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12:20 PM ET, July 24, 2010


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Alana Goodman /
CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on ‘Bloggers’ in Wake of Sherrod Incident: 'Something's Going to Have to be Done Legally'  —  Should there be a “gatekeeper” regulating internet bloggers?  In the aftermath of the Shirley Sherrod incident, that's what CNN promoted on July 23.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Even when in error, Andrew Breitbart is on the attack  —  (, / July 22, 2010)  —  The conservative agitator didn't bother to vet the video that damaged Shirley Sherrod's character, yet he's unapologetic.  —  Short of announcing the discovery …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘A Commandeering of the People’  —  One of America's leading libertarian legal scholars handicaps whether the Supreme Court will find ObamaCare's insurance mandate constitutional.  —  Is ObamaCare constitutional?  “If you ask any constitutional law professor whether Congress can do something …
The Right Scoop:
Lt. Col. Allen West: I don't see myself as African American, Black American.  I see myself as an American  —  West gets a standing ovation for that line.  And he means every word of it.  And that's why America loves Lt. Col. Allen West!  —  Also, this is a MUST SEE …
Allen West talks about the incident in his life that represents honor and integrity  —  An audience member of an Allen West town hall meeting asked the Lieutenant Colonel what incident in his life would represent honor and integrity.  She claims she will not vote for anyone in office unless she hears a personal account.
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: House Democrat calls on Rep. Rangel to resign  —  In a major development, Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) on Friday night called on beleaguered Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign.  —  Sutton's statement comes one day after the House ethics committee charged the 80-year-old Democrat with multiple violations.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Expect Obama To Nullify Effect Of Arizona Court Ruling  —  Based on reports of the hearing before the federal District Court Judge yesterday, it appears that the provision of the Arizona immigration law requiring law enforcement to verify immigration status is likely to survive …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Obama and Boehner square off again over parties' jobs plans  —  President Obama squared off with House Republicans in his weekly radio address on Saturday, calling their job creation plan “surprisingly short and sadly familiar.”  —  Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Journolist flap shows a destructive ‘gotcha’ mentality  —  The current Journolist controversy that has the blogosphere heaving sparks and Washington even more self-absorbed than usual is weak tea — a tempest in Barbie's teacup.  —  At least as concerns the so-called conspiracy itself.
Tim Daniels / The Daily Caller:
Ringing the bell at the top: Paging Chris Christie  —  Consider Bell.  A diverse, poor offshoot of Los Angeles, Bell's population in 2000 stood at 37,000 and its median per year household income clocked in at $29,000.  But according to a blitz of media reports, city manager Robert Rizzo's yearly salary clocks in close to $800,000.
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Oil Rig's Siren Was Kept Silent, Technician Says  —  KENNER, La. — The emergency alarm on the Deepwater Horizon was not fully activated the day the oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 people and setting off the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a rig worker on Friday told a government panel investigating the accident.
Geoff Mohan / LA Times Environment Blog:
Gulf oil spill: Alarms, detectors disabled so top rig officials …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Truthdig
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Oil rig alarms were turned off ‘to help workers sleep’
Discussion: Firedoglake, Don Surber and Focal Point
Sandy Levinson / Balkinization:
Elizabeth Warren  —  Like many around the country, I'm transfixed by whether Pres. Obama will (as he most certainly should) appoint Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Protection Agency that is part of the regulatory legislation signed yesterday.  First, I should note that Liz is an old friend …
Bernie Sanders / The Nation:
No To Oligarchy  —  The American people are hurting.  As a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street, millions of Americans have lost their jobs, homes, life savings and their ability to get a higher education.  Today, some 22 percent of our children live in poverty …
Discussion: Salon
Dennis G. / Balloon Juice:
The WATB musings of a “Progressive” media star  —  I am glad that there are some reliable progressive and liberal voices on the teevee, but I am disappointed that most of them are also WATB.  There are exceptions like the excellent Rachel Maddow, but sadly most of the rest of them are far …
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Kent Conrad: 'The immediate threat is not the debt.  It's weak aggregate demand.'  —  Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) is chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and a well-known deficit hawk.  So I called to ask him what could be done to stimulate the economy without increasing the deficit.
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Journolisters offended by Keith Olbermann's ‘misogynistic,’ ‘predictable,’ and ‘pompous’ show  —  Salon's Rebecca Traister agreed Olbermann regularly displayed his contempt for women.  “Olbermann has a terrible record of going out of his way to talk about young, attractive women he believes …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and National Review
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
VIDEO: 9/11 Truther Van Jones Gets Standing Ovation at Netroots Nation  —  LAS VEGAS — Van Jones, the former Obama “green jobs czar” who was forced to resign after it was revealed that he signed a petition calling for an investigation into whether the Bush administration deliberately allowed …
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Price to attend Obama's birthday bash: $30,000  —  $$$$$: Happy Birthday, buddy!  —  Sneed hears real estate mogul Neil Bluhm is tossing a private birthday party here for President Obama, who turns 49 on Aug. 4.  —  • The shocker: The dinner invite to the Barack bash at Bluhm's home requires …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Federal budget deficit to exceed $1.4 trillion in 2010 and 2011  —  The federal budget deficit, which hit a record $1.4 trillion last year, will exceed that figure this year and again in 2011, the White House predicted Friday, providing fresh ammunition to Republicans who are hammering President Obama …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
White House predicts record $1.47 trillion deficit
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Salazar pledges to limit Interior's revolving door
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75% Say Free Markets Better Than Government Management of Economy …
Discussion: Power Line
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Jia Lynn Y / Washington Post:
Pay czar Ken Feinberg calls executive compensation ‘ill-advised’ but not illegal
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Biden criticizes Tea Party, says voters shouldn't be ‘generically angry’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Politico:
Bipartisanship possible on energy
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Boing Boing
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
The gas station of former President Jimmy Carter's beer drinking brother …
Nick Pisa / Daily Mail:
Catholic sex scandal as undercover reporter 'films priests …
Discussion: Politics Daily and JONATHAN TURLEY
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Hamby / CNN:
‘Alvin Greene is on the Scene’: Not official, but Greene's listening
Discussion: The Hill, ABCNEWS and Ezra Klein
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Florida 2012  —  Our newest survey, looking ahead to the 2012 …
Bill Husted / Denver Post:
Debbie Matthews has bottomless respect for her strip club staff
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Guilt By Association  —  It seems to me simply wrong to ascribe …