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Why the White House Really Rushed to Judgment on Sherrod

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Capitol Hill reporters relentlessly peppered White House press secretary Robert Gibbs with questions of why the White House rushed to judgment and dem...

What the Shirley Sherrod Saga Says About America

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

What happened to Shirley Sherrod is an embarrassing reminder of the racial dysfunction in America today and how politics continues to play a critical role in this ugliness.

USDA Offers Sherrod Authority Over Farmville

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

With Facebook now claiming over half a billion members worldwide, Ms. Sherrod's new job will mean that she is responsible for approximately 2.3 trillion imaginary sheep.

Note to Sherrod: Kick the Tires of Vilsack's Offer of "Unique Opportunity"

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

When you hear the words "unique opportunity" as a qualifier before a government job, then be sure you can and should demand "your own budget."

Tom Vilsack: Shirley Sherrod Has 'Been Put Through Hell,' Deserves New Job

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK and BEN EVANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose o...

Everyone Reading This Is Racist (Except for Those Who Aren't)

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

The National Administration of Racism (NAR) released a sweeping statement today, accusing everyone outside The National Administration of Racism of be...

Is Fox News the Government's Daddy?

Warren Ballentine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Warren Ballentine

I once heard a great man say, "I am not going to be perfect I am going to make mistakes but I promise you when I do make a mistake I will do my best to fix it." Well Mr. President do the right thing here and fix it.

Shirley Sherrod and All Workers Deserve To Have Their Voices Protected

Arlene Holt Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene Holt Baker

All across the nation, people are watching the case of Shirley Sherrod, who was asked to resign as Georgia state director for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of an edited video clip.

Tell President Obama to Reinstate Shirley Sherrod

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Rucker

This morning, we launched a petition calling President Obama to reinstate Shirley Sherrod at the USDA, and to stop caving to right-wing smear campaign...

Dear Mr. President: Time to Man Up

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

You may start by reinstating Shirley Sherrod. She deserves that much. You may go further by admitting, as the NAACP has, that you were "snookered."

Secretary Vilsack: Re-Hire Shirley Sherrod

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Here is an opportunity for all of us. Shirley Sherrod should be reinstated. We can all learn a lesson in humility. We can all learn something about forgiveness and grace from this story.

The Racism Faux-Scandals

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John McQuaid

The right is using its media echo chamber to settle scores and reinforce its own "oppression narrative" in which black racism is a major national problem, and in which racism is not measured by material facts, but by what's allegedly in your head.

Snookered: Right-Wing Propaganda and the Truth About Shirley Sherrod

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Sherrod is the victim here and deserves to be compensated. The blame rests with Breitbart, but accountability must ultimately be demanded of the highest reaches of the government.

Shirley Sherrod Defended By Diverse Coalition Calling For USDA To Give Her Job Back

Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***Scroll down for videos, including a complete version of Shirley Sherrod's speech that started the controversy.*** Shirley Sherrod has accomplished...

President Obama: Time to Man-Up and Rehire Shirley Sherrod -- and Apologize

Oliver Willis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Oliver Willis

Shirley Sherrod is the kind of person whose service deserves reward, not to have her name dragged through the right wing mud with the aid of the highest office in the land.

Food Pantries Offering Nutrition Classes, Fighting The Fast Food Diet

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Children are going hungry in America. It's becoming irrefutable based on recent studies by government agencies and anti-hunger groups. These groups es...

WATCH: USDA Official Admits Racial Preference During NAACP Banquet, Resigns

Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED*** 7/20/10, 6:49PM Shirley Sherrod says that she was forced to resign from her position at the USDA after her comments were taken out of c...

Elk Creek Mine Receives Approval To Drill Vents On Roadless National Forest Land

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A western Colorado coal mine received approval Thursday to drill wells on roadless forest land to vent methane. The drilling at the El...

Republican Senators Take Aim at Small Farmers, Urban Consumers, and Locavores

Dan Imhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Imhoff

Why don't the Senators want us to know our farmers or care about where our food comes from? Maybe it's because they are clinging to the decades-old "Get Big or Get Out" story line.

Colorado Roadless Rule: It's Scientists Versus Politicians On State Exemption Issue

The Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Some key Colorado politicians seem to like the state's controversial roadless rule -- submitted last week to the Obama administration -- but a lot of ...

Bill Ritter Submits Plan For Colorado To Manage Its Own State Parks

The Denver Post | Bruce Finley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Gov. Bill Ritter today is submitting a request to the Obama administration to let Colorado manage roadless national forests in the state according to ...

Rebuilding and Revitalizing America's Rural Communities

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

There is more potential for economic growth in rural American than at any time in decades; we just need to embrace new strategies to help create a thriving rural economy.

Federal Audit, Lawmakers Spotlight Puppy Mill Problems

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

There's long overdue action on the issue of puppy mills, and the issue got some much-needed attention yesterday from the federal government. Sens. Ric...

Chicken Farmers Describe a System of Extortion and Economic Slavery

Regina Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Regina Weiss

At the May 21st hearing, attorney General Eric Holder was urged to enforce federal antitrust laws on behalf of contract poultry growers who raise flo...

Obama's USDA Less Transparent Than Bush's

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

The Environmental Working Group has worked hard to track the billions lavished on the wealthiest and largest farm operations in the country, in the ho...