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1:25 AM ET, June 26, 2009


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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.
Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
Michael Jackson is dead [Updated]  —  Latest news: Pop star Michael Jackson dead at 50  —  Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead today after paramedics found him in a coma at his Bel-Air mansion, city and law enforcement sources told The Times.  —  Los Angeles Fire Department …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Reaction
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Jackson & amp; DC: We almost knew ya
Discussion: Time and Wilshire & Washington
Los Angeles Times:
Pop star Michael Jackson dead at 50
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 …
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 …
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.  —  —  South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's mistress …
The Hill:
Obey, Waters in noisy floor fight  —  Two Democrats got into a verbal altercation — and according to one a physical one — on the floor of the House on Thursday night over an appropriations earmark one was seeking.  —  After the House floor had largely cleared following a series of votes …
Discussion: Say Anything, YID With LID and Hot Air
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Obey-Waters clash on House floor UPDATED  —  House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wisc.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) engaged in a late afternoon shouting match on the House floor after Obey reportedly rebuffed Waters on a $1 million earmark request, aides and witnesses said.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's Michael Dukakis moment
The Huffington Post:
Kerry Pushes For Public Option Trigger In Closed-Door Meeting  —  In a closed-door meeting of Senate Finance Committee Democratic members and their staff Wednesday evening, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) suggested that if the committee bill didn't have enough votes for a public option it include …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Specter: Schumer Has It Right On The Public Option
Discussion: Open Left
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Liberals Draw Hard Line on Health Reform
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Donklephant
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Neocons Bemoan USA Soccer Victory  —  Gary Schmitt, formerly of the Project for a New American Century, has a bizarre post up at an AEI blog in which he laments the fact that the United States upset Spain in the Confederation Cup, then further laments the fact that soccer exhibits a high degree …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
The Never-Ending Neoconservative War On Soccer
Discussion: EPL Talk
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
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Limbaugh On The Sanford Affair: It's Obama's Fault!  —  On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh offered his own explanation for the Mark Sanford scandal: That Sanford flew out of the country to have an affair because President Obama drove him over the edge:  —  “This is almost like …
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: Law need not bow to chemistry
Discussion: Reason
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
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:   Iran ambassador suggests CIA could have killed Neda Soltan
Lynn Sweet:
Obama at West Wing door to reporters heading to dunk tank with Gibbs.  “They won't let me take a shot.”  —  Sweet pitching at Dunk Booth with Robert Gibbs on the South Lawn of the White House on luau night, June 25, 2009 (Photos by David Corn)  —  WASHINGTON—As reporters were escorted …
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Caucus
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 …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann Warns Of Link Between Census, Japanese Internment
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.
John / Power Line:
Cap and Trade to Limp Across Finish Line?  —  It looks that way, in the House, anyway.  With a vote scheduled to take place tomorrow, Nancy Pelosi thinks she has barely enough votes to pass one of the great follies in legislative history, the carbon tax.  It will be close, though …
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