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2:25 PM ET, July 19, 2009

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Mark Sanford / The State:
An apology, and a pledge  —  I have struggled with how best to convey my regret in letting so many down, and in that regard I realize this column does not do justice to the process of saying “I am sorry.”  A hand-written note or phone call would ultimately be more appropriate …
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Mark Sanford / South Carolina Statehouse Blog:
Now and going forward
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Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
The Most Misunderstood Man in America  —  Joseph Stiglitz predicted the global financial meltdown.  So why can't he get any respect here at home?
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Paul Krugman:
Morning Joe  —  I think this Michael Hirsch piece on Joe Stiglitz somewhat misses the point.  —  Yes, Joe should be playing a bigger role — he's an insanely great economist, in ways you can't really appreciate unless you're deep into the field.  I'd say that he's more his generation's Paul Samuelson …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Sabina Amidi / Jerusalem Post:
‘I wed Iranian girls before execution’  —  Article's topics: Basiji, Ali Khamenei  —  In a shocking and unprecedented interview, directly exposing the inhumanity of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's religious regime in Iran, a serving member of the paramilitary Basiji militia has told this reporter …
Jim Robinson / freerepublic.com:
If we could get millions of Americans to march on Washington, what would we do?  —  Here is our recourse as declared by our Founding Fathers: … It cannot be denied that the central government has become destructive of our unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and our rights to live free.
James Lileks / New York Post:
JOE BIDEN'S TERRIBLE TRUTHS  —  HIS "GAFFES" REVEAL WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS REALLY THINKING  —  It takes years of yoga to learn the posture necessary for speaking clearly with all your feet in your mouth.  But for some the skill comes naturally, which brings us to Joe Biden.
Discussion: Power Line
NY Daily News:
Hooker who worked for Kristin Davis says Eliot Spitzer wasn't her only governor  —  Another gubernatorial sex scandal may be looming.  Even as South Carolina's Mark Sanford waits to see whether his wife, Jenny, forgives his romp in the pampas, a New York call girl could plunge one of America's …
Moshe Chayim / Jerusalem Post:
'We won't halt J'lem housing project'  —  Article's topics: United Stated, East Jerusalem, Michael Oren, Shepherd's Hotel, Irwin Moskowitz  —  Jerusalem is the “unified capital of Israel and the capital of the Jewish people, and sovereignty over it is indisputable,” …
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Associated Press:
Israel Told to Halt East Jerusalem Housing Project
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A Challenge to Climate Change Skeptics  —  John Hinderaker at the popular conservative blog PowerLine reports that it's been cold, cold, cold in his home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota, going to far as to compare it with “The Year Without a Summer”, 1816, when global temperatures were abnormally low …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The (Political) Stakes in Health Reform  —  An excellent point from Mark Kleiman.  In 1993, we had a new president elected on a promise of providing access to high-quality affordable health care to all Americans.  In 1994, that promise went down in flames.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Mark Kleiman / The RBC:   Hardball  —  In 1993, Democratic “centrists” on Capitol Hill …
BBC:
US names soldier in Taliban video  —  The video appears as broadcast from the internet source  —  The US military has identified a man shown on a Taliban video as an American soldier captured in Afghanistan.  —  He was named as Pte Bowe Bergdahl, 23, from Ketchum, Idaho.
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Orszag: Some who are advocating delay on health care are just trying to kill it.  —  Late this week, a group of Blue Dog Democrats in the House and six “centrist” Democrats urged their leadership to delay action on health care reform.  The White House has been insisting that Congress send …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Obama not stressing Aug. deadline
Frank Rich / New York Times:
They Got Some ‘Splainin’ to Do  —  AS political theater, the Sonia Sotomayor hearings tanked faster than the 2008 Fred Thompson presidential campaign.  They boasted no drama to rival the Clarence-Anita slapdown, the Bork hissy fits or the tearful exodus of Samuel Alito's wife.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Prairie Weather
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Leahy on Sotomayor: ‘Stop the racial politics’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor should be judged on the merits of her 17-year judicial record and the week of confirmation hearings that just ended rather …
Discussion: The Caucus
Edward M. Kennedy / Newsweek:
‘The Cause of My Life’  —  Inside the fight for universal health care. … From the magazine issue dated Jul 27, 2009  —  In 1964, I was flying with several companions to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention when our small plane crashed and burned short of the runway.
Discussion: The Caucus
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Congressman: Centrist Dems talking healthcare coalition with GOP  —  Some centrist House Democrats have reached out to Republicans to explore breaking with their party leadership on healthcare and crafting a reform bill with the rival GOP, one congressman claimed Saturday.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
For Republican Haley Barbour, Party and Personal Goals Coincide
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Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
One Newspaper, Many Checkbooks
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David Segal / New York Times:
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Beyond rationing: controlling more than “health”
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
No future  —  The “alarmism” of my book seems to be going mainstream.
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