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1:50 PM ET, July 1, 2009


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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin story sparks GOP family feud  —  A hard-hitting piece on Sarah Palin in the new Vanity Fair has touched off a blistering exchange of insults among high-profile Republicans over last year's GOP ticket - tearing open fresh wounds about leaks surrounding Palin and revealing …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: How Franken Won  —  Senator-elect Al Franken's (D) victory over former senator Norm Coleman (R) in the Minnesota Senate race was among the closest (a 312 vote margin) and longest (it ended 238 days after election day) contests in modern political history.  —  How did Franken manage to wind up on top?
Patrick Hynes / ConsiderThisNews:
Morning Joe: Palin a “Circus Act,” “Joke”
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
New York Times:
Honduras Gets Ultimatum From American Nations  —  WASHINGTON — After an extended closed-door session that lasted close to dawn, the Organization of American States on Wednesday gave Honduras three days to restore the ousted Manuel Zelaya as president, or face suspension from the group …
Associated Press:
Honduras leader: Only invasion will depose me
Discussion: Hot Air and Cold Fury
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Bauer, Sanford's Lieutenant Governor in South Carolina, Draws New Attention  —  With every word South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) utters about his extramarital affair, his would-be successor leaps closer to a job that he wants dearly but that many leaders in the state's fractured Republican Party have been scheming to keep from him.
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Absentee’ Senator  —  Franken wins by changing the rules.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court yesterday declared Democrat Al Franken the winner of last year's disputed Senate race, and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman's gracious concession at least spares the state any further legal combat.
George Newman / Wall Street Journal:
Parsing the Health Reform Arguments  —  Some of the shibboleths we've heard in recent weeks don't make much sense.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The health-care debate continues.  We have now heard from nearly all the politicians, experts and interested parties: doctors, drug makers …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman: I Stand With The Small Minority Of Americans Who Oppose Public Option  —  The surfeit of polling data showing broad public support for the public option hasn't swayed Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who's joining conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans in staunch opposition.
Paul Bass / New Haven Independent:
Joe: No Go On “Public Option”
Discussion: Campaign Silo and CT News Junkie
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Joe the Plumber won't run for office: “You know, I talked to God about that and he was like, ‘No.’”  —  Last year at the height of his “fame,” Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher — aka “Joe the Plumber” — said that he was considering a run for public office.  “I'd be up for it,” he said.
Discussion: Wonkette and MoJo Blog Posts
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Americans See Democratic Party as “Too Liberal”  —  More believe Democratic Party's, rather than Republican Party's, views are about right  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A Gallup Poll finds a statistically significant increase since last year in the percentage of Americans who describe …
Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Backs Insurance ‘Mandate’  —  WASHINGTON — In a major break with most other large companies, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Tuesday told the White House that it supports requiring employers to provide health insurance to workers, a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's effort to provide near-universal coverage to Americans.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Roberts Court Shifts Right, Tipped by Kennedy  —  WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. emerged as a canny strategist at the Supreme Court this term, laying the groundwork for bold changes that could take the court to the right even as the recent elections moved the nation to the left.
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Key in Afghanistan: Economy, Not Military  —  CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — National security adviser James L. Jones told U.S. military commanders here last week that the Obama administration wants to hold troop levels here flat for now, and focus instead on carrying out the previously approved strategy …
Nicholas Kralev / Washington Times:
Clinton urged Obama to talk tough on Iran
Jim Myers / Tulsa World:
Inhofe says climate change bill will be “dead in the water” in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Jim Inhofe, who earlier said a criminal investigation “probably should be” conducted into allegations the EPA suppressed a climate change report, conceded Tuesday he is not qualified to make that determination.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Forecast With Hope Built In  —  In the weeks just before President Obama took office, his economic advisers made a mistake.  They got a little carried away with hope.  —  To make the case for a big stimulus package, they released their economic forecast for the next few years.
Sabina Amidi / Jerusalem Post:
6 Mousavi supporters reportedly hanged  —  Article's topics: Iran, Iran Elections, Mir Hossein Mousavi  —  As the Iranian authorities warned the opposition on Tuesday that they would tolerate no further protests over the disputed June 12 presidential elections, a report emerged of the hangings …
Girls With Guns Get It  —  In both Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army and Marines found it useful to send a female soldier along on raids, as it was less disruptive to have a woman search the female civilians.  There was no shortage of volunteers for this duty.  The marines, as is their custom, saw more opportunities in this.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Panel Recommends Ban on 2 Popular Painkillers  —  ADELPHI, Md. — A federal advisory panel voted narrowly on Tuesday to recommend a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, two of the most popular prescription painkillers in the world, because of their effects on the liver.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Michael Scheuer on Fox: America's only hope is for another terrorist attack  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  DOWNLOADS: (444)  —  PLAYS: (1889)  —  Good God.  They really are wishing and hoping for a terrorist attack.
Discussion: D-Day
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Iran, Honduras: Is Obama “objectively pro-fascist”?  —  I don't know much about Honduras, but I do know something about Iran.  And Obama's bizarre behavior, taking days to come to the conclusion any decent person knew immediately, indeed other world leaders like Merkel and Sarkozy had demonstrated as much …
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Michael Barone / AMERICAN.COM:
The GOP's Real Problems for 2012
Discussion: The Corner
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Firefighter case shows seamy side of racial politics
Gates considering selective enforcement of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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Suicides shock ‘happy’ Bhutan
Discussion: FP Passport
The New Republic:
Health Care Deform
Discussion: The Jawa Report and BizzyBlog
Edward Felker / Washington Times:
Rep. Kaptur gets $3.5 billion sweetener in climate bill
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Ben Casnocha / AMERICAN.COM:
RSSted Development  —  Tyler Cowen has written one of the most …
Discussion: EconLog
Financial Times:
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Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

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Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
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