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12:35 PM ET, July 21, 2010

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David Frum / The Week Magazine:
Shirley Sherrod and the shame of conservative media  —  When Andrew Breitbart unveils a selectively edited tape to defame a federal employee, conservatives blame Barack Obama  —  You want to see media bias in action?  Okay — look at the conservative media reaction to the firing of Shirley Sherrod.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Shirley Sherrod — My Take — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  I think she should get her job back.  I think she's owed apologies from pretty much everyone, including my good friend Andrew Breitbart.  I generally think Andrew is on the side of the angels and a great champion of the cause.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: NAACP President Was In Attendance at Sherrod Speech (Video)  —  On Monday July 19th, video was released of Georgia Director of Rural Development Shirley Sherrod admitting in a speech at an NAACP banquet in March that she discriminated against farmers because of their race.
Jon Miller / San Francisco Chronicle:
Andrew Breitbart defamed Shirley Sherrod; Brietbart could be in trouble  —  Taking a Comic Con break to look at what else is happening; Google Trends reveals the ugly story of what happened to previously unknown Shirley Sherrod.  —  Conservative hit-blogger Andrew Breitbart's known …
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
“A Nation of Cowards.”  —  I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that we've seen a steady drumbeat of racial “incidents” over the last week or so.  It began when NAACP delegates passed a resolution condemning extremist elements within the Tea Party and calling on Tea Party leaders to repudiate the …
Brad / Think Progress:
Breitbart's New Conspiracy Theory: The ‘Purported’ Farmer's Wife Is A Plant  —  Two white farmers who were supposedly discriminated against by former USDA official Shirley Sherrod spoke out on her behalf yesterday, saying “no way in the world” is she racist.
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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
So much for that ‘conversation’ on race  —  The election of Barack Obama, America's first black president, was supposed to be a sign of our national maturity, a chance to transform the charged, stilted “national conversation” about race into a smarter and more authentic dialogue …
Discussion: George's Bottom Line and alicublog
Mike Allen / The Politico:
EXPECT A REVERSAL: White House intervenes, orders Vilsack to review video-fueled firing — GOP UNLIKELY TO TAKE SENATE — Chris Matthews pines for Ronald Reagan-Tip O'Neill civility  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA's remarks, prepared for today's signing of Wall Street reform: “These reforms represent …
The Politico:
USDA will reconsider firing
Discussion: Don Surber, RedState and Gateway Pundit
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Putting A Face To The Cost Of Dem Cowering
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Paul Krugman:
Fooled Again And Again and Again
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Breitbart On Sherrod's NAACP Speech: ‘I Did Not Edit This Thing’
CNN:
Vilsack to review ouster of USDA official
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
CNN's Campbell Brown To NAACP VP: ‘You Allowed Yourselves To Be Snookered’
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
VILSACK TO RECONSIDER SHERROD FIRING.... The full video …
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 …
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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Liberal journalists suggest government shut down Fox News  —  When the writer Victor Davis Hanson wrote an article about immigration for National Review, for example, blogger Ed Kilgore didn't even bother to grapple with Hanson's arguments.  Instead Kilgore dismissed Hanson's piece out of hand as …
The Daily Caller:
A few excerpts from JournoList journalists
Discussion: Big Journalism
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Approval Drops To Lowest Point Ever, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Independent Voters Turn On President Since Honeymoon  —  A year after President Barack Obama's political honeymoon ended, his job approval rating has dropped to a negative 44 - 48 percent, his worst net score ever …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MAKING THE UNEMPLOYED WAIT FOR NO REASON.... There was quite a bit of attention yesterday afternoon when the Senate, after multiple tries, finally overcame a Republican filibuster on extended unemployment benefits.  It was welcome, overdue news.  —  What got far less attention was what happened next.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reid: Unemployment vote delay brings ‘shame’ to the Senate
Discussion: The Note and The Gavel
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate votes, 60-40, to advance jobless benefits legislation
Discussion: Daily Kos and Fausta's Blog
Ry Rivard / Charleston Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: Capito will not run against Manchin for Byrd's seat  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will not run for the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat, she announced this morning.  —  The surprise decision from the state's most prominent Republican appears …
Discussion: USA Today, Don Surber and The Page
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
RNC fails to report $7 million in debt to FEC  —  Party treasurer faults Steele  —  ASSOCIATED PRESSRepublican Party chairman Michael Steele, center, talks with Republican state leaders and volunteers during a visit to the Colorado GOP headquarters in the Greenwood Village south of Denver on Thursday, July 8, 2010.
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama's next focus of reform: Housing finance  —  After President Obama signs into law an overhaul of financial regulation at a ceremony set for Wednesday, his administration will turn to reforming an area at the root of the financial crisis: the U.S. housing market.
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David Lawder / Reuters:
US financial system support up $700 bln in past year-watchdog
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Don Surber
 
 
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