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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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Breitbart's Skilled Editing  —  The quotes that former USDA worker Shirley Sherrod gave on the edited tapes disseminated by Andrew Breitbart are indeed indefensible, but is it not fair to provide some kind of context?  To wit: … And: … This reminds me of the Octavia Nasr case.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
CNN:
USDA ex-worker: Administration 'wasn't interested' in truth
Associated Press:
USDA worker quits over racism charge from video
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
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan approved by Senate Judiciary Committee in 13-6 vote  —  Kagan wins approval in a nearly party-line vote, with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joining the majority Democrats.  She is expected to gain full Senate confirmation in August.
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Graham voting yes on Kagan nomination
Discussion: The Note and CNN
New York Times:
The Republicans and the Constitution
Sen. Tom Coburn / National Review:   By Her Own Words, Kagan Will Violate Her Oath
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.
Ezra Klein:
Unemployment benefits to pass, but all alone  —  Democrats are set to pass an extension of unemployment benefits today.  The presence of Carte Goodwin, Sen. Robert Byrd's temporary replacement, gives them the 60 votes necessary to break the Republicans' — and Ben Nelson's — filibuster of the bill.
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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
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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David Broder / The Fix:
Democrats retake lead in generic ballot
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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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Manchin makes WV Senate run official
Discussion: The Politico, Daily Kos and RedState
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% …
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 …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Altered BP photo comes into question  —  Apparently BP is no more adept at doctoring photos than it is at plugging deep-sea oil leaks.  —  A blogger has noticed that the oil giant altered a photograph of its Houston crisis room, cutting and pasting three underwater images into a wall …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
BP photoshops fake photo of crisis command center, posts on main BP site
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
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: Betsy's Page
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 …
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 …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
His tirades are the distilled violence, cruelty, and bigotry of right-wing Catholic ideology.  —  Every time Mel Gibson unburdens himself of a tirade against Jews or “n______s” or uncooperative females, there are commentators on hand to create a mystery where none exists.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pharyngula
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A City Outsources Everything.  Sky Doesn't Fall.  —  MAYWOOD, Calif. — Not once, not twice, but three times in the last two weeks, Andrew Quezada says, he was stopped and questioned by the authorities here.  —  Mr. Quezada, a high school student who does volunteer work for the city, pronounced himself delighted.
 
 
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