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12:15 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:
Michelle Malkin:   Cap and tax liveblog: Democrats limit debate, stampede toward national energy tax
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).
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.
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 …
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Oops!  Sentinel's Spring Catalog, Featuring Book by Mark Sanford …
CNN:   Sanford plans to return to work Friday
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 and The Impolitic
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... I don't usually think of Sen. Jay Rockefeller …
Discussion: The Reaction
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 …
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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.”
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.
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
Lise Olsen / Houston Chronicle:
Judge Kent resigns amid impeachment proceedings  —  U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent resigned via an unusual no-frills letter that he hand-delivered in prison to two Senate officials who had come to serve a summons on him as part of ongoing impeachment proceedings in U.S. Congress.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
EPA plays hide and seek; suppressed report revealed  —  My syndicated column below slams the EPA for suppressing inconvenient truths about Obama's politicized global warming agenda.  As I blogged early Wednesday afternoon, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released e-mails detailing …
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.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Pastor Urges His Flock to Bring Guns to Church  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church here, is passionate about gun rights.  He shoots regularly at the local firing range, and his sermon two weeks ago was on “God, Guns, Gospel and Geometry.”
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
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.
Washington Post:
House Democrats Predict Narrow Win for Cap-and-Trade Bill  —  The House could vote today on a measure to cap U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, with Democratic leaders predicting a tight victory for a behemoth bill that has grown more complex with each compromise.
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 …
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