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10:00 AM ET, July 22, 2010


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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
On Today's Hot Media Stories: Sherrod, ‘Journolist’  —  I go out of reach of internet-land for 48 hours, and the place blows up!  Let me be the last person in the Official Media to weigh in on two topics:  —  1) Shirley Sherrod.  I agree with my colleagues Coates, Sullivan, Green, Ambinder …
Discussion: The Fix and Swampland
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 …
Mike Allen / Associated Press:
SHIRLEY SHERROD PUTS PRESIDENT OBAMA ON SPOT TO CALL — INCLINED TO REFUSE JOB — House Dems think they can keep losses at 20-30, short of 39 GOP needs — B'days: Jahan, Cherlin, Sam Chiron  —  FLASH — CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu says he is retiring from public life later this year.
The Politico:
W.H. keeps Obama above racial fray  —  The White House struggled mightily Wednesday to make things right with an aggrieved Shirley Sherrod — but it is working nearly as hard to distance President Barack Obama and his top aides from the racially tinged firing fiasco.
Sherrod Says She'd Love to Talk Race With Obama
Discussion: The Politico, CBS News and Raw Story
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Ousted official Shirley Sherrod blamed Fox, but other outlets ran with story
Paul Hodes / The Huffington Post:
Weak Knees  —  As I was reading about the Shirley Sherrod issue today …
Discussion: MyDD
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:
The Shame of the Daily Caller  —  I'd encourage everyone to read this Ann Althouse post on today's bogus Daily Caller story about JournoList.  Her bottom line: “The Daily Caller's article is weak.  And I'm inclined to think the material in the Journolist archive is pretty mild stuff.”
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?
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Sarah Palin is at the top of her party
Discussion: and CNN
Mark Tapscott / Beltway Confidential:
First came Climategate, now it's JournoList; Who's next for an email scandal?
Kenneth Anderson / The Volokh Conspiracy:
A Note to All the Non-JList Reporters, and a Response from Henry Farrell
Discussion: Hot Air and The Enterprise Blog
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
Key Democrat backs keeping tax cuts for rich  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fiscally conservative Democrat who chairs the U.S. Senate's budget committee on Wednesday said he supports extending all of the tax cuts that expire this year, including for the wealthy.
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:
Democrats may stop Bush-era tax cuts for wealthy from expiring  —  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.
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.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Faces New Doubts on Pursuing Afghan War  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama announced a new strategy for Afghanistan in December, he argued that by setting a deadline of next summer to begin drawing down troops he would create a sense of urgency for the Afghan government to take the lead …
Discussion: Capital Journal
Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Petraeus Sharpens Afghan Strategy
Discussion: The Page
Newt Direct /
Newt Direct  —  There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia.  The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Anti-mosque protests on the rise, say Muslim advocates
The Dream Is Coming:
OVER 20 UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH RISK ARREST, DEPORTATION, STAGE SIT-IN AT CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES ON CAPITOL HILL  — and  —  Washington, D.C. Today, July 20th, over 20 undocumented immigrant youth from all over the country are risking arrest …
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Obama wins!  And Journolisters rejoice  —  MATT DUSS, CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS: [Mccain aide] Randy Scheunemann Fired [last week]  —  LAURA ROZEN, FOREIGN POLICY (NOW POLITICO): Can you imagine if these bozos had won?  —  Nov. 7  —  LAURA ROZEN: People we no longer have to listen to …
Sandra Fish / Politics Daily:
Jane Norton and Ken Buck: High Heels vs. Cowboy Boots in Colorado  —  DENVER — Let us take a brief break from the racism debate and talk about high heels.  —  And sexism.  —  We'll start with a one-liner:  —  What's the difference between the two GOP Senate candidates in Colorado?
Ballot slogan axed  —  Candidate with history of feuds with local officials says she plans to sue  —  By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — State elections officials Wednesday narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate's attempt to run with the slogan …
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
ACORN Missouri Assaults Bank As President Obama Signs Bank Bailout Bill  —  President Obama signed the financial regulations bill into law today.  At the exact time of the signing, leftist agitators from the former Missouri ACORN assaulted a Chase Bank sales branch in Chesterfield, a suburb of St Louis.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Conflict Resurfaces With Lessons on Nation-Building  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's team is busy these days managing a troop drawdown in Iraq and a troop escalation in Afghanistan, hoping in both cases to build governments that can manage their own countries.
Discussion: SWJ Blog
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Discussion: New York Magazine and Guardian
Stephen Power / Wall Street Journal:
A Water Fight Over Luxury Showers
Discussion: Power Line
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
As financial reform becomes law, SEC emerges with new powers and duties
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
4 Oil Firms Commit $1 Billion for Gulf Rapid-Response Plan
Blogger: It's about NAACP, not fired worker
Discussion: Scocca and The Political Carnival
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Obama's lack of faith
 Earlier Items: 
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Gives Final Approval to Jobless Benefits
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
New York Post:
Steering the press  —  For decades the right has used the term …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Dems Aren't Disclosing Early Polls