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9:00 PM ET, July 22, 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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Dan Riehl / Human Events:
In Defense of Andrew Breitbart  —  The media and progressive-left Democrats now appear in a rush to convict Andrew Breitbart of shoddy journalism, while exonerating Shirley Sherrod and the NAACP from charges of abiding racism within their ranks.  Both Sherrod and the NAACP have charged …
Terry Moran / ABCNEWS:
Where Andrew Breitbart Is Coming From  —  In Exclusive Interview, Andrew Breitbart Describes Where He's From and What He's After  —  In this year of American voter anger and discontent, Andrew Breitbart has found his moment.  —  “I get to be me right now,” he said.  “That's the best part of this entire thing.
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
THE PERILS OF EPISTEMIC CLOSURE  —  Both the Sherrod matter and the Journolist revelations have one thing in common that the ideologues from both sides remain blissfully and determinedly unaware; the controversies are excellent examples of epistemic closure on both sides.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Says Vilsack ‘Jumped the Gun’ on Sherrod  —  WASHINGTON — It was exactly one year ago on Thursday that President Obama plunged into a thicket of racial politics by declaring that a white police officer in Cambridge, Mass., had “acted stupidly” in arresting a black Harvard University professor in his own home.
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Politico editor stands by comparison of Huffington Post to Breitbart  —  [UPDATED]Politico executive editor Jim VandeiHei said on the radio yesterday that the lesson of the Shirley Sherrod mess is that the “media-activist industrial complex” such as “Breitbart on the right or Huffington Post on the left” …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Ousted official Shirley Sherrod blamed Fox, but other outlets ran with story
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Andrew Breitbart issues correction, sort of
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
House Panel Finds Evidence That Rangel Violated Ethics Rules  —  WASHINGTON — After a nearly two-year investigation, a House investigative panel has found that Representative Charles B. Rangel probably 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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Associated Press:
Rangel charged with multiple ethics violations  —  New York Dem gave up Ways and Means gavel in February  —  A House investigative committee on Thursday charged New York Rep. Charles Rangel with multiple ethics violations, a blow to the former Ways and Means chairman and an election-year headache for Democrats.
The Hill:
Rangel charged with multiple violations by House ethics panel
Darren Goode / The Hill:
Reid to advance limited oil spill and energy bill, delaying climate action  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will bring a limited package of oil spill response and energy measures to the floor next week, delaying action until at least this fall on a broader proposal …
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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 …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats abandon comprehensive climate bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Wonkette and Daily Kos
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.
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Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
The Vast Left-Wing Media Conspiracy  —  Everyone knew most of the press corps was hoping for Obama in 2008.  Newly released emails show that hundreds of them were actively working to promote him.  —  When I'm talking to people from outside Washington, one question inevitably comes up: Why is the media so liberal?
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
In the hours after Sen. John McCain announced his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate in the last presidential race, members of an online forum called Journolist struggled to make sense of the pick.  Many of them were liberal reporters, and in some cases their comments reflected …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
My Dialogue With Jonathan Strong of The Daily Caller  —  I'm mentioned in Jonathan Strong's latest exposé on how liberal pundits have liberal views on politics, with today's edition dedicated to revealing that liberals don't like Sarah Palin.  Since Strong writes about one of my emails …
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
From a remote location on an island off Alaska's coast …
Wall Street Journal:
Geithner: Taxes on Wealthiest to Rise  —  The Obama administration will allow tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire on schedule, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday, setting up a clash with Republicans and a small but vocal group of Democrats who want to delay the looming tax increases.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Wonk Room
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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Riddle Me This, Kent
Discussion: Reuters and First Draft
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun:
Sharron Angle addresses media for 3 minutes on taxes then bolts  —  SPARKS — After more than a month dodging the press, Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle on Wednesday invited reporters to an event intended to amplify her campaign message that lower taxes and less regulation are the only ways to spur economic recovery.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Angle Holds ‘Press Conference,’ Takes No Questions And Leaves (VIDEO)
Discussion: Think Progress and The Daily Dish
My News 4:
GOP Senate candidate Angle avoids press at own event
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
Norm Coleman eyes challenge to Michael Steele  —  Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman is considering a run for chairmanship of the RNC, POLITICO has learned, and has begun talking to associates about taking on Michael Steele, should the embattled current chairman seek another term in January.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Gingrich Plan for al-Qaeda Victory  —  I think the ethical wrongness of Newt Gingrich plan for the United States to deliberately imitate Saudi Arabia's lack of religious freedom and begin explicit discrimination against American Muslims is plenty of reason to condemn it.
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
A Brief Historical Interlude.
Discussion: The New Republic and Gothamist
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Congress Ranks Last in Confidence in Institutions  —  Fifty percent “little"/"no" confidence in Congress reading is record high  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll finds Congress ranking dead last out of the 16 institutions rated this year.
The Right Scoop:
Glenn Beck hilariously derides Keith Olbermann for special comment on Sherrod Story  —  Olbermann did another one of his classic special comments last night on the Shirley Sherrod story, and Beck had as much fun with it as I've ever seen as he relentlessly mocks Olbermann's manufactured indignity!
Wall Street Journal:
Why the ObamaCare Tax Penalty Is Unconstitutional  —  The federal power to tax is not unlimited, as the Supreme Court recognized when it struck down the first national income tax.  —  The Justice Department announced last week that it would defend the new federal health-insurance mandate …
Discussion: Townhall.com and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
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