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9:45 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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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.
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.
Discussion: The Reaction
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Some Quick Thoughts on Michael Jackson
Discussion: Samizdata.net
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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 …
CNN:   Sanford plans to return to work Friday
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.
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Chris Orr / The New Republic:
Limbaugh to GOP: ‘Screw it’
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 …
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: The Politico, YID With LID and Hot Air
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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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Neocons Bemoan USA Soccer Victory
Spectator:
The Never-Ending Neoconservative War On Soccer
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 …
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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
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Bernie Becker / The Caucus:
Joint Gore-Pelosi Event on Climate Change Canceled
Discussion: Swampland
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: Washington Monthly
Auerback Marshall / New Deal 2.0:
Risk of major social upheaval likely if bank bonanza continues  —  Is a Democratic administration and a Democratically controlled Congress presiding over one of the most regressive wealth transfers in history?  Roosevelt Institute Braintruster Marshall Auerback investigates.
Discussion: naked capitalism
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and A Blog For All
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
 
 
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