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2:55 AM ET, July 23, 2010

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Ezra Klein:
When Tucker Carlson asked to join Journolist  —  I hoped to let my quick accounting of the constant inaccuracies in the Daily Caller's selective quotations from Journolist stand as my last word on the matter.  But Tucker Carlson's sanctimonious and evasive statement on the way his site has been covering this story deserves a response.
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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.
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.
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
President Obama Said Sec. Tom Vilsack ‘Jumped the Gun’ on Shirley Sherrod's Ouster  —  President Obama said Secretary Tom Vilsack rushed to judgment when he dismissed Shirley Sherrod from the Department of Agriculture amid charges of racism.  —  “He jumped the gun, partly because we now live …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Persistent Issue of Race Is in the Spotlight, Again  —  WASHINGTON — It was exactly one year ago on Thursday that President Obama plunged into a thicket of racial politics by declaring that a white police officer in Cambridge, Mass., had “acted stupidly” in arresting a black Harvard University professor in his own home.
CNN:
Sherrod on Breitbart: 'I'd tell him he's a liar'  —  Washington (CNN) - The woman caught in the middle of a national firestorm said Thursday that, if given the chance, she would tell conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart that he is a liar.  —  Breitbart, who first posted an edited version …
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
House Panel Will Try Rangel in Ethics Cases  —  WASHINGTON — A House investigative panel has found “substantial reason to believe” that Representative Charles B. Rangel violated a range of ethics rules, dealing a serious blow to Mr. Rangel, a Harlem Democrat, in the twilight of his political career.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: House committee charges Rangel with multiple ethical violations
The Politico:
Democrats pull plug on climate bill  —  Senate Democrats pulled the plug on climate legislation Thursday, pushing the issue off into an uncertain future ahead of midterm elections where President Barack Obama's party is girding for a drubbing.  —  Rather than a long-awaited measure capping greenhouse gases …
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats abandon comprehensive climate bill
Discussion: Wonkette, AmSpecBlog and Daily Kos
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Democrats Make $28 Million TV Buy  —  The Democrats' strategy to preserve their House majority became clearer Thursday as the party made a $28 million investment in television advertising for the final weeks of the fall campaign, a plan that is designed to build a firewall to protect freshmen and longtime incumbents.
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Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
Norm Coleman eyes challenge to Michael Steele  —  Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman is considering a run for chairmanship of the RNC, POLITICO has learned, and has begun talking to associates about taking on Michael Steele, should the embattled current chairman seek another term in January.
The Atlantic Online:   RNC Chaos Threatens GOP Chances for House Takeover
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: ‘All We Should Do Is Issue Subpoenas’ If GOP Wins House (AUDIO)  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has a plan for what the Republicans should do if they win control of the House of Representatives: Spend all their time investigating the Obama administration.
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Three Fingers of Politics:
Bachmann: Subpoenas and Hearings Are Coming in 2011
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Tommy Sowers / The Huffington Post:
Who Will Pay for the Afghan Military?  The Question Congress Must Answer Now  —  An old military maxim states, “Amateurs think about strategy and professionals think about logistics.”  At West Point I taught cadets the U.S. Constitution, which clearly empowers Congress to be active in logistic questions of war.
Discussion: The Washington Note and TPMCafe
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Phyllis Bennis / The Huffington Post:
A Really Big Show: Bigwigs Gather in Kabul...for What, Exactly?  —  This week the State Department bragged about the really important conference on the U.S./NATO war in Afghanistan held in Kabul, hosted by the Afghan president and including dozens of international political leaders.
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun:
Sharron Angle addresses media for 3 minutes on taxes then bolts  —  SPARKS — After more than a month dodging the press, Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle on Wednesday invited reporters to an event intended to amplify her campaign message that lower taxes and less regulation are the only ways to spur economic recovery.
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Alvin Greene's ‘On the Scene’  —  Alvin Greene, the Democratic candidate for Senate in South Carolina, who emerged at a public campaign event for the first time last weekend, is now out with his first campaign video.  The video, called, “Alvin Green Is On the Scene,” is a 3-minute hip-hop mix …
Wall Street Journal:
Why the ObamaCare Tax Penalty Is Unconstitutional  —  The federal power to tax is not unlimited, as the Supreme Court recognized when it struck down the first national income tax.  —  The Justice Department announced last week that it would defend the new federal health-insurance mandate …
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
From a remote location on an island off Alaska's coast, former Governor Sarah Palin is blasting what she describes as the “sick puppies” in the media who immediately and ruthlessly attacked her when Sen. John McCain picked her as his running mate during the 2008 presidential campaign.
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John Fund / The Daily Caller:
Plurality of voters believe the country would have been better off if John McCain had beaten Mr. Obama in 2008  —  Democrats will be gulping this morning at the Quinnipiac Poll's latest results.  For the first time in the survey's history, Americans believe by a 48% to 40% margin that President Obama doesn't deserve re-election.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Obama Campaign Adviser Participated on JournoList  —  Jared Bernstein, chief economist for Vice President Joseph Biden, served in 2008 as an economic adviser to the Obama campaign.  At the same time, he was a member of JournoList, the controversial progressive email list.
Discussion: Change.gov and Pajamas Media
Democracy in America:
This week's Economist/YouGov poll  —  SOME highlights from this week's Economist/YouGov poll:  —  • Let's start with the fun stuff.  Here are some very early numbers on possible Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential race.  (Keep in mind that Barack Obama wasn't even included in polls at this point in the 2008 race.)
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Feinberg Says Bonuses Paid by Troubled Banks Were Unmerited  —  With the financial system on the verge of collapse in late 2008, a group of troubled banks doled out more than $2 billion in bonuses and other payments to their highest earners.  Now, the federal authority on banker pay …
Discussion: DealBook and New York Magazine
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Records show Greene's military flops  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Surprise U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene frequently mentions his 13 years of military service, but records obtained Thursday by The Associated Press show that the veteran who has called himself an “American hero” was considered a lackluster service member at best.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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) …
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gore on climate: ‘Inconvenient as ever’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
NN10 Liveblog: Fighting Obama's Social Security “Death Panel”
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Obamas Plan Brief Gulf Coast Vacation
Discussion: Mediaite, New York Magazine and Gawker
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Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
As credit card holders play it safe, issuers increase non-penalty service fees
Discussion: Gawker
Ben White / The Politico:
Obama's words sting CEOs
Discussion: Scocca
Bloomberg:
Pelosi Thinks Lioness, Does What Rayburn Never Did
Discussion: New York Magazine
Wall Street Journal:
Geithner: Taxes on Wealthiest to Rise
Discussion: Wonk Room and TPMDC