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9:45 AM 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  —  Journalists love whistleblowers.  Just not when the whistle is blown on them.  —  Journalists love transparency.  As long as they're not the ones being exposed.  —  No steadfast journalism rule …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Jump Into Six-Point Lead on Generic Ballot  —  At the same time, Republican enthusiasm for voting in November surges  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the same week the U.S. Senate passed a major financial reform bill touted as reining in Wall Street, Democrats pulled ahead of Republicans …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Set to End Stalemate and Extend Jobless Aid  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are poised to break a partisan stalemate on Tuesday over extending unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who have been jobless for six months or more, but the fight seems certain to continue playing …
David Broder / The Fix:
Democrats retake lead in generic ballot  —  1. A week removed from an internecine fight about whether or not control of the House is up for grabs this fall (it is), Democrats got some welcome news this morning as the party re-took the lead in Gallup's generic congressional ballot question.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Detroit News
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   The Monthly Generic  —  Barack Obama's approval numbers hit …
Paddy / The Political Carnival:
Democrats Jump Ahead in Congressional Ballot
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats to give jobless benefits another vote
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.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Racist New Hampshire State House Candidate Advises Tea Party To Be More Open With Its Racism  —  While the tea party movement is desperately trying to fight off charges of “racist elements” from the NAACP, Ryan J. Murdough, a Republican candidate for New Hampshire State House, has no qualms about expressing his views on race.
The Politico:
GOP leery of Tea Party Caucus
Discussion: Washington Monthly, TPMDC, Guardian and CNN
Mr Patch W. Adams / The P/Oed Patriot:   Racist Mexican Group the “Brown Berets” …
The Hill:
Tea Party gets official caucus
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Minnick rejects Tea Party backing
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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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EditorandPublisher.com:
London ‘Times’ Sees 66% Traffic Drop, Post-Paywall
Fox News:
Video Shows USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give ‘Full Force’ of Help to White Farmer  —  Shown here is USDA Georgia official Shirley Sherrod.  (YouTube)  —  Days after the NAACP clashed with Tea Party members over allegations of racism, a video has surfaced showing an Agriculture Department …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Republican immigration position likely to alienate Latinos, Obama officials say  —  President Obama and his political aides privately acknowledge that the government's decision to sue Arizona over its new immigration law is helping to fuel an anti-immigration fervor that could benefit some Republicans in elections this fall.
Discussion: Commentary
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:   Obey's axe hovers over Obama's $1.3B education program
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
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.
Discussion: The New Republic
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Amazon says Kindle books are outselling hardcovers  —  Amazon.com said Monday that growth in sales of its Kindle digital reader accelerated every month in the second quarter and that it's selling more electronic books than hardcover editions.  —  The pace of Kindle sales also has tripled since …
Discussion: Commentary and Outside the Beltway
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Ross Douthat's Fear of Opining.  —  Today's Ross Douthat offering has already prompted a thoughtful response from Adam, but I wanted to note the conservative NYT writer's inability to assess competing arguments.  First, from his opening statement: … The key fact that Douthat never returns …
Weekly Standard:
Spy Swap  —  The latest in a long line.  —  With the just completed exchange of spies between the United States and Russia, the media storm will undoubtedly soon disappear.  Amid all the accounts of such arcana as steganography, brush passes, and dead drops, the fascination with Internet photos …
Discussion: Power Line
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems' video warns of GOP return to Bush era  —  Democrats took Republicans to task on Tuesday with a new video hammering them for suggesting that their party might revert to the policies they pursued during George W. Bush's presidency.  —  The video seizes on remarks made by National …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Economist:
Vote now or add your view  —  In January 2006, the Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department sent a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team to the home of Sal Culosi, a 37-year-old optometrist.  Several months earlier, a detective had overheard Mr Culosi and some friends making a wager …
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Another Senate Charade  —  This note comes courtesy of my friend David Sirota out in Colorado.  This is a classic example of how the Senate works.  If the public understood better how rigged this game is, and how few issues are actually left to an honest vote in the legislature …
Discussion: MyDD and OpenSecrets.org
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David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
C-SPAN As Red Pill: Camera Catches Senate Vote-Switching to Protect …
Discussion: ColoradoPols.com
SENATUS:
Obama Sends Berwick Nomination to the Senate  —  President Barack Obama “sent the Senate his nomination of Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday — a move that comes two weeks after Obama bypassed Congress to put his stalled nominee …
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and Nice Deb
The Huffington Post:
Unemployment Extension: The GOP's Nearly Unprecedented Deficit Demands  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Republicans say the federal deficit can't bear the $33 billion cost of reauthorizing unemployment benefits, so the spending should be offset with cuts from another part of the budget.
 
 
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Where next for special relationship?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer bets on Rangel
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