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2:50 PM ET, June 30, 2009


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Todd S. Purdum / Vanity Fair:
It Came from Wasilla  —  Despite her disastrous performance in the 2008 election, Sarah Palin is still the sexiest brand in Republican politics, with a lucrative book contract for her story.  But what Alaska's charismatic governor wants the public to know about herself doesn't always jibe with reality.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Liberal Media and GOP Hacks vs. Palin  —  Lefty journalist Todd Purdum has a hit piece in the new Vanity Fair on Sarah Palin.  You don't have to be a big Palin fan to recognize the article is full of dubious claims, and is dependent on self-serving stories provided on background …
Eric Kleefeld /
Minnesota Supreme Court Rules On Coleman's Appeal: He Lost, Franken Won The Election  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court has handed down its much-expected ruling in the heavily-litigated Minnesota Senate race from 2008 — and it's a unanimous one — deciding against Republican former …
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger /
Supreme Court says Franken won  —  It is U.S. Sen. Al Franken.  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court today decided that Franken, a Democrat, won the highest number of votes in last year's U.S. Senate race and deserves a signed election certificate.  —  The court said that Republican Norm Coleman …
Sara Just / The Note:
Minnesota Supreme Court Backs Franken
Discussion: PoliBlog
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
State Supreme Court rules for Franken, 5-0
Discussion: Election Law and Wonkette
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:   Minn Supremes rule unanimously for Franken
The Ninth Justice:
Justices Reject Sotomayor Position 9-0 — But Bigger Battles Loom  —  The Supreme Court's predictable 5-4 vote to reverse the decision by Judge Sonia Sotomayor and two federal appeals court colleagues against 17 white (and one Hispanic) plaintiffs in the now-famous New Haven, Conn. …
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
U.S. Pullout From Iraqi Cities Marked by Holiday  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq declared a public holiday Tuesday to celebrate the official withdrawal of American troops from the country's cities and towns, emptying the streets as many people stayed home because they feared violence.
Allison Kilkenny / The Huffington Post:   The Media's Premature Celebration of US Withdrawal From Iraq
Oklahoma Legislature to Consider Proclamation Linking the Economic Crisis to Obama's Immoral Policies  —  Recently, Rush Limbaugh explained (if it were not already obvious) how Obama economic policies were the cause of Republican Gov. Mark Sanford's affair with a beautiful Argentinian woman.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Sally Kern Returns To Blame America's ‘Economic Woes’ …
Jerry Harkavy / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Maine Sen. Snowe seeks health care compromise by keeping government plan on hold  —  (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) (Pat Wellenbach, AP / June 29, 2009)  —  PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Olympia Snowe, a key figure in shaping federal health care legislation, said Monday …
Discussion: TPMDC, Open Left, Ezra Klein and D-Day
Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: SC gov admits additional liaisons  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Tuesday that he saw his Argentine mistress more times than previously disclosed, including what was to be a farewell meeting in New York chaperoned by a spiritual adviser soon after his wife found out about the affair.
CNN Poll: Americans don't want to intervene in Iran election crisis  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that that nearly three out of four Americans don't want the U.S. directly intervene in the election crisis in Iran even though most Americans are upset by how the Iranian government …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Vince Lombardi Politics  —  Freud said we're forever changed by the traumas of our youth, and so it is with the Democrats and Clintoncare.  Even as you watch the leading Democrats today in their moment of glory, you can still see wounds caused by the defeat of the Clinton health care initiative.
“The Commission Has Been Road-Blocked”: Republicans' War On The FEC  —  Last fall, James Ross, a New York City resident and a donor to several Democratic organizations, received an unusual letter.  “Your name has been put in our database,” Ross was told.  “We are monitoring all reports of a wide variety of leftist organizations.
Jeremy D. Mayer / The Politico:
Queen Michelle the First?  —  Michelle Obama wants a bigger role in her husband's administration, according to The Washington Post.  Unlike Laura Bush, who focused on a few peripheral issues, Obama wants a seat at the table when key policies are made.  —  Obama's new chief of staff …
Los Angeles Times:
States brace for shutdowns  —  Time is running out for the legislatures in Arizona, California, Indiana, Mississippi and Pennsylvania to solve budget gaps.  —  Reporting from Indianapolis and Denver — The last time Indiana missed its deadline for passing a budget and had to shut down the government was during the Civil War.
The Politico:
Vulnerable House Dems in GOP sights  —  Republicans believe a handful of junior House Democrats may have taken a career-ending vote by supporting the controversial energy bill last week and are planning to launch an ad campaign in targeted districts to try to seal their fate.
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Neda in Palestine, Sentenced To Die Alone  —  For over a week, major American news outlets have broadcast on a virtual loop the video of the killing of Neda Agha-Soltan, an unarmed 26-year-old Iranian woman, by Iranian security services.  The poignant footage of Neda dying before a throng …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Uncertainty Clouds Recovery of U.S. Investment in GM  —  Carmaker's Shares Would Have to Hit A Historic High  —  If a new General Motors emerges from bankruptcy as planned, U.S. financial aid for the company will expand to nearly $50 billion, but neither the government nor the company …
Roger C. Altman / Wall Street Journal:
We'll Need to Raise Taxes Soon  —  Expect Congress to seriously consider a value-added tax.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Only five months after Inauguration Day, the focus of Washington's economic and domestic policy is already shifting.  This reflects the emergence of much larger budget deficits than anyone expected.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The suppressed fact: deaths by U.S. torture
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Emptywheel
James Fallows:
Ideas Festival kickoff: opening “Big Ideas” session
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Gingrich: Obama sides with Castro and Chavez on Honduras
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Rasmussen Reports:
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 Earlier Items: 
Geoff Colvin / Washington Post:
Higher Taxes for Business Mean We All Pay
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and AmSpecBlog
Matthew Vadum / AmSpecBlog:
ACORN Rent-A-Mob Thugs to Harass Lenders in 14 Cities Tuesday
Discussion: YID With LID and Moonbattery
US News:
As White House Readies Abortion Plan, Packaging Emerges as Major Issue
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Cheney Lays Down The Iraq Gauntlet
Joe Bel Bruno / Wall Street Journal:
Street to Log Best Quarter Since Crisis
Discussion: Clusterstock
Bob Gale / Big Hollywood:
The Brevity Act: Time for a 28th Amendment
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Moe_Lane's blog