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2:00 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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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.
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’
Discussion: CNN
Tony Perry / L.A. NOW:   Shirley Sherrod vows to sue conservative blogger who misrepresented her remarks
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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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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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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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.
Reuters:
The Barack Obama-Nancy Pelosi event...  President Barack Obama's endless summer of fundraising is heating up — with the addition of a big-money August house party to help out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's imperiled Democrats, POLITICO has learned.  —  Obama plans to headline an Aug. 16 fundraiser …
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Free / WCAV:
Local Woman Convicted of Drug Fraud Joins Obama at the Podium
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem memo: No, we won't lose the House  —  In another sign that House Dem leaders are eager to silence talk about them losing the House, top Democrats are circulating a memo on Capitol Hill that lays out a detailed case for why Republicans will come up short this fall.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
It's Like Mathematically Unpossible for Republicans to Win the House, or Something
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Tim Lahaye, Evangelical Christian Minister, Warns Obama Bringing Us Closer To ‘The Apocalypse’ (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Evangelical Christian minister Tim LaHaye says that the policy initiatives put forth by the Obama administration are bringing the country “closer to the apocalypse.”
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 …
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP hands Reid second legislative setback of the week
Discussion: The Note
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
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
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
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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 …
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