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4:35 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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Black Caucus head: Government ‘held hostage’ by Fox and other media  —  The government is being sometimes “held hostage” by Fox News and other media outlets, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus charged Thursday.  —  Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the caucus …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
White House Concerned About Meeting Leak
Discussion: Mediaite, Guardian and Firedoglake
Political Punch:   President Obama Phones Shirley Sherrod*
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 …
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
When McCain picked Palin, liberal journalists coordinated the best line of attack
Discussion: 24Ahead and Mother Jones
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Sarah Palin is at the top of her party
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
My Dialogue With Jonathan Strong of The Daily Caller
Discussion: The Plum Line
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: Reuters and First Draft
David Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Democrats Abandon Sweeping Energy Plan  —  After a meeting of Senate Democrats, party leaders on Thursday said they had abandoned hope of passing a comprehensive energy bill this summer and would pursue a more limited measure focused on responding to the gulf oil spill and tightening energy efficiency standards.
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 …
The Politico:
Democrats pull plug on climate bill
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hit & Run
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.
My News 4:
GOP Senate candidate Angle avoids press at own event
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Think Progress:
Angle holds three-minute press conference, then runs from questions.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Angle Holds ‘Press Conference,’ Takes No Questions And Leaves (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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?
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.
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Wall Street Journal reporter handcuffed at federal court  —  A Wall Street Journal reporter attempting to interview an attorney involved in the corruption trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich was handcuffed by security officers this morning at the federal courthouse.
Discussion: Romenesko
Ben White / The Politico:
Obama's words sting CEOs
Discussion: Scocca
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
A Brief Historical Interlude.  —  Jonathan Chait makes a very good point about Newt Gingrich's insistence that building a mosque near Ground Zero constitutes a “double standard” that allows “Islamists to behave aggressively towards us.”  Here's the full quote:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, and Salon
Rep. Michele Bachmann / Congress Blog:
Caucus to listen to Tea Party, not lead it (Rep. Michele Bachmann)  —  Congress has strayed from the fundamental principles of the Constitution and Americans have noticed.  Your federal government is recklessly overspending and vastly expanding its reach and powers the likes this country has never seen.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
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Ken Alltucker / Arizona Republic:
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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Another Bush in the White House?
Discussion: The Awl
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Sen. LeMieux to back Democrats on small-business bill amendment
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Top Republican: Fiscal commission putting tax hikes ‘on the table’
Discussion: The Note, ABCNEWS, The Page and The Hill
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Carpet-Bombing Falsehoods About a War That's Little Understood
‘High heels’ comment causes stir in Senate race
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page