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2:50 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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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 …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Post Now:
Va. health-care lawsuit to proceed
Discussion: MyDD, ACS Blog and The Page
Reuters:
US judge lets Virginia healthcare challenge proceed
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.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Credit troops, not Obama, with success in Iraq  —  Credit troops, not President Obama, for the successes the U.S. has enjoyed in Iraq, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday.  —  Boehner commended Obama for having largely backed the surge in Iraq since taking office …
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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, Wonk Room and The Hill
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Three-Day Workweek  —  George Packer has a pretty excellent article on the United States Senate, adding some depth and texture to complaints you've seen all over the blogosphere.  He also highlights this issue of time, which I think hasn't been raised before in an adequate way:
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 …
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 …
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Los Angeles Times:
Arizona was once tolerant of illegal immigrants. What happened?
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.) …
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Agence France Presse:
Iran brands Western media ‘dishonest cocky cheats’
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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:
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
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Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times:
Other cities stuck with the tab for Bell officials' massive pensions
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Arthur Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
The Soak-the-Rich Catch-22  —  Tax reduction thus sets off …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Congress has no business protecting miners
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Steve Helber / Newsweek:
Searching for a Light  —  Embattled Democrats are struggling …
Ruth Marcus / PostPartisan:
Sarah Palin's sleight of palm
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