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9:10 AM ET, July 28, 2010

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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 …
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Dems table campaign finance reform  —  Senate Democrats failed to attract a single Republican vote on the DISCLOSE Act Tuesday, effectively defeating the bill and casting doubts over whether any campaign finance measure can pass the upper chamber before the November elections.
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John M. Broder / New York Times:
House and Senate Address Gulf Oil Spill Issues
Discussion: The Politico
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yet again, it all turns on Olympia Snowe
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.
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ABCNEWS:
House Democrats Buck President Obama on Afghanistan
Dan / Riehl World View:
Clintonista Rendell: Obama May Be Primaried In 2012
Discussion: Vox Popoli
David Rogers / The Politico:
Congress clears war funding
Discussion: At War, CNN, The Hill, The Page, MyDD and The Caucus
Martin Finucane / Boston Globe:
Mass. Legislature approves plan to bypass Electoral College  —  The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a new law intended to bypass the Electoral College system and ensure that the winner of the presidential election is determined by the national popular vote.
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
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and 24Ahead
Michelle Malkin:
Open-borders/SEIU caravan to Arizona: You read it here first
Discussion: Diggers Realm
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.
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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Feds demand diversity on Wall Street  —  A little-noticed section of the Wall Street reform law grants the federal government broad new powers to compel financial firms to hire more women and minorities — an effort at promoting diversity that's drawing fire from Republicans who say it could lead to de facto hiring quotas.
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Trip to Test Wall Street Relations
Discussion: Time and The Page
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
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
House Approves Money for Wars, but Rift Deepens  —  WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives agreed on Tuesday to provide $59 billion to continue financing America's two wars, but the vote showed deepening divisions and anxiety among Democrats over the course of the nearly nine-year-old conflict in Afghanistan.
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.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Instapundit
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Year of the Tea Party Voter  —  Republicans are winning over voters who are disgruntled with both parties.  —  It seems every election finds political pundits trying to come up with a shorthand description for the latest bloc of voters to exercise undue influence in the current year's races.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Politics Daily:
Should President Obama Appear on ‘The View’?  PD Writers Weigh In  —  Today's question: President Obama sitting down for an interview with the ladies of “The View” — smart, or not?  —  Where a president goes to speak — each venue, each city — is part of the overall effort in every White House …
Robbie Gennet / The Huffington Post:
Screw the View: Obama Should Appear on the Glenn Beck Show  —  While I'm interested to see Obama's impending visit to the View, I'd like to see him break through directly to the Fox audience, who are being fed a very skewed and dangerous narrative through a calculated filter.
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 …
Discussion: CNN, The Fix and The Page
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) …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
From Blagojevich Lawyer, Final Argument With Drama  —  CHICAGO — Rod R. Blagojevich has never been one for understatement, so it seemed fitting on Tuesday when a defense lawyer in his corruption case offered a final argument peppered with whispers, shouts, gasps, sarcasm and slang …
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Discussion: Political Byline
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: Rortybomb and Calculated Risk
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.
Discussion: Economix and Calculated Risk
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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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Criminal probe of oil spill to focus on 3 firms and their ties to regulators
Discussion: Gawker and AMERICAblog News
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Great Interchange Fee Scam
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Develops a Facebook Rival
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Ex-Financial Regulators Get Set to Lobby Agencies
Discussion: The Big Picture
Joseph Sohm / Newsweek:
Why Some Republicans Want to ‘Restore’ the 13th Amendment
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Hoyer: “Drain the swamp” not my line
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Raw Story:
Barge crashes into oil well in Gulf of Mexico, new oil leak reported
Discussion: The Reaction
Donovan Slack / Boston Globe:
Sen. Kerry to pay $500K tax on yacht
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Rep. King calls Wikileaks ‘treason,’ demands prosecution
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
CBO: Risk of crisis growing with higher debt levels
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Oliver Stone apologises for claim Hitler was a 'scapegoat …