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12:05 AM ET, July 3, 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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
HOWARD KURTZ WONDERS IF BLACK WOMEN CAN COVER MICHELLE OBAMA OBJECTIVELY.
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 …
Discussion: News Desk and Riehl World View
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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.
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.
Douglas MacKinnon / The Huffington Post:
Palin, Vanity Fair, Envy, and Hate
Discussion: GOP 12 and Hullabaloo
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 …
Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
Jenny Sanford: I'm Willing to Forgive Mark
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jenny willing to forgive, sez it's up to SC'ians whether they will
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Politico
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New GOP ad: The stimulus isn't working  —  From Boehner's office, an odd, hokey first effort at pushing a meme that could deliver the House to the GOP if it's still true next November.  There's too much in the way here to focus on the message — split-screen, soundtrack, cornpone narrator …
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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.
Octavio Sánchez / Christian Science Monitor:
A ‘coup’ in Honduras?  Nonsense.  —  Don't believe the myth.  The arrest of President Zelaya represents the triumph of the rule of law.  —  TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS -  —  Sometimes, the whole world prefers a lie to the truth.  The White House, the United Nations, the Organization of American States …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Truthdig
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Fox News:
Cynthia McKinney Remains Imprisoned in Israel After Gaza-Bound Boat Is Seized
Discussion: Reason
Barbara Hollingsworth / Washington Examiner:
Now they want Reagan's name off the airport  —  At Wednesday's Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board meeting, chairman H.R. Crawford - a former District Council member and Marion Barry confidante - told fellow Board members that he has heard talk on Capitol Hill …
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Ezra Klein:   More From the HELP Bill  —  The good score, as I explain below …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Judge Acquits Lori Drew in Cyberbullying Case, Overrules Jury  —  LOS ANGELES — A federal judge on Thursday overturned guilty verdicts against Lori Drew, issuing a directed acquittal on three misdemeanor charges.  —  Drew, 50, was accused of participating in a cyberbullying scheme …
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Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. Now:
Judge tentatively dismisses case in MySpace hoax that led to teenage girl's suicide
Discussion: On Deadline and Discourse.net
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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Hooman Majd / The New Republic:
Dawn of the Revolt  —  My travels with Mousavi.  —  May 23rd: Tehran's Azadi Indoor Stadium, 20 days before the election.  The press had difficulty getting in the gates.  “All full,” the guards kept telling us.  And full it was, overflowing in fact, for a Mir Hossein Mousavi campaign rally.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
California Starting to Pay With I.O.U.'s  —  LOS ANGELES — Its budget gap growing and its political process for addressing the gap unhinged, California will begin Thursday to pay vendors and taxpayers with i.o.u.'s, only the second time the state has adopted the emergency payment method since the Great Depression.
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The New Republic:
Make the Ask  —  This magazine has made no secret of its high regard for Barack Obama.  Which makes it all the more distressing for us to observe the approach that his administration is taking on gay rights.  During the campaign, Obama said all the right things (well, almost all …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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: Raw Story, Gawker and On Deadline
Ynetnews:
Agreements must be honored  —  Dov Weissglass slams Obama Administration's denial of Israeli agreement with Bush  —  On May 1 and 16, 2003, during discussions of Israel's reservations in respect to the Road Map initiative, it was agreed that there will be no construction at Jewish communities in Judea …
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: Salon, Daily Kos, Emptywheel and ATTACKERMAN
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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