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4:55 AM ET, July 3, 2009

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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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Krauthammer: Palin isn't a serious candidate for president  —  Oh yes, he went there.  We've been having a running debate on Twitter this afternoon about Sarahcuda and my contention that criticism of her is verboten among righty blog readers, HA's included.  This thread will be an interesting test case.
Douglas MacKinnon / The Huffington Post:
Palin, Vanity Fair, Envy, and Hate
Discussion: GOP 12 and Hullabaloo
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 …
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The Politico:
WaPo cancels lobbyist event
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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James Kirchick / NY Daily News:
Obama ‘meddles’ in Honduras — and chooses the wrong side
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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Geoff / Innocent Bystanders:
Oh Frabjous Day!!  Unemployment Rate Increases by Only 0.1%!!  —  Finally.  Finally the slowing of the unemployment rate increase has arrived.  We've been waiting for months for unemployment to show signs of topping out, and it looks like it may be happening at last.
Noelle Phillips / The State:
Sanford's mental state questioned  —  Gov. Mark Sanford is acting like a love-struck teenager.  —  Or, maybe he has a deeper personality disorder, some experts speculate.  —  As the saga of Sanford and his Argentine lover continues, the public, the governor's political rivals and some allies …
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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 …
CNN:
McKinney held in Israel, to be returned to U.S.  —  JERUSALEM (CNN) — Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney — who was aboard a ship the Israeli navy intercepted this week — is in a detention center and will be returned to the United States, the U.S. Embassy said.
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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: Popehat and Reason
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 …
Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
Jenny Sanford: I'm Willing to Forgive Mark  —  South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford  —  Jenny Sanford just released her first statement since her husband, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, gave a long interview to the Associated Press in which he admitted to “crossing the line” …
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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jenny willing to forgive, sez it's up to SC'ians whether they will
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Politico
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Judge Acquits Lori Drew in Cyberbullying Case, Overrules Jury  —  LOS ANGELES — A federal judge on Thursday overturned guilty verdicts against Lori Drew, issuing a directed acquittal on three misdemeanor charges.  —  Drew, 50, was accused of participating in a cyberbullying scheme …
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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.
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.
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 …
Kenneth Anderson / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Defining Snark: I have been reading David Denby's book, Snark.  I have some problems with that book, but they are essentially the same ones that the reviewers have talked about, viz., that Denby's book is ultimately dissatisfying because it adopts a partisan view of snark.
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
Ynetnews:
Agreements must be honored  —  Dov Weissglass slams Obama Administration's denial of Israeli agreement with Bush  —  On May 1 and 16, 2003, during discussions of Israel's reservations in respect to the Road Map initiative, it was agreed that there will be no construction at Jewish communities in Judea …
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.
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
BREAKING: Obama Administration Wants CIA Torture Report Withheld Until August 31  —  Word's coming now that the Obama administration is seeking to withhold the CIA's 2004 inspector-general report on the implementation of its former “enhanced interrogation regime” until August 31.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Salon, ATTACKERMAN and Emptywheel
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 …
Discussion: Economist's View
 
 
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