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2:37 AM ET, July 21, 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 says it was misled over video  — has posted what it says is the full video of Sherrod's speech.  Watch it here.  —  Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — The NAACP has retracted its original statement condemning comments made by a former Agriculture Department official who resigned …
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.
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 …
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 …
Sister Toldjah:
More to Sherrod/NAACP story than we know?  (UPDATE: NAACP RELEASES FULL VID, SHERROD ACCUSES TP REPS OF RACISM IN VID)  —  Hmmm: … If what Jealous is saying about the tape is true, then it will be a huge black eye for Andrew Breitbart, who told Ed Morrissey he never had in his position the entire tape but was looking for a copy:
Political Punch:
Former Agriculture Department Official Denies Racism, Is Backed …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Not Looking Good For Breitbart
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
White House Uses Misleading Breitbart Video As Basis To Hastily …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Breitbart's Skilled Editing
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
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?
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: Truthdig
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Ben Stein: The Unemployed Are People With 'Unpleasant Personalities...Who Do Not Know How To Do A Day's Work'  —  Today, the Senate extended unemployment benefits for millions of jobless Americans.  Despite the terrible shape of the economy, conservatives resisted extending unemployment insurance …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Climate bill on the ropes  —  Senate climate legislation appeared to be on life support Tuesday after two key advocates said they were skeptical of reaching a quick deal on a controversial bill that includes a cap on greenhouse gases from power plants.  —  “The clock is our biggest enemy …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Handel and Deal Lead Georgia Governor Primary  —  ATLANTA — Karen Handel, a former secretary of state who was endorsed by Sarah Palin, came in first in Georgia's Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday evening and will face Nathan Deal, a former Congressman, in an Aug. 10 runoff.
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond?  As he clutched his chest in desperation and pain, would you call 911?  Would you try to save him from dying?  Of course you would.  —  But if that man was Rush Limbaugh, and you were Sarah Spitz …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and National Review
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
Mary Frances Berry / The Politico:
An iced tea party?  —  Professor of American Social Thought and History, U. Penn. :  —  Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats.  There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Winfield Myers / Campus Watch:
Rashid Khalidi Appeals for Funds for Ship to Run Israeli Blockade of Gaza  —  Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, has signed an appeal for funds to outfit a ship—to be named The Audacity of Hope after Barack Obama's second book …
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