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2:25 PM ET, July 26, 2010

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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 …
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 …
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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New York Times:
View Is Bleaker Than Official Portrayal of War in Afghanistan  —  This article was written and reported by C. J. Chivers, Carlotta Gall, Andrew W. Lehren, Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez, and Eric Schmitt, with contributions from Jacob Harris and Alan McLean.  —  A six-year archive …
New York Times:
Pakistan Spy Service Aids Insurgents, Reports Assert
Guardian:
Massive leak of secret files exposes the real war in Afghanistan
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
On the AfPak / Wikileaks Documents
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Lynching of Bobby Hall
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)
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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KUSA-TV:
Buck: Tea Partiers questioning Obama's citizenship ‘dumbasses’  —  Lori Obert written by: Adam Schrager 13 hrs ago  —  KUSA - U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck refers to members of the Tea Party who question the President's citizenship as “dumbasses” in an audio recording obtained by 9NEWS and The Denver Post.
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.”
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.
CNN:
CNN Poll: One in four angry over illegal immigration  —  Washington (CNN) - Only a quarter of Americans are angry about the number of illegal immigrants in the country, according to a new national poll.  But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that nearly three-fourths of the public are dissatisfied on the same issue.
Discussion: The Note
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Fact Checking Bob Schieffer's Call For Better Fact Checking  —  Bob Schieffer of CBS News ‘Face The Nation’ is irrationally exuberant over the Shirley Sherrod debacle; he calls on the New Media to adopt the rigorous fact checking of our diligent Old Media but delivers this baffler:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Misleading Stories About Race Raise Questions
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
GOP lawmakers optimistic about ‘no’ votes  —  In February, when unpredictable Sen. Jim Bunning single-handedly stalled extensions of unemployment benefits for several days, his Republican colleagues quickly abandoned him, worried that the GOP would be cast as the party against helping people who are out of work.
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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: Ezra Klein and TalkLeft
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Journolist debates making its coordination with Obama explicit  —  Sarah Palin's speech to the 2008 Republican convention impressed more than a few doubters, including even some members of Journolist, an online community for liberal journalists.  —  “This speech is gangbusters,” wrote Ari Melber of the Nation.
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Senator Harry Reid Interview on The Brody File  —  In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Sharron Angle is not “mainstream for Nevada”, takes on his critics and offers a new reason for his low approval numbers.
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Reuters:
Senate Democrats to introduce energy bill
Discussion: Townhall.com and Right Wing News
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Bush-Era Tax Cuts a Likely Campaign Theme  —  Democrats are aiming to push legislation extending Bush-era middle-class tax cuts ahead of midterm elections.  But with Republicans and several Democrats advocating a similar extension for high-earners, too, prospects for passage before November balloting appear uncertain.
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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 protein wisdom
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.
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).
 
 
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