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3:00 PM ET, July 28, 2010

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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Key Parts of Immigration Law in Arizona  —  PHOENIX — A federal judge, ruling on a clash between the federal government and a state over immigration policy, has blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration enforcement law from going into effect.
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Arizona Republic:
Arizona immigration law: Key parts struck down by judge  —  U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton has issued a preliminary injunction preventing several sections of Arizona's new immigration law from becoming law, at least until the courts have a chance to hear the full case.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Arizona Law Upheld In Part - Order and Analysis Here (Update: Strikes Most Key Provisions)  —  The Court in Arizona has upheld the Arizona immigration law in part.  —  Here is how The Wall Street Journal characterizes the holding: … The decision was a surprise to me in that it struck the provision …
Associated Press:
Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law  —  PHOENIX - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown.  —  The overall law will still take effect Thursday …
CNN:
Federal judge blocks part of Arizona immigration law  —  Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) — With scant hours to go before a controversial Arizona immigration law goes into effect, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday against the implementation of parts of the law.
Discussion: Daily Kos and ImmigrationProf Blog
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Blocks Parts of Arizona Immigration Law
Discussion: Think Progress
Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Judge blocks part of controversial Arizona immigration law
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Watching Arizona: Immigration Law Set to Take Effect, but Will It?
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Filibuster reform is short of needed votes  —  Senate Democrats do not have the votes to lower the 60-vote threshold to cut off filibusters.  —  The lack of support among a handful of Senate Democratic incumbents is a major blow to the effort to change the upper chamber's rules.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Filibuster Fans  —  There's a growing level of interest …
Tucker Reals / CBS News:
WikiLeaks Reportedly Outs 100s of Afghan Informants  —  Hundreds of Afghan civilians who worked as informants for the U.S. military have been put at risk by WikiLeaks' publication of more than 90,000 classified intelligence reports which name and in many cases locate the individuals, The Times newspaper reported Wednesday.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Graham: Prosecute WikiLeaks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Fox News:
Leaked War Files Expose Identities of Afghan Informants
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Journolist veers out of bounds  —  This may be the most embarrassing thing I have ever written — and looking back on my writing, there is a lot of competition for that dubious distinction — but when I became a reporter, it was almost a holy calling.  —  We really believed we were doing good.
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Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Brent Bozell's Open Letter to the Washington Post: 20 Questions About the JournoList
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Our Divisive President  —  Barack Obama promised a new era of post-partisanship.  In office, he's played racial politics and further split the country along class and party lines.  —  During the election campaign, Barack Obama sought to appeal to the best instincts of the electorate …
The Hill:
50 Most Beautiful People 2010  —  Who made the cut this year?  Take a look at the most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.
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The Hill:
50 Most Beautiful People 2010 HTML Top 10
Discussion: Lynn Sweet
Dunstan Prial / FOXBusiness.com:
SEC Says New FinReg Law Exempts It From Public Disclosure  —  So much for transparency.  —  Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
In Study, 2 Economists Say Intervention Helped Avert a 2nd Depression  —  WASHINGTON — Like a mantra, officials from both the Bush and Obama administrations have trumpeted how the government's sweeping interventions to prop up the economy since 2008 helped avert a second Depression.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
An Absolutely Abysmal Poll for Sharron Angle  —  Harry Reid now leads in the Rasmussen poll, 45 percent to 43 percent.  —  The firm now classifies the seat as “Leans Democrat.”  —  I've talked to Nevada Republicans who aren't giving up.  Some of them say that Angle is getting a bit better …
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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers  —  How much do your kindergarten teacher and classmates affect the rest of your life?  —  Economists have generally thought that the answer was not much.  Great teachers and early childhood programs can have a big short-term effect.  But the impact tends to fade.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
Do You Trust Your Government to Be Competent to Run This?  — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez  —  A portrait of Obamacare, courtesy of the minority in the Joint Economic Committee:  —  PDF here, for a closer look.  Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady says in a release that committee analysts actually …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Joint Economic Committee Republicans:
AMERICA'S NEW HEALTH CARE SYSTEM REVEALED
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
John Callahan, Cartoonist, Dies at 59  —  John Callahan, a quadriplegic, alcoholic cartoonist whose work in newspapers and magazines made irreverent, impolitic sport of people with disabilities and diseases and those who would pity and condescend to them, died Saturday in Portland, Ore. He was 59 and lived in Portland.
Barry Rubin / Pajamas Media:
In Speech to Turkey, PM David Cameron Goes Full Idiot  —  Cameron gives a begging, blubbering pander of a speech to the Islamist goons in Turkey.  (Also read Claudia Rosett: “Prime Minister, It's Not a ‘Prison Camp’”  —  British Prime Minister David Cameron's July 27 speech in Turkey will not live on in history.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Not-So-Scammy Interchange Fee Scam  —  When the great Credit Card Interchange Fee Debate began, I said I was generally skeptical of the idea of purely economic regulation (as opposed to regulation aimed at public safety or environmental hazards).  Kevin Drum followed up yesterday with a post on …
Michael Barone / Associated Press:
House Democrats head for a thumping at the polls  —  Democratic spin doctors have set out how their side is going to hold onto a majority in the House.  They'll capture four at-risk Republican seats, hold half of the next 30 or so Democratic at-risk seats, and avoid significant losses on target seats lower on the list.
The Politico:
Two women to face off in Oklahoma  —  Republican Rep. Mary Fallin and Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins won their gubernatorial primaries Tuesday evening, ensuring that Oklahoma will elect its first female governor in November.  —  Fallin enters the fall campaign as the favorite …
The Note:
Rep. Waters: Shirley Sherrod Tape ‘Planted by the Enemy’ - ‘Right-Wing Press’  —  ABC News' Gregory Simmons reports: At the Urban League's Centennial Celebration today in Washington, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., delivered a scathing response to the White House and U.S. Department …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
GOP.com:
The President Wears Prada  —  Glitzy Fundraisers, Posh Vacations, And Celebrity Concerts Show Obama's Elitist Disconnect From The American People “President Obama is coming to New York on July 28 for Democratic National Committee fundraising, but apparently he has two events planned on the day …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Riehl World View
Garry Wills / New York Review of Books:
Obama's Legacy: Afghanistan  —  A US soldier at a base in the Dand district of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, July 23, 2010  —  Most presidents start wondering—or, more often, worrying—about their “legacy” well into their first term.  Or, if they have a second term …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
John Podesta, UFO Guy  —  John Podesta is a distinguished Washington insider.  He is currently the president of the liberal Center for American Progress, and previously served as co-chair of Barack Obama's presidential transition team (2008-2009) and White House chief of staff for Bill Clinton.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
GM Volt's price induces some sticker shock  —  The long-anticipated Chevrolet Volt, General Motors' electric car, will cost $41,000, the company announced Tuesday, leaving consumers to decide whether its environmental appeal is worth a price far above that of similarly sized conventional autos.
Newsdesk / Blagojevich on Trial:
Blago jurors by the numbers: Who they are  —  Making the final jury cut is a little like succeeding at golf.  The lowest numbers win.  —  The final jury panel that will decide the fate of Rod Blagojevich includes a legal assistant, a public school math teacher, an avid marathon runner …
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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Updated Governor and Senate ratings!
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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New York Post:
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Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Democrats Confirm More House Seats in Play
Discussion: Swing State Project and Moe Lane
Paul Krugman:
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Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Eschaton
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Lawyer: Blago's not ‘sharpest knife’