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2:20 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 …
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.
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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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Juan Williams Opposes Ground Zero Mosque
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.
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, Wonk Room and The Hill
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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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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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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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Gordon Lubold / The Politico:
Pakistan flood relief …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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 …
Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times:
Other cities stuck with the tab for Bell officials' massive pensions  —  Under the state's arcane, convoluted public pension system, Bell will pay a fraction of the city manager and police chief's pensions.  Former employers and other cities will bear the brunt of the cost.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
 
 
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Paul Ingrassia / Wall Street Journal:
Two Cheers for the Detroit Bailout
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Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
A new headache for Giannoulias? Another Rezko loan
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Monday Fix: Does an advantage in money give Democrats the edge in November?
Discussion: Politics Daily
Arthur Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
The Soak-the-Rich Catch-22  —  Tax reduction thus sets off …
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Cordoba's Opportunity
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Searching for a Light  —  Embattled Democrats are struggling …
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Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Republican Party eyes choking health law funding
Haroon Siddique / Guardian:
Three-quarters of non-Muslims believe Islam negative for Britain
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Two reasons not to care about the Clinton wedding
Discussion: CNN, Reliable Source and Commentary
BBC:
Rockets hit Israeli resort of Eilat and Jordan's Aqaba
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CNN:
RNC cancels Breitbart fundraiser
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