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11:15 AM ET, June 26, 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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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Some Quick Thoughts on Michael Jackson  —  Generally speaking, I'm a believer in the rule that we should not speak ill of the dead.  Or at least we should wait a decent interval before doing so (if we never spoke ill of the dead, history would be meaningless).
Discussion: Samizdata.net
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Most S.C. Voters See Sanford's Ethics As Norm for Politicians, But 46% Say He Should Resign  —  South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford cheated on his wife, lied to his family and staff, decided to get away from his children on Father's Day and disappeared from the country without making arrangements …
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The Bizarre / The News Bizarre:
María Belén Chapur Photo Mark Stanford Lover Named  —  NEWS BIZARRE Exlusive: Pictures of Mark Stanford mistress, Maria Belen Chapur...  Maria Benlen Chapur lover to South Carolina Governor..  —  The woman at the centre of the Mark Sanford South Carolina Governor love affair …
CNN:   Sanford plans to return to work Friday
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Florida Governor
Wall Street Journal:
The Climate Change Climate Change  —  The number of skeptics is swelling everywhere.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Steve Fielding recently asked the Obama administration to reassure him on the science of man-made global warming.  When the administration proved unhelpful …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Cap and trade vote today, complete with AP spin; Update: 300-page, last-minute amendment  —  In pre-Norman England, King Canute once had his bearers carry him to the sea, where he ordered the ocean to recede.  Often this story is told to indict Canute for having delusions of grandeur …
IBDeditorials.com:
Waxman-Markey: Man-Made Disaster  —  Fiscal Policy: The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on an anti-stimulus package that in the name of saving the earth will destroy the American economy.  Smoot-Hawley will seem like a speed bump.  —  Business & Regulation
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New York Post:
BAD ‘WEEK’ FOR MORNING JOE  —  MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was all set to appear this Sunday on ABC's “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos until yesterday, when Scarborough canceled because David Gregory, the host of NBC's “Meet the Press,” allegedly threw a fit.
Paul J. Nyden / sundaygazettemail.com:
Rockefeller wants to cut private health insurance influence  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., dates his concerns about health care back to 1964, when he first moved to West Virginia as a VISTA volunteer.  —  “The town of Emmons was a place where nobody had health care.
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... I don't usually think of Sen. Jay Rockefeller …
Discussion: The Reaction
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 …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Not Enough Audacity  —  When it comes to domestic policy, there are two Barack Obamas.  —  On one side there's Barack the Policy Wonk, whose command of the issues — and ability to explain those issues in plain English — is a joy to behold.  —  But on the other side there's Barack the Post-Partisan …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Specter: Schumer Has It Right On The Public Option  —  Speaking moments ago to a large and animated crowd of union organizers and health reform advocates in a brewing house just North of the Capitol, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) said he supports a public insurance option.
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Josh Drobnyk / Pennsylvania Ave.:   Specter backs public option on health care
CNSNews:
Harry Reid Confesses He Didn't Have a ‘Lot of Time’ to Read Stimulus Bill—But Won't Commit to Giving Public a Week to Read Health-Care Bill Before Senate Votes on It  —  (CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) will not commit to giving senators and the public a full week …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Betsy's Page
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Spy v. Spy: Joe Decides  —  Vice President Joe Biden has been asked to quickly mediate a long-standing institutional dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Director of National Intelligence, a signal that President Obama's National Security Council could not reach a consensus …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh suggests Obama may be catalyst for Sanford's affair  —  From the June 25 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:  —  Please upgrade your flash player.  The video for this item requires a newer version of Flash Player.  If you are unable to install flash you can download a QuickTime version of the video.
Paul Briand / Portsmouth Herald:
GOP Boss Sununu: Democrats sold out  —  Ex-governor blames state budget and gay marriage on Legislature serving special interests … news@seacoastonline.com  —  PORTSMOUTH — John H. Sununu, former Republican governor and current chairman of the state GOP, said Thursday the state budget passed …
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Neocons Bemoan USA Soccer Victory
Discussion: EPL Talk
 
 
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