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6:40 PM ET, July 2, 2009

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
WaPo cancels lobbyist event amid uproar  —  Washington Post Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Katharine Weymouth said today she was cancelling plans for an exclusive “salon” at her home where, for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Post Publisher Cancels Plans for Off-the-Record ‘Salons’  —  Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth today canceled plans for a series of policy dinners at her home after learning that marketing fliers offered lobbyists access to Obama administration officials, members of Congress …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Black Reporters on the Beat of Michelle Obama  —  While Michelle Obama was meeting with doctors and patients at the Upper Cardozo Health Center, nearly two dozen journalists stood behind a white rope in a small room upstairs, most finally growing so tired during the hour-long wait that they sat on the floor.
No Sheeples Here!:
The Pressitutes: Obama's Lewinsky  —  President Barack Obama wanted to put a human face on his plans to overhaul health care, and a Virginia supporter did just that at a town hall meeting [campaign stop] on Wednesday.  Fighting back wantonly staged tears, Debby Smith, 53 …
Washington Examiner:
Washington Post sells access, White House denies involvement
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Time for a Blogger Ethics Panel
Discussion: The American Scene
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:   HOWARD KURTZ WONDERS IF BLACK WOMEN CAN COVER MICHELLE OBAMA OBJECTIVELY.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WASH. POST SELLING ACCESS?.... It's hardly a secret that newspapers …
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
The Post's ‘Salon’ Plan: A Public Relations Disaster
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
WashPost offers off-rec access to admin figures, journos for lobbyists
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Things That Make You Go Hmmm  —  John Schwenkler was kind enough to engage Andrew once again over the origins of Trig:  —  [Is] it still possible to think that the Palins might have pulled off the greatest con in American political history by pretending to be the parents of a Downs Syndrome baby …
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Douglas MacKinnon / The Huffington Post:
Palin, Vanity Fair, Envy, and Hate  —  Just about a year ago in this space, I endeavored to defend Bill Clinton against a highly suspect and agenda driven attack launched at him from the pages of Vanity Fair.  Now, I will attempt to do the same for Governor Sarah Palin knowing that such a defense …
The Campaign Spot:
Why They Hate Her, the Angelina Jolie of Politics  —  Tuesday night on Hugh's program, we discussed the Vanity Fair article about Sarah Palin and why, eight months after the election, Palin still arouses such fury amongst liberals and so many rank-and-file Democrats.
New York Times:
U.S. Job Losses Rise in June as Unemployment Reaches 9.5%  —  The American economy lost 467,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.5 percent in a sobering indication that the most painful downturn since the Great Depression has yet to release its hold.
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Geoff / Innocent Bystanders:
Oh Frabjous Day!!  Unemployment Rate Increases by Only 0.1%!!  —  Finally.  Finally the slowing of the unemployment rate increase has arrived.  We've been waiting for months for unemployment to show signs of topping out, and it looks like it may be happening at last.
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
Here We Go Again: How to Read Those HELP Numbers  —  Is it possible that everybody is misinterpretating the Congressional Budget Office's estimate of the Senate HELP bill...again?  —  Yup.  —  So far I've seen two different set of interpretations.  One, the most common …
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John R. Bolton / Washington Post:
Time for an Israeli Strike?  —  With Iran's hard-line mullahs and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unmistakably back in control, Israel's decision of whether to use military force against Tehran's nuclear weapons program is more urgent than ever.  —  Iran's nuclear threat was never …
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
WHEN IS IT NOT TIME TO BOMB IRAN?
Discussion: American Power
Noelle Phillips / The State:
Sanford's mental state questioned  —  Gov. Mark Sanford is acting like a love-struck teenager.  —  Or, maybe he has a deeper personality disorder, some experts speculate.  —  As the saga of Sanford and his Argentine lover continues, the public, the governor's political rivals and some allies …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jenny willing to forgive, sez it's up to SC'ians whether they will
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
Quinnipiac University:
Cracks In Obama Facade As Disapproval Grows, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Voter Outlook On Economy, Nation Improve  —  President Barack Obama's first five months in office have seen his job approval remain stable overall - currently at a politically healthy 57 - 33 percent …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Poll: Obama slipping further on economy
Discussion: Donklephant
Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. Now:
Judge tentatively dismisses case in MySpace hoax that led to teen's suicide  —  A federal judge tentatively decided today to dismiss the case against a Missouri woman who had been convicted of computer fraud stemming from an Internet hoax that prompted a teenage girl to commit suicide.
Discussion: On Deadline
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Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Taliban buying children for suicide bombers  —  Pakistan's top Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, is buying children as young as 7 to serve as suicide bombers in the growing spate of attacks against Pakistani, Afghan and U.S. targets, U.S. Defense Department and Pakistani officials say.
Discussion: Hot Air, Atlas Shrugs and Right Pundits
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
U.S. Nuns Facing Vatican Scrutiny  —  The Vatican is quietly conducting two sweeping investigations of American nuns, a development that has startled and dismayed nuns who fear they are the targets of a doctrinal inquisition.  —  Nuns were the often-unsung workers who helped build …
Discussion: UN Dispatch and Politics Daily
CNN:
McKinney held in Israel, to be returned to U.S.  —  JERUSALEM (CNN) — Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney — who was aboard a ship the Israeli navy intercepted this week — is in a detention center and will be returned to the United States, the U.S. Embassy said.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Saddam Hussein Said WMD Talk Helped Him Look Strong to Iran  —  Saddam Hussein told an FBI interviewer before he was hanged that he allowed the world to believe he had weapons of mass destruction because he was worried about appearing weak to Iran, according to declassified accounts of the interviews released yesterday.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Barney Frank: Let's spend TARP profits before taxpayers can get them  —  When President Obama announced on June 9 that some financial institutions would be allowed to repay Troubled Asset Relief Program dollars, he said the massively expensive TARP bailout had made money for the federal government.
Gateway Pundit:
Honduran Democracy Protesters Bash Obama & CNN  —  Thousands of Hondurans protested in support of democracy, the military and the Micheletti government this week in Honduras.  —  The US media has been ignoring these protests.  —  Tens of thousands of Hondurans demonstrated in support …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Babalú Blog
Laura / 11D:
The Blogosphere 2.0  —  July 14th, Bastille Day, will mark my sixth year of blogging and quite a few of you all have been around for the ride.  (Thanks!)  I've had a comment section for five years, so you all have contributed quite a bit, too.  A few years ago, I decided I wanted a hard copy …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and MoJo Blog Posts
 
 
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Haaretz:
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Finding Debt a Bigger Hurdle Than Bar Exam
Discussion: Above the Law and Law Blog
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Indian Court Overturns Gay Sex Ban
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
Someone is doing 2012 research in Iowa
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