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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Ruling Against Arizona Is a Warning for Other States  —  A federal judge in Arizona on Wednesday broadly vindicated the Obama administration's high-stakes move to challenge that state's tough immigration law and to assert the primary authority of the federal government over state lawmakers in immigration matters.
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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.
The Corner on National Review Online:
What Judge Bolton's Injunction Doesn't Say — By: NRO Staff  —  In enjoining Arizona's landmark immigration law, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton maintains the Obama administration's carefully cultivated fiction: that what concerns the White House regarding S.B. 1070 is its effect on legal, rather than illegal, aliens.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Arizona Law Upheld In Part …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Arizona Immigration Decision — By: Andy McCarthy
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity  —  The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Even Yet More Warrantless Searches
Discussion: Salon
Michael Grunwald / Time:
The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?  —  An extensive network of oil booms surround marsh lands off the coast of Louisiana.  July 18, 2010.  —  Mario Tama / Getty Images  —  President Obama has called the BP oil spill “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced,” and so has just about everyone else.
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Court Upholds Expulsion of Counseling Student Who Opposes Homosexuality  —  A federal judge ruled schools can expel students, like Julea Ward, who believe homosexuality is morally wrong.  Ward's lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University was dismissed.  —  A federal judge has ruled in favor …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem memo: No, we won't lose the House  —  In another sign that House Dem leaders are eager to silence talk about them losing the House, top Democrats are circulating a memo on Capitol Hill that lays out a detailed case for why Republicans will come up short this fall.
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Democratic Message: We May Be Incompetent, But They're Crazy
Wall Street Journal:
Taxes: A Defining Issue  —  Barack Obama knows taxes define worldview.  The GOP should offer voters an alternative.  —  If the Obama presidency didn't exist, we would have to invent it.  —  At a time when the American people need to make some decisions about the nation's purpose …
Jim Christie / Reuters:
Schwarzenegger declares California fiscal emergency  —  (Reuters) - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency over the state's finances on Wednesday, raising pressure on lawmakers to negotiate a state budget that is more than a month overdue and will need to close a $19 billion shortfall.
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Jon Ortiz / The State Worker:
Schwarzenegger orders more furloughs for state workers
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Poll shows opposition to health care overhaul declining  —  Opposition to the landmark health care overhaul declined over the past month, to 35 percent from 41 percent, according to the latest results of a tracking poll, reported Thursday.  —  Fifty percent of the public held a favorable view of the law …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
Courtney Hazlett / msnbc.com:
Obama not invited to Chelsea Clinton's wedding  —  Plus: Unknown actresses in the running for ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ lead  —  President Barack Obama made a visit to the ladies of “The View” Wednesday afternoon to tape an episode that airs Thursday.  And although all five hosts …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
House GOP leaders: 9/11 first responders aid bill ‘a massive new entitlement program’  —  House Republican leadership is advising its members to vote against a bipartisan bill that would, among other things, bolster medical support to Sept. 11 victims.  —  The James Zadroga 9/11 Health …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Congress Rethinks Its Ban on Internet Gambling  —  WASHINGTON — With pressure mounting on the federal government to find new revenues, Congress is considering legalizing, and taxing, an activity it banned just four years ago: Internet gambling.  —  On Wednesday, the House Financial Services …
Washington Times:
Holder puts felons over soldiers  —  The Justice Department obstructs military voting rights  —  Obama Justice Department outrages never cease.  The politically charged gang led by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is more interested in helping felons vote than in helping the military to vote.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Manufacturing and Other Business Activity  —  Manufacturing activity in most Districts continued to move up since the last report, although the pace of activity slowed or activity leveled off in the New York, Cleveland, Kansas City, Chicago, Atlanta, and Richmond Districts.
Ryan Alessi / cn|2 Politics:
Ben Chandler starts with double-digit lead over Andy Barr but 21% undecided, cn|  2 Poll shows  —  Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler begins the general election season with a 14-point lead over Republican challenger Andy Barr, although 37% of those surveyed have yet to form an opinion of Barr, the latest cn|
Michael W. Savage / Washington Post:
Obama to sign bill targeting violent crime on Indian reservations  —  A measure designed to ease stubbornly high rates of violent crime, including rape and sexual assault, within Indian reservations will be signed into law by President Obama on Thursday.  —  Advocates of the Tribal Law and Order Act …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and The Page
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The cash-for-speaker program  —  To the House minority leader, “Speaker” Boehner seems to have a nice ring to it.  —  So much so that months before any midterm votes are cast, John Boehner of Ohio is putting his own face on the GOP's drive to take back the House by quietly launching a …
Discussion: Townhall.com and TPMDC
The Hill:
Simmons will again face McMahon in Conn. Senate GOP primary  —  Less than two weeks before the Aug. 10 Republican primary, the Senate campaign of former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) is back on.  —  After calling himself a candidate for Senate in a debate with businessman Peter Schiff Tuesday night …
Discussion: Hartford Courant, CNN and Ballot Box
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner on National Review Online:
What's So Strange About Socialism?  — By: Stanley Kurtz  —  What is so strange about the idea that President Obama might be a socialist?  True, it would be a big deal if the president of the United States considered himself an opponent of the capitalist system, especially …
Matthew Rosenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Drugs, Discipline Dog Afghan Army  —  Afghan soldiers in training this month.  U.S. soldiers complain poor discipline among the Afghans could undermine the campaign.  —  KHADAKALAY, Afghanistan—It took a few tense seconds for U.S. and Afghan soldiers to realize that a sudden burst of gunfire …
Discussion: Washington Post, SWJ Blog and The Page
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Republicans focus on tax cuts for recess  —  House Republican leaders largely avoid mentioning former President George W. Bush in their August recess package to GOP members.  —  Instead of calling for an extension of Bush's tax cuts, which House Republican leaders support, they refer to the looming “Democrats' tax hikes.”
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
 
 
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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
An Arizona Morgue Grows Crowded
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Quinnipiac University:
Politics Thwarts Att'y General In Fighting Corruption, New York …
The Hill:
Rep. Rangel digs in for a fight ahead of Thursday ethics trial
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Politico
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Land Use and Real Estate Bubbles
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The Daily Caller:
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
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Darren Goode / The Hill:
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Unexpected Drop in Durable Goods
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
An Order of Seven Global Cyber-Guardians Now Hold Keys to the Internet
Discussion: Asylum, Digital Society, BBC and Guardian
John R. Bohrer / Esquire:
Rod Blagojevich: Not Guilty
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
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