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8:55 AM ET, July 29, 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 …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Ruling Against Arizona Is a Warning for Other States  —  A federal judge in Arizona on Wednesday broadly vindicated the Obama administration's high-stakes move to challenge that state's tough immigration law and to assert the primary authority of the federal government over state lawmakers in immigration matters.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and The Nation
Fox News:
Federal Judge Blocks Key Portions of Arizona Illegal Immigration Law  —  A federal judge on Wednesday blocked some of the toughest provisions in the Arizona illegal immigration law, putting on hold the state's attempt to have local police enforce federal immigration policy.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Arizona Immigration Decision — By: Andy McCarthy
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem memo: No, we won't lose the House  —  In another sign that House Dem leaders are eager to silence talk about them losing the House, top Democrats are circulating a memo on Capitol Hill that lays out a detailed case for why Republicans will come up short this fall.
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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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity  —  The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.
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 …
Courtney Hazlett / msnbc.com:
Obama not invited to Chelsea Clinton's wedding  —  Plus: Unknown actresses in the running for ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ lead  —  President Barack Obama made a visit to the ladies of “The View” Wednesday afternoon to tape an episode that airs Thursday.  And although all five hosts …
Jim Christie / Reuters:
Schwarzenegger declares California fiscal emergency  —  (Reuters) - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency over the state's finances on Wednesday, raising pressure on lawmakers to negotiate a state budget that is more than a month overdue and will need to close a $19 billion shortfall.
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Jon Ortiz / The State Worker:
Schwarzenegger orders more furloughs for state workers
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Michael Grunwald / Time:
The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?  —  An extensive network of oil booms surround marsh lands off the coast of Louisiana.  July 18, 2010.  —  Mario Tama / Getty Images  —  President Obama has called the BP oil spill “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced,” and so has just about everyone else.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Manufacturing and Other Business Activity  —  Manufacturing activity in most Districts continued to move up since the last report, although the pace of activity slowed or activity leveled off in the New York, Cleveland, Kansas City, Chicago, Atlanta, and Richmond Districts.
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Poll shows opposition to health care overhaul declining  —  Opposition to the landmark health care overhaul declined over the past month, to 35 percent from 41 percent, according to the latest results of a tracking poll, reported Thursday.  —  Fifty percent of the public held a favorable view of the law …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
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
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 …
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
The Hill:
Rangel digs in for a fight before 1 p.m. Thursday ethics trial  —  Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) is ready to lay out his case to the public and thinks he can win, barring a last-minute deal in his showdown with the House ethics committee.  —  “[Thursday] is D-Day and he's digging in for a fight …
Discussion: The Politico
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Congress Rethinks 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 Services …
Discussion: MyDD, more at Techmeme »
The Daily Caller:
Juggling the Sherrod Chainsaw  —  While Jim Treacher enjoys the weather in Acapulco, other people will be trawling.  Like John Hayward, AKA Doctor Zero.  Follow the good Doc on twitter, and read him at his home and in the Hot Air Greenroom.  —  Shirley Sherrod ended up as the star …
Ryan Alessi / cn|2 Politics:
Ben Chandler starts with double-digit lead over Andy Barr but 21% undecided, cn|  2 Poll shows  —  Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler begins the general election season with a 14-point lead over Republican challenger Andy Barr, although 37% of those surveyed have yet to form an opinion of Barr, the latest cn|
The Center for Public Integrity:
Haphazard Firefighting Might Have Sunk BP Oil Rig … The Coast Guard has gathered evidence it failed to follow its own firefighting policy during the Deepwater Horizon disaster and is investigating whether the chaotic spraying of tons of salt water by private boats contributed to sinking …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Land Use and Real Estate Bubbles  —  A very basic model of the economy would suggest that the overall price of real estate should stay very flat over time.  Land should get more expensive as more people try to live in a particular metro area since building more land, though possible, is difficult to undertake.
Discussion: Grist and Beltway Confidential
David / Crooks and Liars:
Arpaio threatens to jail immigration law protesters  —  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he would not hesitate to arrest protesters that were blocking his jail.  —  “It appears that there are groups, individuals that are gearing up for some civil disobedience …
 
 
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Raphael G. Satter / Associated Press:
WikiLeaks: We don't know source of leaked data
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner on National Review Online:
What's So Strange About Socialism? — By: Stanley Kurtz
Brendan DeMelle / The Huffington Post:
Wetlands Front Group Funded by Big Oil Wants Taxpayers to Foot …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Hullabaloo
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
Darren Goode / The Hill:
Senate Dems, GOP squabble may sink spill bill
 Earlier Items: 
Susanna G. Kim / New York Times:
Unexpected Drop in Durable Goods
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Congress narrows gap in cocaine sentences
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
An Order of Seven Global Cyber-Guardians Now Hold Keys to the Internet
Discussion: Digital Society, BBC and Guardian
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Simmons: ‘I Am Running’ For U.S. Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Swamp
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Accused of Stalling on MOVE Act for Voters in Military
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
 

 
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has considered a fitness ring, smart glasses, and adding cameras and more advanced AI to AirPods, but is not actively developing these devices

Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Omdia estimates that the bill of materials for Apple Vision Pro is $1,542, with both of the 1.25-inch Micro OLED displays from Sony costing about $228 each

Sidhartha Shukla / Bloomberg:
PeckShield warns that MicroStrategy's X account has been compromised; ZachXBT: the hacker stole about $440K from users that were scammed by the phishing post

 
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