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2:30 PM ET, July 31, 2010

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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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem leaders, donors to hold Rangel birthday bash at The Plaza  —  Democratic leaders and major party donors plan to hold a lavish 80th birthday gala for Charles Rangel at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan next month, despite 13 ethics charges pending against the veteran lawmaker.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.”
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 …
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
Los Angeles Times:
Maxine Waters faces ethics charges  —  The Los Angeles congresswoman plans to fight the allegations in a House trial, a source says.  A panel has been investigating her efforts on behalf of OneUnited Bank, which had ties to her husband.  —  The allegations come as Rep. Charles B. Rangel …
The Politico:   Obama pushes for Rangel exit
The Politico:
Why Charles Rangel is surviving
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Rep. Waters chooses trial rather than accept ethics charges, reports say
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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.
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Matthew Hay Brown / In Good Faith:
Anne Rice quits Christianity — but not Christ
Discussion: Right Wing News and Speakeasy
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The NYT now predicts the news on the front page?  —  I prefer it when the Times simply reports the news on A1, and leaves the prognostications to the opinion pages.  —  But today the Times can't help itself.  Wildly impressed that the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement in opposition …
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Sin and a Shame  —  The treatment of workers by American corporations has been worse — far more treacherous — than most of the population realizes.  There was no need for so many men and women to be forced out of their jobs in the downturn known as the great recession.
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.  Now, as they struggle to demonstrate their impact and staying power …
Fay Schlesinger / Daily Mail:
My duty is to save the world: Prince Charles believes he was born for a purpose  —  The Prince of Wales says he believes he has been placed on Earth as future King ‘for a purpose’ - to save the world.  —  Giving a fascinating insight into his view of his inherited wealth and influence …
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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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 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
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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