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12:15 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.
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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
WashPost offers off-rec access to admin figures, journos for lobbyists
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WaPo responds to flier controversy
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Politico
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WASH. POST SELLING ACCESS?.... It's hardly a secret that newspapers …
CNSNews:
Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama  —  (CNSNews.com) - Following a testy exchange during today's briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that not even Richard Nixon tried to control …
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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 …
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Brian Blackstone / Wall Street Journal:
Job Losses Accelerated in June
Discussion: TigerHawk, Betsy's Page and Wizbang
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.
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Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
Here We Go Again: How to Read Those HELP Numbers
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Health Care Reform: Now Half the Price?
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Page
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Michael Falcone / The Politico:
House of Pain: GOP's Class of '94
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Blubbering Love Gov. Mark Sanford tears up again over ‘soul mate’ Maria Belen Chapur
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: A Sarah Palin Rebound?
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 …
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CNN:
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 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 …
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
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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 …
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
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.
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.
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Indian Court Overturns Gay Sex Ban  —  NEW DELHI —In a landmark ruling Thursday that could usher in an era of greater freedom for gays and lesbians in India, New Delhi's highest court decriminalized homosexuality.  —  “Discrimination is antithesis of equality,” Delhi High Court judges wrote …
SPLCenter.org:
Terror from the Right  —  75 plots, conspiracies and racist rampages since Oklahoma City … What follows is a detailed listing of major terrorist plots and racist rampages that have emerged from the American radical right in the years since Oklahoma City.
Wall Street Journal:
Congress's Travel Tab Swells  —  Spending on Taxpayer-Funded Trips Rises Tenfold; From Italy to the Galápagos  —  WASHINGTON — Spending by lawmakers on taxpayer-financed trips abroad has risen sharply in recent years, a Wall Street Journal analysis of travel records shows …
 
 
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Kristina Davis / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Camp Pendleton sailor found dead on base
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Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Taliban buying children for suicide bombers
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Reuters:
North Korea raises tension with missile launch
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Minnesota Public Radio:
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Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Finding Debt a Bigger Hurdle Than Bar Exam
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
Someone is doing 2012 research in Iowa
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
When Our Brains Short-Circuit  —  Our political system sometimes …
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 Earlier Items: 
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Senators Sessions and Kyl Demand Answers on Obama's Negotiations …
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Times
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
A few victory laughs for Sen.-elect Franken
Discussion: SEIU
Runnin' Scared:
Times Square Tea Party Denounces Obama, Media, Imaginary Tax Rates, Etc.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and alicublog
Daily Mail:
CoE school bans girl from wearing crucifix - but allows Sikh pupils to wear bangles
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
We're Getting A Bad Feeling About Our Food
Discussion: D-Day, pandagon.net and Ezra Klein
Matt Walker / BBC:
Ant mega-colony takes over world