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1:35 PM ET, July 2, 2009


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
WashPost offers access: $25,000+  —  For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post has offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to “those powerful few”: Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and — at first — even the paper's own reporters and editors.
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 …
Discussion: The Politico
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WASH. POST SELLING ACCESS?.... It's hardly a secret that newspapers, including the major dailies, have run into serious financial problems in recent years, and are frantically looking for new revenue streams.  But if this report from Mike Allen is accurate, it seems the Washington Post's financial concerns …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WaPo responds to flier controversy
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
WashPost offers off-rec access to admin figures, journos for lobbyists
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Job Losses Rise in June as Unemployment Reaches 9.5%  —  The pace of job losses quickened in June after slowing just a month earlier, casting a shadow over the Obama administration's attempts to stanch months of declines in the labor market.  —  The American economy shed 467,000 jobs last month …
Washington Wire:
Republicans Blame Obama Policies for Job Losses
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:   467K Jobs Cut in June; Jobless Rate at 26-Year High
Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama  —  ( - Following a testy exchange during today's briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told that not even Richard Nixon tried to control …
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 …
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.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:   WHEN IS IT NOT TIME TO BOMB IRAN?
David Espo / Associated Press:
New Dem health plan has public option, lower cost  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on a key Senate Committee outlined a revised and far less costly health care plan Wednesday night that includes a government-run insurance option and an annual fee on employers who do not offer coverage to their workers.
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 …
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Health Care Reform: Now Half the Price?
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
U.S.: American Soldier Captured in Afghanistan  —  A U.S. soldier missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan since Tuesday is believed to have been captured by Taliban militants, the military said Thursday.  —  In a statement issued from U.S. military headquarters in Kabul, officials said …
Taliban capture U.S. soldier  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — A U.S. soldier has been captured by militants in Afghanistan, the U.S. military and the Taliban said Thursday.  —  The unidentified soldier has been missing since Tuesday.  U.S. forces are exhausting all resources to find the soldier, the military said.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
U.S. Marines Launch Major Operation in Afghanistan
John_Merritt / CBS News:
Palin E-mails Show Infighting With Staff  —  Exclusive: Spat Over Todd Palin's Membership In Secessionist Party Was Major Distraction On Critical Day In '08 Campaign … Internal campaign e-mails exchanged three weeks before Election Day offer a rare look at just how frustrated …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: A Sarah Palin Rebound?
Clif LeBlanc / The State:
39 trips for Sanford with no security in '09  —  EXCLUSIVE: Governor's secret trip prompts scrutiny  —  Gov. Mark Sanford left the Governor's Mansion without a security escort, 38 times in 2008.  In the first six months of this year, he left the mansion without security, 39 times.
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Blubbering Love Gov. Mark Sanford tears up again over ‘soul mate’ Maria Belen Chapur
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Discussion: Power Line, AmSpecBlog and Betsy's Page
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: Politics Daily and UN Dispatch
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.
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: Atlas Shrugs and Hot Air
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 … Blog:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN AN ONLINE TOWN HALL ON HEALTH CARE  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good to see you guys.  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Northern Virginia.  Thank you very much.  What a wonderful welcome.  And I'm so grateful to all of you for taking the time to be here.
Discussion: and Jack & Jill Politics
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
SEC Investigator Raised Madoff Concerns Years Ago, Was Asked to Look Elsewhere
Discussion: DailyFinance
Kristina Davis / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Camp Pendleton sailor found dead on base
Discussion: Think Progress and Raw Story
North Korea raises tension with missile launch
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Finding Debt a Bigger Hurdle Than Bar Exam
Discussion: Above the Law and Law Blog
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California on brink of IOUs
 Earlier Items: 
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
Someone is doing 2012 research in Iowa
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Senators Sessions and Kyl Demand Answers on Obama's Negotiations …
Discussion: Washington Times and Power Line
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
House of Pain: GOP's Class of '94
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
A few victory laughs for Sen.-elect Franken
Runnin' Scared:
Times Square Tea Party Denounces Obama, Media, Imaginary Tax Rates, Etc.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool