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10:10 AM ET, July 1, 2009


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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Roberts Shifts Court to Right, With Help From 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.
The Politico:
Why Coleman lost  —  The Republican Party put an inordinate amount of faith in Norm Coleman's long-shot legal challenge, spending a million bucks on the idea that he'd catch a break in court.  —  But like dominoes, each Coleman legal challenge failed, one after another, ruling after ruling …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Decisions Indicate Supreme Court Moved Rightward This Term
Abigail Thernstrom / Wall Street Journal:
The Supreme Court Says No To Quotas
Discussion: Commentary
Scott / Power Line:
Al Franken wins
Discussion: The Other McCain
The Corner:   Krauthammer's Take  —  From last night's “All-Stars.”
The Politico:
Coleman concedes race to Franken
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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and CNN
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 their support yesterday for including an employer mandate provision in health care reform, a major point of contention in the larger debate.  The first two — the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) …
Discussion: New York Times and Wonk Room
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 …
Glenn Garvin /
Nothing so shocking about this coup  —  The greatest tourist attraction in Central America has always been politics.  Diplomats stop by every few years, take a couple of snapshots of what's going on at the presidential palace, and then profoundly declare their opinions, devoid of context or history.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MyDD and Scared Monkeys
Washington Post:
After Call From Senator Inouye's Office, Small Hawaii Bank Got U.S. Aid  —  Sen. Daniel K. Inouye's staff contacted federal regulators last fall to ask about the bailout application of an ailing Hawaii bank that he had helped to establish and where he has invested the bulk of his personal wealth.
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.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Another vote for card-check bill  —  Sixty senators will now caucus with the Dems in the upper chamber.  That is a much larger majority than when the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) first moved in June 2007 and failed to earn cloture, grabbing 51 votes out of the 60 needed.
Financial Times:
Citi raises card rates on millions  —  Citigroup has sharply increased interest rates on up to 15m US credit card accounts just months before curbs on such rises come into effect, in a move that could fuel political anger at the treatment of consumers by bailed-out banks.
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Mark Sanford reveals he met with his mistress 7 times and calls her his “soul mate”  —  Is Sanford completely off his rocker?  I understand about love, but why is he giving passionate interviews with the AP?  And does he think he'll save his marriage by telling them that his lover is his “soul mate?”
Discussion: Jesus' General
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.
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.
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Rep. Maloney vows to challenge Sen. Gillibrand for Senate seat in primary … Rep. Carolyn Maloney has decided to take on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the 2010 Democratic primary, refusing to bow to party leaders who want her to stay out, the Daily News has learned.
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and The Page
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 …
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 …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy  —  Americans have mixed feelings about the historic climate change bill that passed the House on Friday, but 42% say it will hurt the U.S. economy.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 19% believe …
James Pethokoukis:
Pelosi, a vision in white — but not green
Ben Casnocha / AMERICAN.COM:
RSSted Development  —  Tyler Cowen has written one of the most stimulating defenses of Internet information culture.  —  I liken my information consumption patterns to eating at a churrascaria restaurant, the Brazilian style steakhouse where passadors (meat waiters) circle your table …
Discussion: EconLog
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Los Angeles Times:
11th-hour votes on state budget fail
Discussion: The Greenroom and Calitics
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
An Important Milestone in the Iraq War
Discussion: RealClearWorld and Power Line
Ronald Bailey / Reason:
Energy Leninism  —  “The worse, the better,” Vladimir Lenin is said to have observed.
Discussion: BitsBlog
Israel navy intercepts boat with ex-U.S. Rep. McKinney
Discussion: Raw Story
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Bank Woes Deepening in Europe
George Friedman / STRATFOR:
The Real Struggle in Iran and Implications for U.S. Dialogue
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Paul Collier / Guardian:
A law to tame wild bankers
Discussion: naked capitalism
John M. Broder / New York Times:
With Something for Everyone, Climate Bill Passed
Discussion: Alterdestiny
Associated Press:
7 Teenagers Are Shot Near Detroit School
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
The cautious approach to fixing banks will not work
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:
Vibe Magazine To Close Down Immediately