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11:30 PM ET, August 2, 2010

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Stephanie Cutter / White House.gov Blog Feed:
On Today's Ruling in Virginia  —  Since the enactment of health reform legislation in March, several state Attorneys General have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  Having failed in the legislative arena, opponents of reform are now turning to the courts …
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Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
Challenge to Health Care Law Advances  —  This just in: Virginia federal judge Henry Hudson on Monday ruled that he'll let the state of Virginia's challenge to the landmark health care law passed in March go forward, at least for the time being.  Click here for the early Reuters story; here for the 32-page opinion.
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Thoughts on the Federal District Court Ruling Refusing to Dismiss …
Discussion: Althouse
Reuters:
Judge lets Virginia healthcare challenge proceed
Discussion: Publius Forum and Shakesville
Reuters:
Harman buys Newsweek, Meacham out  —  The Washington Post Co. has sold Newsweek to Sidney Harman, a wealthy industrialist and husband of Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), and Jon Meacham will not remain as the magazine's editor, the company has confirmed.  —  The terms of the deal were not announced …
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Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Updated: Newsweek Deal to Be Announced Today
Lynn Goldsmith / Newsweek:
The Washington Post Company Agrees to Sell NEWSWEEK to Sidney Harman
George Packer / New Yorker:
THE EMPTY CHAMBER  —  Just how broken is the Senate?  —  “Sit and watch us for seven days,” one senator says of the deadlocked chamber.  “You know what you'll see happening?  Nothing.” … KEYWORDS … “This is just one of those days when you want to throw up your hands and say, ‘What in the world are we doing?’ ”
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
WikiLeaks must be stopped  —  Let's be clear: WikiLeaks is not a news organization; it is a criminal enterprise.  Its reason for existence is to obtain classified national security information and disseminate it as widely as possible — including to the United States' enemies.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Set the Timer?  —  I hate to say it.  But anybody got a guess how long Christiane Amanpour lasts at This Week?  —  To be clear, I think she was an absolutely inspired choice by the ABC brass.  Brilliant.  But with this pushback from the right, do they have the stomach?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Tom Shales reviews Christiane Amanpour's lackluster debut on ABC's ‘This Week’  —  With pomp and panoply befitting a visit from a foreign dignitary, ABC raised the curtain on its newly revamped “This Week” program and introduced in a big way the superstar who's taken it over in a big, big way …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Throughout July, Republican leaders were aggressive in touting their belief in the Tax Fairy — there's no need to worry about paying for tax cuts, because they magically pay for themselves.  It was a startling example of “invincible ignorance,” but from the Senate Minority Leader …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
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Newsweek:
Raise My Taxes, Mr. President!  —  We can't afford the Bush cuts anymore.  —  For the last few months, we have heard powerful, passionate arguments about the need to cut America's massive budget deficit.  Republican senators have claimed that we are in danger of permanently crippling the economy.
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Ethan Sacks / NY Daily News:
Lady Gaga slams Arizona immigration law SB 1070 during Phoenix concert
The Politico:
Ethics cases raise racial questions  —  But the investigation that cost him his House Ways and Means Committee gavel grew out of an OCE-initiated probe.  While five of the other black Democrats eyed in the same affair ended up facing no sanctions from the ethics committee …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama vs the Congressional Black Caucus?
Susan Ferrechio / Beltway Confidential:   House Ethics Committee announces charges against Maxine Waters
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rudy: GZ Mosque is a ‘desecration,’ ‘decent Muslims’ won't be offended  —  This went way under the radar three weeks ago, but Rudy Giuliani made what, as best as I can tell, were his first public comments about the planned mosque near Ground Zero on the Jeff Katz show on radio (someone will I'm sure correct me if I'm wrong).
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Center for American Progress Attacks New York As Un-American
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
GOP Resumes Favorable Standing on Generic Ballot  —  Democratic enthusiasm for voting in midterms is the lowest seen this year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters favor Republicans by 48% and Democrats by 43% in Gallup's generic congressional ballot for the week of July 26 through Aug. 1.
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
GOP surges in generic ballot
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
In journalism's crossfire culture, everyone gets wounded  —  The nastiness index keeps on rising, and all of us are getting sullied in the process.  —  Media outlets, which once merely chronicled this era of hyper-partisanship, now seem to be both the purveyors and often the targets of ugly attacks.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats increase pressure on Senate GOP ahead of critical vote on state aid  —  Democrats sought Monday to pressure Senate Republicans ahead of an expected vote on a state aid bill.  —  Republicans who vote against the legislation, which extends aid to state governments' health and education programs …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Death of Cap and Tax
Discussion: Doug Ross and The New Republic
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Anti-Chinese sentiment fuels extreme nationalism  —  Alarm sounds over rise of extreme groups such as Tsagaan Khass who respect Hitler and reject foreign influence  —  Their right hands rise to black-clad chests and flash out in salute to their nation: “Sieg heil!”  They praise Hitler's devotion to ethnic purity.
City Journal:
What Social Science Does—and Doesn't—Know  —  In early 2009, the United States was engaged in an intense public debate over a proposed $800 billion stimulus bill designed to boost economic activity through government borrowing and spending.  James Buchanan, Edward Prescott, Vernon Smith …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Dudley, Former N.B.A. Player, Stands Out on Campaign Trail  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Among politicians in this state, Chris Dudley stands out.  Especially when he is standing up.  —  In a visit to a rodeo in the coastal town of Tillamook, Dudley dwarfed a port commissioner who asked for greater investment in salmon hatcheries.
The Huffington Post:
Could Pot Drive Turnout In Key Elections?  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Putting the question of marijuana legalization on state ballots in 2012 may be one of the most effective ways for a dispirited Democratic Party to get reluctant voters out to the polls.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Taylor Marsh and Mediaite
Search | The White House:
Remarks by the President at Disabled Veterans of America Conference in Atlanta, Georgia  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Everyone, please have a seat.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  —  AUDIENCE MEMBER: Happy birthday!
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC Libtalker Announces Election Boycott, Rosie Stands Firm  —  I'M CONFUS-ED  —  Schultz Can't Decide Whether To Vote Ten Times Or Not At All  —  Introducing America's most confused voter: Ed Schultz.  —  Just months after advocating ballot-stuffing in order to keep Scott Brown …
 
 
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Todd A. Heywood / Michigan Messenger:
Enbridge, law enforcement still keeping media away
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea party vs. Tea Party Caucus
CNN:
EPA: Dispersant-oil mix no more toxic than oil alone
Tim Sahd / Hotline On Call:
Djou Claims Early Lead In HI
Discussion: National Review
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Hateful Ground Zero Hypocrisy
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Sebelius Makes False Claim About Double-Counting of Medicare Savings
Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Only Looks Worse Upon Further Review: Kevin Hassett
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Breitbart joins tea partyers at Philadelphia rally