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6:05 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 U.S. 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.
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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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U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters:
Congresswoman Waters Challenges Investigation
Discussion: Washington Post and TPMMuckraker
The Politico:
Meacham out; Harman buys Newsweek  —  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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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 …
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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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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Three-Day Workweek  —  George Packer has a pretty excellent article …
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.) …
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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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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Swamp
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Wonk Room
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 …
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: MyDD
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: Mediaite
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.
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Breitbart to get RNC invite  —  California event rescheduled, not canceled  —  The Republican National Committee will invite Andrew Breitbart to its rescheduled “big donor” fundraiser in Southern California, which had been set to feature the conservative columnist and online-media mogul …
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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Basil Katz / Reuters:
Two men guilty in New York airport bomb plot case
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats increase pressure on Senate GOP ahead of critical vote on state aid
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kerry pushes Obama on Iran talks
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Sebelius Makes False Claim About Double-Counting of Medicare Savings
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Wyoming, Mississippi, Utah Rank as Most Conservative States
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC Libtalker Announces Election Boycott, Rosie Stands Firm
Discussion: Hot Air, NewsBusters.org and The Blast
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