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12:05 AM ET, June 27, 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 …
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 …
Congressman Dennis Kucinich:
Kucinich: “Passing a weak bill today gives us weak environmental policy tomorrow”
Discussion: Raw Story and MyDD
Greenpeace Opposes Waxman-Markey
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: Shakesville
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 Politico, The Reaction and Hot Air
Swopa / Firedoglake:
A Tale of Two Moralities  —  When South Carolina governor Mark Sanford made his rambling, tearful admission of infidelity on Wednesday, some people felt a bit of sympathy for him.  Sure, he probably had no intention of coming clean until he was caught in the act of returning from Buenos Aires …
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Calls for Sanford's Resignation Quiet
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Note
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 …
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
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.
Lachlan Markay / Washington Examiner:
Climate bill clears House in close vote  —  WASHINGTON — The highly publicized Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill (H.R. 2454) cleared the House Friday afternoon by a roll call vote of 219 to 212.  —  Proponents hailed its passage as a crucial step towards the creation of what prominent Democrats have called a new green energy economy.
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.
Arizona Republic:
Democrats confident as vote nears on landmark climate bill  —  WASHINGTON - House Democrats grew increasingly confident on Thursday that they have the votes to deliver on one of President Barack Obama's highest priorities - a landmark effort to fight global warming and boost alternatives to fossil fuels.
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.
Videmus Omnia /
BUMPED: Video: Palin Addressing Troops in Kosovo; UPDATE: Additional Footage
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Michelle Malkin:
Cap and trade regulations: Do you trust this man?  —  This is a red flag.  On the House floor this afternoon, Barney Frank explained the “placeholder” in the cap and trade bill that apparently will deal with regulations of financial derivatives market associated with reducing carbon emissions.
Discussion: RedState
Michelle Malkin:
Cap and tax liveblog, Pt II: Pay attention to House floor games …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
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.
Plain Dealer:
Members of U.S. House Financial Services Committee snapped up or dumped bank stocks as bottom fell out of market  —  WASHINGTON — As financial markets tumbled and the government worked to stave off panic by pumping billions of dollars into banks last fall, several members of Congress who oversee …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Iraq on the knife's edge
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Washington Post
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
300 Pages Out of Thin Air
Unions' Health Benefits May Avoid Tax Under Proposal
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
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‘The Stoning of Soraya M.’
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Cap-and-Trade, State-by-State  —  Regional considerations tend …
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