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7:45 PM ET, July 20, 2010

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Farmer's wife says fired USDA official helped save their land  —  The wife of the white farmer allegedly discriminated against by the USDA's rural development director for Georgia said Shirley Sherrod “kept us out of bankruptcy.”  —  Eloise Spooner, 82, awoke Tuesday to discover that Sherrod …
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NAACP:
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 …
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Our Summer Race War Heats Up  —  Hoo boy.  Conservatives apparently aren't going to back down from ever more overt appeals to racial resentment this summer.  BigGovernment.com “broke” a story yesterday about a speech given a few months ago by Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development, at an NAACP Freedom Fund dinner.
CNN:
Ex-USDA worker: White House pressured her to resign  —  Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — The NAACP has retracted its original statement condemning comments made by a former Agriculture Department official who resigned after a video clip surfaced of her discussing a white farmer.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The White House's Weak Back Hand  —  Update below:  —  Weak Back Hand  —  by digby  —  When our new overlord Andrew Breitbart says jump, the White House says, “how high?”  Kevin Drum: … Naturally, the administration panicked like a bunch of frightened little children:
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Not Looking Good For Breitbart  —  The 82-year-old wife of the white Georgia farmer who was supposedly discriminated against some quarter century ago by the black USDA official forced to resign this week — if the video released by Andrew Breitbart's Big Government and re-run by Fox is to be believed …
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: msnbc.com and Mediaite
Datechguy / DaTechguy's Blog:
One thing about the NAACP video of Shirley Sherrod  —  ...that nobody is mentioning.  —  Look at the crowd reaction when she says this.  Is there shock?  Is there disgust?  Is there anger?  Nope, they are with her all the way.  —  That says more about the NAACP than anything Sherrod did.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Tom Blumer / Washington Examiner:
Shirley Sherrod's Disappearing Act: Not So Fast  —  My oh my, that happened quickly.  Perhaps too quickly.  —  Until yesterday, Shirley Sherrod was Georgia Director of Rural Development for the USDA.  Earlier in the day at Big Government, Andrew Breitbart put up a video that exposed …
Marcus K. Garner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Resigned USDA official says racial story misconstrued
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Agriculture Secretary Stands By Asking For Sherrod's Resignation
Discussion: Salon and Talking Points Memo
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 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.
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 …
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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.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP campaign chief joins Tea Party caucus
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor won't join House Tea Party Caucus
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Breaking Impasse, Senate Extends Jobless Benefits
Discussion: Truthdig
Wall Street Journal:
Stimulating Unemployment  —  If you can't create any jobs, pay people not to work.
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.
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A City Outsources Everything. Sky Doesn't Fall.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
BP photoshops fake photo of crisis command center, posts on main BP site  —  UPDATE: Show BP you mean business, donate to AMERICAblog.  If you like our hard-hitting activist journalism, then please donate and help us continue our work.  Thanks so much.  —  (H/t to AK for spotting this.)
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Altered BP photo comes into question
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Sources: Rod Blagojevich unlikely to testify  —  Ex-gov's lawyers disagree on calling him as a witness  —  Rod Blagojevich's lawyers told U.S. District Judge James Zagel this afternoon they plan to rest their case without having the ousted former governor testify, as he has repeatedly said he would do …
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Newsdesk / Blagojevich on Trial:
Sources: Rod doesn't plan to testify
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?
Dan Mangan / New York Post:
Chilling toll of Times Sq. ‘bomb’  —  Thankfully, it didn't go off as planned.  —  A secret FBI test of a correctly made version of the Times Square bomb revealed that it “would have killed thousands of people” if it had been made to explode as terrorists had intended, law-enforcement sources told The Post yesterday.
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Fox News:
Times Square Bomb Could Have ‘Killed Thousands,’ FBI Test Shows
Discussion: Weekly Standard and World Threats
CNN:
New Angle ad says society ‘fearful’  —  Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle is out with a new ad Tuesday.  —  (CNN) - A new ad by Sharron Angle highlights the nation's massive deficit and states that “government is the problem.”  —  The television commercial, the second by Angle since …
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Reid holds slight lead
 
 
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
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