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9:50 PM ET, July 2, 2009

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The Politico:
WaPo cancels lobbyist event  —  Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth said today she was canceling 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 access to “those powerful few” …
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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.
Washington Examiner:
Washington Post sells access, White House denies involvement
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:   HOWARD KURTZ WONDERS IF BLACK WOMEN CAN COVER MICHELLE OBAMA OBJECTIVELY.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Time for a Blogger Ethics Panel
Discussion: The American Scene
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Krauthammer: Palin isn't a serious candidate for president  —  Oh yes, he went there.  We've been having a running debate on Twitter this afternoon about Sarahcuda and my contention that criticism of her is verboten among righty blog readers, HA's included.  This thread will be an interesting test case.
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.
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 …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Sanford book deal falls through  —  (CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford and his publisher have parted ways.  —  “Sentinel has agreed to release Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina from his contract to write a book about fiscal conservatism, which was to be called WITHIN OUR MEANS and was scheduled …
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
Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
Jenny Sanford: I'm Willing to Forgive Mark
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.
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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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New GOP ad: The stimulus isn't working
Discussion: The Politico and Moe Lane
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.
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Fox News:
Cynthia McKinney Remains Imprisoned in Israel After Gaza-Bound Boat Is Seized
Discussion: Reason
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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?
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, Babalú Blog and Hot Air
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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.
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Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. Now:
Judge tentatively dismisses case in MySpace hoax that led to teenage girl'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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Poll: Obama slipping further on economy  —  Rasmussen's new poll, taken before the release of June's unemployment numbers, shows significant slippage for Barack Obama on the economy, his central issue.  Only 42% of American voters give him excellent or good marks on handling the economy, the lowest ratings he has yet received.
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
BREAKING: Obama Administration Wants CIA Torture Report Withheld Until August 31  —  Word's coming now that the Obama administration is seeking to withhold the CIA's 2004 inspector-general report on the implementation of its former “enhanced interrogation regime” until August 31.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Salon and Emptywheel
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Obama Administration to Involve NSA in Defending Civilian Agency Networks  —  The Obama administration will proceed with a Bush-era plan to use National Security Agency assistance in screening government computer traffic on private-sector networks, with AT&T as the likely test site …
Discussion: Gawker and On Deadline
 
 
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