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8:35 PM ET, July 26, 2010

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Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Sherrod Story False  —  It isn't true.  —  Shirley Sherrod's story in her now famous speech about the lynching of a relative is not true.  The veracity and credibility of the onetime Agriculture Department bureaucrat at the center of the explosive controversy between the NAACP …
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Defining Lynching Down.  —  My apologies for being in Shirley Sherrod overdrive recently, but this piece from Jeffrey Lord nearly made my eyes pop out of my head.  After reviewing the Screws case, Lord concludes that Sherrod lied about Sheriff Claude Screws lynching Bobby Hall …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
TPM Exclusive: Steele To Hold RNC Event — Co-Starring Andrew Breitbart  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has a party fundraising event coming up in August that is scheduled to feature a very special guest: Conservative media activist Andrew Breitbart …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Lynching of Bobby Hall
The Daily Caller:
Raw Journolist emails on 'Palin's Downs child'  —  I actually hesitate to bring this up...  But is anyone following this:  —  Adam Serwer  —  Dylan Matthews  —  Obama absolutely cannot touch this.  Even if it's true.  —  I think the press would justify covering it on the issue of trust …
Discussion: Moe Lane
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Datechguy / DaTechguy's Blog:
Ezra Klein on Morning Joe...
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Journolist Trig Emails - All About The Story Line
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Partisan Tools At Journo-List And Trig
Karen Crummy / The Spot:
Tancredo will run for governor as American Constitution Party candidate  —  Republican Tom Tancredo, right, supported Scott McInnis' gubernatorial bid last November.  Now, Tancredo is saying he will run for governor.  (Matt McClain, Special to the Denver Post)
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Eric Lach / TPMDC:
Colorado Republican Ken Buck Caught On Tape (Again!) …
Nicole Allan / The Atlantic Online:
Tom Tancredo's Plan to Bring Down the Republicans
Dan / Riehl World View:
Sherrod: “We Must Stop The White Man And His Uncle Toms ...”  —  First, a note of heartfelt appreciation for Joan Walsh of Salon.  Her moving post on Charles Sherrod - in defense of his wife, Shirley - provided the inspiration required to dust off my Google skills.
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Enough right-wing propaganda
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Tennessee Lt. Gov: Religious Freedom May Not Count For Muslims (VIDEO)  —  Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, currently running third in the state's Republican gubernatorial primary race, says he's not sure if Constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion apply to the followers of the world's second-largest faith, Islam.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama slams GOP on Disclose Act  —  President Obama called out Senate Republicans on Monday for holding up a vote on a contentious piece of campaign finance legislation.  —  Senate Democrats plan to vote on cloture for the Disclose Act on Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether they have the 60 votes necessary to end debate.
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The Note:
Senator Collins ‘No’ on Disclose Act  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer and Matt Jaffe:  —  On a conference call with reporters today, Sen. Chuck Schumer said he's “working very hard on getting a Republican” to support his version of the campaign-finance reform bill known as the Disclose Act.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Campaign bill still a few votes shy
Discussion: Tammy Bruce
Michael Isikoff / msnbc.com:
Review of WikiLeaks docs sees no smoking gun  —  Pentagon still reviewing records, but so far finds no threat to U.S. security  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — An ongoing Pentagon review of the massive flood of secret documents made public by the WikiLeaks website has so far found no evidence …
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Richard / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Wins New Legal Protections for Video Artists, Cell Phone Jailbreakers, and Unlockers  —  San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won three critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anticircumvention provisions today, carving out new legal protections …
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Associated Press:
Ruling Allows ‘Jailbreaking’ of iPhones
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Armageddon Wars: Overpopulation Vs. Global Warming  —  My colleague Ross Douthat has a nice column today that reminded me of the famous 1980 bet between Paul Ehrlich and Julian Simon.  —  Mr. Ehrlich, an ecologist, expected population growth and economic growth to set off a mad scramble for natural resources.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Senator Barbara Boxer: serving in the military is like being a member of Congress  —  At a campaign event over the weekend in Inglewood, California, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer seemingly equated being a politician to serving in the military — and an Iraq War veteran supporting Boxer's November opponent is calling on her to apologize.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Tax Estates Instead of Inheritances?  —  A friend on facebook asks a reasonable question: what is the justification for taxing estates, rather than inheritances?  After all, why should we care if Bill Gates wants to leave $300 apiece to millions of people?
Discussion: Dean's World
Jeff Greenfield / CBS News:
The (Possible) Mother of All Battles: What If a Conservative Supreme Court Justice Retires?  —  This is not a prediction.  I don't know how to see into the future, and I've long lamented the besetting journalistic sin of confidently asserting what's going to happen.
Discussion: The New Republic
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rangel: ‘Trauma,’ ‘more alleged violations’  —  After sounding defiant in his first round with reporters just now, embattled Rep. Charles Rangel sounded sad and seemed downcast and somewhat gaslit as he talked about how “traumatic” he had found the experience.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Care and Feeding of the Liberal Psyche  —  I have a Netroots Nation wrap piece up at The Daily Beast saying that progressive activists are depressed and the White House hasn't done very much to offer the kind of psychic goodies that keep people's spirits up: … My prescription to cure the malaise is Elizabeth Warren:
Wall Street Journal:
The Democratic Fisc  —  The White House budget office offers a scorecard on Obamanomics.  —  Democrats have been running Congress for nearly four years, and President Obama has been at the White House for 18 months, so it's not too soon to ask: How's that working out?
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
McCain On The Iraq War: ‘We Already Won That One’  —  Earlier this month, law professor Marjorie Cohn and Iraq Veterans Against the War board chairman Geoff Millard attended a reception to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Vietnam and spoke with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
Ezra Klein:
What went wrong with stimulus  —  The original stimulus package should've been bigger.  Rep. David Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, says the Treasury Department originally asked for $1.4 trillion.  Sen. Kent Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, wanted $1.2 trillion.
BBC News:
BP boss Hayward to get immediate £600,000 pension  —  Mr Hayward has been the public face of BP's response to the spill  —  BP chief executive Tony Hayward will get an immediate annual pension worth about £600,000 ($930,000) when he leaves in October, the BBC has learned.
The Huffington Post:
Jeb Bush's Rand Paul Fundraiser Awkwardly Takes Place On Anniversary Of Disability Act  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  When former Florida Governor Jeb Bush hosts a fundraiser on behalf of Senate candidate Rand Paul on Monday it will symbolize, in more ways than one, the uncomfortable union of opposite poles of Republican ideology.
Discussion: Think Progress and MyDD
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Who Cooked the Planet?  —  Never say that the gods lack a sense of humor.  I bet they're still chuckling on Olympus over the decision to make the first half of 2010 — the year in which all hope of action to limit climate change died — the hottest such stretch on record.
Neil Sears / Daily Mail:
Law chief to probe KGB agent's claim that David Kelly was ‘exterminated’  —  A former Russian spy's dossier which suggests that Government scientist David Kelly was ‘ exterminated’ in a planned assassination is being studied by the Attorney General.  —  Boris Karpichkov, who fled to Britain …
 
 
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Catherine Saillant / L.A. NOW:
Attorney general issues subpoenas in Bell salary scandal
Larry Barker / KRQE-TV:
Video shows local deputy ranting
Discussion: Townhall.com and Breitbart.tv
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Media covers Greene most among 2010 candidates
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs blasts leaks as ‘breach of federal law’
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Quadriplegic to preside over House
Discussion: The Note
Denver Post:
Mr. President, where are you?  —  As the country sinks …
Discussion: The New Republic
Howard Dean / The Huffington Post:
No More Apologies — It's Time to Stand Up for Our Convictions
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
 Earlier Items: 
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Industries Find Surging Profits in Deeper Cuts
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Deflation Defies Expectations—and Solutions
Allison Sherry / Denver Post:
Senate hopeful Buck regrets criticism of Tea Party birthers