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7:50 AM ET, June 29, 2009

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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WSJ: White House tried to prevent Honduran president's ouster  —  Via Gateway Pundit.  I understood The One's logic for not wanting to meddle in Iran.  I don't understand his logic for wanting to meddle in Honduras. … Read Fausta's amazing round-up of what happened here.
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Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times:
Honduran President Is Ousted in Coup  —  MEXICO CITY — The Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted by the army on Sunday after pressing ahead with plans for a referendum that opponents said could lay the groundwork for his eventual re-election, in the first military coup in Central America since the end of the cold war.
Wall Street Journal:
Honduras Tense After Army Coup  —  By PAUL KIERNAN in Tegucigalpa and JOSE DE CORDOBA in Mexico City  —  TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Soldiers stormed the house of leftist President Manuel Zelaya in a predawn raid Sunday, arresting him and removing him from power amid a growing crisis over Mr. Zelaya's plans to try to get re-elected.
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
Coup in Honduras - Correction: This is NOT a coup  —  UPDATED throughout the day  —  Please read the 1:50PM update.  The Honduran Supreme Court of Justice has confirmed that Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was detained this morning by the military in compliance with an order of the courts of law.
Wall Street Journal:   Honduras Defends Its Democracy
Los Angeles Times:
Honduran president ousted in coup; replacement is named
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Barack Obama, Our Personal Trainer  —  Here's how President Obama concluded an interview in the Oval Office today: … All hail our new personal trainer!  Until he entered the White House, everyone was a mere couch potato.  —  Funny.  I'd thought that, a couple of years ago …
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Opposes Trade Sanctions in Climate Bill  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Sunday praised the energy bill passed by the House late last week as an “extraordinary first step,” but he spoke out against a provision that would impose trade penalties on countries that do not accept limits on global warming pollution.
New York Times:
Interview With President Obama on Climate Bill
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
NY Daily News:
Aide's tale of John Edwards sex tape  —  Former presidential candidate John Edwards is out of luck if he hoped that the extramarital affairs of Gov. Mark Sanford and Sen. John Ensign would take people's minds off his own cheating scandal.  —  Former Edwards aide Andrew Young says the ex-senator …
Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
Debating The Iran Question On CNN's Reliable Sources  —  This morning, Dana Milbank, Amanda Carpenter, and I appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources, hosted by Howard Kurtz.  —  It was a spirited affair and folks can draw their own conclusions.  Here's the video:
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Natalie Apsell / CNN:
Reliable Sources: Journos spar over Obama presser question
Discussion: Townhall.com
Wall Street Journal:
Wary Banks Hobble Toxic-Asset Plan  —  The government's plan to enable banks to dump troubled assets is facing troubles of its own.  —  Markets initially rallied when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced in March a two-pronged plan to offer favorable government financing …
Discussion: naked capitalism
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Guardian:
Recovery threatened by toxic assets
Fox News:
‘Infomercial King’ Billy Mays Found Dead in Home  —  DEVELOPING: Television pitchman Billy Mays — who built his fame by appearing on commercials and infomercials promoting household products and gadgets — died Sunday.  —  Mays, 50, was found unresponsive by his wife inside his Tampa …
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Keeping News of Kidnapping Off Wikipedia  —  For seven months, The New York Times managed to keep out of the news the fact that one of its reporters, David Rohde, had been kidnapped by the Taliban.  —  But that was pretty straightforward compared with keeping it off Wikipedia.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Sanford: sex scandal, political twist  —  In the should-he-stay-or-should-he- go drama now playing out in South Carolina over Gov. Mark Sanford, there is one group of people that is fervently, if quietly, hoping that he will stay.  —  Their motivation is not loyalty to their adulterous governor.
Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop and The Note
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Harmonious week for the Roberts court  —  In two key cases, the normally fractured court comes together 8 to 1 to preserve the Voting Rights Act and oppose the strip-search of a 13-year-old at school.  But the harmony is unlikely to last.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: Election Law
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Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Axelrod: Obama Won't Rule Out Middle-Class Tax Hike  —  White House senior adviser David Axelrod said the president won't rule out a health care reform bill that includes a middle-class tax hike.  —  “The president had said in the past that he doesn't believe taxing health care benefits …
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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 …
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How Mark Sanford's affair blew up
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