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4:55 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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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright
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 …
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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.
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
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 …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Not Looking Good For Breitbart  —  The 82-year-old wife of the white Georgia farmer who was supposedly discriminated against some quarter century ago by the black USDA official forced to resign this week — if the video released by Andrew Breitbart's Big Government and re-run by Fox is to be believed …
Datechguy / DaTechguy's Blog:
One thing about the NAACP video of Shirley Sherrod
Discussion: The Other McCain
Fox News:
Ex-Ag Official Says White House Forced Her Out Without Hearing ‘Truth’ About Video
Discussion: Townhall.com and Mediaite
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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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid plans confirmation vote for Kagan before August recess
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor won't join House Tea Party Caucus  —  House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is taking a pass on the House Tea Party Caucus.  —  The second-ranking House Republican told POLITICO on Tuesday that he's not joining the group started by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 and TPMDC
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Byrd's replacement bolsters Dems  —  West Virginia Democrat Carte Goodwin was seated as the Senate's 100th member Tuesday, replacing the late Robert Byrd and restoring Harry Reid's majority to full strength at 59.  —  At 36, Goodwin will be the upper chamber's youngest member …
Discussion: The Swamp and CNN
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Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Months-Long Unemployment Standoff Ends With Vote By New West Virginia Senator
Discussion: The Politico
CNN:
New Angle ad says society ‘fearful’
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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
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% …
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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Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News:
News poll: Bernero gains on Dillon in Dem race
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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
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
White not planning to attend Obama's Texas fundraisers
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and HotAirPundit
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Moments of Opportunity  —  I spoke to Senator Tom Udall …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Atlantic Online
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A City Outsources Everything. Sky Doesn't Fall.
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Chilling toll of Times Sq. ‘bomb’
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Ross Douthat's Fear of Opining.
Townhall.com:
Race Card Fraud
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