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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.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Shirley Sherrod: Beneath The Headlines  —  CNN is strongly pushing the notion that Shirley Sherrod is a uniter, dedicated to bringing people together.  However, her rhetoric beneath the headlines hardly supports that conclusion. … How is it that one unites, while casting …
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: House Democrat calls on Rep. Charles 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.
Geoff Mohan / LA Times Environment Blog:
Gulf oil spill: Alarms, detectors disabled so top rig officials could sleep [updated]  —  Critical fire and gas leak alarm systems had been disabled for at least a year aboard the Deepwater Horizon because the rig's leaders didn't want to wake up to false alarms, a rig chief engineer tech told federal investigators.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Truthdig
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Technician: Deepwater Horizon warning system disabled
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Oil rig alarms were turned off ‘to help workers sleep’
Discussion: Firedoglake, Don Surber and Focal Point
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.
James Webb / Wall Street Journal:
Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege  —  America still owes a debt to its black citizens, but government programs to help all ‘people of color’ are unfair.  They should end.  —  The NAACP believes the tea party is racist.  The tea party believes the NAACP is racist.
Alan Greenblatt / NPR:
Journalism Legend Daniel Schorr Dies At 93  —  This graphic requires version 9 or higher of the Adobe Flash Player.Get the latest Flash Player.  —  Gallery: Daniel Schorr  —  Daniel Schorr, a longtime senior news analyst for NPR and a veteran Washington journalist who broke major stories …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE'S THAT ‘I’ WORD AGAIN.... The far-right Washington Times published two op-eds, on the same page, on the same day, demanding the impeachment of President Obama.  One was from the perpetually deranged Jeffrey Kuhner, who insisted, “Obama has betrayed the American people.  Impeachment is the only answer.
Tom Tancredo / Washington Times:
The case for impeachment  —  Obama has violated his oath of office over immigration  —  Eleven years ago, like every citizen elected to serve in Congress or any person appointed to any federal position, I swore an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.”
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 …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
Chicago Tribune:
Conflicting details in Kirk's 1976 lake rescue  —  (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune / July 15, 2010)  —  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk for a decade has told the story of how he nearly drowned when he was 16 while sailboating on Lake Michigan and how his rescue by the Coast Guard inspired …
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:
Forecast: Federal budget gap will exceed $1.4 trillion in 2010, 2011  —  A new White House forecast predicts that the federal budget deficit, which hit a record $1.4 trillion last year, will exceed that figure this year and again in 2011.  —  The $1.47 trillion budget gap predicted for 2010 …
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
Analysis of a Proposal to Offer a Public Plan Through the New Health Insurance Exchanges  —  This morning CBO released a letter to Chairman Fortney Pete Stark analyzing a proposal to add a “public plan” to the options available through the health insurance exchanges that will be established under …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   CBO Scores Stark Public Option Proposal
Dan Roem / Hotline On Call:
Health Care Law Has Wamp Hoping Against Secession  —  Rep. Zach Wamp (R-03) suggested TN and other states may have to consider seceding from the union if the federal government does not change its ways regarding mandates.  —  “I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 …
Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Exhales After Sidestepping Pay Czar's Wrath  —  Wall Street took the latest government report on its pay practices in stride Friday, saying it would review U.S. pay czar Kenneth R. Feinberg's suggestions about compensation while privately expressing relief that the report wasn't tougher on them.
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Pay czar: 17 bailed-out banks overpaid executives
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Guilt By Association  —  It seems to me simply wrong to ascribe the bile of flocks of angry commenters that appear on any site that tackles contentious topics to the blogger himself.  You can criticize him or her for not deleting them and providing a platform to hate (Ann Althouse's readers routinely mock …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Hidden Danger: How The GOP Could Kill Health Reform Without Repealing It  —  For all the GOP chest puffing about reversing the new health care law, a full repeal, to put it generously, is a long-term project.  Even if they retake the House in November, they almost certainly won't retake the Senate.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Judge scoffs at pre-emption argument in AZ lawsuit  —  It didn't take long for federal judge Susan Bolton to zero in on the holes in the Obama administration's argument in their lawsuit against Arizona and its new must-enforce policy on immigration violations.
Nick Pisa / Daily Mail:
Catholic sex scandal as undercover reporter ‘films priests at gay clubs and having casual flings’  —  A gay priest sex scandal has rocked the Catholic Church in Italy today after a weekly news magazine released details of a shock investigation it had carried out.
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, Hot Air and National Review
Bill Husted / Denver Post:
Debbie Matthews has bottomless respect for her strip club staff  —  BAR: SHOTGUN WILLIE'S  —  Shotgun Willie's, 490 S. Colorado Blvd., is Denver's iconic topless bar.  It's been taking it off since 1982, and it takes its name from Willie Nelson's album “Shotgun Willie.”
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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 …
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Discussion: Power Line and Maggie's Farm
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Biden criticizes Tea Party, says voters shouldn't be ‘generically angry’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
The gas station of former President Jimmy Carter's beer drinking brother …
Eric Lach / TPMMuckraker:
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The Politico:
Tom Coburn gives feds evidence on John Ensign
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMMuckraker
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Lame Duck Hysteria
Justin Elliott / Salon:
“Grassroots” Rove-linked group funded almost entirely by billionaires
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Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Wake up America
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Super Heroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church
Discussion: Beltway Confidential and Moe Lane
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A Primer on the 2010 House Midterm
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