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9:45 PM ET, July 6, 2009

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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Palin and Her Enemies  —  If Sarah Palin's political career ended last Friday, 10 tumultuous months after she was introduced as the Republican Party's vice-presidential nominee, those five words will be its epitaph.  —  Had she refused John McCain, Palin would still be a popular female governor …
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Sarah Palin's surprise  —  From my latest American Spectator column: … Please read the whole thing.  Sunday morning, I was driving back from Lake Weiss — where we'd shot our fabulous annual Fourth of July fireworks show — when the editor called asking me to write the column.
Jim Prevor / Weekly Standard:
Republicans Should Reexamine the Public Good of Private Citizens … In that phrase, “just being a private citizen,” Senator Grassley encapsulates both why Sarah Palin is so phenomenally appealing to the Republican base and how divorced the national Republican apparatus is from the core values of party members.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Special Report: Ideologically, Where Is the U.S. Moving?  —  Nearly 4 in 10 Americans say their views have grown more conservative  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Despite the results of the 2008 presidential election, Americans, by a 2-to-1 margin, say their political views in recent years have become …
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The Huffington Post:
Schumer: With Franken Seated No Need To Compromise On Public Option  —  One of the leading Senate Democrats in the health care reform battle said that the seating of Al Franken has given the party the purpose and direction it needs to ensure that a public option for insurance coverage remains in any bill.
The Huffington Post:
Michael Jackson Fans Raise Money To Defeat Peter King  —  There is, it turns out, a political price to pay when you make bold statements calling out Michael Jackson for some of the nefarious moments of his personal history.  —  Fans of Jackson are mobilizing to raise money for an opponent …
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Anill / Think Progress:
Joe The Plumber Says Immigrants Should Get ‘The Hell Out Of Our Damn Country’  —  While protesting government spending at Houston's Independence Day Tea Party, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher stated that American taxpayer dollars would be best spent on the mass deportation of 12 million undocumented immigrants:
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
Robert S. McNamara, Former Defense Secretary, Dies at 93  —  Robert S. McNamara, perhaps the most influential defense secretary of the 20th century, who helped lead the nation into the maelstrom of Vietnam and spent the rest of his life wrestling with the war's moral consequences …
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Obama: Student Radical  —  During the campaign, I wrote a piece called “Why Won't Obama Talk About Columbia?  — The years he won't discuss may explain the Ayers tie he keeps lying about.”  So now, nearly six months into the Obama presidency, the mainstream media has finally done a bit …
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Reps. Kennedy and Sullivan Out of Rehab  —  Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), right, and John Sullivan (R-Okla.), left, are out of rehab and back on the job.  (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Michael Wyke/Andrea Bruce / The Washington Post)  —  Updated, 3:28 p.m.  —  Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
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Jim Myers / Tulsa World:   A congressman's call: Sullivan details addiction, decision to seek help
Michelle Malkin:
37,000 at Dallas Tea Party — and next steps  —  I returned from the Dallas Tea Party this weekend inspired and motivated by the massive turnout of citizen activists.  The official county estimate of the day-long event's crowd: 37,000!  —  The Tea Party organizers aren't surprised by the MSM games of lowballing numbers.
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Firas Al-Atraqchi / The Huffington Post:
European Islamophobia A Creeping Threat: Analysis  —  The murder of Marwa Sherbini, a veiled (and pregnant) Egyptian woman, as she prepared to give evidence in a German courtroom against a man who physically assaulted her, has incensed the Muslim World and re-ignited the debate over whether Europe …
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Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Egyptians cry racism in woman's slaying in Germany
Discussion: Harry's Place
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran's Revolutionary Guard takes command  —  Calling the move “a new phase of the revolution,” leaders insist there is no room for compromise on Ahmadinejad's reelection.  —  Reporting from Beirut — The top leaders of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard publicly acknowledged they had taken …
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Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
Palin's Attorney: Her Resignation Is “Self-Sacrifice”  —  Thomas Van Flein, Sarah Palin's attorney  —  Sarah Palin's attorney, Thomas Van Flein (the one who threatened to sue several news organizations for allegedly defaming his client) just spoke with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Sean Lengell / Washington Times:
Palin fires back at critics on Twitter
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
New National Review Cover Features Dr. Obama — Putting On A Glove...  Check out this new cover from National Review:  —  This is as strong an argument as any other that's been made against the public option: That Obama will be personally telling you to turn your head and cough, then sticking his finger where the sun don't shine.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Did the Toppling of Saddam Hussein Lead to Recent Events in Iran?  —  Given the connections between Iraq and Iran, it's not as unlikely as it sounds.  —  The most exciting and underreported news of the past few weeks in Iran has been that the emerging challenger to the increasingly frantic and isolated …
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Dem Senator: Second Stimulus ‘Probably Needed’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  As job losses mount, Democrats are growing impatient about the impact of the massive stimulus package passed earlier this year, with talk beginning on Capitol Hill about a possible second stimulus bill.
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
JACKIE'S DOOMED LOVE - WITH RFK  —  Jackie Kennedy had a four-year love affair with Bobby Kennedy that began not long after JFK's assassination and grew so intense that when RFK was gunned down, it was she — not his wife — who instructed doctors to pull the plug, an explosive new book claims.
Discussion: On Deadline and Raw Story
BBC:
Coffee 'may reverse Alzheimer's'  —  Drinking five cups of coffee a day could reverse memory problems seen in Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say.  —  The Florida research, carried out on mice, also suggested caffeine hampered the production of the protein plaques which are the hallmark of the disease.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Huckabee: Obama Needs To Stop Blaming Bush Because Bush Didn't Complain About Inheriting Clinton's Economy  —  On Fox and Friends this morning, host Gretchen Carlson asked former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) about Vice President Biden's comment that the Obama administration …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Atlantic And Salon Dinners: Thoughts From The Boss  —  The first reaction of every journalist to the story of the Washington Post's advertiser-cum-salon dinner proposal was probably one of disgust and moral superiority.  The second reaction: we've all kinda been involved in situations …
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
More female veterans are winding up homeless  —  VA resources strained; many are single parents  —  Angela Peacock spent years with no home after serving in Iraq.  —  WASHINGTON - The number of female service members who have become homeless after leaving the military has jumped dramatically …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Beware Post-Dated Resignations?  —  Let me start by saying I don't think this is likely.  But given our experience with Larry Craig, I do think it's worth considering.  Remember, former Sen. Larry Craig came out and announced he was resigning his office.  But folks who listened closely noticed …
Ian Cobain / Guardian:
MI5 accused of bribe offer in torture case  —  Exclusive: Jailed torture victim says he was offered cash to drop collusion claim  —  The Security Service MI5 is being accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by offering a man inducements to drop his allegation that its officers colluded in his torture.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Associated Press:
Germany Awards Military Cross of Courage  —  Many Germans prefer to think of their army, the Bundeswehr, as a defensive army that shuns combat.  The position is hard to reconcile with a new military award that honors exceptionally courageous action in the field.
 
 
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