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Arizona Immigration Law To Get First Major Court Hearing The Associated Press reports: "A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday over whether Arizona's new immigration law should take effect later this month, marking the first major hearing in one of seven challenges to the strict law. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton also will consider arguments over Gov. Jan Brewer's request to dismiss the challenge filed by Phoenix police Officer David Salgado and the statewide nonprofit group Chicanos Por La Causa. The judge said last week she wasn't making any promises on whether she will rule on the officer's request to block enforcement of the law before it takes effect July 29."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET, and will meet at 10 a.m. ET with senior advisers. He will depart from the White House at 10:45 a.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 11 a.m. ET, arriving at 12:35 p.m. ET in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He will deliver remarks at 1:30 p.m. ET at the groundbreaking of the new Compact Power plant, an electric vehicle battery company funded by the stimulus program. He will depart from Grand Rapids at 3:15 p.m. ET, arriving at Andrews Air Force Base at 4:45 p.m. ET, and back at the White House at 5 p.m. ET.

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In a perhaps misguided attempt to relive our glory days, last week TPM enrolled in Glenn Beck's online "university."

The second installment of the Beck University lecture series was last night, and this time we learned the economic importance of hope, and that Beck University Professor David Buckner gets touchy at the airport.

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We saw this one coming, but Sen. Jeff Sessions finally has given the most explicit description yet of why he thinks Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has a problem when it comes to health care reform.

Sessions (R-AL), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee (which is tasked with Kagan's nomination next Tuesday), is now suggesting that Kagan can't sit on the bench and decide on state challenges to health care reform because as solicitor general, she must have spoken with the Obama administration about the lawsuits.

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We now have something we haven't had in awhile: A poll, albeit a partisan poll, showing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) ahead of his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle. Also, the data looks a bit old.

As Jon Ralston reports, the new poll by Fairbanks, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, commissioned by the liberal Patriot Majority PAC, shows Reid at 44%, and Angle with 40%. The survey of likely voters has a ±4% margin of error.

Interestingly, the poll was conducted from June 28-July 1, giving us a fortnight-old data set. That said, the TPM Poll Average gives Angle a narrow edge of 44.4%-42.3%.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has a new ad out, touting Reid's efforts to secure bank loans for City Center in Las Vegas when the company was falling on hard times -- and slamming Sharron Angle for saying in a radio interview that she wouldn't have done anything.

"Reid saved 22,000 jobs," the announcer says. "But Sharron Angle wouldn't have saved City Center."

The ad also shows video of Angle saying, "As your U.S. Senator, I'm not in the business of creating jobs." The announcer then says: Sharron Angle's just too extreme

The TPM Poll Average gives Angle a lead of 45.9%-41.7%.

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Running Twitter Inc. sounds like any entrepreneur's dream: Cash flows freely. The press is smitten. Celebrity users abound. But CEO and co-founder Evan Williams is said to be on the verge of being ousted from his microblogging paradise.

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In a new interview, Rand Paul is back to suggesting he might not vote for Mitch McConnell to lead the Republicans in the Senate if he wins a seat there. In a new twist, he's also promising to create a sort of Senate Justice League consisting of Sharron Angle, Tom Coburn, Utah's GOP Senate nominee Mike Lee and Jim DeMint.

"I think I will be part of a nucleus with Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, who are unafraid to stand up," Paul told National Review recently. "If we get another loud voice in there, like Mike Lee from Utah or Sharron Angle from Nevada, there will be a new nucleus."

What would this new "nucleus" bring to the Senate?

"Term limits, a balanced-budget amendment, having bills point to where they are enumerated in the Constitution," Paul says in the interview. "Those issues resonate with the tea party."

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The right has been howling over a video that they say shows Harry Reid declaring that there are no illegal immigrants working as construction workers in Nevada. Of course, a close examination shows that Reid did not say that -- though it's not quite clear what he actually did say, either, or whether it was accurate.

The local CBS affiliate in Las Vegas asked Reid about illegal construction workers in the state. "I think that any information you have in that regard is absolutely without foundation," said Reid. They then informed him of a Pew Hispanic Center study showing that 17 percent of all construction workers are in the country illegally. "That may be some place, but it's not here in Nevada," Reid replied.

It appears that this might not be true, either -- as the station notes, Pew shows that Nevada is the state with the highest percentage of "unauthorized immigrants" in the total labor force, at 12 percent. But that's not the approach that the GOP took.

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