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9:50 AM ET, July 30, 2010

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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 …
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel Appears Nearly Certain to Face Trial on Ethics Charges  —  WASHINGTON — In laying out 13 charges of ethical violations committed by Representative Charles B. Rangel, the House ethics committee set the stage for a rare public trial of the Democratic Congressman this fall …
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Washington Post:
Charges against Rangel unveiled after efforts to reach settlement fail
Discussion: The Foundry and The Politico
WCBS-TV:
Charlie Rangel's War: Deal Axed At 11th Hour
Quinnipiac University:
Crist On Top In 3-Way Florida Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dem Sink Tied With Either Republican In Govenor's Race  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist leads the three-way race for the U.S. Senate seat with 37 percent, followed by 32 percent for Republican Marco Rubio and 17 percent …
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Corporate Insider Brothers With Fraud  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2010-137  —  Washington, D.C., July 29, 2010 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged brothers Samuel E. Wyly and Charles J. Wyly, Jr. of Dallas with violating federal securities laws governing ownership …
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
S.E.C. Charges Brothers With $550 Million Fraud  —  WASHINGTON — Samuel and Charles Wyly, the billionaire brothers from Dallas who are large donors to philanthropies and to conservative causes, were charged Thursday with conducting an extensive securities fraud that the Securities …
Discussion: Think Progress, Philly.com and MyDD
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Curbing Your Enthusiasm  —  Why does the Obama administration keep looking for love in all the wrong places?  Why does it go out of its way to alienate its friends, while wooing people who will never waver in their hatred?  —  These questions were inspired by the ongoing suspense …
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE RACE: Poll: Reid, Angle neck and neck  —  Sixty percent of Nevadans see nation on wrong track  —  Sen. Harry Reid and Sharron Angle are locked in a dead heat, says a new poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KLAS-TV, Channel 8 that shows the GOP challenger regaining ground …
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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Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama talks race, pop culture on ‘The View’
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and Politics Daily
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Dems Call On GOPers To Renounce Phyllis Schlafly Over Remarks About ‘Unmarried Women’ (AUDIO)  —  Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly took aim at “unmarried women” at a recent fundraiser and in an interview with TPM, saying that they overwhelmingly support President Obama and are all on welfare.
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Gabi Jaye / The Oakland Press:
Conservative's comments spark Raczkowski protest
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 …
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Jack Devine / Wall Street Journal:
The CIA Solution for Afghanistan
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 …
Discussion: Economist's View
Jeremy Schwartz / Austin American-Statesman:
Banks won't take Fort Hood shooting suspect's paychecks  —  BELTON — As he sits in the Bell County Jail, accused of the Nov. 5 Fort Hood shooting that left 13 dead, Maj. Nidal Hasan continues to receive his monthly U.S. Army paycheck, which based on his rank and experience is probably more than $6,000.
CNN:
Army private transferred to Virginia amid WikiLeaks probe  —  (CNN) — An Army private suspected of leaking classified material, including videos and other documents, has been transferred from Kuwait to a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia.  —  Pfc. Bradley Manning …
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com
Joe Conason / Salon:
Fred Barnes not on a team?  Why did GOP pay him?  —  The Weekly Standard editor claimed political purity in bashing Journolist, but he's on the Republican payroll  —  In the pages of the Wall Street Journal, Fred Barnes has lately lamented the betrayal of “traditional journalism” …
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: Left Coast Rebel and Firedoglake
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Orszag leaves his mark  —  Peter Orszag may have had the shortest tenure of any member of the Obama Cabinet, but in an administration dominated by a powerful White House staff, he left as deep a mark as almost anyone in it.  —  The 41-year-old economist, whose last day is Friday …
Discussion: The Page
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Army suicides linked to risky behavior, lax discipline  —  WASHINGTON — After nine years of war, the Army attracts recruits ready for combat but inclined toward risky personal behavior — a volatile mix that led to more deaths from suicide, drug overdoses and drinking and driving than from warfare, an Army review concludes.
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Republicans block small business lending bill  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's election-year jobs agenda suffered a new setback Thursday when Senate Republicans blocked a bill creating a $30 billion government fund to help open up lending for credit-starved small businesses.
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Joe Arnold / WHAS:
Conway won't commit to Reid as Democratic Leader
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Hayward Defends Tenure, BP's Spill Response  —  LONDON—Tony Hayward, the departing chief executive of BP PLC, is unrepentant about how the energy giant responded to the U.S.'s largest offshore oil spill.  —  In his first interview after agreeing to step down from the top spot this week …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Look to Wealthy to Help Save Social Security  —  Favor expanding Social Security taxes, limiting benefits for high-income Americans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Of six possible ways to address concerns with the Social Security system in a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, a majority of Americans favor two …
Discussion: Donklephant and Firedoglake
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Taliban Exploit Openings in Neglected Province  —  PUL-I-KUMRI, Afghanistan — Almost unnoticed, this strategic northern province is slipping away from government control.  —  Baghlan Province contains two of the crucial north-south routes in Afghanistan.  As night falls on this provincial capital, the city turns dark and silent.
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Associated Press:
Ariz. Illegal Immigration Law Judge Threatened  —  Federal Judge Received Messages from People Against Ruling Who “Expressed Their Displeasure in a Perverted Way”  —  (AP) Authorities say a federal judge in Phoenix has been getting some threats since her ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law.
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
Gibbs Takes on Rush Limbaugh  —  At a briefing today to discuss the administration's efforts to rescue the auto industry, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs took on conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh—and every other critic “sitting in the cheap seats” -for criticizing the rescue …
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).
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 and Washington Post
 
 
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White House.gov Blog Feed:
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nwf.org:
Assault on America: A Decade of Petroleum Company Disaster, Pollution, and Profit
The Daily Caller:
Support for Mexican border fence up to 68%
Charles Fried / Boston Globe:
Obama should give Warren a recess appointment
Mark Judge / The Daily Caller:
The Men of Journolist
Washington Post:
Body of Jarod Newlove, second missing U.S. sailor, found in Afghanistan
Discussion: Politics Daily
 Earlier Items: 
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
OMB nominee got $900,000 after Citigroup bailout
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jan Brewer files immigration appeal
Discussion: Wake up America
Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Republicans Garner 11-Point Lead in Midterms
Chicago Tribune:
Appeals court removes federal judge from drug case
The Huffington Post:
Obama Mocks Polls But Spends More On Them ($4.4M) Than Bush Did
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Nation