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10:10 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.
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 …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Sarah Palin is at the top of her party  —  More than 13 months ago, I wrote a column that began: “Sarah Palin can be the Republican nominee in 2012.  I am not saying she will be, but she can be.  Those who underestimate her do so at their own risk.”  —  It was not the most popular column I ever wrote.
Discussion: and CNN
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.
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
Mark Tapscott / Beltway Confidential:
First came Climategate, now it's JournoList; Who's next for an email scandal?
New York Post:
Steering the press  —  For decades the right has used the term …
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.
Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Petraeus Sharpens Afghan Strategy  —  WASHINGTON—Gen. David Petraeus plans to ramp up the U.S. military's troop-intensive strategy in Afghanistan, according to some senior military officials, who have concluded that setbacks in the war effort this year weren't the result of the strategy, but with flaws in how it has been implemented.
Discussion: The Page
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Afghan Deadline Is Cutting Two Ways
Discussion: Capital Journal
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
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?
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Buck: Vote for me ‘because I do not wear high heels’
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 …
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 …
Tess Civantos / Fox News:
White House Spent $23M of Taxpayers' Money on Fight to Legalize Abortion in Kenya  —  Kenyan supporters cheer at a rally to launch campaigns for the constitution referendum, in the capital Nairobi.  —  A Republican lawmaker is accusing the White House of “unconscionable” and “illegal” …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Workers on Doomed Rig Voiced Concern About Safety  —  WASHINGTON — A confidential survey of workers on the Deepwater Horizon in the weeks before the oil rig exploded showed that many of them were concerned about safety practices and feared reprisals if they reported mistakes or other problems.
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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
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
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Conflict Resurfaces With Lessons on Nation-Building
Discussion: SWJ Blog
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Obama's lack of faith
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
DOJ: Prosecutor firing was politics, not crime
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Gives Final Approval to Jobless Benefits
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
ACORN Missouri Assaults Bank As President Obama Signs Bank Bailout Bill
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Dems Aren't Disclosing Early Polls

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Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Apple removes WhatsApp, Threads, Signal, and Telegram from its App Store in China, after orders from the country's regulators citing national security concerns

Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
Microsoft researchers introduce VASA-1, an AI model that can create a realistic talking face video from a portrait photo and an audio file, in research preview

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

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