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1:50 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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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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’
Discussion: CNN
The Politico:
Shirley Sherrod suing Andrew Breitbart
Washington Wire:
Sherrod to Sue Andrew Breitbart
Discussion: Townhall.com
WCBS-TV:
Sources: Rangel Cuts Deal, Avoids Trial  —  Embattled Representative Reportedly To Admit Ethical Wrongdoing  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― New York Congressman Charles Rangel has reportedly cut a deal to admit to ethical wrongdoing and avoid a potentially humiliating public trial.
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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.)
The Note:
Rep. Charles Rangel: Today Could Be ‘A Bad Day’
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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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The Corner on National Review Online:
What Judge Bolton's Injunction Doesn't Say — By: NRO Staff  —  In enjoining Arizona's landmark immigration law, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton maintains the Obama administration's carefully cultivated fiction: that what concerns the White House regarding S.B. 1070 is its effect on legal, rather than illegal, aliens.
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Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Blessed Tedium of the Arizona Immigration Case
Discussion: Salon and ImmigrationProf Blog
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 Grunwald / Time:
The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?  —  An extensive network of oil booms surround marsh lands off the coast of Louisiana.  July 18, 2010.  —  Mario Tama / Getty Images  —  President Obama has called the BP oil spill “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced,” and so has just about everyone else.
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 …
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Court Upholds Expulsion of Counseling Student Who Opposes Homosexuality  —  A federal judge ruled schools can expel students, like Julea Ward, who believe homosexuality is morally wrong.  Ward's lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University was dismissed.  —  A federal judge has ruled in favor …
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Free / WCAV:
Local Woman Convicted of Drug Fraud Joins Obama at the Podium … Charlottesville resident Leslie Macko was once employed at ACAC in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center.  In April 2009, she lost her job as an aesthetician in the spa at ACAC.  —  President Barack Obama called on Congress last week to extend unemployment insurance.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
House GOP leaders: 9/11 first responders aid bill ‘a massive new entitlement program’  —  House Republican leadership is advising its members to vote against a bipartisan bill that would, among other things, bolster medical support to Sept. 11 victims.  —  The James Zadroga 9/11 Health …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   GOP OPPOSES MEDICAL FUNDING FOR 9/11 VICTIMS.... I was under …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Taxes: A Defining Issue  —  Barack Obama knows taxes define worldview.  The GOP should offer voters an alternative.  —  If the Obama presidency didn't exist, we would have to invent it.  —  At a time when the American people need to make some decisions about the nation's purpose …
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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Cecile Richards / The Huffington Post:
Governor Christie's Family Planning Veto — New Jersey's Women Take the Heat
Discussion: Cubachi
Wall Street Journal:
Americans Cut Back on Visits to Doctor
Discussion: American Power
The Huffington Post:
Tim Lahaye, Evangelical Christian Minister, Warns Obama Bringing …
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Obama Tells The View: 'I Wasn't Invited' to Chelsea's Wedding
Discussion: CNN, Guardian and Z on TV
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
‘The sleeping giant’: Conservatives gaining force online
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Fix Clip -N- Save: “First families” of politics
Discussion: ColoradoPols.com
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Why are so many homes unemployed?  —  Theories of unemployed labor …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Rand Paul: Controversial Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Isn't So Bad …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Guardian and Salon
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Bans Swearing in Emails
Discussion: Political Economy and TPMMuckraker
Associated Press:
Body of 2nd missing US Navy sailor recovered in eastern Afghanistan …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
In American politics, stupidity is the name of the game
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The cash-for-speaker program  —  To the House minority leader …
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
An Arizona Morgue Grows Crowded