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11:45 AM 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 …
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.
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KYL KEEPS FIBBING ABOUT CRIME IN ARIZONA.... There's been a fair amount of attention surrounding Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl's (R-Ariz.) comments yesterday about ending birthright citizenship, as guaranteed by the 14th amendment.  And it's true — the fact that a once-obscure right-wing dream …
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 …
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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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Speech Begins Effort to Highlight Iraq Drawdown  —  WASHINGTON — 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 on Monday plans to mark the formal end of the combat mission there.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
As combat mission ends, Obama hails sacrifices in Iraq
Discussion: CNN
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
President Obama heralds end of combat in Iraq
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.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Fox News to move to Thomas' front-row briefing room seat  —  The White House Correspondents Association voted unanimously Sunday afternoon to move Fox News to the front row of the White House briefing room.  —  The seating change was prompted by the resignation of veteran UPI reporter Helen Thomas.
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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 …
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Juan Williams Opposes Ground Zero Mosque
Steve Bainbridge / ProfessorBainbridge.com:
It's getting to be embarrassing to be a conservative  —  These days it's getting increasingly embarrassing to publicly identify oneself as a conservative.  It was bad enough when George Bush 43, the K Street Gang, and the neo-cons were running up spending, fighting an unnecessary war of choice in Iraq …
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
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Colorlines and Lynn Sweet
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Dan Rather Says GOP Takes Back House in November, Matthews Painfully Agrees  —  Dan Rather this weekend said the odds are that the Republicans will take back the House in the upcoming midterm elections.  —  Maybe more surprisingly, Chris Matthews, with a look on his face like someone had given …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Two reasons not to care about the Clinton wedding  —  I've been on vacation and out of the country for a week, reading both the U.S. coverage of Chelsea Clinton's wedding and its foreign amplification - “American princess to wed” - with total bewilderment.  —  The tone of much of the coverage …
Discussion: Commentary and Reliable Source
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 …
CBS News:
Obama: We Don't Get Enough Credit for Success  —  Touts “Pretty Good Track Record” on Auto Industry, Banks and Healthcare, But Says Economy Still Isn't “Where It Needs to Be” … “Hello, Detroit!”  —  On Friday President Obama was in the Motor City to toot his own horn …
Haroon Siddique / Guardian:
Three-quarters of non-Muslims believe Islam negative for Britain  —  Muslim organisation calls for efforts to improve awareness as four-fifths of those polled admit to little knowledge of the faith  —  Three-quarters of non-Muslims believe Islam has provided a negative contribution to British society …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 
 
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Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Arizona Sheriff: ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’
Discussion: Raw Story and Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Republican Party eyes choking health law funding
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Pawlenty, Weighing Presidential Run, Campaigns in Iowa
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Kagan presents a test for the NRA as court confirmation assured
Discussion: How Appealing
Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
Corporate campaign fundraising picks up speed
Discussion: Wonk Room
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Self-imposed Republican moratorium leads to drop in 2011 earmark spending
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Liz Sly / Los Angeles Times:
In Iraq, an impasse as U.S. troops draw down
Gregory Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
Big Investors Fear Deflation
Discussion: Gawker and The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
White House report claims $8B in Medicare savings
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Bill Kristol: These Democrats “Would Have Given Up on WWII in 1942″ (Video)
Discussion: theblogprof
New York Times:
U.A.E. Is to Bar BlackBerry E-Mail Over Security Issues
Discussion: Commentary and New York Magazine
BBC:
Rockets hit Israeli resort of Eilat and Jordan's Aqaba
Discussion: The Page and Biased BBC
CNN:
RNC cancels Breitbart fundraiser
Discussion: DaTechguy's Blog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A SUDDEN CHANGE OF HEART ON THE AMERICAN AUTO INDUSTRY. …