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3:20 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 …
The State:
New sex revelations fuel calls for resignation  —  Latest details tip scales for many  —  Six of 27 members of the conservative Senate Republican Caucus Tuesday night issued a letter calling on Gov. Mark Sanford to resign.  —  Two additional senators considered among Sanford's staunchest allies …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
S.C. GOP wants Sanford out
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
Tparty / My Left Nutmeg:
Lieberman's 15-Year Record of Killing Health Care Reform
Discussion: Daily Kos and Campaign Silo
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 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: (574)  —  PLAYS: (2450)  —  Good God.  They really are wishing and hoping for a terrorist attack.
Discussion: D-Day and The Impolitic
Steve Coll / News Desk:
Osama in America: The Final Answer
Wall Street Journal:
The Wages of Chavismo  —  The Honduran coup is a reaction to Chávez's rule by the mob.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  As military “coups” go, the one this weekend in Honduras was strangely, well, democratic.  The military didn't oust President Manuel Zelaya on its own but instead followed an order of the Supreme Court.
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.
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
Chelsea Schilling / WorldNetDaily:
He's back! Guess who's coming to tea parties
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 …
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.
Steve McConnell / Wayne Independent News RSS:
Congressman tells TWI he will run against Specter  —  A congressman from the Philadelphia suburbs will challenge U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Senate primary.  —  In an interview with The Wayne Independent Wednesday morning, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa.,confirmed his intention …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Sestak to take on Sen. Specter
Discussion: Open Left and AMERICAblog News
Patrick Hynes / ConsiderThisNews:
Morning Joe: Palin a “Circus Act,” “Joke”  —  Take a look at this Wednesday Morning Joe exchange between Willy Geist, Joe Scarborough and Mike Allen of the Politico.  You've got the full range of Sarah Palin two minutes hate in this one.  Mike Allen calls her a “circus act.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
Jason Spencer / Crazyworld:
U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis on Mark Sanford  —  If you saw the wire story we ran in today's paper about embattled S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, you may have noticed quotes from a few local fellows inserted in.  What started out as a localized story (with me helping out master reporter Bob Dalton) …
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
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.
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.
Michael Barone / AMERICAN.COM:
The GOP's Real Problems for 2012  —  The Ensign and Sanford scandals are beside the point.  The Republican Party is going to have a hard time coming up with a strong presidential nominee in 2012.  —  The conventional wisdom, as recorded in the New York Times, is that the Republican party …
Discussion: The Corner
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Internal GOP Memo Attacks Bush Handling Of Economy  —  An internal GOP memo prepared to brief some House Republicans as part of an ongoing probe into the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch deal takes direct aim at an unlikely target: Former President George W. Bush.
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.
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Bush's ‘Town Halls’ vs. Obama's Town Halls
Discussion: Hot Air, The Anchoress and The Caucus
RNC Chairman Michael Steele on cap and trade strategy, and how …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Ruth Madoff and the Husband She Never Knew
Discussion: Gawker and Balloon Juice
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Firefighter case shows seamy side of racial politics
Gates considering selective enforcement of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Suicides shock ‘happy’ Bhutan
Discussion: FP Passport
The New Republic:
Health Care Deform
Discussion: The Jawa Report and BizzyBlog
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Room for Debate:
What Is a Master's Degree Worth?
Discussion: Big Brass Blog and Vox Popoli
Israel navy intercepts boat with ex-U.S. Rep. McKinney
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Americans See Democratic Party as “Too Liberal”
Discussion: Maggie's Farm, MyDD and Scared Monkeys
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Key in Afghanistan: Economy, Not Military