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10:55 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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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 …
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Calls for Rep. Rangel to give up his seat in the House are on the rise  —  The calls for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign are piling up as the congressman's ethics trial threatens to loom large over campaign season.  —  The tally of House Democrats calling on Rep. Charles Rangel …
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
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.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Rep. Waters chooses trial rather than accept ethics charges, reports say
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Politico:
Why Charles Rangel is surviving
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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Janie Lorber / The Caucus:
The Saturday Word: The Economy  —  President Obama criticized Senate Republicans on Saturday for blocking Democrats' attempt to expand loan programs and tax breaks for small businesses, while Republicans condemned Mr. Obama's policies as job-killers.  —  “I'm calling on the Republican leaders …
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 …
The Note:
Democrat Ben Nelson Opposes Kagan  —  ABC's Matthew Jaffe reports:  —  Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson announced late Friday he would vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.  —  In a statement released this evening, Sen. Nelson said, “I have heard concerns …
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Fhardingj / CNN:
Nelson, Gregg announce Kagan votes
Discussion: The Hill
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) …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Anthony Weiner's rant captures Dem impotence
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Helen Jung / Oregonian:
Prosecutors will not pursue criminal case against Gore in alleged sex abuse of massage therapist  —  Prosecutors said today they will not pursue a criminal case against former Vice President Al Gore for allegedly groping a Portland massage therapist in 2006, citing a “lack of credible evidence.”
Discussion: Hot Air, Wonkette and Guardian
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CNN:
Al Gore won't face prosecution in sexual assault allegation
Discussion: Gawker
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
The new tea party bible  —  “Rules for Radicals,” the iconic liberal organizing manifesto by Saul Alinsky, was an unlikely bible  —  for tea party activists as they tried to mobilize their movement last year.  And now, as they struggle to demonstrate their impact and staying power …
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.
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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Wall Street Journal:
Release of Toyota Documents Blocked, Ex-Official Says  —  DETROIT—Senior officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation have at least temporarily blocked the release of findings by auto-safety regulators that could favor Toyota Motor Corp. in some crashes related to unintended acceleration …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP could control House without majority, says senior Republican  —  Republicans could pick off enough support from wayward Democrats to take control of the House, even if they don't win an outright majority, a member of the GOP leadership suggested this weekend.
Discussion: Tulsa World and Prairie Weather
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
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Black lawmakers irate over Emanuel's $1.5 billion promise to Sen. Lincoln
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NewsBusters.org
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Gates Gets Grumpy in Speech to Scouts
Discussion: Wonkette