July 20th, 2010
10:18 AM ET

On the Radar: Racism and the USDA, Lohan goes to jail

Resignation amid racism charges – There's much controversy swirling around the resignation of a black U.S. Agriculture Department employee.  A recent video clip shows Shirley Sherrod discussing how she treated a white farmer who was in danger of losing his property. Some interpreted her comments as racist. But Sherrod contends that's not true, and that the video has been taken out of context. Until her resignation, she was the USDA's  state director of rural development for Georgia. The incident described in the video occurred in 1986, when she was working for a nonprofit, she said Tuesday.

"I was telling the story of how working with him helped me to see the issue is not about race," Sherrod explained to CNN's "American Morning." "It's about those who have versus those who do not have."

"Static kill" July 20 marks the three-month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. As tests continued on BP's ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil giant and the Coast Guard announced that yet another method might be used to stop the gusher for good.  "Static kill" involves pumping mud into the well to force oil back into the reservoir below. But that won't happen Tuesday, said BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells, who cautioned that the idea is "very much in its infancy." Relief wells, Wells said, are "still the ultimate solution."

Kagan vote It's a big day for Elena Kagan. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The nomination requries approval by the full Senate, and a vote is expected before the chamber goes on its August recess. Kagan would become the fourth female justice in the history of the nation's highest court.

Just In, 12:35 p.m. ET: The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Kagan.

Lohan to jail Ninety days. That's the sentence Lindsay Lohan will begin serving Tuesday. The troubled movie star is expected to appear in court in Los Angeles, California, at  8:45 a.m. (11:45 a.m. ET). TMZ and the Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Lohan's lawyer Robert Shapiro had quit. He is expected to appear in court with her anyway.

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    July 20, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. afraidofheights

    The moral outrage on both sides of the NAACP/Tea Party debate is pretty laughable. Mark Williams claims that the Tea Party has no racists? Come on. Get 20 people together at a neighborhood block party and you will have a racist in your presence. And the NAACP, while they have accomplished many good things for African Americans, they are hardly the last bastion of unadulterated racial tolerance.

    Read this article: Token White Member of NAACP Calls Tea Party “Racist”; Lone Black Tea Partier “Outraged”.

    Very FUNNY!

    http://www.dailygoat.com/?p=1798

    July 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. CJ

    The bottom lline is that you treat everyone the same. She stated that she only did enough because she knew he was going to go back to another agency and report back whether he got help or not. She stated that she sent him to one of his own kind. I cannot and will not accept this as being taken out of context. You handle his case the same way you do anyone elses, regardless of race. Anything else is unacceptable.

    July 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Smith in Oregon

    CNN continues to dig and chew on the Democratic lawmakers investigations on what role BP had in the release of the Lockerbie bomber and YET thus far CNN has not exposed the lengthy direct influence by former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney who largely thawed out the rather bitter relationship between the West and Libya and met with BP's CEO for many days of behind closed door meetings prior to BP being awarded the US worldwide fuel contract. The Lockerbie bomber is released and BP is awarded the Libyan Oil leases worth Trillions of dollars. The 'ROLE' between Bush-Cheney and BP is undeniable and extremely lucrative for BP.

    The question America and the News Media should be asking is what did Bush jr. and Dick Cheney get out of it personally?

    July 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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