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3:50 PM ET, July 5, 2009


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Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin not under FBI investigation, agency spokesman says  —  The former GOP vice presidential candidate's surprise resignation as Alaska governor had set off speculation, including rumors of a pending federal corruption probe or charges.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Now, Sarah's Folly  —  Sarah Palin showed on Friday that in one respect at least, she is qualified to be president.  —  Caribou Barbie is one nutty puppy.  —  Usually we don't find that exquisite battiness in our leaders until they've been battered by sordid scandals like Watergate (Nixon) …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin attorney warns press on ‘defamatory material’  —  Ratcheting up her offensive against the news media, Gov. Sarah Palin's attorney threatened Saturday to sue mainstream news organizations if they publish “defamatory” stories relating to whether Palin is under federal investigation.
Bill Quick / New York Post:
RUN, SARAH, RUN  —  PALIN SAYS SHE HAS A ‘HIGHER CALLING’ — HERE'S HOW SHE SHOULD GO AFTER IT  —  Opponents — and even some former allies — were quick to criticize Sarah Palin's announcement Friday that she will step down as governor of Alaska.  The suddenness of the decision …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Concerns About Spotlight's Glare, Effect on Family, Prompted Palin's Decision  —  Unease in Spotlight, Family Concerns Sparked Decision  —  Why did Sarah Palin step down?  —  Theories abound.  But some of the people closest to the Alaska governor say she wanted to regain control …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Sarah Palin's 4th of July Message
The Bobblespeak Translations:
This Week with George Stephanolpous with Joe Biden
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Kurt Schlichter / Big Hollywood:   The Force is With Sarah Palin
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Saudis give nod to Israeli raid on Iran  —  Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv and Sarah Baxter  —  The head of Mossad, Israel's overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran's nuclear sites.
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Biden Suggests U.S. Not Standing in Israel's Way on Iran
Discussion: Prairie Weather
D.C.'s Marion Barry arrested again  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former D.C. mayor, now Washington councilman, Marion Barry has been arrested again.  —  On July 4, the U.S. Park Police arrested Barry and charged him with misdemeanor stalking.  —  About 8:45 p.m. in Anacostia Park …
Washington Post:
D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry Arrested for Stalking  —  D.C. Council member Marion Barry was arrested last night and charged with stalking a woman after the woman reported that Barry was “bothering her” as the two traveled in separate vehicles in Anacostia Park, police said this morning.
New York Times:
Leading Clerics Defy Ayatollah on Disputed Iran Election  —  CAIRO — An important group of religious leaders in Iran called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate on Saturday, an act of defiance against the country's supreme leader and the most public sign …
Katharine Weymouth / Washington Post:
A Letter to Our Readers  —  Dear Reader:  —  I want to apologize for a planned new venture that went off track and for any cause we may have given you to doubt our independence and integrity.  A flier distributed last week suggested that we were selling access to power brokers …
Paul Krugman:
Al Franken's secret  —  David Broder has a column this morning calling for bipartisanship.  I know, you're shocked.  But what struck me was this bit about Al Franken: … Two points.  —  First, implicit in this characterization of Franken is the notion of the Senate as a decorous gentlemen's club.
Kristina Wong / Political Punch:
US-Russian Arms Negotiators “Under the Gun,” Might Temporarily Bypass Senate Ratification for Treaty  —  MOSCOW — With the clock running out on a new US-Russian arms treaty before the previous Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expires on December 5, a senior White House official …
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Biden: We ‘Misread the Economy’  —  Big admission from Vice President Joe Biden today.  —  “The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy,” Biden told me during our exclusive “This Week” interview in Iraq.  —  Biden acknowledged administration officials were too optimistic earlier …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Paul Krugman:
Got those blues  —  This visibility thing is getting a bit worrisome.
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So Many Foreclosures, So Little Logic
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Can I Clean Your Clock?
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Ben Quinn / Guardian:
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Tax Bill Appeals Take Rising Toll on Governments
Discussion: Calculated Risk
John / Power Line:
Feel-Good Fourth of July Story
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Mike Lux / The Huffington Post:
The Celebration of a Progressive Holiday
Richard Thaler / New York Times:
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