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5:10 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.
Reuters:
Judge lets Virginia healthcare challenge proceed  —  (Reuters) - A judge ruled on Monday that the state of Virginia could proceed with its challenge to President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law, a setback that will force the White House to defend its reforms in the middle of a tough congressional election campaign.
Michael Felberbaum / Associated Press:
Va. health care reform lawsuit clears 1st hurdle
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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 …
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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The Politico:
Ethics cases raise racial questions  —  The politically charged decisions by veteran Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California to force public trials by the House ethics committee are raising questions about race and whether black lawmakers face more scrutiny …
U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters:
Congresswoman Waters Challenges Investigation
Discussion: Washington Post and TPMMuckraker
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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Samuel Goldsmith / NY Daily News:
Landmark Preservation Committee expected to OK mosque construction near Ground Zero  —  The Mosque planned for Ground Zero is expected to pass a major hurdle Tuesday.  —  Board members at the Landmarks Preservation Commission intend to vote unanimously against granting protected status …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Defining Prosperity Down  —  I'm starting to have a sick feeling about prospects for American workers — but not, or not entirely, for the reasons you might think.  —  Yes, growth is slowing, and the odds are that unemployment will rise, not fall, in the months ahead.  That's bad.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Even Fox News Can't Hide Sharron Angle's Wingnuttery in Their Special on the Mid-Term Elections  —  Well, it looks like Sharron Angle's favorite refuge Fox News can't manage to do a report on her without exposing just how extreme this woman really is.  The network aired a special Sunday night …
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Arizona Sheriff: ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’  —  (Correction: As initially posted, this story inaccurately said that Pinal County was contiguous with the Mexican border.  It is in southern Arizona, but not on the border.)  —  (CNSNews.com) - Pinal County (Ariz.) …
Los Angeles Times:
Arizona was once tolerant of illegal immigrants.  What happened?  —  Analysts suggest it was a perfect storm of demographic shifts, a scary criminal element, the recession and a new governor.  —  Reporting from Phoenix — Arizona has made a name for itself as the state with the harshest policies against illegal immigration.
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Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Only Looks Worse Upon Further Review: Kevin Hassett  —  One of the more illuminating remarks during the health-care debate in Congress came when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told an audience that Democrats would “pass the bill so you can find out what's in it, away from the fog of controversy.”
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
To deal with the deficit, let the tax cuts expire  —  For the past 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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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Harman Signs Deal to Buy Newsweek From Washington Post Co.  —  It's Official: Audio Tycoon to Take Control of Storied Newsweekly  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It's official: Sidney Harman, the businessman who made his fortune selling stereo equipment, has secured a deal to buy Newsweek …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Speech on Iraq, Obama Reaffirms Drawdown  —  ATLANTA — Nearly eight years after he denounced what he called a “dumb war” in Iraq and nearly two years after he won the White House promising to end it, President Obama marked the formal conclusion of the combat mission in a country still finding its way in a new era.
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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?’ ”
Discussion: The Hill, Taylor Marsh and Wonk Room
Rasmussen Reports:
48% Blame Obama for Bad Economy, 47% Blame Bush  —  For the first since President Obama took office, voters see his policies as equally to blame with those of President George W. Bush for the country's current economic problems.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
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.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age  —  At Rhode Island College, a freshman copied and pasted from a Web site's frequently asked questions page about homelessness — and did not think he needed to credit a source in his assignment because the page did not include author information.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Rep. Ryan pushes budget reform, and his party winces  —  Viewing him as a rising star in the party, Republicans in Congress often talk up Rep. Paul Ryan as a potential governor, senator or House leader.  The lanky, youthful-looking congressman from Wisconsin has begged off …
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
A new headache for Giannoulias?  Another Rezko loan  —  His family bank lent $22.75 million, in newly uncovered deal  —  By February 2006, businessman and political fixer Tony Rezko was already politically radioactive, caught up in a federal investigation that would see him criminally charged by the end of that year.
Andrew Samwick / Capital Gains and Games:
Go Find Me the Peak of the Laffer Curve  —  My New Year's Plea from 2007 has been getting some attention in the recent discussions over whether cutting tax rates will raise revenue.  In this post, I'd like to follow up on the last line of that plea, which I have not seen recently quoted:
Washington Gadfly / Washington Gadfly Evan Gahr:
Punking Michael Steele  —  Michael Steele was a big “get” for George Stephanapolous but he got nothing.  —  On April 5, 2010 Stephanapolous, host of the Sunday morning mainstay “This Week” got the first interview with Steele since the Daily Caller made him a national laughing stock by disclosing …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain places hold on Clapper nomination  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has placed a hold on President Obama's nominee to serve as director of national intelligence (DNI), his spokeswoman said Monday.  —  Spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan confirmed a report that that the Arizona senator has requested …
Discussion: CNN and MyDD
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Congressman at Town Hall: ‘The Federal Government Can Do Most Anything in This Country’  —  This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Congress has no business protecting miners  —  Reform-minded lawmakers in both the House and Senate are pushing legislation to bolster the work-safety protections for miners working underground.  But don't try to convince Rand Paul.  —  The Republican running to replace outgoing Sen. Jim Bunning …
Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon to Target Visa, MasterCard With Smartphones  —  AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile carriers, are planning a venture to displace credit and debit cards with smartphones, posing a new threat to Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., three people with direct knowledge of the plan said.
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kerry pushes Obama on Iran talks
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Sebelius Makes False Claim About Double-Counting of Medicare Savings
Discussion: Hit & Run
Brooks Jackson / FactCheck.org:
Mayberry Misleads on Medicare
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rep. Kendrick Meek wants White House ‘reaffirmation’
Discussion: CNN
Stephan Salisbury / Philly.com:
Breitbart joins tea partyers at Philadelphia rally
W. James Antle, III / American Spectator:
Obama's Immigration Power Play
Robert B. Reich / American Prospect:
Fire on the Left  —  Tea Partiers are getting all the press …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Wyoming, Mississippi, Utah Rank as Most Conservative States
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Ewing / Big Government:
How Much Private Property is the Government Stealing in Your State?
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC Libtalker Announces Election Boycott, Rosie Stands Firm
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Blast
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Three-Day Workweek  —  George Packer has a pretty excellent article …
Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times:
Other cities stuck with the tab for Bell officials' massive pensions
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Arthur Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
The Soak-the-Rich Catch-22  —  Tax reduction thus sets off …
Cathy Horyn / New York Times:
Clinton's Gown Spoke Beyond the Silence
Discussion: Politics Daily and Balloon Juice
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Republican Party eyes choking health law funding