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3:00 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 …
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.
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!
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.
New York Times:
Sherrod Not Inclined to Return to Job  —  The latest on President Obama, his administration and other news from Washington and around the nation.  Join the discussion.  —  Enlarge This Image  —  Ms. Sherrod appeared on a round of morning talk shows Thursday, the day after the White House …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Shirley Sherrod: Obama ‘Is Not Someone Who Has Experienced What I Have Experienced Through Life’  —  Shirley Sherrod, the woman at the center of the racism storm that has consumed Washington the past few days, told me she doesn't know if President Obama supports her, but she welcomes …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Black Caucus head: Government ‘held hostage’ by Fox and other media
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Weasel Zippers
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
White House Concerned About Meeting Leak
Discussion: Mediaite, Guardian and Firedoglake
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Andrew Breitbart issues correction, sort of
Political Punch:   President Obama Phones Shirley Sherrod*
Tom McCarthy / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Blogger Behind Shirley Sherrod 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 …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Sarah Palin is at the top of her party
Discussion: CNN and
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
When McCain picked Palin, liberal journalists coordinated the best line of attack
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
From a remote location on an island off Alaska's coast …
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Latest JournoList Revelations: Attacks on Palin
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and The Daily Caller
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  —  Democrats are considering a plan to delay tax hikes on the wealthy for two years because the economic recovery is slow and they fear getting crushed in November's election.  —  It could mean a big reprieve for families earning $250,000 and above annually.
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:   White House to Allow Tax Cuts for Wealthy to Expire
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Riddle Me This, Kent
Discussion: First Draft
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.
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?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Facebook looking into deletion of Palin mosque post  —  Sarah Palin's attack on plans to build a mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center vanished from Facebook amid an online campaign to brand it “hate speech.”  —  Her note, which was reposted soon after a reporter's inquiry …
Newt Direct /
Newt Direct  —  There should be no mosque near Ground Zero …
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 …
Think Progress:
Angle holds three-minute press conference, then runs from questions.  —  Yesterday, after “dodging the press” for more than a month, Sharron Angle, the GOP Senate candidate running against Sen. Harry Reid (D) in Nevada, held her first press conference since her primary win in early June.
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun:
Sharron Angle addresses media for 3 minutes on taxes then bolts
Discussion: TPMDC and Talking Points Memo
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Proposed deficit remedy: the healthcare ‘public option’  —  A group of House Democrats seeks to revive the idea of offering a government insurance plan.  The reasoning: ‘Because it saves so much money.’  —  Reporting from Washington — As both political parties worry about the growing federal deficit …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Top Republican: Fiscal commission putting tax hikes ‘on the table’  —  A Republican senator on the president's fiscal commission said Thursday it will likely recommend tax increases as part of a solution for the nation's fiscal woes  —  Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) said on ABC's “Top Line” …
Discussion: The Note, The Page and The Hill
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
PELOSI: POLITICS IN PAST  —  We came to know Alexandra Pelosi (daughter of Nancy) thanks to her acclaimed 2002 documentary, “Journeys With George,” a film that provided an intimate look at then-Gov. George W. Bush and his aspirations for the presidency.  She's gone on to produce other documentaries …
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Another Bush in the White House?
Discussion: The Awl
William Tate / American Thinker:
Race Played Role in Obama Car Dealer Closures  —  The Obama administration, already under fire for unprecedented allegations of racial bias, faces a new bias claim from a most unlikely source: one of the administration's own inspectors general.  —  Decisions on which car dealerships to close …
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Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Wall Street Journal reporter handcuffed at federal court
Discussion: Romenesko
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Sen. LeMieux to back Democrats on small-business bill amendment
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott, Meek lead Florida primaries
 Earlier Items: 
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
Carpet-Bombing Falsehoods About a War That's Little Understood
Ezra Klein:
Post-stimulus America  —  I put this in the lead to Wonkbook …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
‘High heels’ comment causes stir in Senate race
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
Tess Civantos / Fox News:
White House Spent $23M of Taxpayers' Money on Fight to Legalize Abortion in Kenya
Discussion: CNN, Wonkette and Stop The ACLU
The Dream Is Coming: