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11:30 PM ET, July 20, 2010


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NAACP STATEMENT ON THE RESIGNATION OF SHIRLEY SHERROD  —  (BALTIMORE, MD) - NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous issued the following statement today after a careful investigation into the presentation of former USDA Official Shirley Sherrod.  —  “The NAACP has a zero tolerance policy …
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Breitbart On Sherrod's NAACP Speech: ‘I Did Not Edit This Thing’  —  The crux of the Shirley Sherrod controversy is what she said outside of the two-minute video clip posted by Big Government — whether she was, as she claims, telling a story about how she overcame racial prejudice …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Farmer's wife says fired USDA official helped save their land  —  Despite being defended by the white farmer she allegedly discriminated against, former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod will not get her job back.  —  Sherrod “kept us out of bankruptcy,” said Eloise Spooner, 82.
NAACP ‘snookered’ over video of former USDA employee  —  Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — The NAACP has retracted its original statement condemning comments made by a former Agriculture Department official who resigned after a video clip surfaced of her discussing a white farmer.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Official: No White House pressure on Sherrod  —  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this afternoon took responsibility for firing an official, Shirley Sherrod, whose appearance on video recalling her behavior toward a white farmer drew charges of racism, and whose immediate firing drew suggestions …
Washington Post:
Firing of USDA official highlights larger political problems involving race  —  A fuzzy video of an Agriculture Department official opened a new front Tuesday in the ongoing war between the left and right over which side is at fault for stoking persistent forces of racism in politics.
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
N.A.A.C.P. Backtracks on Official Accused of Bias  —  The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People apologized Tuesday to a black civil servant whose ouster the civil rights organization had originally cheered.  —  Last week, the N.A.A.C.P. garnered headlines …
Tom Blumer / Washington Examiner:
Shirley Sherrod's Disappearing Act: Not So Fast  —  My oh my, that happened quickly.  Perhaps too quickly.  —  Until yesterday, Shirley Sherrod was Georgia Director of Rural Development for the USDA.  Earlier in the day at Big Government, Andrew Breitbart put up a video that exposed …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
NAACP: Breitbart ‘snookered’ us  —  NAACP President Ben Jealous on Tuesday said the organization had been “snookered” into condemning former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod.  —  Sherrod was fired Monday after a video — posted on one of Andrew Breitbart's conservative sites …
Discussion: Big Government and TPMMuckraker
Datechguy / DaTechguy's Blog:
One thing about the NAACP video of Shirley Sherrod
Discussion: The Other McCain
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Not Looking Good For Breitbart
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Breitbart's Skilled Editing
Discussion: and Mediaite
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Agriculture Secretary Stands By Asking For Sherrod's Resignation
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Salon
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 …
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
California Official's $800,000 Salary in City of 38,000 Triggers Protests  —  Hundreds of residents of one of the poorest municipalities in Los Angeles County shouted in protest last night as tensions rose over a report that the city's manager earns an annual salary of almost $800,000.
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.
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Corruption Of Journo-list  —  The latest revelations from Journo-list are deeply depressing to me.  What's depressing is the way in which liberal journalists are not responding to events in order to find out the truth, but playing strategic games to cover or not cover events and controversies in order to win a media/political war.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Breaking Impasse, Senate Extends Jobless Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate broke a stalemate on Tuesday over extending unemployment benefits for Americans who have been out of work for six months or more, voting to override Republican objections that the bill's costs would add to the federal deficit.
Discussion: The Confluence and Truthdig
Ezra Klein:
Unemployment benefits to pass, but all alone
David Rogers / The Politico:
Democrats break filibuster on jobless aid
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Magazine
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?
Newsdesk / Blagojevich on Trial:
Sources: Rod doesn't plan to testify  —  Attorneys for Rod Blagojevich told the judge in his corruption trial this afternoon that the former governor will not testify in his own defense, sources said.  —  But after conferring with lawyers in a private sidebar, U.S. District Judge James Zagel told …
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Sources: Rod Blagojevich unlikely to testify
Discussion: The Blago Blog
The News Star:
(2 of 2)  —  Traylor is also currently involved in a romantic relationship with Denise Lively, the estranged wife of his stepson, Ryan Ellington, the son of Noble Ellington.  —  Lively and Ryan Ellington remain legally married, but both he and Traylor said the Lively-Traylor relationship began …
Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD CASE: ACORN finances leave questions  —  High court clears way for trial to proceed  —  The political advocacy group ACORN is “limping along” near bankruptcy, which could affect a pending voter registration case in Nevada, a lawyer for the group said Monday.
Discussion: Big Government
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
GOP's Schilling Leads Democrat Incumbent Phil Hare, 45-32  —  Few of my assessments in this cycle have met with more derision than my argument that Phil Hare, an Illinois Democrat, is supremely vulnerable.  —  His GOP opponent, Bobby Schilling, hired Magellan Strategies to conduct a poll of the district.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Moe Lane
Timothy B Lee / Bottom-up:
How to Talk Liberaltarian  —  Nick Schulz weighs in on the liberaltarianism debate: … This seems completely wrong to me.  Conservatives care about “protecting individual liberty” for some people, but the conservative movement includes many people who are indifferent, if not hostile …
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Tax Expenditure’ Solution for Our National Debt  —  The credits and subsidies that make the tax code so complicated cost big bucks.  Reduce them by third and the debt will be 72% of GDP in 2020 instead of 90%.  —  When it comes to spending cuts, Congress is looking in the wrong place.
Discussion: TaxVox and Economist's View
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