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2:30 AM ET, June 28, 2009


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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner: Climate bill a ‘pile of s—t’  —  Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) had a few choice words about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) landmark climate-change bill after its passage Friday.  —  When asked why he read portions of the cap-and-trade bill on the floor Friday night …
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 …
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 …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
In Political Storm, Governor's Wife Is Hurt but Unbowed  —  As Jenny Sanford headed off for a boating trip, the day after her husband, Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, told the world he had been unfaithful, she met the throng of reporters waiting outside her South Carolina vacation home …
Discussion: The Agonist
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
British Rum Maker Got a $2.7 Billion Payout from TARP  —  I'm getting so tired of these stories.  I mean, what's the point?  Americans are perfectly happy to stay home and watch TV while our elected officials rob us blind and we struggle along without needed health care:
Discussion: Bloomberg
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
In Tehran, a Mood of Melancholy Descends  —  TEHRAN — An eerie stillness has settled over this normally frenetic city.  In more settled times, the streets are clogged with honking cars and cranky commuters grousing about the lack of decent parking.  —  But on Saturday, few cars and relatively few people were on the streets.
Discussion: Guardian and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
José María Aznar / Wall Street Journal:
Silence Has Consequences for Iran  —  The less we protest, the more people will die.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  If there hadn't been dissidents in the Soviet Union, the Communist regime never would have crumbled.  And if the West hadn't been concerned about their fate, Soviet leaders would have ruthlessly done away with them.
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Flopping Aces
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
On the House floor
New York Times:
Little Hope for G.O.P. to Support Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are finding much to dislike in Democratic health care proposals, illustrating the immense difficulty Democrats face in fashioning an overhaul that can attract enough Republican support to be portrayed as bipartisan.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama contemplates Executive Order for detention without charges  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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 …
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: NPR
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Parents separated from baby after transfer to US hospital because they lack passports  —  HAMILTON — A critically-ill premature-born baby from Hamilton is all alone in a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital after she was turned away for treatment at local facility and transferred across the border without her parents, who don't have passports.
Discussion: The Reaction
Karen Bass / Los Angeles Times:
Madam Speaker  —  An interview with state Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.  —  Since California added term limits to the political rule book in 1990, the piece of furniture occupied by the speaker of the California Assembly has become both a musical chair and an ejector seat.  We've had nine speakers in 14 years.
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