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11:30 PM ET, July 29, 2010

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WCBS-TV:
Charlie Rangel's War: Deal Axed At 11th Hour  —  However, A Compromise Is Possible Between Now And When Expected Trial Would Take Place In September  —  Rep. Rangel: I'm Just Glad Nobody Is Calling Me ‘Corrupt’ Or ‘Dishonest’  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Deal, no deal ... deal, no deal.
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David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel Appears Nearly Certain to Face Trial on Ethics Charges  —  WASHINGTON — The House ethics committee on Thursday laid out 13 charges of ethical violations committed by Representative Charles B. Rangel, accusing him of a pattern of “indifference and disregard” for the law and the rules of the House.
Lanny J. Davis / Pundits Blog:
The Rangel case — Lessons from Sherrod?
Discussion: The Politico and The New Republic
Washington Post:
Charges against Rangel unveiled after efforts to reach settlement fail
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rangel Deal  —  All signs suggest that House Ethics Committee sachems …
The Politico:
Ethics unveils 13 Rangel charges
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’  —  NEW YORK — President Obama waded into the national race debate in an unlikely setting and with an unusual choice of words: telling daytime talk show hosts that African-Americans are “sort of a mongrel people.”
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Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Fired USDA employee Sherrod to sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart  —  Ousted USDA employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, the Associated Press reports.  —  Sherrod made the announcement Thursday in San Diego at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention.
Jesse Washington / Associated Press:
Ousted USDA Employee Sherrod Plans to Sue Blogger  —  Ousted USDA employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue conservative blogger over edited video  —  Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted a video edited in a way that made her appear racist.
Eric Alterman / The Nation:
Journalism's Age of Shame  —  This article appeared in the August 16/23, 2010 edition of The Nation.  —  Recommended by  —  The black political art of “working the refs” with constant and vociferous complaints of “liberal bias” in the media has a long and distinguished history.
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Nobody is Helping Aisha  —  It's certainly true as Time's emotionally manipulative new cover image indicates that the Taliban are terrible for women and that the more of Afghanistan they rule the worse things will be for women.  That said, it's extremely disingenuous to act …
Discussion: Time and Ezra Klein
Jack Devine / Wall Street Journal:
The CIA Solution for Afghanistan
David Freedlander / New York Observer:
McMahon Campaign Hits Grimm For Taking “Jewish Money”  —  Mike Grimm, a G.O.P challenger for Mike McMahon's Congressional seat, took in over $200,000 in his last filing.  —  But in an effort to show that Grimm lacks support among voters in the district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed Member's Deflation Warning Hints at Policy Shift  —  WASHINGTON — A subtle but significant shift appears to be occurring within the Federal Reserve over the course of monetary policy amid increasing signs that the economic recovery is weakening.  —  On Thursday, James Bullard …
Ezra Klein:
What would Republicans do for the economy?  An interview with Rep. Paul Ryan.  —  Paul Ryan is the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, and one of the party's most influential voices on the economy.  And with Republicans likely to pick up a lot of seats — and maybe even the House …
Wall Street Journal:
Computer Evidence Ties Leaks to Soldier  —  Investigators have found concrete evidence on computers used by Pfc. Bradley Manning that link him with the leak of classified Afghanistan war reports, a U.S. defense official said.  —  The disclosure came as Defense Secretary Robert Gates pledged Thursday to …
Spencer Wilking / New York Press:
Tea Party Jitters  —  Spencer Wilking Finds That New York's Tea Partiers Aren't The Bigoted White Guys You Fear.  —  “Liberty is on the march,” Dan Halloran yells as he clutches a microphone in front of a gathered crowd inside Webster Hall.  “Not only is it on the march …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Republicans Garner 11-Point Lead in Midterms  —  With less than 100 days until the midterm elections, American voters would give the edge to Republicans by an 11 percentage-point margin if the Congressional election were today.  Yet a majority doesn't think a Republican takeover of Congress would lead to positive change.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The End of Probable Cause  —  This is excellent news for FBI agents who might want to misuse Bureau resources to see if their wife is having an affair: … Of course, checking out someone's browser history could be very useful in a terrorism investigation.
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity
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 …
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Univision video confirms Sandoval said his kids don't look Hispanic  —  I have confirmed that Brian Sandoval, as reported by Univision's news director in a column and revealed in an earlier blog post, did indeed say that his children don't look Hispanic when asked by the Spanish-language station whether …
Discussion: Salon, Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
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.
The Huffington Post:
Obama Mocks Polls But Spends More On Them ($4.4M) Than Bush Did  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  With Reporting By Julian Hattem  —  During his daily press briefing on July 13, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was peppered with questions about why the president's popularity numbers …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Diana Olick / Realty Check with Diana Olick:
Obama Housing Bailout Under Attack  —  Criticism of the Obama Administration's mortgage bailout, the Home Affordable Modification Program, is reaching a fever pitch, and I know this because, among other things, the Administration itself appears to be mounting a defense.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
As Tennesseans Desperately Search For Work, Wamp Suggests Unemployed Are ‘Just Sitting Back Waiting’  —  This past Tuesday, Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), who is also a leading candidate for the GOP nomination for governor, joined a conference call with the right-wing National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
OMB nominee got $900,000 after Citigroup bailout  —  Bonus issued after 2008 report  —  President Obama's choice to be the government's chief budget officer received a bonus of more than $900,000 from Citigroup Inc. last year — after the Wall Street firm for which he worked received a massive taxpayer bailout.
Joe Arnold / WHAS:
Conway won't commit to Reid as Democratic Leader  —  In an interview with Mandy Connell on 84WHAS Radio Wednesday morning, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway reiterated his opposition to Cap and Trade and his support of “Card Check,” the union backed initiative to make labor organizing easier.
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 …
Washington Post:
Body of Jarod Newlove, second missing U.S. sailor, found in Afghanistan  —  KABUL — A second U.S. sailor who disappeared in eastern Afghanistan last week has been found dead.  —  The discovery Wednesday ended the urgent search that had begun Friday evening when two U.S. Navy service members drove away …
Discussion: Politics Daily
The Huffington Post:
Tim Lahaye, Evangelical Christian Minister, Warns Obama Bringing Us Closer To ‘The Apocalypse’ (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Evangelical Christian minister Tim LaHaye says that the policy initiatives put forth by the Obama administration are bringing the country “closer to the apocalypse.”
 
 
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Charles Fried / Boston Globe:
Obama should give Warren a recess appointment
Mark Judge / The Daily Caller:
The Men of Journolist
Paul Krugman:
The Work Of Depressions
Discussion: Wonk Room and Grasping Reality …
Joe Conason / Salon:
Fred Barnes not on a team? Why did GOP pay him?
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jan Brewer files immigration appeal
Discussion: Wake up America
Gabi Jaye / The Oakland Press:
Conservative's comments spark Raczkowski protest
Discussion: theblogprof and Washington Monthly
Chicago Tribune:
Appeals court removes federal judge from drug case
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Stupidity of Liberal Apathy
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Californians Look Back  —  Nearly 7 years after recalling …
Discussion: TPMDC
Clifford D. May / National Review:
Dear Mayor Bloomberg
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Obama touts education reform
Discussion: Firedoglake, ABCNEWS and The Politico
Orlando Sentinel:
Grayson bills taxpayers for DVD of term's highlights
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
In American politics, stupidity is the name of the game
Michael Grunwald / Time:
The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?