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NAACP:
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 …
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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.
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 …
CNN:
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 …
Fox News:
Ex-Ag Official Says White House Forced Her Out Without Hearing ‘Truth’ About Video  —  Shown here is USDA Georgia official Shirley Sherrod.  (YouTube)  —  The Department of Agriculture official who resigned Monday over a YouTube clip said the White House forced her out of her job without bothering to hear her side of the story.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The White House's Weak Back Hand  —  Update below:  —  Weak Back Hand  —  by digby  —  When our new overlord Andrew Breitbart says jump, the White House says, “how high?”  Kevin Drum: … Naturally, the administration panicked like a bunch of frightened little children:
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Our Summer Race War Heats Up  —  Hoo boy.  Conservatives apparently aren't going to back down from ever more overt appeals to racial resentment this summer.  BigGovernment.com “broke” a story yesterday about a speech given a few months ago by Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development, at an NAACP Freedom Fund dinner.
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 …
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Breitbart's Skilled Editing
Discussion: msnbc.com and Mediaite
Datechguy / DaTechguy's Blog:
One thing about the NAACP video of Shirley Sherrod
Discussion: The Other McCain
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Agriculture Secretary Stands By Asking For Sherrod's Resignation
Discussion: Salon
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
White House Uses Misleading Breitbart Video As Basis To Hastily …
Discussion: Politics Daily, CNN and Shakesville
Daniel Strauss / The Politico:
Georgia family defends USDA official
Discussion: This Just In
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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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.
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 …
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Jeff Sessions / USA Today:
Opposing view on the Supreme Court: A big-government vision  —  After carefully reviewing Elena Kagan's record and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I must oppose her nomination.  —  OUR VIEW: Kagan deserves bipartisan backing, but won't get it
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.
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A City Outsources Everything. Sky Doesn't Fall.
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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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP campaign chief joins Tea Party caucus
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor won't join House Tea Party Caucus
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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Ezra Klein:
Unemployment benefits to pass, but all alone
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: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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 …
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Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Sources: Rod Blagojevich unlikely to testify
Discussion: The Blago Blog and TPMMuckraker
Dan Mangan / New York Post:
Chilling toll of Times Sq. ‘bomb’  —  Thankfully, it didn't go off as planned.  —  A secret FBI test of a correctly made version of the Times Square bomb revealed that it “would have killed thousands of people” if it had been made to explode as terrorists had intended, law-enforcement sources told The Post yesterday.
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Fox News:
Times Square Bomb Could Have ‘Killed Thousands,’ FBI Test Shows
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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CNN:
New Angle ad says society ‘fearful’
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
 
 
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