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Charlie Rangel's War: Deal Axed At 11th Hour  —  However, A Compromise Is Possible Between Now And When Expected Trial Would Take Place In September  —  Rep. Rangel: I'm Just Glad Nobody Is Calling Me ‘Corrupt’ Or ‘Dishonest’  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Deal, no deal ... deal, no deal.
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David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel to Stand Trial on Ethics Violations  —  WASHINGTON — The House ethics committee laid out 13 charges of House rules violations against Representative Charles B. Rangel on Thursday, and began the process for a public trial on the charges.  —  The move came after Mr. Rangel …
Lanny J. Davis / Pundits Blog:
The Rangel case — Lessons from Sherrod?
Discussion: The Politico and The New Republic
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rangel Deal  —  All signs suggest that House Ethics Committee sachems …
The Politico:
Ethics unveils 13 Rangel charges
Washington Post:
Charges against Rangel unveiled after efforts to reach settlement fail
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’  —  NEW YORK — President Obama waded into the national race debate in an unlikely setting and with an unusual choice of words: telling daytime talk show hosts that African-Americans are “sort of a mongrel people.”
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Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Fired USDA employee Sherrod to sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart  —  Ousted USDA employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, the Associated Press reports.  —  Sherrod made the announcement Thursday in San Diego at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention.
Jesse Washington / Associated Press:
Ousted USDA Employee Sherrod Plans to Sue Blogger  —  Ousted USDA employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue conservative blogger over edited video  —  Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted a video edited in a way that made her appear racist.
The Huffington Post:
Shirley Sherrod To Sue Andrew Breitbart  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  SAN DIEGO — Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks last week.
Eric Alterman / The Nation:
Journalism's Age of Shame  —  This article appeared in the August 16/23, 2010 edition of The Nation.  —  Recommended by  —  The black political art of “working the refs” with constant and vociferous complaints of “liberal bias” in the media has a long and distinguished history.
Richard Stengel / Time:
The Plight of Afghan Women: A Disturbing Picture  —  Our cover image this week is powerful, shocking and disturbing.  It is a portrait of Aisha, a shy 18-year-old Afghan woman who was sentenced by a Taliban commander to have her nose and ears cut off for fleeing her abusive in-laws.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Nobody is Helping Aisha  —  It's certainly true as Time's emotionally manipulative new cover image indicates that the Taliban are terrible for women and that the more of Afghanistan they rule the worse things will be for women.  That said, it's extremely disingenuous to act …
Discussion: Time and Ezra Klein
Jack Devine / Wall Street Journal:
The CIA Solution for Afghanistan
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity  —  The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The End of Probable Cause
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Even Yet More Warrantless Searches
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Republicans Garner 11-Point Lead in Midterms  —  With less than 100 days until the midterm elections, American voters would give the edge to Republicans by an 11 percentage-point margin if the Congressional election were today.  Yet a majority doesn't think a Republican takeover of Congress would lead to positive change.
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed Member's Deflation Warning Hints at Policy Shift  —  WASHINGTON — A subtle but significant shift appears to be occurring within the Federal Reserve over the course of monetary policy amid increasing signs that the economic recovery is weakening.  —  On Thursday, James Bullard …
David Freedlander / New York Observer:
McMahon Campaign Hits Grimm For Taking “Jewish Money”  —  Mike Grimm, a G.O.P challenger for Mike McMahon's Congressional seat, took in over $200,000 in his last filing.  —  But in an effort to show that Grimm lacks support among voters in the district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn …
Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Evidence Ties Manning to Afghan Leaks  —  WASHINGTON—Investigators have found concrete evidence linking Pfc. Bradley Manning with the leak of classified Afghanistan war reports, a defense official said.  —  A search of the computers used by Pfc. Manning yielded evidence he had downloaded …
Ezra Klein:
What would Republicans do for the economy?  An interview with Rep. Paul Ryan.  —  Paul Ryan is the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, and one of the party's most influential voices on the economy.  And with Republicans likely to pick up a lot of seats — and maybe even the House …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Graham eyes ‘birthright citizenship’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced Wednesday night that he is considering introducing a constitutional amendment that would change existing law to no longer grant citizenship to the children of immigrants born in the United States.
Spencer Wilking / New York Press:
Tea Party Jitters  —  Spencer Wilking Finds That New York's Tea Partiers Aren't The Bigoted White Guys You Fear.  —  “Liberty is on the march,” Dan Halloran yells as he clutches a microphone in front of a gathered crowd inside Webster Hall.  “Not only is it on the march …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Obama touts education reform  —  President Obama defended his controversial “Race to the Top” program in a major address on education.  —  He also denied claims by teachers unions unhappy with the program that it unfairly penalizes educators working in underperforming schools.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Controversy Surrounds White House Push For Increased Teacher Accountability
Discussion: The Politico and Political Punch
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Univision video confirms Sandoval said his kids don't look Hispanic  —  I have confirmed that Brian Sandoval, as reported by Univision's news director in a column and revealed in an earlier blog post, did indeed say that his children don't look Hispanic when asked by the Spanish-language station whether …
Discussion: Salon, Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
The Huffington Post:
Obama Mocks Polls But Spends More On Them ($4.4M) Than Bush Did  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  With Reporting By Julian Hattem  —  During his daily press briefing on July 13, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was peppered with questions about why the president's popularity numbers …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Political operatives on Journolist worked to shape news coverage  —  Despite its name, membership in the liberal online community Journolist wasn't limited to journalists.  Present among the bloggers, reporters and editors were a number of professional political operatives …
Diana Olick / Realty Check with Diana Olick:
Obama Housing Bailout Under Attack  —  Criticism of the Obama Administration's mortgage bailout, the Home Affordable Modification Program, is reaching a fever pitch, and I know this because, among other things, the Administration itself appears to be mounting a defense.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Orlando Sentinel:
Grayson bills taxpayers for DVD of term's highlights  —  WASHINGTON — If U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson were a rock star, his latest PR blitz — a DVD sent to tens of thousands of Central Florida residents — would be called Grayson's Greatest Hits.  —  The 90-minute disc features video highlights …
 
 
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