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6:30 PM ET, July 22, 2010


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Dan Riehl / Human Events:
In Defense of Andrew Breitbart  —  The media and progressive-left Democrats now appear in a rush to convict Andrew Breitbart of shoddy journalism, while exonerating Shirley Sherrod and the NAACP from charges of abiding racism within their ranks.  Both Sherrod and the NAACP have charged …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Breitbart: ‘I am public enemy No. 1...’  —  An unrepentant Andrew Breitbart told POLITICO on Thursday that the Obama administration and its allies have manufactured a controversy over the video he posted of Shirley Sherrod's speech to the NAACP as part of an orchestrated effort to take him down.
Terry Moran / ABCNEWS:
Where Andrew Breitbart Is Coming From  —  In Exclusive Interview, Andrew Breitbart Describes Where He's From and What He's After  —  In this year of American voter anger and discontent, Andrew Breitbart has found his moment.  —  “I get to be me right now,” he said.  “That's the best part of this entire thing.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Ousted official Shirley Sherrod blamed Fox, but other outlets ran with story  —  The White House spokesman and the agriculture secretary weren't the only ones offering regrets Wednesday to the lower-level official abruptly fired over a videotape excerpt that turned out to be totally misleading.
New York Times:
Obama Expresses ‘Regret’ to Sherrod  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday urged Shirley Sherrod, the black Agriculture Department official whose firing and subsequent offer of rehiring this week renewed a conversation about politics and race, to continue “her hard work on behalf of those in need,” the White House said.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Andrew Breitbart issues correction, sort of  —  Three days after posting a misleading video that cost Shirley Sherrod her job and started a race debate, Andrew Breitbart has posted a 37-word correction unrelated to the controversy he stirred up.  —  The original video Breitbart posted …
Political Punch:
President Obama Phones Shirley Sherrod*
Discussion: PostPartisan, Salon and The Politico
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Sherrod: ‘I Really Think I Should’ Sue Breitbart (VIDEO)
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
In the hours after Sen. John McCain announced his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate in the last presidential race, members of an online forum called Journolist struggled to make sense of the pick.  Many of them were liberal reporters, and in some cases their comments reflected …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
My Dialogue With Jonathan Strong of The Daily Caller  —  I'm mentioned in Jonathan Strong's latest exposé on how liberal pundits have liberal views on politics, with today's edition dedicated to revealing that liberals don't like Sarah Palin.  Since Strong writes about one of my emails …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
From a remote location on an island off Alaska's coast …
Associated Press:
Rangel charged with multiple ethics violations  —  New York Dem gave up Ways and Means gavel in February  —  A House investigative committee on Thursday charged New York Rep. Charles Rangel with multiple ethics violations, a blow to the former Ways and Means chairman and an election-year headache for Democrats.
The Hill:
Rangel charged with multiple violations by House ethics panel  —  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) faces multiple ethics violations as a House investigative committee announced unspecified charges against the former chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
Discussion: The Politico, ABCNEWS, CNN, Swampland and MyDD
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
House Panel Finds Evidence That Rangel Violated Ethics Rules
Discussion: Gawker and The Page
Wall Street Journal:
Bush Tax Cuts Roil Democrats  —  Two more Senate Democrats called for extending tax cuts for all earners—including those with the highest incomes—in what appears to be a breakdown of the party's consensus on the how to handle the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems may keep Bush tax cuts
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:   White House to Allow Tax Cuts for Wealthy to Expire
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Riddle Me This, Kent
Discussion: Reuters and First Draft
Darren Goode / The Hill:
Reid to advance limited oil spill and energy bill, delaying climate action  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will bring a limited package of oil spill response and energy measures to the floor next week, delaying action until at least this fall on a broader proposal …
David Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Democrats Abandon Sweeping Energy Plan
The Politico:
Democrats pull plug on climate bill
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hit & Run
My News 4:
GOP Senate candidate Angle avoids press at own event  —  U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle invited local media to attend a press event in Reno Wednesday morning, but when members of the media tried to ask the candidate questions she didn't answer.  —  At the event this morning Angle signed …
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun:
Sharron Angle addresses media for 3 minutes on taxes then bolts
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Angle Holds ‘Press Conference,’ Takes No Questions And Leaves (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Think Progress:
Angle holds three-minute press conference, then runs from questions.
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
The Vast Left-Wing Media Conspiracy  —  Everyone knew most of the press corps was hoping for Obama in 2008.  Newly released emails show that hundreds of them were actively working to promote him.  —  When I'm talking to people from outside Washington, one question inevitably comes up: Why is the media so liberal?
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Letter from Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson on The Daily Caller's Journolist coverage  —  We began our series on Journolist earlier this week with the expectation that our stories would be met with a fury of criticism from the Left.  A hurt dog barks, after all.
John Tabin / AmSpecBlog:
Journolist, Media Conspiracies, and “Japanese Tentacle Porn”
The Right Scoop:
Glenn Beck hilariously derides Keith Olbermann for special comment on Sherrod Story  —  Olbermann did another one of his classic special comments last night on the Shirley Sherrod story, and Beck had as much fun with it as I've ever seen as he relentlessly mocks Olbermann's manufactured indignity!
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Congress Ranks Last in Confidence in Institutions  —  Fifty percent “little"/"no" confidence in Congress reading is record high  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll finds Congress ranking dead last out of the 16 institutions rated this year.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Hoyer ridicules Bohener's ‘read the bill’ initiative  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) ridiculed on Thursday an effort pushed by Republicans to allow lawmakers more time to read legislation.  —  Hoyer dismissed a proposal by House GOP leader John Boehner (Ohio) …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Gingrich Plan for al-Qaeda Victory  —  I think the ethical wrongness of Newt Gingrich plan for the United States to deliberately imitate Saudi Arabia's lack of religious freedom and begin explicit discrimination against American Muslims is plenty of reason to condemn it.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
A Brief Historical Interlude.
Discussion: The New Republic and Swampland
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Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
Norm Coleman eyes challenge to Michael Steele
Tracey Mann / Hutch News:
24 comment(s) found!  —  Junk in, junk out.  —Bad candidate
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Schumer files new version of campaign-finance bill to court centrist votes
Discussion: The Politico and SENATUS
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
As credit card holders play it safe, issuers increase non-penalty service fees
Discussion: Gawker
Wall Street Journal:
Why the ObamaCare Tax Penalty Is Unconstitutional
Discussion: The Daily Caller and
Ken Alltucker / Arizona Republic:
State tells workers insurance will rocket
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Pelosi Thinks Lioness, Does What Rayburn Never Did
Discussion: New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Wall Street Journal reporter handcuffed at federal court
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Top Republican: Fiscal commission putting tax hikes ‘on the table’
Discussion: The Note, The Page and The Hill
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
White House Concerned About Meeting Leak
Discussion: Mediaite, Guardian and Firedoglake
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott, Meek lead Florida primaries
Discussion: The Buzz and Ballot Box

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Spotify lays off ~17% of its workforce, or ~1,500 staff, to “rightsize” its costs, citing slow economic growth and rising capital costs, its third cut in 2023

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast president Mike Cavanagh says Peacock now has 30M paying subscribers, with an ARPU of $10 per month, and saw $2.8B in losses in 2023

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