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4:45 PM ET, June 26, 2009

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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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Greenpeace:
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
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.
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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).
CNN:
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 …
TMZ.com:
Michael Jackson — The 911 Call
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
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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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... I don't usually think of Sen. Jay Rockefeller …
Discussion: The Reaction
ABCNEWS:
Sanford Was One of Many Who Criticized Clinton  —  S.C. Gov. Sanford Wasn't the Only One Who Criticized Bill Clinton for His Indiscretions  —  South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is the latest member of the ever-growing club of politicians who have strayed from their wives …
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
A Star Idolized and Haunted, Michael Jackson Dies at 50  —  LOS ANGELES — For his legions of fans, he was the Peter Pan of pop music: the little boy who refused to grow up.  But on the verge of another attempted comeback, he is suddenly gone, this time for good.
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Los Angeles Times:
Michael Jackson's life was infused with fantasy and tragedy
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.”
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 …
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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.
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.
The Nation:
Our Jobless Recovery  —  President Obama just told us that the economic stimulus plan has “already saved or created” 150,000 jobs and that another 450,000 will be “saved or created” by the end of the summer, including 125,000 summer-only jobs for students.  It's hard for us to see how this …
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.”
Discussion: Townhall.com and NewsBusters.org
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.
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 …
BBC:
China ‘to block’ Hummer takeover  —  A Chinese firm's bid to buy the gas-guzzling Hummer car brand will be blocked on environmental grounds, according to Chinese state radio.  —  Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery emerged as the surprise buyer for the brand earlier this year.
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 …
 
 
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John Derbyshire / The Corner:
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