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12:10 PM 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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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
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
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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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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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 …
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.
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 and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
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
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
Image Boost: What Is The President Doing On Daytime Talk Show?  —  President Obama to Take in a Different ‘View’ With Talk Show Visit  —  Unlike most guests who come to ABC's “The View,” President Obama does not have a new movie, album or reality show to promote.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Politics Daily:   Should President Obama Appear on ‘The View’? PD Writers Weigh In
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Democrats Confirm More House Seats in Play  —  Democrats added another 20 House seats to their list of targeted districts, officials confirmed Tuesday evening, raising the party's commitment in television advertising for the final weeks of the campaign to more than $49 million.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Moe Lane
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.
John Cheves / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Coal execs hope to spend big to defeat Conway and Chandler  —  Companies seek to pool funds to defeat chandler, Conway, and delay disclosure  —  Several major coal companies hope to use newly loosened campaign-finance laws to pool their money and defeat Democratic congressional candidates they consider …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Coal Tattoo
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney continues to lead in NH
Discussion: FrumForum
Washington Post:
Report findings about Russia could complicate debate on new START pact
Discussion: The Foundry and The Page
Matt Bai / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Sherrod Critic: She Used ‘Lynching’ To Gin Up Democratic Voters
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
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Discussion: City Room, Gothamist and Newsalert
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Texas Battles Health Law Even as It Follows It
Discussion: Wonk Room and Law Blog
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
Paul Krugman:
How Did We Know The Stimulus Was Too Small?
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Eschaton
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
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
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