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8:45 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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
In meeting, Messina praised Sherrod handling  —  In a closed staff meeting Tuesday morning, a senior administration praised elements of the White House's initial response to a partial video of a speech by a Department of Agriculture official — a response that the Administration has since reversed.
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.
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.
Joe Strupp / Strupp:
Sherrod: I'm a Victim of Breitbart, Fox ‘Racism’  —  Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department Georgia Director of Rural Development, says she is a victim.  A victim of poor reporting and, as she contends, clear bias and racist coverage from both Andrew Breitbart and Fox News.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
On Lacking All Conviction  —  Let's take a moment to understand what we've seen over the past several days.  As of last week, the Tea Party was a movement whose leadership included a man who once called the first black president of the United States, “a welfare monkey,” and who attempted to satirize the NAACP in the following fashion:
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama, cable chatter & liberal fury
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Fox News, Moe Lane and Don Surber
Aides: White House trying to distance Obama from Sherrod controversy
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and RedState
Paul Hodes / The Huffington Post:
Weak Knees  —  As I was reading about the Shirley Sherrod issue today …
Discussion: MyDD
Paul Krugman:
Fooled Again And Again and Again
Ezra Klein:   What lesson did the White House take from Sherrod?
Mike Allen / The Politico:
EXPECT A REVERSAL: White House intervenes, orders Vilsack …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Shame of the Daily Caller  —  I'd encourage everyone to read this Ann Althouse post on today's bogus Daily Caller story about JournoList.  Her bottom line: “The Daily Caller's article is weak.  And I'm inclined to think the material in the Journolist archive is pretty mild stuff.”
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 …
David Gura / NPR:
Public Radio Publicist Apologizes For Controversial Remarks About Limbaugh  —  This morning, The Daily Caller posted a story about an email message radio publicist Sarah Spitz reportedly sent to Journolist, a now-defunct listserv.  —  “If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond?”
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Meet the New Journolist, Smaller Than the Old Journolist  —  Blogosphere, please join me in celebrating the birth of Cabalist, the wittily-named successor to Ezra Klein's infamous Journolist, the listserv of liberal bloggers, pundits and academics that inadvertently brought down (very temporarily) …
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Anti-Fox ‘Journolister’ Could Block Fox From Helen Thomas' Seat (Updated)  —  This morning, I wrote about The Daily Caller's latest story regarding how liberal academics and journalists on the “journolist” list-serv suggested using government power to take down Fox News.
Ezra Klein:
You shall know them by their work  —  A few weeks ago …
National Enquirer:
AL GORE SEX SCANDAL SHOCKER POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO MORE!  —  The ENQUIRER reports in an exclusive bombshell exclusive that police have investigated charges from TWO MORE WOMEN who claimed they were abused by former VP AL GORE!  —  The allegations come hot on the heels of an ongoing Portland …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Obama wins!  And Journolisters rejoice  —  DAVID ROBERTS, GRIST: It's all I can do not to start bawling.  —  LUKE MITCHELL, HARPER'S: I'm picturing something like VJ Day in Times Square.  Seriously!  —  JOHN BLEVINS, SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW: It's all I can do to hold it together.  —  Nov. 4:
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 …
New York Post:
Pols told to be wary of female lobbyists  —  Some Republican congressmen have been warned to keep their distance from the female lobbyists who prowl Capitol Hill.  —  Sources say House Minority Leader John Boehner has told GOP congressmen who partied with lobbyists “to knock it off.”
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Boehner's Recipe For Creating Jobs: Do Nothing
Discussion: The Gavel
Geoff Boucher / Hero Complex:
COMIC-CON 2010: ‘Captain America’ director has different spin on hero: 'He's not a flag-waver'  —  The director of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the 2011 summer blockbuster that will coincide with the character's 70th anniversary, says the screen version of the hero will be true to his roots — up to a certain point.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Dems Aren't Disclosing Early Polls  —  Amid a troubled political environment, nearly 2 dozen House Dems commissioned polls over the last 3 months, according to reports filed with the FEC.  But those polls weren't made public, leaving some GOPers to believe incumbents are beginning to run scared.
Board rejects ‘whiteman’ ballot language from Milwaukee candidate  —  By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — State elections officials narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate's attempt to run with the slogan “NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' ” under her name on the ballot.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Rich Blake / ABCNEWS:
Secret Gold Coin Tax Embedded in Health Bill  —  Amendment Slipped Into Health Care Legislation Would Track, Tax Coin and Bullion Transactions  —  Those already outraged by the president's health care legislation now have a new bone of contention — a scarcely noticed tack-on provision …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Kentucky Senate  —  Kentucky Senate: Paul (R) 49% Conway (D) 41%  —  It's the same story in Kentucky's race for U.S. Senate again this month.  Republican Rand Paul continues to hold a modest lead over Democrat Jack Conway.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey …
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
Testimony  —  Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress  —  Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.  —  Chairman Dodd, Senator Shelby, and members of the Committee, I am pleased to present the Federal Reserve's semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Bill Clinton More Popular Than Barack Obama  —  George W. Bush's favorable rating is up slightly  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former President Bill Clinton is currently more well-liked by Americans than both of his successors.  Sixty-one percent view him favorably, compared with 52% …
Discussion: The Swamp and Real Clear Politics
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Don't give the press a bailout
James Pethokoukis:
Obama should be pro-market, not pro-business
Jobless benefits extension passes Senate
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Buck: Vote for me ‘because I do not wear high heels’
Record-Searchlight Stories:
A pot grower? No, a ‘displaced foreign traveler’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
John Hoeffel / Los Angeles Times:
Oakland council OKs plan to set up pot factories
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Norton's NASA remark kinda came outer nowhere
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Blago: Prosecutors ‘proved my innocence’
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Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Dems to Extend Bush's Middle Class Tax Cuts
Discussion: Time and
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Signs Legislation Overhauling Financial Rules
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