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9:30 AM ET, June 29, 2009

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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.
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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.
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
Coup in Honduras - Correction: This is NOT a coup
Los Angeles Times:
Honduran president ousted in coup; replacement is named
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 …
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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New York Times:
Interview With President Obama on Climate Bill
Discussion: The Hill and The Volokh Conspiracy
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Betraying the Planet  —  So the House passed the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill.  In political terms, it was a remarkable achievement.  —  But 212 representatives voted no. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered the bill too weak, but most rejected the bill …
Guardian:
Recovery threatened by toxic assets  —  • Governments too slow to act, warn central bankers  —  • CBI sounds warning over ‘worrying’ bad debt levels  —  Taxpayers around the world still face potentially large losses because governments have failed to act quickly enough …
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Amy Sullivan / Time:
The Obamas Find a Church Home — Away from Home  —  For the past five months, White House aides and friends of the Obamas have been quietly visiting local churches and vetting the sermons of prospective first ministers in a search for a new — and uncontroversial — church home.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama Needs to Intervene on Health Care Bill  —  Every general studies the mistakes of the last war, and President Obama's style has been much influenced by the difficulties of Bill Clinton's presidency.  —  In particular, Obama has shied away from handing Congress his own plans on …
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Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Axelrod: Obama Won't Rule Out Middle-Class Tax Hike
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Wonkette Goes After Trig Palin Again  —  It really is hard to understand why some adults feel the need to make fun of Trig Palin, a one-year old who has Down Syndrome.  Politics alone cannot explain it.  If you don't like Sarah Palin, fine, but why go after Trig?
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.
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitt Romney's team awaits 2012  —  Mitt Romney says publicly he's not considering another presidential campaign, most recently on Sunday during an appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press.”  But many of his loyalists expect one and remain at the ready for 2012.  —  When dozens of former Romney aides …
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Chambliss blocks regulatory pick over animal lawsuits  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) has blocked President Obama's candidate for regulation czar, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, because Sunstein has argued that animals should have the right to sue humans in court.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
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The State:
How Mark Sanford's affair blew up
Discussion: Firedoglake, FITSNews and Emptywheel
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Harmonious week for the Roberts court
Discussion: Election Law
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Sanford: sex scandal, political twist
Discussion: The Note and The Palmetto Scoop