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9:55 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
Wall Street Journal:
Stimulating Unemployment  —  If you can't create any jobs, pay people not to work.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Paddy / The Political Carnival:
Democrats Jump Ahead in Congressional Ballot
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   The Monthly Generic  —  Barack Obama's approval numbers hit …
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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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.
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
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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Mimi Hall / USA Today:
President Obama to push Congress on pay-fairness bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:   Obey's axe hovers over Obama's $1.3B education program
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 …
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.
Ry Rivard / Charleston Daily Mail:
Deal reached on special election  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A deal struck Monday evening by Gov. Joe Manchin and state lawmakers will send West Virginians to the polls to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat.  —  The agreement calls for a primary election on Saturday, Aug. 28 to choose party nominees.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
November special election set for West Virginia Senate seat
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Politico
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
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 …
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
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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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
His tirades are the distilled violence, cruelty, and bigotry …
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The Right Scoop:
Billy Nungesser is brutally honest about poor Fed response to Gulf oil spill
Discussion: Right Wing News and American Power
Matt J. Browne / The Politico:
Where next for special relationship?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer bets on Rangel
Maayana Miskin / Arutz Sheva:
Eye for Eye? Terrorist Shot Cop after Israel Cared for Daughter
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Petraeus's Successor Is Known for Impolitic Words
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Obama Sends Berwick Nomination to the Senate
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