - A law enforcement source confirms to KATU News that Portland detectives interviewed former U.S. Vice President Al Gore this past week in San Francisco.  —  Portland police detectives interviewed the VP on Thursday …
Discussion: CNN and TPMMuckraker
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Who's the Extremist?  —  As a progressive, I tend to think the Republican Party is much more ideologically extreme than the Democratic Party.  There are many reasons, some of which may be more legitimate than others.  But it turns out that my opinion isn't representative.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Oliver Stone apologises for claim Hitler was a ‘scapegoat’ in World War Two ‘who did more damage to Russia than Jews’  —  Director Oliver Stone has been forced to apologise over a ‘Mel Gibson-style’ rant against Jews.  —  The double Academy Award winner claimed that the Russians suffered …
Discussion: Don Surber and NewsBusters.org
 
 
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Discussion: TPMDC
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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