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4:00 AM ET, July 28, 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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Mavericky: GOP Thwarts Disclosure Bill
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Senate Republican ranks hold against campaign bill
Discussion: The Hill and Beltway Confidential
Anna Gorman / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. union members, activists to caravan to Arizona to protest immigration law  —  More than 550 people representing 32 unions plan to travel in 11 buses for a rally at the state Capitol and a vigil with local groups on the day the law is set to take effect.
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Fox News:
Arizona Hotels Thriving Despite Boycotts Over Immigration Law  —  Signs set up by opponents of the Arizona immigration law are seen at the Arizona capitol July 26 in Phoenix.  (AP Photo)  —  Arizona's tourism industry has a target on its back, but the widespread boycotts over the state's immigration law might not be hitting the mark.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and 24Ahead
Michelle Malkin:
Open-borders/SEIU caravan to Arizona: You read it here first
Discussion: Diggers Realm
The Huffington Post:
Rendell: Obama Could Face Primary Challenge Over Afghanistan (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell predicted on Tuesday that if the president escalates America's military involvement in Afghanistan he could very well face a primary challenger in 2012.
Discussion: Hot Air and American Power
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Clintonista Rendell: Obama May Be Primaried In 2012
Discussion: Vox Popoli
GayPatriot:
My Apology to Shirley Sherrod — Withdrawn  —  Last week, I jumped the gun (as did many others) in taking what was a complex story and boiling it down to an video clip without its proper context.  I apologized to my readers and to Shirley Sherrod.  —  I hereby withdraw the apology to Mrs. Sherrod.
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ABCNEWS:
House Democrats Buck President Obama on Afghanistan  —  President Needs Help From Republicans to Pass War Funding Measure  —  President Obama is facing something of a Democratic revolt against the war in Afghanistan — a revolt dramatically on display today as the House debated a $33 billion bill to fund the war.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   House strongly rejects measure urging removal of troops from Pakistan
Ian Welsh:
Netroots Schizo  —  I had a good time in Vegas, so I didn't spend a huge amount of time at NN, but I did spend enough time to take in the mood, and it was schizophrenic.  About half the people there are some combination of angry, disappointed and bitter with Democrats in general and Obama in particular.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Curtis Dubay / The Foundry:
New Calculator Shows How Much More Taxes Will You Pay Next Year  —  We are on the precipice of the largest tax increase in United States history.  On January 1, 2011, the 2001/2003 tax relief will expire.  All Americans who earn income will see their taxes go up as a result …
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WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
Obama, Boehner Argue Over Tax Cuts
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
Discussion: Liberal Values and Washington Wire
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 …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Hoyer: “Drain the swamp” not my line  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday noted that it was Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), not him, who promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington.  —  Pelosi famously vowed in 2006 to “drain the swamp” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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CNN:
Former GOP House Speaker sounds off on midterms
Discussion: Reuters and Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
On the Surface, Gulf Oil Spill Is Vanishing Fast; Concerns Stay  —  The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected, a piece of good news that raises tricky new questions about how fast the government should scale back its response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST and Hot Air
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Head of Capitol Visitors Center gets fired  —  The head of the Capitol Visitor Center has been fired, sources told The Hill on Tuesday.  —  Terrie Rouse was fired from her position as the chief executive officer for the multi-million dollar Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) …
Guardian:
Cameron calls Gaza strip a ‘prison camp’  —  Prime minister intervenes in Middle East dispute and hopes Turkey can stop Iran's nuclear weapons programme  —  David Cameron used a visit to Turkey to make his strongest intervention yet in the intractable Middle East conflict today when he likened …
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
On Walking Away: Is Strategic Default All That's Left to Stressed Homeowners?  —  Near the end of our foreclosure panel, we finally got into the meat of the situation: what it will take given a government unwilling to do more for struggling borrowers to actually reset the broken housing market.
Discussion: Calculated Risk and Rortybomb
Megan Chuchmach / ABCNEWS:
Al Qaeda No. 2 Threatens More U.S. Attacks  —  Ayman Al-Zawahiri Also Mentions Times Square Attack in Audio Message  —  Al Qaeda's second in command Ayman Al-Zawahiri has surfaced again, this time threatening more attacks against the U.S. and the West.  —  “Oh American people …
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
Donovan Slack / Boston Globe:
Sen. Kerry to pay $500K tax on yacht  —  Senator John Kerry said today he will voluntarily cut a check to the state of Massachusetts for some $500,000 in sales tax for a yacht he purchased in Rhode Island earlier this year.  —  “We've reached out to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue …
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 …
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 …
Joseph Sohm / Newsweek:
Why Some Republicans Want to ‘Restore’ the 13th Amendment  —  No, it's not about slavery; like so much of our politics these days, it's about Barack Obama.  —  If there is an aspect of the human condition that is unaddressed by the platform of the Republican Party of Iowa …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Guardian
 
 
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Newsdesk / Blagojevich on Trial:
Blago's lawyer calls ex-governor foolish but not corrupt
Discussion: TalkLeft
Raw Story:
Barge crashes into oil well in Gulf of Mexico, new oil leak reported
Discussion: The Reaction
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Rep. King calls Wikileaks ‘treason,’ demands prosecution
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Fox News:
Obama Missing Historic Boy Scout Jamboree for Fundraisers, ‘View’ Taping
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
CBO: Risk of crisis growing with higher debt levels
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
18 States and D.C. Are Race to the Top Finalists
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Birther Radio Host Confronts Ken Buck, Who Refuses To Apologize …
Adam Ozimek / Modeled Behavior:
Are credit cards regressive?
KATU-TV:
Gore interviewed by Portland detectives
Discussion: CNN and TPMMuckraker