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4:30 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 …
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
WashPost offers off-rec access to admin figures, journos for lobbyists
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   WaPo responds to flier controversy
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Washington Post Draws Fire With “Salon” Series
Michelle Malkin:
Washington Post: Laughingstocks and Let's Make a Deal! …
Discussion: The Politico
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
The Post's ‘Salon’ Plan: A Public Relations Disaster
Washington Examiner:
Washington Post sells access, White House denies involvement
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%!!
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
UNEMPLOYMENT: 9.5 PERCENT. REAL UNEMPLOYMENT: 16.5 PERCENT.
Discussion: Open Left, Clusterstock and Blogcritics
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
America's Effective Unemployment Rate at 18.7%?
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?
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: GOP 12
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Things That Make You Go Hmmm  —  John Schwenkler was kind enough …
The Campaign Spot:
Why They Hate Her, the Angelina Jolie of Politics
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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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
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
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.
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.
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, Betsy's Page and AmSpecBlog
Michael Scherer / Time:
What Happened to the Stimulus?  —  Construction workers on the site of an infrastructure project at the junction of Interstates 490 and 77 in Cleveland, Tuesday 30 June 2009.  The project is being funded by government stimulus money as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
 
 
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Discussion: Above the Law
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