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Judiciary Comm okays Kagan, with Sen. Graham’s vote, now will GOP filibuster?
Rightwing Daily Caller got hold of a few more emails from that liberal JournoList list serv responding to the embarrassing ABC performance for 2008 presidential debate and pretends this is a scandal. Remember: Charles Gibson booed by audience at the end? Here’s what I wrote at the time.
And another racial "scandal" pushed by Andrew Breitbart "disintegrates," according to Media Matters, as context for remarks by official–and edited tape–emerge. And now the offiical, Shirley Sherrod, says she was asked to quit in three calls from USDA, allegedly under orders from White House. But White House says it was Tom Vilsack’s call. Company that made video says it is sending full tape to NAACP, which initially also called on Sherrod to resign.
UPDATE on above: Sherrod on CNN says USDA official who asked her to quit cited an upcoming segment on Glenn Beck’s show as a reason. Also, the farmer at center of story says Sherrod actually helped him tremendously and "saved our farm" and can’t imagine why people claiming she is racist. CNN also reveals that Sherrod’s father was killed by a "white farmer" who was never prosecuted.
Tim Fernholz at American Prospect captures how Ross Douthat defends and justifies ideas he lacks courage to explicitly advocate. Yes, Douthat’s column yesterday was horrendous–and transparent.
My new piece on banned Family Guy episode on abortion — and you can watch excerpt and debate it.
For more than a decade, BP has been operating a secret phone line where California lawmakers can request tickets to concerts, games, you name it, at the Sacramento stadium named after its West Coast subsidiary.