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8:05 PM ET, June 27, 2009


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Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Jackson, Sanford and weirdness  —  Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.  —  Recommend  —  In a lousy week, Mark Sanford had one stroke of luck: Michael Jackson chose the day after the governor's news conference to moonwalk into eternity …
Vinod Sreeharsha / New York Times:
Argentine Man Is Said to Be Source of Sanford E-Mail  —  BUENOS AIRES — The mystery of who revealed Gov. Mark Sanford's e-mail messages may finally be solved.  A business associate of Mr. Sanford's Argentine mistress said Friday that private messages between the two lovers had been sent anonymously …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
In Political Storm, Governor's Wife Is Hurt but Unbowed
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Agonist
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama contemplates Executive Order for detention without charges  —  (updated below)  —  When Obama first unveiled his “preventive detention” policy, many defenders praised him (and claimed he was different than Bush) because of his vow that — as he put it — “my Administration will work …
Darren Hutchinson / DISSENTING JUSTICE:
Indefinite Detention By Executive Order: Another Looming Disapp …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Obama Considering Unconstitutional Imposition Of Preventive Detention Policy
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and NPR
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Executive order might keep Gitmo inmates indefinitely
Discussion: Power Line
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ELITE EIGHT.... House Republicans wanted to put up a united front against the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), but eight GOP lawmakers — Reps. Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Mike Castle (Del.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), John McHugh (N.Y.), Dave Reichert …
Michelle Malkin:
The 8 cap-and-tax Republicans...and the 44 Democrats who voted no  —  Introducing the GOP's Cap-And-Tax 8...  I listed them earlier tonight, but am breaking out a separate post to spotlight them again.  —  The 8 cap-and-tax Republican turncoats again are:  —  Bono Mack (CA) (202) 225-5330
John / Power Line:
Bill?  What Bill?  —  At The Examiner, David Freddoso adds a coda to the bizarre story of the cap-and-trade energy tax that passed the House yesterday.  The bill that the House voted on doesn't, strictly speaking, exist: … I can answer that question: none.  There hasn't been time to do so.
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
On the House floor  —  By all appearances, the House is about to vote on a very long bill of which it has no completed official copy.  —  Texas Republican Reps. Joe Barton and Louie Gohmert have just asked the chair whether there exists a complete, updated copy of the Waxman-Markey carbon-cap bill.
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Froomkin Departs, Leaving Angry Loyalists And Questions  —  Dan Froomkin's online White House Watch ended today in The Post, leaving an army of angry followers and a string of unanswered questions about the decision to terminate his contract.  —  His release sparked an outcry from a loyal audience built after five and a half years.
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Climate Vote Shows White House Still Really Knows How To Work The Hill  —  You don't have to like the climate bill that was approved last night by the House to be impressed by the White House's ability to get it passed.  The bill 219-212, with eight Republican votes in favor.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Baucus ups pressure on health groups  —  The Senate Finance Committee is pressuring hospitals and insurers to follow the lead of the pharmaceutical industry and pony up to help pay for health reform, industry insiders say.  —  With the Democrats' high-stakes gambit to overhaul …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Donklephant
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THIS WEEK IN GOD.... First up from the God Machine this week is the resolution of a recent controversy involving the late Jerry Falwell's college in Virginia, which no longer wanted to allow its students to organize an official Democratic student group on campus.
Michael Yon:
The Road to Hell: Part II  —  27 June 2009  —  With so many contractors, journalists, and even tourists floating around Afghanistan, some are bound to be kidnapped.  The recent escape by David Rohde provides a happy conclusion, though these things often end up with a bullet in the head, or a head sawed off for all to see.
Discussion: Hot Air
Los Angeles Times:
House climate bill passes by slim margin  —  In a 219-212 vote, sweeping legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions is a major victory for Obama and Pelosi.  —  Reporting from Washington — In one of the narrowest votes in its recent history, the House on Friday evening passed a sweeping energy …
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Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Regulation and Distrust  —  In an interesting paper, Aghion …
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Parents separated from baby after transfer to US hospital …
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
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