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3:35 PM ET, August 2, 2010

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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
WashPost TV critic smears ABC's Amanpour as possible terrorist sympathizer  —  This is really just beyond the pale.  —  Everyone knows that Post critic Tom Shales can't stand Christiane Amanpour and has what is now officially a creepy obsession with belittling her work.
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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 …
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
Rosalind S. Helderman / Post Now:
Va. health-care lawsuit to proceed
Discussion: MyDD, AmSpecBlog, Wonkette, The Page and ACS Blog
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).
Discussion: Commentary, Weasel Zippers and Salon
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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.
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Boehner: Credit troops, not Obama, with success in Iraq
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:   Republican Party eyes choking health law funding
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: Taylor Marsh, The Hill and Wonk Room
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Three-Day Workweek  —  George Packer has a pretty excellent article …
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 …
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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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 …
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Michael Barone / Associated Press:
Voters want supersized government to crash diet
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.
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.) …
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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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Obama: ‘Sacrifice in Iraq’ not over
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Cathy Horyn / New York Times:
Clinton's Gown Spoke Beyond the Silence  —  The newlyweds Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton.  Ms. Clinton wore a strapless beaded gown designed by Vera Wang.  More Photos »  —  Chelsea Clinton isn't the first presidential daughter who has tried to keep private the details of her wedding day.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Balloon Juice
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.
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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Blast
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.
Michelle Obama / Washington Post:
A food bill we need  —  Last spring, a class of fifth-grade students from Bancroft Elementary School in the District descended on the South Lawn of the White House to help us dig, mulch, water and plant our very first kitchen garden.  In the months that followed, those same students came …
 
 
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Caroline Fredrickson / The Huffington Post:
Justice Suffers As Nominations Languish
Discussion: ACS Blog
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
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Quashed Effort to Boost Online Privacy
Andrew Vanacore / The Huffington Post:
Fox News Gets Front Row Seat In White House Briefing Room
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Wonkette
Bob Ewing / Big Government:
How Much Private Property is the Government Stealing in Your State?
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Ingrassia / Wall Street Journal:
Two Cheers for the Detroit Bailout
Discussion: Firedoglake
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Monday Fix: Does an advantage in money give Democrats the edge in November?
Discussion: The Note and Politics Daily
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Congress has no business protecting miners
New York Sun:
Cordoba's Opportunity