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11:45 AM ET, July 29, 2010

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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.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Helplessness and Anarchy  —  The result of the injunction granted today by the federal court in Arizona preventing the key provisions of S.B. 1070 from taking effect is not just the maintenance of the status quo.  —  At a legal level, it is true that nothing has changed.
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.
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Blessed Tedium of the Arizona Immigration Case
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog and Salon
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Arizona Immigration Decision — By: Andy McCarthy
Discussion: FrumForum and Power Line
Fox News:
Arizona Immigration Law Still a ‘Powerful Deterrent,’ Supporters Say
Discussion: Big Government and The Nation
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  —  This is just excellent news: … I forget.  How many NSLs do the FBI and other federal agencies already send out every year?  30,000?  50,000?  What's it up to now?  Whatever it is, I guess it's still not enough.
Discussion: Salon
Richard Stengel / Time:
The Plight of Afghan Women: A Disturbing Picture  —  Our cover image this week is powerful, shocking and disturbing.  It is a portrait of Aisha, a shy 18-year-old Afghan woman who was sentenced by a Taliban commander to have her nose and ears cut off for fleeing her abusive in-laws.
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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 …
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kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — July 2010  —  The July Health Tracking Poll indicates overall public support for the health reform law is steady from June, while unfavorable views of the law have trended downward.  Half the public (50%) now expresses a favorable view of the law …
Discussion: The Hill, Brendan Nyhan, TPMDC and The Hill
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 …
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The Note:
Rep. Charles Rangel: Today Could Be ‘A Bad Day’  —  ABC News' John R. Parkinson reports:  —  A clearly dejected Rep. Charles Rangel just arrived at his Capitol Hill office, telling reporters today could be a bad day.  —  Rangel, D-NY, did not seem thrilled to see the media camped out in the hallway upon his arrival.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Lanny J. Davis / Pundits Blog:
The Rangel case — Lessons from Sherrod?
Discussion: The New Republic
The Hill:
Rep. Rangel digs in for a fight ahead of Thursday ethics trial
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 …
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Political operatives on Journolist worked to shape news coverage  —  Despite its name, membership in the liberal online community Journolist wasn't limited to journalists.  Present among the bloggers, reporters and editors were a number of professional political operatives …
Associated Press:
Body of 2nd missing US Navy sailor recovered in eastern Afghanistan; US, Afghan officials say  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A second U.S. Navy sailor who went missing in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan was found dead and his body recovered, a senior U.S. military official and Afghan officials said Thursday.
Free / WCAV:
Local Woman Convicted of Drug Fraud Joins Obama at the Podium … Charlottesville resident Leslie Macko was once employed at ACAC in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center.  In April 2009, she lost her job as an aesthetician in the spa at ACAC.  —  President Barack Obama called on Congress last week to extend unemployment insurance.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
An Arizona Morgue Grows Crowded  —  TUCSON — Dr. Bruce Parks unzips a white body bag on a steel gurney and gingerly lifts out a human skull and mandible, turning them over in his hands and examining the few teeth still in their sockets.  —  The body bag, coated with dust …
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 …
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Graham eyes ‘birthright citizenship’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced Wednesday night that he is considering introducing a constitutional amendment that would change existing law to no longer grant citizenship to the children of immigrants born in the United States.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Biden tags economy ‘Bush recession’  —  Vice President Biden trotted out a new line of attack against Republicans, terming the nation's economic difficulties the “Bush recession.”  —  Vice President Joe Biden trotted out a new line of attack against Republicans on Thursday …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
IrvineRenter / Irvine Housing Blog:
Another Ignorant and Misguided Attack on the 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage  —  The 30-year fixed rate mortgage provides a reasonable balance between affordability and buying power.  Historically, it has been associated with stable housing markets.  Despite these facts, some foolishly …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
In American politics, stupidity is the name of the game  —  Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid?  —  Start with taxes.  In every other serious democracy, conservative political parties feel at least some obligation to match their tax policies with their spending plans.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kiki Ryan / The Politico:
CHELSEA'S DAY: WHAT WE KNOW  —  Rumored details of the wedding of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton to longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky have been leaking out in the press for weeks, from what food will be served to what the bride will wear to what songs guests will dance to.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TMZ.com
 
 
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Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
President Obama meets small business owners at Edison Tastee Sub Shop
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
The Hubristic Fraud Behind WikiLeaks
Bob Marshall / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Despite science against jetties, Gov. Bobby Jindal rocks on: Bob Marshall
Discussion: Daily Kos and First Draft
Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Iowa GOP Supports Amendment To Strip Obama's Citizenship Because …
Michael W. Savage / Washington Post:
Obama to sign bill targeting violent crime on Indian reservations
Washington Times:
Holder puts felons over soldiers
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Republicans focus on tax cuts for recess
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Rosenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Drugs, Discipline Dog Afghan Army
Discussion: Washington Post, SWJ Blog and The Page
Ryan Alessi / cn|2 Politics:
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner on National Review Online:
What's So Strange About Socialism? — By: Stanley Kurtz
The Daily Caller:
Juggling the Sherrod Chainsaw
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Congress Rethinks Its Ban on Internet Gambling