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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
It was the moment of greatest peril for then-Sen. Barack Obama's political career.  In the heat of the presidential campaign, videos surfaced of Obama's pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, angrily denouncing whites, the U.S. government and America itself.  Obama had once bragged of his closeness to Wright.
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
JournoList: ...Yes, But the Reporters at Pravda Weren't Such Insufferable A**holes  —  Journalists love whistleblowers.  Just not when the whistle is blown on them.  —  Journalists love transparency.  As long as they're not the ones being exposed.  —  No steadfast journalism rule …
Marcus K. Garner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Resigned USDA official says racial story misconstrued  —  The USDA's rural development director for Georgia says she was forced out of her federally appointed job after a “snippet” of a speech she gave in March appeared to show her admission to only half-heartedly aiding a struggling white farmer because of his race.
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Fox News:
Video Shows USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give ‘Full Force’ of Help to White Farmer  —  Shown here is USDA Georgia official Shirley Sherrod.  (YouTube)  —  Days after the NAACP clashed with Tea Party members over allegations of racism, a video has surfaced showing an Agriculture Department …
msnbc.com:
Black USDA official resigns after saying she only ‘did enough’ for white farmer  —  But the former staffer says her remarks are being misconstrued  —  on msnbc.com -
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Breitbart's Skilled Editing
Discussion: Balloon Juice
The Politico:
GOP leery of Tea Party Caucus  —  With the official formation of a congressional Tea Party Caucus, Rep. Michele Bachmann has thrust an existential question before House Republican leaders: Are you in or are you out?  —  Indiana's Mike Pence, chairman of the Republican Conference, was adamant.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Racist Latino Group Harasses Tea Party: “You're Too White.  Go Back to Europe.”  (Video)  —  A racist latino group harassed tea party patriots this week in Anaheim, California.  The racists told the tea party patriots to-  —  “Go back to Europe!”  —  Don't expect the state-run media to touch this story.
Wall Street Journal:
Stimulating Unemployment  —  If you can't create any jobs, pay people not to work.  —  Presidents typically invite Americans to appear at Rose Garden press conferences to trumpet their policy successes, but yesterday we saw what may have been a first.  President Obama introduced three Americans …
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Ezra Klein:
Unemployment benefits to pass, but all alone
The Huffington Post:
Gibbs: We'll Push For Another Unemployment Benefits Extension At End Of November
Jeff Sessions / USA Today:
Opposing view on the Supreme Court: A big-government vision  —  After carefully reviewing Elena Kagan's record and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I must oppose her nomination.  —  OUR VIEW: Kagan deserves bipartisan backing, but won't get it
Discussion: The Hill, msnbc.com, The Hill and The Page
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Graham voting yes on Kagan nomination
Discussion: CNN
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Lindsey Graham To Support Kagan: ‘Plenty Of Reasons For A Conservative To Vote Yes’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, The Page and USA Today
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Jump Into Six-Point Lead on Generic Ballot  —  At the same time, Republican enthusiasm for voting in November surges  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the same week the U.S. Senate passed a major financial reform bill touted as reining in Wall Street, Democrats pulled ahead of Republicans …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Democrats take generic ballot lead
Discussion: Wonkette and Mediaite
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
Crist Uses His Old Party as a New Foil  —  Senate Push Gains as Florida Governor Sets Himself Off Against State's GOP, With Some Firepower From Obama Camp  —  Gov. Crist has shored up some conservative positions, such as his support for gun rights, while shifting to the left on core issues like abortion, education and gay rights.
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
In Which I Get Right With Crist
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
W.Va. Gov. Joe Manchin launches Senate campaign; Capito on deck  —  West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced Tuesday that he will run in the newly created special election for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd's (D-W.Va.) Senate seat.  Now all eyes or on Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Gov. Manchin jumps into special election for Byrd seat
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
WTRF-TV:
Manchin Running for Senate Seat
The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren Could Head CFPB Without Senate Confirmation  —  What's Your Reaction: … Elizabeth Warren could lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without ever having to face a Senate confirmation hearing.  —  The Harvard Law professor and bailout watchdog …
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Times loses almost 90% of online readership  —  Less than three weeks after the Times paywall went up, data shows a massive decline in web traffic  —  The registration page for thetimes.co.uk - 25.6% of users sign up and proceed to the Times site  —  The Times has lost almost 90% …
SENATUS:
Obama Sends Berwick Nomination to the Senate  —  President Barack Obama “sent the Senate his nomination of Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday — a move that comes two weeks after Obama bypassed Congress to put his stalled nominee …
Discussion: RedState and Nice Deb
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Surprise: Obama sends Berwick nomination to Senate
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Who is Barack Obama?  —  On Sunday, both The Post and the New York Times assembled more than 20 savants and asked them, as the Times put it, “How Can Obama Rebound?”  Good question.  Not only do six out of 10 voters “lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Crist Looking Good  —  Thanks mostly to support from Democrats Charlie Crist is the leader in the Florida Senate race.  In the most likely match up against Kendrick Meek he gets 35% to 29% for Marco Rubio and 17% for Meek.  His lead expands with Jeff Greene as the Democratic nominee.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Townhall.com:
Race Card Fraud  —  Credit card fraud is a serious problem.  But race card fraud is an even bigger problem.  —  Playing the race card takes many forms.  Judge Charles Pickering, a federal judge in Mississippi who defended the civil rights of blacks for years and defied the Ku Klux Klan …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Betsy's Page
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Employment: (202) 691-6559 * sminfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/sae  —  Unemployment: (202) 691-6392 * lausinfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/lau  —  Media contact: (202) 691-5902 * PressOffice@bls.gov
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Ross Douthat's Fear of Opining.  —  Today's Ross Douthat offering has already prompted a thoughtful response from Adam, but I wanted to note the conservative NYT writer's inability to assess competing arguments.  First, from his opening statement: … The key fact that Douthat never returns …
Dan Mangan / New York Post:
Chilling toll of Times Sq. ‘bomb’  —  Thankfully, it didn't go off as planned.  —  A secret FBI test of a correctly made version of the Times Square bomb revealed that it “would have killed thousands of people” if it had been made to explode as terrorists had intended, law-enforcement sources told The Post yesterday.
 
 
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Cause and effect in the War on Terror
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David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Before rig explosion, BP pumped chemical mixture into well, contractor says
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Ryan Mauro / Pajamas Media:
Frequent Muslim Speaker to Kids in New York Schools Supports Hamas, Hezbollah
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A City Outsources Everything. Sky Doesn't Fall.
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
CNN's Rick Sanchez: Nixon/Kennedy Debate Took Place in 1962?
Discussion: Media Research Center
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Six in 10 Workers Hold No Hope of Receiving Social Security
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Altered BP photo comes into question
 Earlier Items: 
Mimi Hall / USA Today:
President Obama to push Congress on pay-fairness bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
His tirades are the distilled violence, cruelty, and bigotry …
Discussion: Pharyngula
Economist:
Vote now or add your view
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Amazon says Kindle books are outselling hardcovers
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems' video warns of GOP return to Bush era
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Weekly Standard:
Spy Swap
Discussion: Power Line
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Republican immigration position likely to alienate Latinos, Obama officials say
Discussion: USA Today and Commentary
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Petraeus's Successor Is Known for Impolitic Words
Discussion: Commentary and Swampland
 

 
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