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1:40 AM ET, July 31, 2010

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Glenn Thrush / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama: Time for Rangel to end career “with dignity”  —  President Barack Obama has kept mum on the fate of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) for days — but he tells CBS News that it's time for the embattled 80-year-old former Ways and Means Chairman to end his career “with dignity.”
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Democrat apologizes for talking about Rangel reprimand  —  Rep. Gene Green is apologizing to the chairwoman of the House ethics panel for revealing how the committee wants to punish Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).  —  Green, the chairman of the ethics investigative panel looking into charges against Rangel …
The Politico:
Why Charles Rangel is surviving  —  Despite predictions he would be swiftly abandoned by his colleagues, House Democrats are shrugging off Rep. Charles Rangel's ethical scandal as they head for the exits for a six-week summer break.  —  At least for now.  —  Most Democrats are suggesting …
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
The Politico:
Obama pushes for Rangel exit  —  President Barack Obama is sending a strong signal to ethics-embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel, telling CBS news that the time has come for tjhe 80-year-old dean of New York's congressional delegation to end his career “with dignity.”
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Waters chooses ethics trial  —  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has chosen to go through an ethics trial, like the one lined up for New York Rep. Charles Rangel, rather than accepting charges made by an ethics subcommittee, a source familiar with the process tells POLITICO.
Discussion: Hot Air and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Reports: Rep. Waters chooses trial rather than accept ethics charges
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Anthony Weiner's Spitting Mad Rant Against Republicans On The House Floor (VIDEO)  —  The House was debating a bill last night that would provide up to $7.4 billion in health care aid to rescue and recovery workers who have faced health problems since their work in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
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Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Peter King And Anthony Weiner Shout Their Way Through A Fox News Interview (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) went on an apoplectic rant on the House floor last night, and apparently he hasn't cooled off much since then.  —  Earlier this morning, Weiner and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) …
Discussion: Doug Ross and Azi Paybarah
The Huffington Post:
Anthony Weiner Goes Ballistic At GOP For Killing 9/11 Responders Health Care Bill (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  House Republicans late Thursday were able to corral enough votes to defeat a bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to those sickened by toxins resulting from the 9/11 attacks.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Anthony Weiner's rant captures Dem impotence  —  Everybody is talking about Anthony Weiner's high-octane rant on the House floor last night, in which he fulminated over Republican opposition to a bill that would have spent billions on health care for people sickened by the smoke and debris from 9/11:
Reed Saxon / Newsweek:
Breitbart: I'd Like to Speak to Sherrod in Private  —  Conservative blogger says episode was ‘difficult for me as well.’  —  Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger who posted the original video of Shirley Sherrod talking about race.  —  In the aftermath of the saga that thrust Shirley Sherrod …
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Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
Mea Culpa 360: CNN Anchor Says He Was Wrong to Let Shirley Sherrod Smear Andrew Breitbart Unchallenged  —  On Thursday's Anderson Cooper 360, anchor Anderson Cooper faulted himself for not pressing Shirley Sherrod when she appeared on the show back on July 22 and claimed that conservative Andrew Breitbart …
Amy Spitalnick / J Street's Blog:
Statement on Cordoba House Controversy  —  The principle at stake in the Cordoba House controversy goes to the heart of American democracy and the value we place on freedom of religion.  Should one religious group in this country be treated differently than another?  We believe the answer is no.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
ADL: Some opponents of Ground Zero mosque are bigots, but we should let them win anyway  —  As you have probably heard, the Anti-Defamation League came out against the Ground Zero mosque today.  I wanted to highlight this extraordinary bit from their statement: … That's just amazing.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
ADL Condemns, Enables, Anti-Muslim Bigotry.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Today in Mosque Madness
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Public mauling for NK football flops  —  Footballers subjected to six-hour excoriation on stage for ‘betraying’ North Korea and Kim Jong-il's son and heir  —  England's failed footballers should count themselves lucky that their ignominious World Cup exit was met with little more than a public mauling by the media.
Discussion: Samizdata.net
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Ben Nelson, U.S. Senator for Nebraska:
NELSON STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT NOMINEE ELENA KAGAN  —  July 30, 2010 - Today, Nebraska's Senator Ben Nelson issued this statement on the president's nomination of Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the seat of retired Justice John Paul Stevens:
Discussion: msnbc.com, Daily Kos, Salon and TPM LiveWire
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Fhardingj / CNN:
Nelson, Gregg announce Kagan votes
Discussion: The Note and The Hill
Edward Niedermeyer / New York Times:
G.M.'s Electric Lemon  —  GENERAL MOTORS introduced America to the Chevrolet Volt at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show as a low-slung concept car that would someday be the future of motorized transportation.  It would go 40 miles on battery power alone, promised G.M., after which it would create its own electricity with a gas engine.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Majority Rule is Good for Liberals  —  Oh well, let's talk more about the filibuster.  News is slow today.  Over at TalkLeft, BTD takes Chris Bowers to task for suggesting that ending the filibuster would be good for liberals: … Actually, I don't think this is right.
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
A Nonserious Question  —  Chris Bowers asks “Does anyone …
Discussion: Open Left
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
WaPo buries Dem fundraiser's fraud, highlights GOP fundraising scandal  —  Our friends at the Washington Post gave front-page treatment this morning to SEC charges that Texas billionaires Sam Wyly and Charles Wyly gained $550 million in fraudulent stock trades.
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Scott Wong / The Politico:
GOP seizes on immigration memo  —  Republicans are seizing on an internal memo they say is further evidence the Obama administration wants to bypass a gridlocked Congress and use its executive powers to grant “back-door amnesty” to thousands of illegal immigrants.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Black lawmakers irate over Emanuel's $1.5 billion promise to Sen. Lincoln  —  African-American lawmakers are irate that the Obama administration has promised Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) $1.5 billion in farm aid while claiming it can't pay a landmark legal settlement with black farmers.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Weasel Zippers
The Huffington Post:
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich twice called on the United States to attack North Korea and Iran Thursday because the United States has only attacked “one out of three” of so-called “Axis of Evil” members by invading Iraq.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gingrich expects Palin to run in 2012  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Friday that he expects former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to be among the crowd of GOP presidential candidates in 2012.  —  Gingrich, himself a potential candidate for president, sized up the field …
CNN:
Al Gore won't face prosecution in sexual assault allegation  —  Former Vice President Al Gore will not face prosecution on an allegation of sexual assault from 2006.  —  (CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore will not face prosecution on an allegation of sexual assault from 2006.
Discussion: Gawker
Michael Whitney / Firedoglake:
Senate Votes to Double Fines, Jail Time for Pot Brownies  —  Dianne Feinstein's Reefer Madness (graphic by twolf1)  —  Last night, the United States Senate voted to double the penalties for the nation's newest existential threat: brownies made with marijuana!
Sean Holstege / Arizona Republic:
Hate mail, threats flood Arizona judge's office  —  U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton received hundreds of threats at her court offices within hours of her ruling on Arizona's tough and controversial immigration law.  —  “She has been inundated,” said U.S. Marshal David Gonzales, indicating his agents are taking some seriously.
 
 
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Karen Langley / Concord Monitor:
Hodes misses vote on benefits
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CEPR:
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Josh Kraushaar / Hotline On Call:
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Online NewsHour:
Did Stimulus Funding Help or Hurt U.S. Economy in the Long Run?
Discussion: EconLog and Cafe Hayek
Atrios / Eschaton:
Everything Liberal Activists Do Is Wrong And Destructive
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Gates Gets Grumpy in Speech to Scouts
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 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Dems, GOP maneuver on repeal
Discussion: Hot Air
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
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Discussion: Gawker and Salon
Ian Millhiser / Center for American Progress:
Falling Off a Cliff
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economic Growth Slowed to 2.4% Rate in 2nd Quarter