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2:10 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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
CNN anchors attack the scourge of anonymity  —  CNN's Kyra Phillips and John Roberts spent a good five minutes yesterday expressing serious concern over what they called “the dark side” of the Internet: the plague of “anonymous bloggers” who are “a bunch of cowards” for not putting their names …
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.
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.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rangel proceeding worries Dems and puzzles ethics experts  —  The timing of Rep. Charles Rangel's (D-N.Y.) public House ethics trial has House Democrats panicked and ethics watchdogs puzzled.  —  Democrats are worried the unusual and high-profile trial will cost the party seats in the fall …
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 …
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
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 …
Cubachi:   Allen West talks about the incident in his life that represents honor and integrity
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 …
Taliban say 2 U.S. soldiers captured in Afghanistan  —  (Reuters) - Afghan insurgents captured two U.S. soldiers and are holding them in southern Logar province, a Taliban official said on Saturday.  —  The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had no official comment …
Q&A with Sharif el-Gamal about Park 51, NYC  —  As promised earlier in the week, here are the interview questions and answers from Sharif el-Gamal, CEO of SoHo Properties and lead developer of the Park 51 project.  I am sincerely grateful to Sharif for taking the time to answer these questions …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Clinton Wedding Is Leaving Some Feeling Left Out  —  So, just what does it take to score an invitation to the hottest — not to mention most secretive — political wedding of the summer?  —  More than a cross-country ride on a private jet, apparently.  —  “I'm good enough to borrow a plane from …
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 …
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 …
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
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Bernie Sanders / The Nation:
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
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The Politico:
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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
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