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3:15 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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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
JournoList: ...Yes, But the Reporters at Pravda Weren't Such Insufferable A**holes
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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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.”
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
Fox News:
Video Shows USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force …
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Senate Panel Backs Kagan Nomination  —  WASHINGTON — Solicitor General Elena Kagan moved one step closer to becoming a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 6, almost entirely along party lines, to forward her nomination to the full Senate for consideration.
New York Times:
The Republicans and the Constitution
Jennifer Agiesta / Behind the Numbers:
Majority back Kagan confirmation as interest wanes
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
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: Daily Kos
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Manchin makes WV Senate run official
Discussion: The Politico, CNN, RedState, Daily Kos and Gallup
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
A government of the people's every wish?  —  I've listened to Sarah Palin's “Mama Grizzlies” video.  I've watched the Tea Party movement evolve from a joke into a political force.  I've read up on the primary candidates who want to take back government, take down government, burn down Washington.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Six in 10 Workers Hold No Hope of Receiving Social Security
Discussion: Washington Wire
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Faith in Social Security system tanking
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Newsalert
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% …
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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
Townhall.com:
Race Card Fraud  —  Credit card fraud is a serious problem.  But race card fraud is an even bigger problem.  —  Playing the race card takes many forms.  Judge Charles Pickering, a federal judge in Mississippi who defended the civil rights of blacks for years and defied the Ku Klux Klan …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Who is Barack Obama?  —  On Sunday, both The Post and the New York Times assembled more than 20 savants and asked them, as the Times put it, “How Can Obama Rebound?”  Good question.  Not only do six out of 10 voters “lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country …
 
 
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Scariest Unemployment Graph I've Seen Yet
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Jana Winter / Fox News:
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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
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David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Before rig explosion, BP pumped chemical mixture into well, contractor says
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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 …
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Mimi Hall / USA Today:
President Obama to push Congress on pay-fairness bill
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
His tirades are the distilled violence, cruelty, and bigotry …
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
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