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9:00 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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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 …
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.
Jan Brewer for Arizona Governor:
Statement by Governor Jan Brewer on SB 1070  —  “This fight is far from over.  In fact, it is just the beginning, and at the end of what is certain to be a long legal struggle, Arizona will prevail in its right to protect our citizens.  I am deeply grateful for the overwhelmingly support …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Democratic Message: We May Be Incompetent, But They're Crazy  —  Only in meta-ville do you hold a press conference to announce a campaign message for the fall.  Today, the Democratic Party asked reporters to come over to their Ivy Lane headquarters to listen to the party chairman describe …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Josh Kraushaar / Hotline On Call:
Dems Taking on the Tea Party, Again  —  Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine will be accusing GOP leaders of being beholden to the Tea Party's agenda at a press conference this morning, mocking Republican plans to offer voters a legislative commitment modeled after the Contract with America.
Michael Barone / Associated Press:
House Democrats head for a thumping at the polls
Discussion: Don Surber
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: Doug Ross and National Review
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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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 …
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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, Hot Air 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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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
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 …
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.
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.
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
Jon Ortiz / The State Worker:
Schwarzenegger orders more furloughs for state workers  —  Editor's note: This post has been changed to specify the departments excluded from the governor's furlough order.  It also clarifies payroll cost savings from furloughs last year  —  Less than one month after ending furloughs …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Darren Goode / The Hill:
Senate Dems, GOP squabble may sink spill bill  —  Senate Democrats and Republicans appear on a collision course that would sink chances of passing oil-spill and energy legislation amid disagreements over both substance and process.  —  Democratic leaders Wednesday foretold the likely failure …
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.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Congress Is Rethinking 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 …
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 …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Accused of Stalling on MOVE Act for Voters in Military  —  U.S. Army Sgt. George Scheufele prepares to mail in his completed absentee ballot after voting in the American Presidential and Congressional election while at Camp Eagle in the battle-torn Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Gov. Christie on Saving Money & the Hard Decisions We Have to Make  —  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  NJ Gov. Chris Christie on “Morning Joe”: This teacher complaining, they're getting four-to-five percent salary increases a year …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
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: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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The Daily Caller:
Juggling the Sherrod Chainsaw
Discussion: Classical Values
David / Crooks and Liars:
Arpaio threatens to jail immigration law protesters
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Diplomat Harsh on Leaders in Testimony for Iraq Inquiry
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC doles out $2.5 million to boost campaign committees
Discussion: CNN
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Math Is Hard: John Thune's Plan To Eliminate Deficits In 10 Many, Many Years
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Center for Public Integrity:
Haphazard Firefighting Might Have Sunk BP Oil Rig
Discussion: The Foundry, RedState and Raw Story
Susanna G. Kim / New York Times:
Unexpected Drop in Durable Goods
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
An Order of Seven Global Cyber-Guardians Now Hold Keys to the Internet
Discussion: Digital Society, Gawker and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
US Congress votes to cut cocaine sentencing disparity
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jay Bookman:
Tumbling down into the rabbit hole of modern American politics
CNN:
CNN Poll: ‘Melting Pot’ weakening country?
Discussion: Politics Daily
GOP.com:
The President Wears Prada
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
John Podesta, UFO Guy
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
John Callahan, Cartoonist, Dies at 59
Tucker Reals / CBS News:
WikiLeaks Reportedly Outs 100s of Afghan Informants