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9:30 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
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Thoughts on the Federal District Court Ruling Refusing to Dismiss …
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Reuters:
Harman buys Newsweek, Meacham out  —  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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Lynn Goldsmith / Newsweek:
The Washington Post Company Agrees to Sell NEWSWEEK to Sidney Harman
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.
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
GOP surges in generic ballot
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama vs the Congressional Black Caucus?
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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 …
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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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Center for American Progress Attacks New York As Un-American
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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Jeffrey Weiss / Politics Daily:
Maxine Waters Second Democrat Headed for Trial On Ethics Charges  —  Things went from bad to worse for Congressional Democrats Monday when the House ethics committee officially announced that Rep. Maxine Waters, a senior California Democrat, is headed to a public trial on charges that she violated House ethics rules.
Discussion: Power Line
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The Politico:
Ethics cases raise racial questions
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 …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
In journalism's crossfire culture, everyone gets wounded
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Throughout July, Republican leaders were aggressive in touting their belief in the Tax Fairy — there's no need to worry about paying for tax cuts, because they magically pay for themselves.  It was a startling example of “invincible ignorance,” but from the Senate Minority Leader …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
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City Journal:
What Social Science Does—and Doesn't—Know  —  In early 2009, the United States was engaged in an intense public debate over a proposed $800 billion stimulus bill designed to boost economic activity through government borrowing and spending.  James Buchanan, Edward Prescott, Vernon Smith …
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.) …
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Anti-Chinese sentiment fuels extreme nationalism  —  Alarm sounds over rise of extreme groups such as Tsagaan Khass who respect Hitler and reject foreign influence  —  Their right hands rise to black-clad chests and flash out in salute to their nation: “Sieg heil!”  They praise Hitler's devotion to ethnic purity.
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.
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Dudley, Former N.B.A. Player, Stands Out on Campaign Trail  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Among politicians in this state, Chris Dudley stands out.  Especially when he is standing up.  —  In a visit to a rodeo in the coastal town of Tillamook, Dudley dwarfed a port commissioner who asked for greater investment in salmon hatcheries.
Search | The White House:
Remarks by the President at Disabled Veterans of America Conference in Atlanta, Georgia  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Everyone, please have a seat.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  —  AUDIENCE MEMBER: Happy birthday!
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.
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 …
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: Firedoglake, Taylor Marsh and Mediaite
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 …
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: Wonk Room and Matthew Yglesias
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.
Stephan Salisbury / Philly.com:
Breitbart joins tea partyers at Philadelphia rally  —  Andrew Breitbart, the Hollywood Internet celebrity with a flair for controversial video, fired up about 300 tea-party devotees rallying on Independence Mall on Saturday afternoon, denouncing a “media cabal,” the Congressional Black Caucus …
 
 
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea party vs. Tea Party Caucus
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Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Hateful Ground Zero Hypocrisy
Basil Katz / Reuters:
Two men guilty in New York airport bomb plot case
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Brooks Jackson / FactCheck.org:
Mayberry Misleads on Medicare
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Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Only Looks Worse Upon Further Review: Kevin Hassett
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Credit troops, not Obama, with success in Iraq
Discussion: Don Surber
Arthur Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
The Soak-the-Rich Catch-22  —  Tax reduction thus sets off …