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11:05 PM ET, July 7, 2009

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Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin: Why She Resigned  —  Sarah Palin Talks to ABC News About Why She Resigned  —  After her bombshell announcement Friday that she was resigning as governor of Alaska 18 months before the end of her first term, and questions about her political future ricocheting from Alaska to Washington D.C. …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin: A Round-Up  —  Some readers have asked me to put all the various odd lies of Sarah Palin that the Dish has compiled in one helpful place.  So that's what we've done.  A couple of months ago, I asked an intern to re-fact-check all of them to make sure new details hadn't emerged that might debunk some.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
The sins of Sarah Palin  —  Sarah Palin is a sinner.  She has violated several commandments and thoroughly deserves the savage beating that she is now getting from political mandarins and media elites.  —  If it were not for one simple fact, I would say she was through in politics.
Rasmussen Reports:
40% of GOP Voters Say Resignation Hurts Palin's Chances in 2012  —  Forty percent (40%) of Republican voters nationwide say Sarah Palin's decision to resign as governor of Alaska hurts her chances of winning the party's presidential nomination in 2012.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   The Palin Sympathy Effect
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Palin Uses Surge In Interest To Build Political List
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Many Americans Still See Political Future for Palin
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Roll Call:
Reid to Baucus: Stop Chasing GOP Votes on Health Care  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday ordered Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to drop a proposal to tax health benefits and stop chasing Republican votes on a massive health care reform bill.
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Adam Green / Open Left:
Obama to Rahm: Shut.  Up.  —  Today's Wall Street Journal: … This forced Obama to interrupt his diplomacy in Russia to release this statement: … What happened here?  Rahm likely was blabbering to a reporter and just went with his natural gut instinct — to be weak, and cave to Republicans.
The Huffington Post:
Sanders Takes On Emanuel, Warns Of Dem Opposition To Baucus Proposal  —  Two major progressive voices in the health care debate took White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to task on Tuesday for suggesting that a public option with triggers could be a potential compromise on reform.
Discussion: TPMDC and Daily Kos
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Dems diverge on ‘stimulus II’
Discussion: Wizbang and Say Anything
Ben Webster / Times of London:
Al Gore likens fight against climate change to battle with Nazis  —  Al Gore today compared the battle against climate change with the struggle against the Nazis.  —  The former US Vice President said the world lacked the political will to act and invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill …
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The Anchoress:
Scanning the Michael Jackson Death-Spectacular
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Michael Lewis / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Crashed the World  —  Almost a year after A.I.G.'s collapse, despite a tidal wave of outrage, there still has been no clear explanation of what toppled the insurance giant.  The author decides to ask the people involved—the silent, shell-shocked traders of the A.I.G. Financial Products unit …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Ad Paints Franken As Angry Maniac — Using Footage Of Him Talking About Paul Wellstone  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee has just released a new Web ad featuring footage of Senator Al Franken that makes him look like an out-of-control, Red Bull-guzzling cross between Jim Carrey and the Hulk.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Dan Froomkin hired by The Huffington Post  —  (updated below)  —  In yet another sign of how online media outlets are strengthening as their older establishment predecessors are struggling to survive, The Huffington Post has hired Dan Froomkin to be its Washington Bureau Chief and regular columnist/blogger.
Mark Leon Goldberg / UN Dispatch:
A Congressional Coup Caucus emerges  —  Support for the coup in Honduras extends beyond the pages of right wing political magazines to the United States Congress.  Tomorrow, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will host a private meeting for her Republican colleagues …
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W. Gardner Selby / Postcards:
UPDATED: Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. attorney general, expected to teach at Texas Tech University  —  Alberto Gonzales, who resigned as the Bush administration's embattled attorney general nearly two years ago, has lined up a fall-semester teaching spot at Texas Tech University, the university confirmed today.
David Brooks / New York Times:
In Search of Dignity  —  When George Washington was a young man, he copied out a list of 110 “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.”  Some of the rules in his list dealt with the niceties of going to a dinner party or meeting somebody on the street.
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Fox News:
Former Gitmo Inmate Leading Fight Against U.S. in Helmand  —  As U.S. forces are pushing ahead with the massive Operation Khanjar in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand, Mullah Zakir is leading the Taliban fight against them.  —  FOXNews.com  —  A former Guantanamo Bay inmate …
Wall Street Journal:
Of NICE and Men  —  Speaking to the American Medical Association last month, President Obama waxed enthusiastic about countries that “spend less” than the U.S. on health care.  He's right that many countries do, but what he doesn't want to explain is how they ration care to do it.
The Politico:
Rove deposed in U.S. attorney probe  —  Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove was deposed Tuesday by attorneys for the House Judiciary Committee, according to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the panel's chairman.  —  Rove's deposition began at 10 a.m. and ended around 6:30 p.m, with several breaks, Conyers said.
John H. Richardson / Esquire:
Howard Dean: Private Health Care Is Breaking Our Economy  —  And the Republicans are all a bunch of liars.  And Washington is as scared of change as a cult.  And other things you'd expect Howard Dean to say in a hot-button debate.  Except, when it comes to this particular hot-button debate …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
George Allen's road back?  —  A book is often a start on that road, and Regnery announced today that they're publishing one by the former Virginia senator:  —  The book, due out next year, will be called, “The Triumph of Character: What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports.”
Discussion: Wonkette and Shakesville
Michael J. Totten:
The Real Quagmire in the Middle East  —  The Middle East is a hard place for idealists, especially for the Western liberal variety.  My feelings of optimism for the region have been ground down over time like rocks under slow-moving glacial ice.  —  Last time I visited Israel …
Sabrina Shankman / Wall Street Journal:
Los Angeles Targets Cannabis Clubs  —  LOS ANGELES — Daniel Halbert moved here from Phoenix this year to invest his life savings in what he hoped was a golden opportunity: the medical-marijuana business.  —  But on Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council told him to shut down his dispensary …
Federal Eye:
GAO: Major Security Flaws at Federal Buildings  —  The police agency in charge of protecting thousands of federal buildings nationwide has failed to keep bomb-making materials out of several high-security facilities in the past year, according to Congressional testimony provided by Senate aides.
Discussion: Truthdig
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Big Banks Don't Want California's IOUs  —  A group of the biggest U.S. banks said they would stop accepting California's IOUs on Friday, adding pressure on the state to close its $26.3 billion annual budget gap.  —  The development is the latest twist in California's struggle to deal with the effects of the recession.
 
 
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