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10:30 PM ET, June 26, 2009

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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 …
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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.
Donald Douglas / American Power:   Change! Obama Will Hold Terror Detainees Indefinitely!
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Is Obama Moving Toward An Executive Order On Detention Policy?
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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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.”
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Cap and trade vote today, complete with AP spin; Update: 300-page …
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Mark Greenblatt / Associated Press:
Houston doctor with Michael Jackson when he collapsed
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: House holds moment of silence for Michael Jackson
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 and Shakesville
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Associated Press:
Jenny Sanford: I Learned Of Affair In Jan.  —  Wife Of S.C. Governor Said She Discovered Letter From His Mistress  —  (AP) South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford says she discovered her husband's affair in January when she found a letter to the governor from his mistress.
Discussion: The Reaction and Hot Air
John M. Broder / New York Times:
House Passes Bill to Address Threat of Climate Change  —  WASHINGTON — Overcoming deep divisions within its Democratic majority, the House passed legislation on Friday intended to address the threat of global warming and transform the way the United States produces and uses energy.
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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.
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 …
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Ezra Klein:
Can We Save This Village?  —  Obviously, the path of least …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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Ezra Klein:
Does The White House Have a Secret Strategy for Health Reform?  —  As Paul Krugman writes today, it's a bit tricky to say exactly what the White House's bottom line is on health care — or even if it has one.  “The only thing that's non-negotiable is success,” Rahm Emmanuel likes to say.
Discussion: Campaign Silo and Hullabaloo
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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
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Michelle Malkin:
Cap and trade regulations: Do you trust this man?
Discussion: RedState
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.
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Videmus Omnia / Conservatives4Palin.com:
BUMPED: Video: Palin Addressing Troops in Kosovo; UPDATE: Additional Footage
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
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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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.
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.
Bloomberg:
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 …
Nikita Stewart / Washington Post:
D.C. Summer Jobs Contractor Fired for Posts on Twitter  —  The D.C. Department of Employment Services fired a contractor who was working with youths in the city's summer jobs program after officials became aware of messages on his Twitter site that Anacostia is “ghetto” and that he was loafing at work.
 
 
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