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6:45 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 …
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.
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.”
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: MyDD and TPMMuckraker
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Ethics Trial Expected for California Congresswoman  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, will face charges of misusing her office and is expected to contest the claims in a House trial, the second powerful House Democrat to opt for such a public airing in recent days …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Reports: Rep. Waters chooses trial rather than accept ethics charges
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Kilroy is latest vulnerable Dem to call for Rangel to resign
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
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
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Anthony Weiner's rant captures Dem impotence
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Today in Mosque Madness
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
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Helen Jung / Oregonian:
Prosecutors will not pursue criminal case against Gore in alleged …
Discussion: Hot Air, Wonkette and Guardian
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.
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Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:
The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services is considering ways …
Discussion: ProPublica and AmSpecBlog
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
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
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.
Elizabeth Scalia / The Anchoress:
Anne Rice Quits Christianity  —  Anne Rice, whose book Called Out of Darkness was a beautifully-written spiritual confession, has decided that she loves Christ but not Christians.  —  She's neither the first nor the last to feel that way.  —  Sometimes I do, too.
TMZ.com:
Snooki Arrested in Jersey — Disorderly Conduct  —  Snooki from “Jersey Shore” was just arrested in Seaside Heights, NJ ... TMZ has confirmed.  —  Law enforcement sources tell us the Seaside Heights PD busted Snooki moments ago for disorderly conduct.  The details of that conduct are unclear.
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.
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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