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7:20 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.
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 …
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).
Mark Greenblatt / Associated Press:
Houston doctor with Michael Jackson when he collapsed
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:
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 …
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Cap and trade vote today, complete with AP spin; Update: 300-page …
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.
Washington Post:
White House Drafts Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention of Terror Suspects  —  The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close Guantanamo, has drafted an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely …
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: Firedoglake
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 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.
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
Michelle Malkin:
Cap and tax liveblog, Pt II: Pay attention to House floor games; 14 undecideds; let's play “Where's the Bill?”  —  At approx. 2:35pm Eastern, GOP Rep. Joe Barton announced that there is now a placeholder in the bill to be determined later.  —  Barton notes that this is unprecedented.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Michelle Malkin:
Cap and trade regulations: Do you trust this man?
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Provocative Preventative Detention Proposal  —  I've gotten a copy of the model detention proposal that Brookings' Benjamin Wittes and colleague Colleen Peppard have prepared.  Why is this paper so significant?  It represents an effort — one of the first — to deal with an acute matter …
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.
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.”
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 …
Peter Feaver / Shadow Government:
Iraq on the knife's edge  —  With all the excitement further east, it is almost possible to forget that the coming week will be a momentous one for Iraq.  Almost possible, but not quite, because tragically, Iraq still generates more than its fair share of newsworthy events.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Obama signs war bill — with caveats
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.’
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Cap-and-Trade, State-by-State  —  Regional considerations tend …
Ezra Klein:
Is it Time to Get Rid of the Agricultural Committees?
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