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1:25 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  —  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 …
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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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 …
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
CNN:
USDA worker quits over white farmer story
Associated Press:   USDA worker quits over racism charge from video
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
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New York Times:
The Republicans and the Constitution
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Graham voting yes on Kagan nomination
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, The Note and CNN
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.
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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Ezra Klein:
Unemployment benefits to pass, but all alone
Wall Street Journal:
Stimulating Unemployment  —  If you can't create any jobs, pay people not to work.
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
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
W.Va. Gov. Joe Manchin launches Senate campaign; Capito on deck  —  West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced Tuesday that he will run in the newly created special election for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd's (D-W.Va.) Senate seat.  Now all eyes or on Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Gov. Manchin jumps into special election for Byrd seat
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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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David Broder / The Fix:
Democrats retake lead in generic ballot
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 …
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% …
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: RedState and Nice Deb
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Surprise: Obama sends Berwick nomination to Senate
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Crist Looking Good  —  Thanks mostly to support from Democrats Charlie Crist is the leader in the Florida Senate race.  In the most likely match up against Kendrick Meek he gets 35% to 29% for Marco Rubio and 17% for Meek.  His lead expands with Jeff Greene as the Democratic nominee.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
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 …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
His tirades are the distilled violence, cruelty, and bigotry of right-wing Catholic ideology.  —  Every time Mel Gibson unburdens himself of a tirade against Jews or “n______s” or uncooperative females, there are commentators on hand to create a mystery where none exists.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pharyngula
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Cause and effect in the War on Terror  —  Britain, unlike the U.S., is currently in the process of Looking Backward, Not Forward, as they investigate both the events that led them to the attack on Iraq as well as their involvement in America's torture regime.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
New York Times:
List of Interns Offers Glimpse of Bloomberg's Orbit  —  They are the children and relatives of boldface names, like Lloyd C. Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs; Peter G. Peterson, co-founder of the Blackstone Group; and Laurence A. Tisch, who was a hotel mogul and chief executive of CBS.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Petraeus's Successor Is Known for Impolitic Words  —  WASHINGTON — To those who have served under him, Gen. James N. Mattis is the consummate Marine commander, a warrior who chooses to lead from the front lines and speaks bluntly rather than concerning himself with political correctness.
Discussion: Commentary and Swampland
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
N.Y., N.J. senators to meet with Cameron
Discussion: The Note and The Hill
CNN:
GOP governor's race heats up as Georgians head to polls
Discussion: The Note, Ballot Box and WSB-TV
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Before rig explosion, BP pumped chemical mixture into well, contractor says
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Ryan Mauro / Pajamas Media:
Frequent Muslim Speaker to Kids in New York Schools Supports Hamas, Hezbollah
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A City Outsources Everything. Sky Doesn't Fall.
Dan Mangan / New York Post:
Chilling toll of Times Sq. ‘bomb’
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
CNN's Rick Sanchez: Nixon/Kennedy Debate Took Place in 1962?
Discussion: Media Research Center
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Six in 10 Workers Hold No Hope of Receiving Social Security
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Altered BP photo comes into question
Mimi Hall / USA Today:
President Obama to push Congress on pay-fairness bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Economist:
Vote now or add your view
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems' video warns of GOP return to Bush era
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Weekly Standard:
Spy Swap
Discussion: Power Line
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Republican immigration position likely to alienate Latinos, Obama officials say
Discussion: USA Today and Commentary