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10:20 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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Wall Street Journal:
Honduras Defends Its Democracy  —  Fidel Castro and Hillary Clinton object.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Hugo Chávez's coalition-building efforts suffered a setback yesterday when the Honduran military sent its president packing for abusing the nation's constitution.
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.
Reuters:
Chavez threatens military action over Honduras coup
Washington Post:
Honduran Military Sends President Into Exile; Supportive Congress Names Successor
Discussion: On Deadline and The Palmetto Scoop
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Natalie Apsell / CNN:
Reliable Sources: Journos spar over Obama presser question  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Tensions flared between “new media” reporters and print and television journalists last Tuesday when President Obama called on Nico Pitney, HuffingtonPost.com national editor, to ask the second question during a news conference at the White House.
Discussion: Townhall.com
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Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
Debating The Iran Question On CNN's Reliable Sources
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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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.
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?
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
Financial Times:
Microsoft puts Razorfish up for sale  —  By Tim Bradshaw in Cannes and Richard Waters in San Francisco  —  Microsoft has appointed Morgan Stanley to find a potential buyer for Razorfish, its digital agency.  —  Publicis, the French marketing company that says it is planning more acquisitions …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Way We Love Now  —  It's been a good month for reckless romance in America.  The nation's most famous reality-television father, Jon Gosselin of “Jon and Kate Plus Eight,” threw over his marriage for a fling with a 23-year-old schoolteacher.  Not one but two prominent conservative politicians torpedoed …
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
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 …
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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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israel May Shift on Settlements Freeze Amid Broader Effort
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Reuters
Josh Gerstein / Politico Live's Blog:
Pawlenty won't delay if court rules for Franken
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
New Rift Opens Over Rights of Detainees
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Makes a Case That It Isn't So Big
Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
Hero of the Day  —  Most-decorated Marine pilot dies at 89 CLACKAMAS …
 Earlier Items: 
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Harmonious week for the Roberts court
Discussion: Election Law
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Sanford: sex scandal, political twist
Discussion: The Note and The Palmetto Scoop