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9:05 AM ET, July 23, 2010

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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Breitbart: ‘I am public enemy No. 1...’  —  An unrepentant Andrew Breitbart told POLITICO on Thursday that the Obama administration and its allies have manufactured a controversy over the video he posted of Shirley Sherrod's speech to the NAACP as part of an orchestrated effort to take him down.
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
President Obama Said Sec. Tom Vilsack ‘Jumped the Gun’ on Shirley Sherrod's Ouster  —  President Obama said Secretary Tom Vilsack rushed to judgment when he dismissed Shirley Sherrod from the Department of Agriculture amid charges of racism.  —  “He jumped the gun, partly because we now live …
Scott / Power Line:
From Buckley to Breitbart  —  William Buckley achieved notoriety if not celebrity with the publication of God and Man at Yale in 1951.  The book was a succès de scandale.  In it Buckley attacked the undergraduate education on offer at Yale for its hostility to Christianity and its adulation …
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
'Don't ask' critic Dan Choi honorably discharged  —  One of the most vocal critics of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy has been honorably discharged for being in violation of the policy.  —  Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and first lieutenant with the Army National Guard, said he learned of the decision on Thursday.
CNN:
Sherrod on Breitbart: 'I'd tell him he's a liar'
Discussion: The Politico
Ezra Klein:
When Tucker Carlson asked to join Journolist  —  I hoped to let my quick accounting of the constant inaccuracies in the Daily Caller's selective quotations from Journolist stand as my last word on the matter.  But Tucker Carlson's sanctimonious and evasive statement on the way his site has been covering this story deserves a response.
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Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Letter from Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson on The Daily Caller's Journolist coverage  —  We began our series on Journolist earlier this week with the expectation that our stories would be met with a fury of criticism from the Left.  A hurt dog barks, after all.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Getting the message on Journolist's controversial postings  —  To conservatives, it is a pulling back of the curtain to expose the media's mendacity.  —  To liberals, it is a selective sliming based on e-mails that were supposed to remain private.  —  But there is no getting around the fact …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Commentary
New York Times:
House Panel Will Try Rangel in Ethics Cases  —  WASHINGTON — A House investigative panel has found “substantial reason to believe” that Representative Charles B. Rangel violated a range of ethics rules, dealing a serious blow to Mr. Rangel, a Harlem Democrat, in the twilight of his political career.
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Washington Post:
Rep. Charles Rangel broke ethics rules, House panel finds  —  A House ethics subcommittee announced Thursday that it found that Rep. Charles B. Rangel violated congressional ethics rules and that it will prepare for a trial, probably beginning in September.  The panel is expected to make the details …
Jake Boot / Big Journalism:
As History Repeats Itself, Cholly Rangel Tells MSNBC Reporter …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: House committee charges Rangel with multiple ethical violations
William Douglas / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Rangel summoned by special ethics panel for violations
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
The Atlantic Online:
RNC Chaos Threatens GOP Chances for House Takeover  —  The chaos at the Republican National Committee threatens to cost Republicans the chance to take control of the House of Representatives, Republican strategists fear.  During midterm elections, the national committee plays two essential roles.
Discussion: Commentary
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:   Democrats Make $28 Million TV Buy
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
DCCC buys time in 40 districts
Discussion: Jackson Politics
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: ‘All We Should Do Is Issue Subpoenas’ If GOP Wins House (AUDIO)  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has a plan for what the Republicans should do if they win control of the House of Representatives: Spend all their time investigating the Obama administration.
Discussion: The Daily Hurricane
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Tommy Sowers / The Huffington Post:
Who Will Pay for the Afghan Military?  The Question Congress Must Answer Now  —  An old military maxim states, “Amateurs think about strategy and professionals think about logistics.”  At West Point I taught cadets the U.S. Constitution, which clearly empowers Congress to be active in logistic questions of war.
Discussion: The Washington Note and TPMCafe
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Phyllis Bennis / The Huffington Post:   A Really Big Show: Bigwigs Gather in Kabul...for What, Exactly?
The Politico:
Democrats pull plug on climate bill  —  Senate Democrats pulled the plug on climate legislation Thursday, pushing the issue off into an uncertain future ahead of midterm elections where President Barack Obama's party is girding for a drubbing.  —  Rather than a long-awaited measure capping greenhouse gases …
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats abandon comprehensive climate bill
Discussion: Wonkette, AmSpecBlog and Daily Kos
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Addicted to Bush  —  For a couple of years, it was the love that dared not speak his name.  In 2008, Republican candidates hardly ever mentioned the president still sitting in the White House.  After the election, the G.O.P. did its best to shout down all talk about how we got into the mess we're in …
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Pentagon Faces Growing Pressures to Trim Budget  —  WASHINGTON — After nearly a decade of rapid increases in military spending, the Pentagon is facing intensifying political and economic pressures to restrain its budget, setting up the first serious debate since the terrorist attacks of 2001 …
Discussion: The Page
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Nelson cites deficit to vote against unemployment benefits but backs budget-busting tax cuts for rich.  —  Earlier this week, the Senate finally voted 60-40 to extend unemployment insurance for the millions of Americans who are unable to find work due to the poor economy.
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Wall Street Journal:
Geithner: Taxes on Wealthiest to Rise
Discussion: Wonk Room and TPMDC
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Feinberg Says Bonuses Paid by Troubled Banks Were Unmerited  —  With the financial system on the verge of collapse in late 2008, a group of troubled banks doled out more than $2 billion in bonuses and other payments to their highest earners.  Now, the federal authority on banker pay …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Alvin Greene's ‘On the Scene’  —  Alvin Greene, the Democratic candidate for Senate in South Carolina, who emerged at a public campaign event for the first time last weekend, is now out with his first campaign video.  The video, called, “Alvin Green Is On the Scene,” is a 3-minute hip-hop mix …
Tom Gantert / Michigan Capitol Confidential:
The Art of the Ann Arbor City Budget  —  The debate in Ann Arbor, where firefighters are being laid off due to a multimillion dollar budget deficit, is over an $850,000 piece of art.  —  That's how much the city has agreed to pay German artist Herbert Dreiseitl for a three-piece water sculpture …
Christina Boyle / NY Daily News:
Russian ‘spy’ Anna Chapman gets her own action figure, plastic doll of sexy secret agent now on sale  —  She's the Russian Barbie.  —  Sexy secret agent Anna Chapman may have been deported, but she's now available on U.S. soil in fully jointed plastic.  —  The doll manufacturer Herobuilders.com …
Discussion: Right Pundits and City Room
Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
U.S. upgrades status of Palestinian mission in Washington  —  Though still short of full diplomatic recognition, move raises representation to level of PLO missions in many European countries and Canada.  —  The United States State Department has upgraded the Palestinian Liberation Organization's mission …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
No Immigration Papers, No School, Many New York Districts Say  —  Three decades after the Supreme Court ruled that immigration violations cannot be used as a basis to deny children equal access to a public school education, one in five school districts in New York State is routinely requiring …
Discussion: City Room and ImmigrationProf Blog
 
 
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Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
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Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Records show Greene's military flops
Discussion: Mediaite, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Obama Campaign Adviser Participated on JournoList
Democracy in America:
This week's Economist/YouGov poll
John Fund / The Daily Caller:
Plurality of voters believe the country would have been better off …
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Greenroom
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gore on climate: ‘Inconvenient as ever’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
One in Ten Have No Job. More Have No Security.
Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
NN10 Liveblog: Fighting Obama's Social Security “Death Panel”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Hoyer ridicules Bohener's ‘read the bill’ initiative
Wall Street Journal:
Why the ObamaCare Tax Penalty Is Unconstitutional