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12:15 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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
And The Story The MSM Still Won't Touch  —  Todd recounts it:  —  But there were ominous signs—indications of an erratic nature.  This is the third thing McCain could have discovered about Palin—a woman, after all, who kept a pregnancy secret for seven months, flew all the way home …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Questions that any sane person would ask’  —  Dr. Andrew Sullivan, M.D., OBY-GYN, is an expert on these questions, you know.  —  Utterly lacking self-awareness, but yet still an expert on the care and treatment of pregnant Republicans.  He is genuinely concerned about the health …
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?
Discussion: CNN and The Moderate Voice
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.
CNN Poll: Americans worry Obama health care plan will increase costs  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)- A new national poll suggests that a bare majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's health care plan.  —  But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday morning indicates …
The New Republic:
Health Care Deform
Discussion: Ezra Klein, NOW! Blog and Hullabaloo
George Newman / Wall Street Journal:   Parsing the Health Reform Arguments
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.
Abigail Thernstrom / Wall Street Journal:
The Supreme Court Says No To Quotas
Discussion: Commentary
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
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 …
William Booth / Washington Post:
Showdown Looms in Honduras: Rival Vows to Arrest Ousted President on His Return  —  Rival Vows to Arrest Zelaya on His Return  —  The two presidents of Honduras were headed on a collision course Tuesday, as the president ousted by a coup vowed to return and his replacement threatened to arrest him the minute he lands.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
White House backing of Zelaya starts to draw criticism
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 Benen / Washington Monthly:
WAL-MART THROWS A CURVEBALL.... Three powerful entities announced …
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 …
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: CT News Junkie
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 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.
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 …
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.
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Insured, but Bankrupted by Health Crises  —  Health insurance is supposed to offer protection — both medically and financially.  But as it turns out, an estimated three-quarters of people who are pushed into personal bankruptcy by medical problems actually had insurance when they got sick or were injured.
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Edward Felker / Washington Times:
Rep. Kaptur gets $3.5 billion sweetener in climate bill
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Iran, Honduras: Is Obama “objectively pro-fascist”?
Discussion: Associated Press
The Politico:
McCain, Feingold fight Obama on FEC
Discussion: Reason and Election Law
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Jenny Sanford, Role Model
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Israel navy intercepts boat with ex-U.S. Rep. McKinney
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Casnocha / AMERICAN.COM:
RSSted Development  —  Tyler Cowen has written one of the most …
Discussion: EconLog
Financial Times:
Citi raises card rates on millions
John M. Broder / New York Times:
With Something for Everyone, Climate Bill Passed
Discussion: Unreported, Alterdestiny and AmSpecBlog