Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tells reporters that he acted in haste in firing Shirley Sherrod, a black U.S. Agriculture Department official, after it appeared she had made racist remarks in unfair and heavily edited video posted on a conservative Web site, during a news conference at the Department of Agriculture in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. Vilsack said he is taking personal responsibility for what happened. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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