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7:05 AM ET, June 26, 2009


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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.
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.
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
Los Angeles Times:
Michael Jackson's life was infused with fantasy and tragedy
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Jackson & amp; DC: We almost knew ya
Discussion: Time and Wilshire & Washington
Los Angeles Times:
Michael Jackson dead at 50
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 …
Governor Hit the Bar with the Mistress  —  We've been on the hunt in Buenos Aires, Argentina and found the bar where Governor Mark Sanford brought his mistress — so how do you say PDA in Spanish?  —  Carlos Soto, the owner of Guido's Bar, says he's seen Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur …
CNN:   Sanford plans to return to work Friday
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
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Obey-Waters clash on House floor UPDATED  —  House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wisc.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) engaged in a late afternoon shouting match on the House floor after Obey reportedly rebuffed Waters on a $1 million earmark request, aides and witnesses said.
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.
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
Limbaugh to GOP: ‘Screw it’  —  Defying parody once again, Rush Limbaugh lays the Sanford affair at President Obama's feet: … I guess this means we can look forward to a lot more GOP sex scandals...  (via TPM; full audio here)  —Christopher Orr
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Neocons Bemoan USA Soccer Victory  —  Gary Schmitt, formerly of the Project for a New American Century, has a bizarre post up at an AEI blog in which he laments the fact that the United States upset Spain in the Confederation Cup, then further laments the fact that soccer exhibits a high degree …
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Specter: Schumer Has It Right On The Public Option
Discussion: Open Left
John / Power Line:
Cap and Trade to Limp Across Finish Line?  —  It looks that way, in the House, anyway.  With a vote scheduled to take place tomorrow, Nancy Pelosi thinks she has barely enough votes to pass one of the great follies in legislative history, the carbon tax.  It will be close, though …
Bernie Becker / The Caucus:
Joint Gore-Pelosi Event on Climate Change Canceled
Discussion: Swampland
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Iran ambassador suggests CIA could have killed Neda Soltan  —  Sometimes it seems Wolf Blitzer has interviewed pretty much every single person on the planet by now on CNN's “The Situation Room.”  Fact is, Wolfie is literally, a stand-up interviewer and a real pro, even with people you don't know.
BBC:   Final moments  —  Neda was standing a metre away from me …
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
ABC's White House special struggled for viewers  —  President Obama's town hall meeting on health care delivered a sickly rating Wednesday evening.  —  The one-hour ABC News special “Primetime: Questions for the President: Prescription for America” (4.7 million viewers …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: Law need not bow to chemistry  —  Analysis  —  Expressing a heavy dose of skepticism that crime lab reports are so reliable as to be beyond question, the Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for chemists and other scientists who prepare such reports to be summoned …
Discussion: Reason
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Says Child's Rights Violated by Strip Search
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
Michelle Malkin:
Bad taste award  —  I don't find anything funny about the Sanford affair.  It's the mom in me thinking about four handsome boys on Father's Day weekend abandoned by their stupid, selfish father, who was busy tanning with his mistress in Argentina.  Heart-breaking.  Yes.  Nauseating.  Yes.
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