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4:55 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 …
CNN:
Federal judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law  —  Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) — A federal judge has blocked one of the most controversial sections of a tough Arizona immigration law, granting a preliminary injunction Wednesday that prevents police from questioning people about their immigration status.
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 …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
BREAKING: Judge blocks key portions of Arizona's anti-immigrant law, SB1070 UPDATED
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and TPMDC
Washington Post:
Arizona immigration law SB 1070: Federal judge blocks key parts
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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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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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Journolist veers out of bounds  —  Recently, however, the conservative website The Daily Caller, run by Tucker Carlson, got hold of many Journolist e-mails and printed the most provocative, which to some gave every appearance of a left-wing conspiracy to slant news coverage in favor of Barack Obama.
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Brent Bozell's Open Letter to the Washington Post: 20 Questions About the JournoList
Discussion: National Review
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
Joint Economic Committee Republicans:
AMERICA'S NEW HEALTH CARE SYSTEM REVEALED  —  Updated Chart Shows Obamacare's Bewildering Complexity  —  Download a PDF version of the chart below  —  Washington, DC - Four months after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously declared “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Cato @ Liberty
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
Do You Trust Your Government to Be Competent to Run This?
Discussion: Nice Deb and Gateway Pundit
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Angle: DISCLOSE Act already exists (except it doesn't)  —  It was rejected by the Senate this week.  But here's what Sharron Angle said to conservative talker Heidi Harris today (audio at right):  —  Harris: Interesting story, or I should say Op-Ed, in the Washington Post this morning …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Interchange Fees a Scam?
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Modeled Behavior
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.
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic of American Education-Related Social Stratification  —  Peter Beinart, like all good heterodox liberals, thinks we should curb race-based affirmative action in college admissions in favor of something more focused on class.
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Affirmative Action Is Irrelevant
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.
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.
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
John R. Bohrer / Esquire:
Rod Blagojevich: Not Guilty  —  It is impossible when covering a trial as a journalist not to start thinking like a juror.  The jobs are not all that different to begin with: sifting facts, weighing sides, judging trustworthiness, trying to be objective about it all.
Agence France Presse:
US Congress votes to cut cocaine sentencing disparity  —  WASHINGTON — The US Congress voted Wednesday to reduce sentencing disparities for offenders caught with crack cocaine versus the drug in powder form, a gap blamed for disproportionate jailing of black Americans.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Fools Gold: Inside the Glenn Beck Goldline Scheme  —  Goldline International is under investigation by the Santa Monica City Attorney's office, jointly with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, as well as being the subject of a separate investigation by Congress into the possible criminal practices.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Megan L. Thomas / msnbc.com:
Gen Y: No jobs, lots of loans, grim future  —  Millennials' delay in starting their careers could wallop long-term finances  —  They are perhaps the best-educated generation ever, but they can't find jobs.  Many face staggering college loans and have moved back in with their parents.
Dan Savage / Slog:
O'Reilly to Obama: Stop Enforcing DADT  —  Bill O'Reilly talking with Jay Leno...  Okay, okay: no one in his or her right mind would subject themselves to five seconds of this, much less five minutes.  Let's call it “non-required viewing.”  All you need to know is that on Leno …
CNN:
CNN Poll: ‘Melting Pot’ weakening country?  —  Washington (CNN) - A new poll indicates Americans have complicated views towards immigrants.  —  According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey, the vast majority believe that most immigrants are basically good, honest people who are hard-working.
Discussion: Politics Daily
 
 
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