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10:20 AM ET, July 21, 2010


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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Firing of USDA official highlights larger political problems involving race  —  A fuzzy video of an Agriculture Department official opened a new front Tuesday in the ongoing war between the left and right over which side is at fault for stoking persistent forces of racism in politics.
Matt McLaughlin / Media Matters for America:
Full video vindicates Sherrod, destroys Breitbart's accusations of racism  —  The NAACP has posted the video of Shirley Sherrod's March 27 speech, and it definitively proves false Andrew Breitbart's claim that the edited video he posted at his website is “evidence of racism.”
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
NAACP: Breitbart ‘snookered’ us  —  NAACP President Ben Jealous on Tuesday said the organization had been “snookered” into condemning former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod.  —  Sherrod was fired Monday after a video — posted on one of Andrew Breitbart's conservative sites …
The Politico:
USDA will reconsider firing  —  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that he will reconsider the abrupt firing of Shirley Sherrod, a Georgia-based Agriculture Department official who was the victim of a media frenzy over comments that turned out to have been distorted by video editing.
Discussion: Moe Lane
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
“A Nation of Cowards.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Farmer's wife says fired USDA official helped save their land
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 …
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  —  joltinjoe  —  Fox News is the only national network that tells it like it is.  The overt bias in the other main stream media is obnoxious.  There are so many stories that are unfavorable to the Obama Administration that go unreported by CBS …
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 …
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.
Hotline On Call:   RNC Reports New Debts As Feud Mounts
Darren Goode / The Hill:
Obama officials, utility executives meet to salvage climate bill  —  Top Obama administration officials met Tuesday with utility executives in another sign that senior Democrats are pushing to salvage a limited climate change bill this year.  —  The White House meeting comes amid …
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Climate bill on the ropes
Arab guilty of rape after sex with Jew  —  A man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after telling a woman that he was also Jewish  —  A Palestinian man has been convicted of rape after having consensual sex with a woman who had believed him to be a fellow Jew.
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.
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Hispanic GOP Group to Announce Support for Arizona Immigration Law  —  Apr. 23: Standing in front of law enforcement officers, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer talks about signing the immigration bill in Phoenix.  —  The Arizona Latino Republican Association will become the first Hispanic organization …
Discussion: and Don Surber
David Lawder / Reuters:
US financial system support up $700 bln in past year-watchdog  —  * US support swells by $700 bln in past year-watchdog  —  * Mortgage, housing commitments account for most of rise  —  * TARP watchdog criticizes Obama housing rescue efforts  —  Increased housing commitments swelled U.S …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Michael J. Boskin / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Economic Fish Stories  —  On unemployment, the president claims that the stimulus bill was several times more potent than his chief economic adviser estimates.  Such statements hurt his credibility.  —  A president's most valuable asset—with voters, Congress, allies and enemies—is credibility.
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
W.Va's Capito will not seek Senate seat, sources say  —  Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) has decided she will not run to replace Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), three sources familiar with her plans said Tuesday night.  —  Capito was the favorite on the GOP side, and state legislators gained …
John D. McKinnon / Washington Wire:
Business Coalitions Zero In on Tax Increases  —  Businesses and advocacy groups plan to dial up pressure on Congress to block tax increases, as lawmakers prepare to head home for the August recess.  —  Business advocates hope the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts at the end of the year …
Discussion: The New Republic
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
A Smell of Pot and Privilege in the City  —  The Bloomberg administration has quietly been fixing up its sons and daughters with cool summer internships, as reported Tuesday in The New York Times.  Which is probably fine: It is hard to see nepotism as much of a sin when it is really just another chapter …
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