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7:20 PM ET, June 25, 2009

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TMZ.com:
Michael Jackson Dies  —  We've just learned Michael Jackson has died.  He was 50.  —  Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon and paramedics were unable to revive him.  We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.
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Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
Michael Jackson is dead [Updated]  —  [Updated at 3:15 p.m.: Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead by doctors this afternoon after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma, city and law enforcement sources told The Times.]  —  [Updated at 2:46 p.m.: Jackson is in a coma and his family …
Discussion: TMZ.com, Swampland, TalkLeft and La Figa
msnbc.com:
Singer Michael Jackson dead at 50  —  Newspaper reports pop star wasn't breathing when ambulance arrived  —  Michael Jackson had been planning to start a series of comeback concerts in London and had been rehearsing in the Los Angeles area for the past two months.
Discussion: Roger Ailes and Mashable!
New York Times:
Michael Jackson, 50, Is Dead  —  This post is written by Brooks Barnes in Los Angeles and Ben Sisario and Brian Stelter in New York.  —  Quincy Jones Reacts |  7:06 p.m. “I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news,” the music producer Quincy Jones said in a statement read by MSNBC.
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
CNN:
Reports: Michael Jackson has died  —  (CNN) — Entertainer Michael Jackson has died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest, according to multiple reports including the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press.  CNN has not confirmed his death.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's Michael Dukakis moment  —  Barack Obama got ABC to move their news division into the White House in order to make the big pitch for his egalitarian, everyone-gets-treated-equally ObamaCare push.  Instead, Obama fumbled into a Michael Dukakis moment that exposed him as a hypocrite.
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Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
ABC's White House special struggled for viewers  —  President Obama's town hall meeting on health care delivered a sickly rating Wednesday evening.  —  The one-hour ABC News special “Primetime: Questions for the President: Prescription for America” (4.7 million viewers …
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama discusses deathbed measures  —  At a healthcare town hall, he says stopping futile procedures for the terminally ill can lower costs.  —  Reporting from Washington — President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive …
Gina Smith / The State:
Hunch leads to airport and tired, troubled Sanford  —  It was about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday as I stood in the waiting area at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, squinting my eyes to see whether Gov. Mark Sanford was part of a crowd exiting the plane from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Fox News:
Sanford's Mistress Identified as Professional, Passionate and Beautiful Brunette  —  Details are emerging about South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's mistress, whom he visited in Argentina last week after his wife told him to leave.  —  FOXNews.com  —  South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's mistress …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Exclusive: Sanford booked 10-day getaway  —  On or around the day his wife asked him to move out, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford booked a ten-day trip to Buenos Aires, a person familiar with the governor's travel plans told POLITICO.  —  Sanford booked the trip on Delta Air Lines on June 10 …
TMZ.com:
Governor Hit the Bar with the Mistress  —  We've been on the hunt in Buenos Aires, Argentina and found the bar where Governor Mark Sanford brought his mistress — so how do you say PDA in Spanish?  —  Carlos Soto, the owner of Guido's Bar, says he's seen Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur …
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Says Child's Rights Violated by Strip Search  —  WASHINGTON — In a ruling of interest to educators, parents and students across the country, the Supreme Court ruled, 8 to 1, on Thursday that the strip search of a 13-year-old Arizona girl by school officials who were looking …
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Chris Orr / The New Republic:
Limbaugh to GOP: ‘Screw it’  —  Defying parody once again, Rush Limbaugh lays the Sanford affair at President Obama's feet: … I guess this means we can look forward to a lot more GOP sex scandals...  (via TPM; full audio here)  —Christopher Orr
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Limbaugh On The Sanford Affair: It's Obama's Fault!
Michelle Malkin:
Bad taste award  —  I don't find anything funny about the Sanford affair.  It's the mom in me thinking about four handsome boys on Father's Day weekend abandoned by their stupid, selfish father, who was busy tanning with his mistress in Argentina.  Heart-breaking.  Yes.  Nauseating.  Yes.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and alicublog
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Gary Schmitt / The Enterprise Blog:
The Not-so-beautiful Game  —  Yesterday, in what might be one of most stunning upsets ever, the U.S. men's soccer team beat Spain 2-0.  In doing so, the U.S. team beat the top-ranked national team in the world, ended Spain's record-setting unbeaten streak of 35 games, and put the Americans …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Spectator:
The Never-Ending Neoconservative War On Soccer
Discussion: EPL Talk and Reuters
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Neocons Bemoan USA Soccer Victory
Discussion: New York Times
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin hits back at ‘malicious’ photo  —  (CNN) - A week after a high-profile uproar with comedian David Letterman over the late-night host's joke about her daughter, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is again sharply responding to the appearance of her children in the public sphere.
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Emanuel: Sanford needed a cigarette  —  Perhaps no one knows how to butter up reporters better than White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.  —  The longtime Washington insider is known for personally reaching out to reporters and always being cognizant of the media landscape.
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Peter Baker / New York Times:   How a Blogger's News Conference Query Came About
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Bachmann's Latest Irrational Fear About The Census: It Was Used To Intern The Japanese  —  Last week, Rep. Michele “I'm not a kook” Bachmann (R-MN) boasted about breaking the law in refusing to complete the 2010 Census.  The Census is the perfect boogeyman for Bachmann in that it unites …
Wall Street Journal:
The Cap and Tax Fiction  —  Democrats off-loading economics to pass climate change bill.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put cap-and-trade legislation on a forced march through the House, and the bill may get a full vote as early as Friday.
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Mir-Hossein Mousavi slams Iran's leaders  —  Mousavi speaks out after days of quiet, blasting the nation's supreme leader and state-controlled media.  He promises to continue his campaign to have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection annulled.  —  Reporting from Tehran — After days of relative quiet …
BBC:
Final moments  —  Neda was standing a metre away from me... I saw blood gushing out of her chest"  —  The doctor who tried to save an Iranian protester as she bled to death on a street in Tehran has told the BBC of her final moments.  —  Dr Arash Hejazi, who is studying at a university …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Akiva Eldar / Haaretz:
Europeans: Gilad Shalit transfer to Egypt imminent  —  European diplomatic sources said Thursday that kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit will be transferred to Egypt in the coming hours or coming days.  —  This information has yet to be confirmed by Israeli officials.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems see agenda slipping  —  There is a growing sense among Democrats that they will not be able to accomplish the entire agenda leaders set for 2009, pushing major policy debates into the midterm election year.  —  Concerns over the cost of overhauling the nation's healthcare system have served as a wake-up call to lawmakers.
 
 
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