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4:00 PM ET, July 20, 2010

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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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Ben Domenech / The New Ledger:
Lessons From Journolist: Why Ross Douthat is Useful  —  The Daily Caller offers another round of Journolist archival material on Jeremiah Wright, revealing the degree to which self-styled journalists think of themselves as activists whenever their ideological framework is challenged by actual news.
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright
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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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Farmer's wife says fired USDA official helped save their land  —  The wife of the white farmer allegedly discriminated against by the USDA's rural development director for Georgia said Shirley Sherrod “kept us out of bankruptcy.”  —  Eloise Spooner, 82, awoke Tuesday to discover that Sherrod …
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
CNN:
USDA ex-worker: Administration 'wasn't interested' in truth  —  Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — A former USDA employee who resigned after a video surfaced of her talking about a white farmer said Tuesday that she did what she could to help him save his farm and that the Obama administration “wasn't interested in hearing the truth.”
Fox News:
Video Shows USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force …
Tom Blumer / Washington Examiner:
Shirley Sherrod's Disappearing Act: Not So Fast
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Not Looking Good For Breitbart
msnbc.com:
Black USDA official resigns after saying she only ‘did enough’ for white farmer
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Daniel Strauss / The Politico:   Georgia family defends USDA official
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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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Lindsey Graham's vote on Elena Kagan ensures primary challenge  —  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R) announcement that he will vote in favor of Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court is likely to further incite conservatives already unhappy with him and, according to close observers …
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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP campaign chief joins Tea Party caucus
Discussion: CNN
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
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
White not planning to attend Obama's Texas fundraisers  —  White team says his schedule is full, group tries to help Hispanic Republicans and Perry gets a question of his own about releasing tax returns.  —  As I reported last night on the Postcards blog, Democratic sources say President Barack Obama …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and HotAirPundit
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Mimi Hall / USA Today:
President Obama to push Congress on pay-fairness bill
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, SEIU and AmSpecBlog
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% …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Reid holds slight lead  —  Given the gift of an opponent who's even more unpopular than him, Harry Reid leads Sharron Angle 48-46 in the Nevada Senate race.  When PPP last looked at the state in January Reid trailed Sue Lowden by ten points.  —  Reid continues to have upside down approval numbers …
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Angle Launches First Positive Ad
Discussion: USA Today and Daily Kos
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Scariest Unemployment Graph I've Seen Yet  —  The median duration of unemployment is higher today than any time in the last 50 years.  That's an understatement.  It is more than twice as high today than any time in the last 50 years.  —  OK, you're saying, but what does this mean?
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
BP photoshops fake photo of crisis command center, posts on main BP site  —  (H/t to AK for spotting this.)  —  UPDATE 12:08PM Eastern 7/20/10: BP has faked yet another oil crisis response photo on its Web site.  —  UPDATE: 11:14PM Eastern: BP has now posted the “original” photo, they claim.
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Altered BP photo comes into question
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Cameron lunches with Senate leaders  —  British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday sat down for a late lunch with Senate leaders following an earlier meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.  —  Wearing a black suit and blue tie, Cameron visited the Senate floor briefly …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
 
 
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Byrd's replacement bolsters Dems
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Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD CASE: ACORN finances leave questions
Discussion: Big Government and Townhall.com
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Editor Martin Dunn Out at New York Daily News (Updated)
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘BMWs’ Help Afghans Go AWOL From Texas Air Base
Discussion: judicialwatch.org and Rumproast
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
A government of the people's every wish?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Moments of Opportunity  —  I spoke to Senator Tom Udall …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Atlantic Online
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Cause and effect in the War on Terror
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Before rig explosion, BP pumped chemical mixture into well, contractor says
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 Earlier Items: 
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A City Outsources Everything. Sky Doesn't Fall.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Crist Looking Good  —  Thanks mostly to support from Democrats …
Dan Mangan / New York Post:
Chilling toll of Times Sq. ‘bomb’
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Faith in Social Security system tanking
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Ross Douthat's Fear of Opining.
Townhall.com:
Race Card Fraud
Discussion: Betsy's Page