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4:35 PM ET, July 14, 2009

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Sarah Palin / Washington Post:
The ‘Cap And Tax’ Dead End  —  There is no shortage of threats to our economy.  America's unemployment rate recently hit its highest mark in more than 25 years and is expected to continue climbing.  Worries are widespread that even when the economy finally rebounds, the recovery won't bring jobs.
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Ezra Klein:
Sarah Palin: One of Us  —  “Many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges,” writes Sarah Palin in The Washington Post, one of the country's few nationally oriented media outlets.
The New Republic:
Sarah Palin Has An Op-Ed Today!  —  Her subject matter is the House bill to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  Palin argues against it by ignoring the entire question of carbon dioxide emissions and instead arguing that expensive energy is bad and cheap energy is good.
Washington Wire:
Sotomayor Surprises Sessions  —  Jess Bravin reports on Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing.  —  Ouch!  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), seeking to discredit Judge Sonia Sotomayor's judicial philosophy, cited her 2001 “wise Latina” speech, and contrasted the view that ethnicity …
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John / Power Line:
Sotomayor's Nose Grows Longer  —  Pat Leahy opened the questioning of Judge Sonia Sotomayor by asking her some softball questions about her controversial speeches and decisions.  In response, Sotomayor's characterization of her “wise Latina” speech was strikingly disingenuous:
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:   Sotomayor: Comments meant to inspire
Abigail Thernstrom / CNN:   Commentary: Why we should worry about Sotomayor
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Sessions to NRA: “Be afraid” of S'mayor
Discussion: The Ninth Justice and ABCNEWS
Washington Wire:
Hatch Questions Sotomayor on Gun Rights
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mortimer Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
The Economy Is Even Worse Than You Think  —  The average length of unemployment is higher than it's been since government began tracking the data in 1948.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The recent unemployment numbers have undermined confidence that we might be nearing the bottom of the recession.
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Chicago Breaking News:
White House: Dad not buried at Burr Oak
Discussion: The World Newser and On Deadline
New York Times:
C.I.A. Had Plan to Assassinate Qaeda Leaders  —  WASHINGTON — Since 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency has developed plans to dispatch small teams overseas to kill senior Qaeda terrorists, according to current and former government officials.  —  The plans remained vague and were never carried out …
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Kenneth Anderson / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The CIA Plan to Kill Al Qaeda Leaders: I see that I'm quoted …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and JustOneMinute
Bil Browning / The Huffington Post:
Steele: GOP woos blacks with “fried chicken and potato salad”  —  The Young Republicans convention was held in Indianapolis last weekend and their election of a racist, middle-aged woman as President isn't the only controversial item to come out of the GOP gathering.
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Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
Steele Says He'll Attract Diversity to GOP With “Fried Chicken and Potato Salad”  —  Last weekend, in a sit-down with bloggers during the Young Republicans convention in Indiana, RNC Chairman Michael Steele revealed his strategy for attracting diverse Republicans.
edlabor.house.gov:
America's Affordable Health Choices Act  —  The Chairmen of the three Committees with jurisdiction over health policy in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced comprehensive health care reform legislation on July 14 that will reduce out-of-control costs, encourage competition among insurance plans …
The State:
Sanford's office couldn't locate missing governor  —  E-mails, phone calls outline efforts to contact, cover for AWOL leader  —  Gov. Mark Sanford's chief of staff, Scott English, called the governor's cell phones 15 times during the governor's secret trip to Argentina to visit his lover last month.
Lisa Mascaro / Las Vegas Sun:
Ensign to stay in Senate, seek reelection  —  Fallout from affair, including ethics complaints, leaves him undeterred  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. John Ensign said Monday that not only does he have no intention of resigning in light of his affair and his parents' payout to the woman's family …
Mark Blumenthal / National Journal Online:
Obama Numbers Follow The Economy  —  Shift Among Independents May Have Been Overstated, But Bad Economic News Corresponds To Downward Trend  —  President Obama's job approval rating has fallen over the last two months, prompting two questions for pundits and pollsters.
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Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Bare-Faced Go-Away Bird  —  First, I'm going to Rwanda this weekend, on vacation.  I'm looking forward to it immensely, especially since I discovered that the Bare-Faced Go-Away Bird, which topped my list of Best Bird Names Ever nearly five years ago, lives there.  (And did you know that the name ‘Watusi’ comes from the Tutsi?
Lily Gordon / Ledger-Enquirer.com:
Soldier balks at deploying; says Obama isn't president  —  Says he shouldn't have to go to Afghanistan because Obama is not a U.S. citizen  —  U.S. Army Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook, set to deploy to Afghanistan, says he shouldn't have to go.  —  His reason?
Wall Street Journal:
The Small Business Surtax  —  The Obama Democrats pick income redistribution over job creation and economic growth.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Jason Furman owes an apology to Michael Boskin, the Stanford economist who wrote a year ago on these pages that Barack Obama would raise American income tax rates nearly to 60%.
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
The Little Scandal That Could  —  “We're not there yet,” one Democratic source on Capitol Hill said last week, when asked about the prospect for hearings on the Obama administration's firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin.  Congressional investigators are still conducting interviews …
Dan Lawton / Christian Science Monitor:
Nearly all my professors are Democrats.  Isn't that a problem?  —  After I posed that question, two faculty railed against me.  That's a sure sign that universities should address the lack of ideological diversity.  —  EUGENE, ORE. -  —  When I began examining the political affiliation …
Agence France Presse:
Hamas says Israel dumping aphrodisiac gum on Gaza  —  GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas suspects that Israeli intelligence services are supplying its Gaza Strip stronghold with chewing gum that boosts the sex drive in order to “corrupt the young,” an official said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Jihad Watch, FP Passport and Commentary
M Peretz / The New Republic:
A Bit More About Hillary...And a Tidbit About Her Friend Sidney  —  Apropos my last posting: what J.F.K. did was to substitute Mac Bundy for his secretary of state Dean Rusk.  —  What Barack Obama has done is make himself his own secretary of state.  No crime.
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and Wonkette
Financial Times:
Time to tackle the real evil: too much debt  —  The core of the problem, the unavoidable truth, is that our economic system is laden with debt, about triple the amount relative to gross domestic product that we had in the 1980s.  This does not sit well with globalisation.
 
 
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Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Goldman Sachs Earnings Easily Surpass Expectations
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Conor Clarke / Atlantic Correspondents:
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BBC:
Bride's bouquet brings down plane
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Obama preps for the pitchers mound
Ahmed Rehab / The Huffington Post:
The Islam-Basher and the Librarian Kerkuffle
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Associated Press:
Lavish Kennedy book to sell for $1k a copy
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Watching The Sotomayor Hearings
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Matt Yglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Thought of the Day  —  I would pay good money to hear Sonia Sotomayor …
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The Catholic Double Standard
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Morning Fix: Winners and Losers, Sotomayor Day 1
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