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7:30 AM ET, July 24, 2010


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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 …
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 …
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.
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
Discussion: The Reaction
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Oil rig alarms were turned off ‘to help workers sleep’
Discussion: Firedoglake 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.
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 …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:   White House predicts record $1.47 trillion deficit
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 …
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 …
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, National Review and Hot Air
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 …
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.
Discussion: Politics Daily and JONATHAN TURLEY
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
Rasmussen Reports:
75% Say Free Markets Better Than Government Management of Economy, Political Class Disagrees  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of Likely Voters prefer free markets over a government managed economy.  Just 14% think a government managed economy is better while 11% are not sure.
Discussion: Power Line
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
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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: Boing Boing
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
The gas station of former President Jimmy Carter's beer drinking brother …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Florida 2012  —  Our newest survey, looking ahead to the 2012 …
The Politico:
Tom Coburn gives feds evidence on John Ensign
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMMuckraker
Justin Elliott / Salon:
“Grassroots” Rove-linked group funded almost entirely by billionaires
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sharron Angle responds to a question
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Wake up America
Isolde Raftery / City Room:
Officials Plan to Eliminate 170,000 Canada Geese in New York