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10:30 AM ET, July 3, 2009

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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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Macon Telegraph:
ERICKSON: Who cares about Honduras?  —  Barack Obama has fundamentally shifted our foreign policy away from our own national interests in Honduras.  He aligns us with the interests of Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and a long list of South American drug cartels.
Discussion: Erick's blog
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Obama, Party Tout Lower Figure for Health Reform  —  Senate Democrats and President Obama, trying to assuage fears about the cost of health reform, yesterday touted new estimates that put the price tag for one bill at $611 billion over the next decade.  —  But the measure drafted …
Discussion: Commentary
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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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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 …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
That '30s Show  —  O.K., Thursday's jobs report settles it.  We're going to need a bigger stimulus.  But does the president know that?  —  Let's do the math.  —  Since the recession began, the U.S. economy has lost 6 ½ million jobs — and as that grim employment report confirmed …
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 …
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Court Filing Shows Evidence Cheney Swayed White House Response to CIA Leak  —  Discussions of CIA Agent Listed in Filing  —  A document filed in federal court this week by the Justice Department offers new evidence that former vice president Richard B. Cheney helped steer …
Discussion: The Confluence
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Pay-for-Chat Plan Falls Flat at Washington Post  —  For generations, The Washington Post has been a scrupulous watchdog over the capital's cozy world of power networking.  For a short time, it almost became the network's host.  —  The Post decided Thursday to cancel plans to charge lobbyists …
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Washington Post Sells Access To Obama, Others To Lobbyists
Catherine Clifford / CNNMoney.com:
Seven banks fail, pushing 2009 tally to 52  —  Regulators close six Illinois banks and one Texas bank, setting the FDIC back a total of $314.3 million.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Seven banks were shut down by authorities Thursday, pushing the tally of failed banks for 2009 to 52, more than doubling the failures in 2008.
Discussion: The Page and AMERICAblog News
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Battle lines drawn in AmeriCorps IG scandal  —  Key Republicans in both the House and the Senate are accusing the White House of giving “incomplete and misleading” information to investigators probing the president's abrupt firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin.
Fox News:
Cynthia McKinney Remains Imprisoned in Israel After Gaza-Bound Boat Is Seized  —  Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney and several other human rights activists remain in an Israeli prison after refusing to sign a deportation form that they claim is self-incriminating.  —  FOXNews.com
Discussion: Reason and Popehat
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Peter Berkowitz / Weekly Standard:
Bibi's Choice  —  Israel approaches a moment of decision on Iran's nuclear threat.  —  Don't be misled by how little was said about Iran in the major speeches recently delivered by President Barack Obama at Cairo University and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Bar-Ilan University.
Discussion: Power Line
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Green Power Takes Root in the Chinese Desert  —  A series of projects is under construction to the southeast of Dunhuang, including one of six immense wind power projects now being built around China.  Here, a worker measures the interior of a tower that will support a wind turbine.  More Photos >
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.
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 …
Bill Mears / CNN:
Judge admonished for explicit pics on Web site  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A judicial council on Thursday admonished the chief judge of the nation's largest federal appeals court for having “sexually explicit photos and videos” on his personal Web site, but decided against any further punishment.
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Stan Liebowitz / Wall Street Journal:
New Evidence on the Foreclosure Crisis  —  Zero money down, not subprime loans, led to the mortgage meltdown.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  What is really behind the mushrooming rate of mortgage foreclosures since 2007?  The evidence from a huge national database containing millions …
Discussion: The Big Picture and Cafe Hayek
Paul Krugman:
Smells like deflation  —  The grim jobs number wasn't the only scary thing in today's BLS report.  Here's the rate of wage change over the past three months, expressed as an annual rate: Bear in mind that inflation usually runs below the rate of wage change, thanks to productivity growth.
Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
Book Review: ‘The Waxman Report’ by Henry Waxman  —  How Congress Really Works By Henry Waxman with Joshua Green  —  Twelve.  235 pp.  $24.99  —  Henry Waxman is to Congress what Ted Williams was to baseball — a natural.  As you read this nicely proportioned, fast- paced book …
Frederik Pleitgen / CNN:
Survivor still haunted by 1971 air crash  —  MUNICH, Germany (CNN) — Juliane Koepcke is not someone you'd expect to attract attention.  Plainly dressed and wearing prescription glasses, Koepcke sits behind her desk at the Zoological Center in Munich, Germany, where she's a librarian.
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 …
 
 
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Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
Republicans Question Sotomayor's Role in Puerto Rican Group's Legal Battles
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
You Know The Real Reason Why Time Mag Is Going Down the Drain?  The Content!
Andrew Grice / The Independent:
Exclusive: ‘Get real’ - Darling warns the bankers
Discussion: Guardian and AMERICAblog News
Kenneth Anderson / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Defining Snark: I have been reading David Denby's book, Snark.
Troy Patterson / Slate:
Fireworks Suck
Discussion: The Opinionator
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CBS News:
Feds Seize Madoff Penthouse Property
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Calculated Risk:
Naught for the Naughts?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
BBC:
China babies ‘sold for adoption’
Discussion: FP Passport
Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
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