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11:10 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
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
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Kilroy is latest vulnerable Dem to call for Rangel to resign
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
Investor's Business Daily:
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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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