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11:25 AM ET, July 28, 2010

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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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James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans block campaign finance measure
Discussion: Firedoglake and Reuters
The Hill:
50 Most Beautiful People 2010  —  Take a look at the most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: CNN
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The Hill:
50 Most Beautiful People 2010 HTML Top 10  —  1. Alexis Latifi: A rare gem … Meet Alexis Latifi: raw foodist, bikram yogi, jewelry maker.  —  Latifi moved to Washington from her native Alabama last fall and has enjoyed taking her unique interests to a higher level.
Discussion: Lynn Sweet
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.
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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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Wikileaks exposed hundreds of Afghan informants
Discussion: Political Byline and The Hill
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.
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Matt Bai / New York Times:
Budget Chief Tried to Tilt Power to Executive Branch
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
ABCNEWS:
House Democrats Buck President Obama on Afghanistan
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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Michelle Malkin:
Open-borders/SEIU caravan to Arizona: You read it here first
Discussion: Diggers Realm
Barry Rubin / Pajamas Media:
In Speech to Turkey, PM David Cameron Goes Full Idiot  —  Cameron gives a begging, blubbering pander of a speech to the Islamist goons in Turkey.  (Also read Claudia Rosett: “Prime Minister, It's Not a ‘Prison Camp’”  —  British Prime Minister David Cameron's July 27 speech in Turkey will not live on in history.
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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.
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 …
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Clintonista Rendell: Obama May Be Primaried In 2012
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Lawyer: Blago's not ‘sharpest knife’  —  Rod Blagojevich's own lawyer said Tuesday that his client is “foolish” and not the “sharpest knife in the drawer,” but said that is no reason to convict the former Democratic governor of Illinois of corruption.  —  In his closing argument …
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
From Blagojevich Lawyer, Final Argument With Drama
Discussion: The Page
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.
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 Ties
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com and YID With LID
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Texas Battles Health Law Even as It Follows It  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — There are more uninsured residents of Texas — 6.1 million and counting — than there are people in 33 states.  The state's elected officials might be expected, therefore, to cheer a federal health care law that is likely …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Law Blog
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.
Joseph Sohm / Newsweek:
Why Some Republicans Want to ‘Restore’ the 13th Amendment  —  No, it's not about slavery; like so much of our politics these days, it's about Barack Obama.  —  If there is an aspect of the human condition that is unaddressed by the platform of the Republican Party of Iowa …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Guardian
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 …
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.
Discussion: Economix and Althouse
Paul Krugman:
How Did We Know The Stimulus Was Too Small?  —  Those of us who say that the stimulus was too small are often accused of after-the-fact rationalization: you said this would work, but now that it hasn't, you're just saying it wasn't big enough.  The quick answer to that accusation is that people …
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Eschaton
 
 
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Democrats Confirm More House Seats in Play
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Moe Lane
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Sherrod Critic: She Used ‘Lynching’ To Gin Up Democratic Voters
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
How Many Public Employees? Albany Doesn't Know
Discussion: City Room and Newsalert
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
K Street goes to the defense of Charlie Rangel
Discussion: Hot Air
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
BP to cut U.S. tax bill by $10 billion because of losses in gulf spill
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Boston Herald:
Owe it or not, John Kerry's ready to pay
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Year of the Tea Party Voter
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Criminal probe of oil spill to focus on 3 firms and their ties to regulators
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Robbie Gennet / The Huffington Post:
Screw the View: Obama Should Appear on the Glenn Beck Show
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Google Develops a Facebook Rival
Ian Welsh:
Netroots Schizo
Discussion: The Confluence and TalkLeft
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
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