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11:35 AM ET, July 21, 2010


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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: alicublog and George's Bottom Line
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.”
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Breitbart Circus  —  Awhile back, particularly during the Clinton administration, the media would flagellate itself every so often for rushing, lemming-like, to cover some story or other that was being touted on the Drudge Report, and then, after a period of reflection, deciding that it shouldn't be.
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 …
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.
The Politico:
USDA will reconsider firing
Discussion: Don Surber and RedState
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Breitbart On Sherrod's NAACP Speech: ‘I Did Not Edit This Thing’
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Shirley Sherrod: White House Forced My Resignation
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
Discussion: Big Journalism
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 and Don Surber
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Capito decides against Senate bid
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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.
David Lawder / Reuters:
US financial system support up $700 bln in past year-watchdog
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Wall Street Journal:
Housing Market Stumbles
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.
Ben White / The Politico:
Few from Wall Street to attend signing  —  Citigroup's chief is in.  Goldman Sachs' CEO is not.  —  One of the president's business chums - Robert Wolf of UBS Americas - snagged an invite.  Another pal - Jamie Dimon of JPMorganChase - did not.  —  On a day when President Barack Obama …
CNN:   Borger: Obama wins on Wall St., loses Main St.
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Balkin “Flips”  —  Jack Balkin and I have been friends for a really long time.  There is no law professor for whom I have a higher admiration and respect.  An important aspect of my thinking about constitutional law began with a brilliant article Jack wrote many years ago called “The Footnote,” which I read before we ever met.
Discussion: aca litigation blog and ACS Blog
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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Alan Grayson To Republicans Blocking Unemployment: 'May God …
Megan McArdle / The Business Insider:
You Won't Believe How Little Stimulus We'll Get If We Diverted …
Discussion: The Sideshow and Ezra Klein
John D. McKinnon / Washington Wire:
Business Coalitions Zero In on Tax Increases
Discussion: The New Republic
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Hispanic GOP Group to Announce Support for Arizona Immigration Law
Discussion: and Don Surber
New York Times:
Unsustainable and Indefensible  —  Tenure is financially unsustainable …
Darren Goode / The Hill:
Obama officials, utility executives meet to salvage climate bill
Shmuley Boteach / Jerusalem Post:
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Michael J. Boskin / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Economic Fish Stories
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Why Sarah Palin Endangers American National Security (and Israel's, as Well)
Rasmussen Reports:
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Overcome by Heat and Inertia
Mary Frances Berry / The Politico:
An iced tea party?
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Timothy B Lee / Bottom-up:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias