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5:40 PM ET, July 23, 2010

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Scott / Power Line:
From Buckley to Breitbart  —  William Buckley achieved notoriety, if not celebrity, with the publication of God and Man at Yale in 1951.  The book was a succès de scandale.  In it Buckley attacked the undergraduate education on offer at Yale for its hostility to Christianity …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Fox ‘caved’ on Shirley Sherrod  —  Rush Limbaugh is blasting Fox News for its coverage of Shirley Sherrod, saying that one of the network's anchors “caved” by not showing the original misleading video fragment that led to the firing of Shirley Sherrod.
The Politico:
The Age of Rage  —  Here's the optimistic case: The embarrassment of the Shirley Sherrod story — with its toxic convergence of partisan combat and media recklessness — will be a tipping point.  It will remind journalists and politicians alike that personal reputations and professional credibility …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Shirley Sherrod: Beneath The Headlines
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 …
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Robert D. Hershey Jr / New York Times:
Daniel Schorr, Journalist, Dies at 93
Discussion: Gawker and Swampland
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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.”
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Biden: ‘The heavy lifting is over’  —  The “heavy lifting is over” when it comes to the Obama administration's legislative priorities this year, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday evening.  —  Biden said now that Wall Street reform is finished and signed into law, the administration …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama touts ‘enormous progress’ as he urges focus on economy
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Pat Dollard
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama approval on economy reaches new low in poll
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Journolisters offended by Keith Olbermann's ‘misogynistic,’ ‘predictable,’ and ‘pompous’ show  —  If you were one of the 400 members of the listserv Journolist, perhaps one of the most vicious insults you could hurl at a colleague is: You're just like Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.
INSTAPUTZ:
Left Hand, Right Hand.  —  Yesterday, Politico's Ben Smith wisely wrote: … Well, yes, this is what happens when you report the capture of the still-free Mullah Omar, smear a respected federal employee, and bring down an organization that for decades helped poor families register to vote and obtain healthcare.
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Andrew Breitbart / The Politico:
The scenemakers  —  Absence may or may not make the heart grow fonder …
Boston Herald:
Sen. John Kerry skips town on sails tax  —  Sen. John Kerry, who has repeatedly voted to raise taxes while in Congress, dodged a whopping six-figure state tax bill on his new multimillion-dollar yacht by mooring her in Newport, R.I.  —  Isabel - Kerry's luxe, 76-foot New Zealand-built Friendship sloop …
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   CBO Scores Stark Public Option Proposal
CNN:
New Angle ad turns Reid slogan upside down  —  (CNN) - A new ad by Sen. Harry Reid's Republican challenger is using the Senate Majority Leader's own words against him.  —  “Harry Reid says he does more for Nevada,” says Sharron Angle, Nevada's Republican Senate nominee, in a new television commercial …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sharron Angle responds to a question
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Pentagon workers tied to child porn  —  Security agencies were left at risk, investigators say  —  WASHINGTON — Federal investigators have identified several dozen Pentagon officials and contractors with high-level security clearances who allegedly purchased and downloaded child pornography …
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
A Primer on the 2010 House Midterm  —  What I'd like to do in this piece is offer you a sense of how voters will come to their congressional vote choices in November, and in so doing give you an impression of how various factors will affect the outcome.  —  This is not necessarily the best …
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.
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
What's the critical debt-gdp ratio?  —  Krugman (here), Rogoff, DeLong, and others all have recent writings on this topic.  My general view on these matters is the following:  —  1. There is nothing sacred about “90 percent” as a cut-off ratio and in any case such structural quantitative estimates are not stable over time.
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Ezra Klein:
The gridlock-and-debt index  —  Tyler Cowen weighs …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Cato @ Liberty
Felix Salmon:
Why Obama will nominate Warren  —  The nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seems to be a foregone conclusion at this point.  Warren and the large team of Warren enthusiasts have been pushing her nomination aggressively, to the point …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Addicted to Bush  —  For a couple of years, it was the love that dared not speak his name.  In 2008, Republican candidates hardly ever mentioned the president still sitting in the White House.  After the election, the G.O.P. did its best to shout down all talk about how we got into the mess we're in …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Democratic rifts apparent at liberal Netroots Nation conference  —  LAS VEGAS — For all the talk of a splintered GOP base, with “tea party” conservatives squaring off against establishment Republicans, the Democrats have serious divisions of their own.  —  Democratic officials were hoping …
Isolde Raftery / City Room:
State Plans to Eliminate 170,000 Canada Geese  —  It's a doomsday plan for New York's geese.  —  A nine-page report put together by a variety of national, state and city agencies shows that officials hope to reduce the number of Canada geese in New York to 85,000 from 250,000.
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 …
 
 
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
Nancy Pelosi's House of Couture — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez
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Daily Mail:
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Oil rig alarms turned off ‘to aid sleep’
Discussion: Don Surber and Focal Point
Justin Elliott / Salon:
“Grassroots” Rove-linked group funded almost entirely by billionaires
Bill Husted / Denver Post:
Debbie Matthews has bottomless respect for her strip club staff
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Rangel puts Democrats in a bind
Discussion: The Note, Los Angeles Times and CNN
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
Spending Reopens Trap Door For Obama
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Super Heroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church
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Ian Johnston / msnbc.com:
$765-a-bottle beer sold in dead animals
Discussion: The Powers That Be
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
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