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7:10 AM ET, July 1, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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The Politico:
Coleman concedes race to Franken  —  Republican Norm Coleman has conceded to Democrat Al Franken in the Minnesota Senate race, ending one of the longest Senate races in American history and clearing the way for Democrats to hold a 60-seat supermajority in the Senate.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
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 …
Abigail Thernstrom / Wall Street Journal:
The Supreme Court Says No To Quotas  —  Residents in a burning building want competent firefighters.  They don't care about the race of those whose job it is to save them.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The Supreme Court's decision in Ricci v. DeStefano is very good news.
Discussion: Commentary
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Roberts Court, 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.
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog and SCOTUSblog
New York Times:
Franken's Victory Bolsters Democratic Grip in Senate  —  After nearly eight months of waiting, almost 20,000 pages of legal briefs, and millions of dollars in election costs, Al Franken emerged Tuesday as the next United States senator from Minnesota, ending one of the most protracted election recount battles in recent memory.
Scott / Power Line:
Al Franken wins
Discussion: The Other McCain
Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
Coleman Concedes; Franken to Be Seated
Associated Press:
S.C. Gov. Admits ‘Crossing Lines’ With Other Women  —  Mark Sanford: Argentine Lover My ‘Soul Mate;’ Also, Claims He's Trying To Fall Back In Love With Wife  —  CBS News Interactive: Political Scandals  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ― South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford …
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Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: SC gov admits additional liaisons
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Mark Sanford reveals he met with his mistress 7 times and calls her his “soul mate”
Discussion: Jesus' General
Glenn Garvin / MiamiHerald.com:
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.
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
White House backing of Zelaya starts to draw criticism
The Corner:   Krauthammer's Take  —  From last night's “All-Stars.”
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 …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Liberal Media and GOP Hacks vs. Palin
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 …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Wal-Mart backs health benefits mandate  —  With Wal-Mart's endorsement of a legal requirement that all employers provide health benefits to their workers, the nation's largest employer has broken from the business community.  —  The so-called employer mandate is adamantly opposed …
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
The cautious approach to fixing banks will not work  —  With one bound the banks are free, or so it seems.  Already, the panic of the autumn of 2008 is fading.  The period within which lessons can be learnt and changes made is closing.  Yet without radical changes, another crisis is certain.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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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 …
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James Pethokoukis:
Pelosi, a vision in white — but not green
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Vibe magazine shutting down  —  Vibe magazine, the urban-music magazine founded in 1993 by Quincy Jones, is the latest victim of the media recession.  Multiple sources both within and outside the magazine confirmed that it is shutting down.  —  Reached for comment, chief financial officer Angela Zucconi …
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Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:   Vibe Magazine To Close Down Immediately
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: Scared Monkeys
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 …
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Truthdig
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Bachmann Lies About Census' American Community Survey, Claims It Doesn't Ask About Citizenship  —  As ThinkProgress has previously noted, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been fearmongering about the 2010 Census and bragging that she plans to break the law by refusing to answer it.
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.
Discussion: Clusterstock and AmSpecBlog
 
 
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Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Many With Insurance Still Bankrupted by Health Crises
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George Friedman / STRATFOR:
The Real Struggle in Iran and Implications for U.S. Dialogue
Paul Collier / Guardian:
A law to tame wild bankers
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
With Something for Everyone, Climate Bill Passed
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Associated Press:
7 Teenagers Are Shot Near Detroit School
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Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Russia Seek More Weapons Cuts
Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:
House Price Crash Rate Finally Beginning To Ease
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You've Got To Be Carefully Taught
Roger C. Altman / Wall Street Journal:
We'll Need to Raise Taxes Soon
 

 
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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
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Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
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