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3:25 PM ET, July 3, 2009


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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 …
Paul Krugman:
Secrets of the WSJ  —  This morning's Wall Street Journal opinion section contains a lot of what one expects to see.  There's an opinion piece making a big fuss over the fake scandal at the EPA.  There's an editorial claiming that the latest job figures prove the failure of Obama's economic plan — something I dealt with in the Times.
Wall Street Journal:
The EPA Silences a Climate Skeptic  —  The professional penalty for offering a contrary view to elites like Al Gore is a smear campaign.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Wherever Jim Hansen is right now — whatever speech the “censored” NASA scientist is giving — perhaps he'll find time to mention the plight of Alan Carlin.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
A Letter to Sarah  —  You're blowing it.  —  We haven't met, but you might remember I was one of the first columnists to tout you for John McCain's running mate.  I cheered you mightily when Senator McCain selected you, and I still believe that you were the smartest choice he could have made given the obstacles before him.
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
The world awaits (and speculates about) Palin announcement  —  Sarah Palin's allies are keeping, for now, a close hold on what exactly she'll be announcing from her home in Wasilla at about 3 Eastern today.  —  That said, there is much informed speculation (and it is speculation) …
Discussion: The Page and Balloon Juice
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
My Letter To Sarah Palin
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 …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Let them come to Tegucigalpa
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Honduras' de facto leader open to early elections
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 …
Shlomo Shamir / Haaretz:
Report: U.S. to block Iran sanctions at G8 summit  —  The United States is opposed to enacting a new set of financial sanctions against Iran that are due to be discussed in the G8 summit next week, diplomatic officials in New York reported Friday.  —  According to officials, sanctions against Iran are expected to top the G8's agenda.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Al Franken, Policy Wonk  —  Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) welcomed her new colleague Al Franken to the Senate with a fairly rude remark: “It's important he go against the grain of his past career and really get to know the issues.”  As Jon Chait says: … I have met Franken, years ago …
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
Iran Cleric Says British Embassy Staff to Stand Trial  —  PARIS — Brushing aside British and European efforts to seek the release of local British Embassy staff members held in Tehran, the Iranian authorities indicated Friday that they planned to put some of them on trial …
British embassy staff in Iran ‘face trial’
Discussion: Truthdig
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Honeymoon Continues; 7 Months Is Recent Average  —  Earlier honeymoons lasted an average of 26 months  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Presidents typically enjoy positive approval ratings during the early stages of their presidencies, commonly known as the “honeymoon” period.
Discussion: The Swamp and Poll Tracker
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Kristol vs Schmidt, Round 2  —  The war of words between conservative columnist Bill Kristol and Steve Schmidt, former campaign manager for John McCain's 2008 presidential bid, has ensnared another senior adviser, Mark Salter, who has come to Schmidt's defense after a recent appearance by Kristol on “Fox & Friends”.
Discussion: The Reaction and The Daily Dish
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
You Know The Real Reason Why Time Mag Is Going Down the Drain?  The Content!  —  For all the tears that get shed over the beginning of the middle of the end for Mr. Luce's mag and newsweeklies in general, one obvious explanation generally gets glossed over: They are mostly written …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Financial Times:
‘Rogue broker’ blamed for oil spike  —  The startling spike in oil prices to their highest level this year on Tuesday was caused by a rogue broker who placed a massive bet in the Brent oil market, triggering almost $10m (€7m) of losses for his company.  —  PVM Oil Associates …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
U.S. Shifts Strategy on Illicit Work by Immigrants  —  Immigration authorities had bad news this week for American Apparel, the T-shirt maker based in downtown Los Angeles: About 1,800 of its employees appeared to be illegal immigrants not authorized to work in the United States.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Chinese Fireworks Display  —  On July Fourth, we think about our country and its future.  But these days it's impossible to think about America and its future role in the world without also thinking about China.  This was the subject of a combative discussion this week at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Discussion: James Fallows, Media Blog and marbury
Rafael Noboa Rivera / SEIU:
Nebraskans Greet Sen. Johanns...And His Staff Calls the Cops.  —  One day before we celebrate the birth of our nation, Nebraskans gathered at a scheduled healthcare roundtable to call on Senator Johanns to support an American solution to our healthcare crisis.
Catherine Clifford /
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 ( — 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
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Christian Left Mounts Political Campaigns  —  Randy Brinson, a conservative political consultant in Alabama, has been fielding anxious calls for weeks from business interests across the South.  —  Their concern is massive ad blitz on Christian and country-music stations across 10 states.
Discussion: Macsmind and Right Wing News
NY City Apartment Sales Down More Than 50%  —  Manhattan apartment sales plunged more than 50 percent and the average price dropped 21.4 to 24 percent from a year ago, as the U.S. recession forced many who own a piece of the Big Apple to eat humble pie, several reports said.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Climate vote threatens Dems' careers  —  ALTON, Va. — Rep. Thomas Perriello relishes an energy fight with Republicans — even here in the rural Southside.  —  The freshman lawmaker understands the potential consequences that he and other vulnerable Democrats face for backing …
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The Great American Bubble Machine
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Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
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Paul Krugman:
Smells like deflation  —  The grim jobs number wasn't the only …
Discussion: Don Surber
Bill Mears / CNN:
Judge admonished for explicit pics on Web site
Hooman Majd / The New Republic:
Dawn of the Revolt

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A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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