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1:50 AM ET, June 29, 2009


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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.
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Gateway Pundit:
Tinpot Dictator Taken Down In Honduras— Chavez Slams Coup... Obama Meddles
Discussion: Macsmind, At-Largely and American Power
Los Angeles Times:
Honduran president ousted in coup; replacement is named
AOL News:   Honduran President Removed in ‘Coup’
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 …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Warns Against Trade Penalties in Energy Bill  —  WASHINGTON — A day after strongly praising energy legislation passed by the House, President Obama on Sunday spoke out against a provision in the bill that would impose trade penalties on countries that do not accept global-warming pollution limits.
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:
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Milbank, Pitney spar over HuffPo-Obama exchange  —  On CNN's “Reliable Sources” today, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank and Huffington Post's Nico Pitney squared off over the latter's controversial question to President Obama at Tuesdays' press conference.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
E-mails indicate EPA suppressed report skeptical of global warming  —  The Environmental Protection Agency may have suppressed an internal report that was skeptical of claims about global warming, including whether carbon dioxide must be strictly regulated by the federal government …
Jack Cashill / American Thinker:
Breakthrough on the Authorship of Obama's ‘Dreams’  —  Within days of my going public last September with the speculation that terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers helped Barack Obama write his acclaimed memoir, Dreams From My Father, I learned that I was not alone in that intuition.
Adam Green / Open Left:
Ceci Connolly — Ridiculous Reporter  —  It's always fun talking to a reporter who has no idea what they are talking about.  —  I recently had that opportunity when talking with the Washington Post's Ceci Connolly, who published a story on health care politics this morning.
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Health-Care Activists Are Targeting Democrats Who Are Usually Allies
Ian Halperin / Daily Mail:
'I'm better off dead.  I'm done': Michael Jackson's fateful prediction just a week before his death  —  Whatever the final autopsy results reveal, it was greed that killed Michael Jackson.  Had he not been driven - by a cabal of bankers, agents, doctors and advisers …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Sanford: Sex scandal with 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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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's unlikely to last.  —  Reporting from Washington …
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The State:
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Discussion: Firedoglake, FITSNews and Emptywheel
Wall Street Journal:
Wary Banks Hobble Toxic-Asset Plan
Discussion: Guardian and Calculated Risk
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Dodd And Kennedy Know, Trust, And More Than Ever Rely On Each Other
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Grant System Leads Cancer Researchers to Play It Safe
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 Earlier Items: 
Gateway Pundit:
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