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6:35 PM ET, June 26, 2009


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Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
From the White House Files: A Fight Over Michael Jackson  —  The death of Michael Jackson on Thursday recalled his brush a quarter century ago with an aide to President Ronald Reagan — John G. Roberts Jr., who would go on to become chief justice of the United States.
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).
Jackson dies, almost takes Internet with him  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — How many people does it take to break the Internet?  On June 25, we found out it's just one — if that one is Michael Jackson.  —  The biggest showbiz story of the year saw the troubled star take a good slice …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: House holds moment of silence for Michael Jackson
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 …
Greenpeace Opposes Waxman-Markey  —  Climate Bill not Science-Based; Benefits Polluters  —  WASHINGTON, D.C., United States — In advance of tomorrow's vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act in the House of Representatives, Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaigns Director Carroll Muffett issued the following statement:
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Cap and trade vote today, complete with AP spin; Update: 300-page, last-minute amendment; Update: Greenpeace opposes  —  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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Cap and tax liveblog: Democrats limit debate, stampede toward national energy tax  —  Scroll for continuous updates...there will be 3 hours of general debate and a grand total of 1 GOP amendment...  9:36am: GOP Rep. Pete Sessions is on the House floor right now blasting Dems, who just moved to limit debate.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Hot Air
Dan Froomkin / White House Watch:
White House Watched  —  Today's column is my last for The Washington Post.  And the first thing I want to say is thank you.  Thank you to all you readers, e-mailers, commenters, questioners, Facebook friends and Twitterers for spending your time with me and engaging with me over the years.
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.
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Sanford: King David Didn't Resign, So Why Should I?  —  Mark Sanford has been holding a televised cabinet meeting this afternoon.  —  And the South Carolina governor started out by using an interesting comparison to respond to calls for his resignation.  King David didn't back down after …
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Does The White House Have a Secret Strategy for Health Reform?
Discussion: Campaign Silo
Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Iranian cleric says “rioters” should be executed  —  TEHRAN (Reuters) - A hardline Iranian cleric called on Friday for the execution of leading “rioters” to teach a lesson to the tens of thousands who have protested against the result of the presidential election two weeks ago.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Cap-and-Trade, State-by-State  —  Regional considerations tend to loom larger in debates over environmental policy than in other sorts of affairs.  Some states consume more energy than others.  Some states have more carbon-intensive economies than others.  Some states are more or less likely …
Arnold Kling / The Atlantic Business Channel:
The Obama Pattern  —  The Obama Administration appears to me to be pursuing many goals, poorly.  Here are four:  —  1) The stimulus failed to meet Larry Summers' famous criteria of timely, targeted, or temporary.  —  2) The cap and trade legislation maximizes rent-seeking …
Ezra Klein:
Can We Save This Village?  —  Obviously, the path of least …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Think Progress:
Rep. Broun receives applause on the House floor for calling global warming a ‘hoax.’  —  During the floor debate this morning over the historic American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) received a round of applause from GOP colleagues when he claimed that man …
Chicago Tribune:
U. of I. jobs-for-entry scheme  —  E-mails reveal law school put a price on admission of unqualified candidate  —  What does it cost to get an unqualified student into the University of Illinois law school?  —  Five jobs for graduating law students, suggest internal e-mails released Thursday.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Palin Responds To Sen. Kerry Joke: “Why The Long Face?”  —  Speaking to a group of servicemen in Kosovo, Gov. Sarah Palin responded to a crack made by Sen. John Kerry earlier this week.  Sen. Kerry joked he wished Palin went missing along with Sanford.  “He looked quite frustrated and he looked so sad,” she said.
Detroit Free Press:
Monica Conyers pleads guilty to conspiracy  —  She faces up to 5 years in prison  —  Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers pleaded guilty this morning to conspiring to commit bribery and is free on personal bond.  —  U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn said, “The defendant now stands convicted.”
Associated Press:
House Democrats win key test vote on climate bill  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats narrowly won a key test vote Friday on sweeping legislation to combat global warming and usher in a new era of cleaner energy.  Republicans said the bill included “the largest tax increase in American history.”
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Joe Biden Gaffe update: He fires N.J. gov, moves another guy in  —  For your Joe Biden Gaffe files:  —  Washington.  Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  LGBT fundraiser.  Hauled in about $1 mill.  33% better than last year with Michelle Obama.  —  Maybe four dozen protesters outside …
Gateway Pundit:
AWESOME!... Iranian Protesters Produce Their Own “Beat It” Video  —  Revolution Wear: Purse, mask, veil, rocks—  Awesome— Iranian Freedom Fighters adopt Michael Jackson's “Beat It” as new theme song:  —  “Beat It!”  —  Via YFrog  —  The protesters have courage.  —  Courage and preparation.
Unions' Health Benefits May Avoid Tax Under Proposal  —  The U.S. Senate proposal to impose taxes for the first time on “gold-plated” health plans may bypass generous employee benefits negotiated by unions.  —  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, the chief congressional advocate …
Robert Mentzer / Wausau Daily Herald:
‘Joe the Plumber’ shares conservative views  —  Conservatives in Wausau on Thursday decried President Barack Obama's economic policies at a gathering hosted by the conservative free-market group Americans for Prosperity.  —  The event, called “Pints and Politics,” brought to town Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher …
Paul J. Nyden /
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Obama signs war bill — with caveats  —  President Obama signed the $106 billion war-spending bill into law Friday, but not without taking a page from his predecessor and ignoring a few elements in legislation.  —  Obama included a five-paragraph signing statement with the bill …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ari Shapiro / NPR:
Proposal Offers Specifics On Preventive Detention  —  · Ever since President Obama proposed holding terrorism detainees without trial, the debate over preventive detention has been growing.  Now, NPR has the first look at a detailed legislative proposal to hold detainees indefinitely.
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Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
300 Pages Out of Thin Air
T. Boone Pickens / The Huffington Post:
Calling It Like I See It  —  I'm a pretty straightforward guy.
Nikita Stewart / Washington Post:
D.C. Summer Jobs Contractor Fired for Posts on Twitter
Kevin Thomas / Los Angeles Times:
‘The Stoning of Soraya M.’
Brown vs. Newsom: The Tale of the Tape
Discussion: Calitics and
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
The Age of Jackson  —  I heartily applaud Jonah's nicely balanced …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Ezra Klein:
Is it Time to Get Rid of the Agricultural Committees?
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Paul Briand / Portsmouth Herald:
GOP Boss Sununu: Democrats sold out