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    Poor Must Be Protected From Main Street Too

    Businesses that thrive on people needing access to emergency funds boom when unemployment skyrockets, wages dip, and millions find themselves struggling to make rent each month. So what happens next? Who protects these people?
  • When the Facts Get in the Way

    My family and I have spent most of July in Tennessee, which has put me in the position of being in touch with but not obsessed by the news cycle. (Though there is not really a cycle to news anymore. It is more of a treadmill.) My first glimmer of things comes from my e-mail, with its news alerts, and last week, inevitably, I found myself following the strange saga of Shirley Sherrod, a hitherto unknown employee of the Department of Agriculture.
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    Money Raised and Spent by GOP Pols for 2012

    Even though no GOP politician has formally declared a run for president in 2012, gauging how much money potential candidates have raised for their political action committees--and what they're doing with it--reveals something about their game plans: key endorsements they're trying to secure and volunteer networks they're aiming to harness. Some of these pols are starting to rev up. Others, not so much. Here's a rundown.
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    Left Pushes Hard for Elizabeth Warren at CFPB

    There’s a 2.0 version of health care’s public-option debate, and her name is Elizabeth Warren. She’s the Harvard law professor who’s been giving Treasury Department insiders heartburn over their excessive generosity to Wall Street bigwigs. Liberals are lobbying hard for Warren to head the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, warning the White House that failure to do so would rival the left’s disappointment over President Obama’s refusal to fight for a public option.
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    The New Black Panther Story: Light on Facts, Heavy on Echo

    The problem with the version of the New Black Panthers story circulating in right-wing media is that everything rests on one man's unverifiable testimony. Rather than find facts, those driving the narrative are content to repeat the same unverified story over and over.
  • Congressional Approval Falls Again

    Congress has never been held in very high regard. But new numbers out today suggest a stunning drop in confidence in lawmakers across the board. Among 16 different public institutions surveyed by Gallup—from churches to news organizations—Capitol Hill ranks dead last, below banks and big industry.
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    Sharron Angle Perfects Dodging Reporters

    It's not a bird. It's not a plane. That worried-looking blur reporters keep seeing in Nevada is Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle. Her new signature move is to (almost) literally sprint away from the press.
  • A Military Record Made for Washington?

    Wags are suggesting that the patchy military record of Alvin Greene, the unexpected Democratic Senate nominee in South Carolina, implies he could be a perfect fit in D.C. He was, reports the AP, "usually capable of handling mundane tasks with supervision."
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    Now What?

    Even with the oil gusher plugged, BP still has to worry about tropical depressions, months of cleanup, billions in claims, and a federal investigation. Five issues to watch.
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    Why Obama Should Speak Out on Sherrod

    It’s time for President Obama to give another “race speech.” Because in response to the very public and very undeserved firing of Shirley Miller Sherrod as the USDA’s Georgia director of rural development, a phone call isn’t going to cut it.
  • Vilsack Offers Sherrod New Position

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has offered Shirley Sherrod a new position with the Department of Agriculture, AP reports. "A good woman has gone through a difficult time, and I will have to live with that for a very long time," Vilsack told reporters late Wednesday.
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    White House Apologizes to Sherrod

    The White House apologized Wednesday to ousted USDA staffer Shirley Sherrod, saying government officials who sought her resignation for comments about race had acted in haste and without all the facts. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack "will apologize for the actions that have taken place in the past 24 to 36 hours," said administration spokesman Robert Gibbs.
  • Oakland's Growth Industry: Legalized Marijuana Farms

    Opponent purists may see Oakland's latest move as one more notch on the slippery slope, but it’s no big surprise that local politicians took the city's pot policy one step further this week—approving large-scale industrial farming. Advocates believe the industry could net the cash-strapped city a whopping $38 million each year.
  • Georgia Primary Results Boost Both Palin and the GOP

    Karen Handel, who was endorsed by Sarah Palin, is now a frontrunner for Georgia governor, while a strong Republican turnout in the state suggests the GOP could hang onto the office it had finally won after more than a century.
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    Morning Miracle: Inside The Washington Post: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life

    Part insider tell-all about the day-to-day operation of The Washington Post, part battle narrative documenting the paper’s struggle to survive in a rapidly and radically transforming media landscape, David Kindred’s book is primarily a lament: the hard-hitting, deeply reported journalism of the Post’s heyday is under threat in the age of the Internet.
  • The Senate's Crisis of Foresight?

    New York Times scribe Tom Friedman is at it again, banging his drum for a sweeping climate bill. Except now, as the hour is nigh to harness the moment—a “perfect storm,” as he calls it, of an environmental disaster, rising oil dependence, and growing tech competition overseas—the drumbeat is getting louder.
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    Elena Kagan Easily Clears Judiciary Committee

    The ball is now firmly back with Senate Republicans. Having failed to demagogue Kagan to the country at large, will they attempt a filibuster, as Jeff Sessions, their ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, has threatened? Such a course appears doomed, given that Kagan has the support of Lindsey Graham, as well as all 59 Senate Democrats.
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    David Cameron Flies Commercial

    It’s true. The freshly elected British prime minister flew to Washington “slumming it in business class,” as one stunned member of his press corps reported. It was a noticeable break of tradition for a British P.M. who—like most government heads—usually travels on his own plane. David Cameron and top aides were “spread out with nothing separating them from hoi polloi,” wrote BBC correspondent James Landale. “At least those polloi who can afford business class.”
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    Top Republicans Split With the Tea Party

    It’s the day of reckoning for Republicans and the Tea Party. Since the grassroots movement started, the GOP has gone to lengths to harness the frustration and mobilization of angry right-wing voters without getting too close to the movement. But Michele Bachmann didn't get that memo.
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    Democrats Find New Opportunity to Oppose Bush

    Two prominent Republicans over the weekend cited the principles of the 43rd president as a picture of what a GOP return to power would look like. Democrats couldn't have been more excited.