Morning Must Reads: Tough to Swallow

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–Making the morning TV rounds, Shirley Sherrod stands by her account of her firing and says she received a phone call from her superiors insisting, “The White House wants you to resign.” She’s also openly asking for a conversation with the president, and I’d be shocked if she didn’t get one today.

–David Sanger writes up the growing fatigue among Democrats and the foreign policy community over the war in Afghanistan. He gets the following quote from someone at the White House, but it’s unclear whether he or she is referring to a political effort or a military one:

As one of Mr. Obama’s top strategists said this week, with some understatement, “There are signs that the durability of this mission has to be attended to.”

–Senate Democrats’ budget pointman Kent Conrad calls for a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts in totality. Ben Nelson too.

–At congressional testimony yesterday Fed Chair Bernanke didn’t rule out taking monetary policy action if the economy gets worse, but said the reserve is standing pat for now. David Wessel has some ideas why.

–The jobs market had another bad week.

–Blago won’t take the stand.

–The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is making its first big wave of targeted ad buys, preparing to spread $7.7 million across 17 districts. Reid Wilson breaks down the full list, which can you give you a pretty good idea of where House Dems think they’re vulnerable.

–Liberal confabulation Netroots Nation kicks off today in Las Vegas. Opening day features a keynote from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, Markos Moulitsas, AFSCME chief Gerald McEntee and Nevada Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, among others.

–And I have no real news peg for that picture, it’s just awesome.

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