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5:05 PM ET, July 26, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
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
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  —  The smearing of Shirley Sherrod ought to be a turning point in American politics.  This is not, as the now-trivialized phrase has it, a “teachable moment.”  It is a time for action.  —  The mainstream media and the Obama administration must stop cowering …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Fact Checking Bob Schieffer's Call For Better Fact Checking
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)
wikileaks.org:
Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010  —  25th July 2010 5:00 PM EST WikiLeaks has released a document set called the Afghan War Diary (AWD), an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.  —  The reports, while written by soldiers …
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Walter Pincus / Checkpoint Washington:
Wikileaks' Afghanistan War Log vs. the Pentagon Papers
ProPublica:
Why WikiLeaks' War Logs Are No Pentagon Papers
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 …
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Datechguy / DaTechguy's Blog:
Ezra Klein on Morning Joe...
Discussion: POWIP and Liberty Pundits Blog
Allison Sherry / Denver Post:
Senate hopeful Buck regrets criticism of Tea Party birthers  —  Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Ken Buck called Tea Partyers questioning the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate “dumba—s” to a Democratic operative recording his comments without his permission.
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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
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Deportation of illegal immigrants increases under Obama administration  —  In a bid to remake the enforcement of federal immigration laws, the Obama administration is deporting record numbers of illegal immigrants and auditing hundreds of businesses that blithely hire undocumented workers.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: One in four angry over illegal immigration
Discussion: The Note
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.
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
More States “Competitive” in Terms of Party Identification  —  Democrats lose ground, while Republicans gain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More states are politically competitive this year than was the case in 2009, as fewer Americans nationwide identify with the Democratic Party.
Alana Goodman / NewsBusters.org:
Oliver Stone: ‘Jewish-Dominated Media’ Prevents Hitler from Being Portrayed ‘in Context’  —  Director Oliver Stone belittled the Holocaust during a shocking interview with the Sunday Times today, claiming that America's focus on the Jewish massacre was a product of the “Jewish domination of the media.”
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?
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.
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:
Discussion: Firedoglake, Ezra Klein and TalkLeft
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).
CNN:
Quadriplegic to preside over House  —  Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin, who is a quadriplegic, will be the first person in a wheelchair to preside over the House of Representatives Monday.  —  Washington (CNN) - Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin, who is a quadriplegic, will be the first person …
Discussion: The Note
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Senate Judiciary GOP wants hearing on alleged DOJ bias  —  Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have requested a hearing to investigate alleged racial bias within the Department of Justice, according to a letter sent Friday to committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).
Denver Post:
Mr. President, where are you?  —  As the country sinks into a late-'70s malaise and President Obama's approval rating drops, we could use a little “hope.”  —  Barack Obama ought to be one of the happiest men in America.  —  In less than two years, he's presided over monumental …
Discussion: The New Republic
James W. Ceaser / Weekly Standard:
The Unpresidential President  —  Barack Obama has managed a rare feat: The longer he holds office, the more he diminishes in stature.  —  From charisma to populism—this is the slippery slope down which Barack Obama has been sliding over the past two years.
Discussion: Power Line and Pirate's Cove
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Rahm Emanuel to host fundraiser for Kendrick Meek and Meek releases first TV ad  —  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will hold a fundraiser for Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.), who's running for the Democratic nomination in Florida's Senate race.  —  The event will take place Monday …
Discussion: CNN and Orlando Sentinel
 
 
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs blasts leaks as ‘breach of federal law’
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
AFSCME takes on McConnell on home turf
Neel Kashkari / Washington Post:
No more ‘me first’ mentality on entitlements
Discussion: Open Left and Angry Bear
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
Sen. Franken to the Netroots: Only You Can Stop the Corporate Takeover …
Discussion: Digital Society
Howard Dean / The Huffington Post:
No More Apologies — It's Time to Stand Up for Our Convictions
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Industries Find Surging Profits in Deeper Cuts
Discussion: The Huffington Post and New Yorker
Neil Sears / Daily Mail:
Law chief to probe KGB agent's claim that David Kelly was ‘exterminated’
 Earlier Items: 
Wolfgang Münchau / Financial Times:
A test cynically calibrated to fix the result
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
One Bush is back on the campaign trail
Discussion: Associated Press and The Awl
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arizona Republican Primary for Senate
Michael Rothfeld / Wall Street Journal:
Madoff Investors Brace for Lawsuits
Discussion: Law Blog, Gothamist and DealBook
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Who Cooked the Planet?  —  Never say that the gods lack a sense of humor.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Daily Kos