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4:55 PM ET, July 29, 2010

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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.
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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.”
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
The Politico:
Shirley Sherrod suing Andrew Breitbart
Washington Wire:
Sherrod to Sue Andrew Breitbart
WCBS-TV:
Charlie Rangel's War: Was Deal Axed At 11th Hour?  —  Deal That Would Have Helped Embattled Congressman Avoid Public Trial Appears To Have Soured At Last Minute  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― It's been a humiliating day for Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel.  —  First, a plea deal appeared …
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Lanny J. Davis / Pundits Blog:
The Rangel case — Lessons from Sherrod?  —  (This post is being published before the charges against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) have been published by the House ethics committee subpanel.  I will try to update this post after the charges have been published.)
Discussion: The Politico and The New Republic
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rangel Deal  —  All signs suggest that House Ethics Committee sachems and Charlie Rangel's lawyers have reached a deal that will prevent any public ethics ‘trial’ over the charges against the former Ways and Means Chair.  Up on the Hill Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) just told our Brian Beutler that …
The Politico:
Ethics unveils 13 Rangel charges
Discussion: Weekly Standard
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel to Stand Trial on Ethics Violations
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics panel brings 13 counts against embattled Rep. Rangel
Discussion: The Nation
The Hill:
Ethics recites charges against Rangel as reports of deal circulate
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Poll shows opposition to health care overhaul declining  —  Opposition to the landmark health care overhaul declined over the past month, to 35 percent from 41 percent, according to the latest results of a tracking poll, reported Thursday.  —  Fifty percent of the public held a favorable view of the law …
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kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — July 2010  —  The July Health Tracking Poll indicates overall public support for the health reform law is steady from June, while unfavorable views of the law have trended downward.  Half the public (50%) now expresses a favorable view of the law …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Support for health reform reaches high in Kaiser poll
The Huffington Post:
GOP Filibusters Small Business Bill After Criticizing Dems For Delay  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  For several days now, Senate Republicans have ridiculed their Democratic counterparts for prioritizing campaign finance legislation over a bill that would benefit small businesses …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP hands Reid second legislative setback of the week
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Joe Arnold / WHAS:
Conway won't commit to Reid as Democratic Leader
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK BILL SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES. …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Prairie Weather
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.
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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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:   Even Yet More Warrantless Searches
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 …
Michael Grunwald / Time:
The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?  —  An extensive network of oil booms surround marshland off the coast of Louisiana on July 18, 2010  —  President Obama has called the BP oil spill “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced,” and so has just about everyone else.
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 …
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 …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Helplessness and Anarchy  —  The result of the injunction granted today by the federal court in Arizona preventing the key provisions of S.B. 1070 from taking effect is not just the maintenance of the status quo.  —  At a legal level, it is true that nothing has changed.
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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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The Huffington Post:
Obama Mocks Polls But Spends More On Them ($4.4M) Than Bush Did
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Controversy Surrounds White House Push For Increased Teacher Accountability
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jim DeMint endorses Dino Rossi in Washington State
Discussion: TPMDC
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Californians Look Back  —  Nearly 7 years after recalling …
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Dear Mayor Bloomberg
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Univision video confirms Sandoval said his kids don't look Hispanic
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Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
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Associated Press:
Body of 2nd missing US Navy sailor recovered in eastern Afghanistan …
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
In American politics, stupidity is the name of the game
Free / WCAV:
Local Woman Convicted of Drug Fraud Joins Obama at the Podium
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