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12:55 PM ET, June 28, 2009


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Honduran leader forced into exile  —  Troops in Honduras have detained the president and flown him out of the country after a power struggle over plans to change the constitution.  —  President Manuel Zelaya was flown to Costa Rica from an air force base outside the capital, Tegucigalpa.
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
Coup in Honduras  —  UPDATED  —  Honduran troops have arrested president Manuel Zelaya, who then was taken to an air base outside of Tegucigalpa.  —  AP reports … Zelaya was arrested right before the voting on the referendum was scheduled to start.  The referendum had been declared unlawful by the country's courts.
Associated Press:
Soldiers arrest Honduran president: AP+  —  Soldiers on Sunday arrested the Honduran president and took him to an air force base just before voting was to begin on a disputed constitutional election, according to the Associated Press.  —  President Manuel Zelaya's private secretary told …
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:
Private secretary: Soldiers arrest Honduran president on day of disputed referendum
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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.
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.
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
The Pitfalls of the Public Option  —  IN the debate over health care reform, one issue looms large: whether to have a public option.  Should all Americans have the opportunity to sign up for government-run health insurance?  —  President Obama has made his own preferences clear.
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Health-Care Activists Are Targeting Democrats Who Are Usually Allies  —  Sniping Among Liberals May Jeopardize Votes Needed to Pass Bill  —  In the high-stakes battle over health care, a growing cadre of liberal activists is aiming its sharpest firepower against Democratic senators …
Washington Post:
Most Americans Want Sotomayor on Supreme Court, Poll Indicates  —  Poll Indicates That 62 Percent Think Federal Judge Should Be Confirmed by Senate  —  A sizable majority of Americans want the Senate to confirm Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and most call her “about right” …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IDEOLOGICAL INFERENCE.... When it comes to political commentary and analysis, it's easy to make certain assumptions about the perspective of the writer/speaker.  It's a lazy habit that many of us make, and I include myself in this.  If a prominent political media voice was critical of Bush/Cheney, one assumes he/she is on the left.
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and Balloon Juice
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Political Shifts on Gay Rights Lag Behind Culture  —  WASHINGTON — For 15 minutes in the Oval Office the other day, one of President Obama's top campaign lieutenants, Steve Hildebrand, told the president about the “hurt, anxiety and anger” that he and other gay supporters felt over the slow pace …
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: Clusterstock
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
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Agonist
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