Shirley SherrodOn March 27, 2010, U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod addressed the NAACP’s 20th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet. Months later, a small excerpt from Sherrod’s speech was posted by Tea Partier Andrew Breitbart on the Internet. The excerpt went viral, stirring up controversy over Sherrod's racially biased statements. As a result, Sherrod was forced to resign by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Later, however, further footage of the speech showed Sherrod’s comments to be taken out of context, prompting the USDA to offer Sherrod a new position.

Monday morning, former Congressman Tom Tancredo announced that he would soon be announcing whether he would be running for Governor of Colorado as the candidate of the American Constitution Party (ACP). High noon was the time set by Tancredo for making his final declaration.

According to press reports, the drive for “cap and trade” legislation has finally died in the Senate.

The whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.org released more than 90,000 classified U.S. documents related to the war in Afghanistan Sunday, prompting severe reaction from the Afghan and U.S. governments. "The Afghan government is shocked with the report that has opened the reality of the Afghan war," Afghan government spokesman Siamak Herawi told CNN.

gavelFederal District Court Judge Susan Bolton, during the course of a July 22 hearing, made it clear to parties attacking and parties defending the new Arizona immigration law, SB 1070, that she will not issue a ruling that invalidates the entire law before it goes into effect on July 29. Her questioning of ACLU lawyer Omar Jadwat may provide some insight into Judge Bolton’s rulings in the case. The judge asked Jadwat: “Why can’t Arizona be as inhospitable as they wish to people who have remained and entered the United States illegally? Who am I to stop the state of Arizona?”