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9:20 PM ET, July 5, 2009


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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 …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Lorenzo Benet /
Sarah Palin's Resignation Stuns Father-In-Law  —  Sarah Palin announcing resignation  —  On the night before Sarah Palin resigned as governor of Alaska, her husband Todd Palin dialed the cell number of his father, Jim.  “Sarah's making an announcement tomorrow.  Can you be there?”
Harry Siegel / Politico Live's Blog:   Rove ‘perplexed’ by Palin, Huckabee calls move ‘risky’
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin not under FBI investigation, agency spokesman says
The Bobblespeak Translations:
This Week with George Stephanolpous with Joe Biden
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Zelaya's jet blocked in Honduras  —  Distraught Zelaya supporters could be seen carrying away the body of one man  —  Honduras's ousted President, Manuel Zelaya, has been forced to divert his homecoming jet to Nicaragua after it was barred from landing in Tegucigalpa.
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
Honduras: will Zelaya show up?  UPDATE Zelaya lands in El Salvador; 2 dead  —  UPDATE  —  Honduras' Micheletti states that Nicaraguan troops are heading to the border with Honduras.  —  Zelaya's plane landed in El Salvador - See 4:15PM update below.  —  2 dead in Honduras  —  See further updates.
New York Times:
Deadly Clashes in Honduras as Ousted Leader Tries to Return
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  —  WASHINGTON — Plunging squarely into one of the most sensitive issues in the Middle East, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. suggested on Sunday that the United States would not stand in the way of Israeli military action aimed at the Iranian nuclear program.
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.
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 …
Nadia Gilani / Times of London:
Wife blows MI6 chief's cover on Facebook  —  The wife of the new head of MI6 has caused a major security breach and left his family exposed after publishing photographs and personal details on Facebook.  —  Sir John Sawers is due to take over as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in November …
Jason Lewis / Daily Mail:
MI6 chief blows his cover as wife's Facebook account reveals …
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 Strata-Sphere, D-Day and The Swamp
‘This Week’ Transcript: EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Joe Biden
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 …
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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
And another mopping up operation...  Jonah, you're missing the point.  Those maggots are part of the treatment: The treatment for the cancer appeared to be working, but the bedsore continued to get worse despite attempts to treat it with “maggot therapy” in which maggots are used to clean out the wound.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Schumer promises public option in healthcare bill  —  The healthcare reform bill that emerges from Congress this year will include a government-run public health insurance option, regardless of the bipartisan negotiations seeking a compromise in the Senate, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Trina Hoaks / Examiner:
Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe is an atheist and respects Richard Dawkins
Associated Press:
Colin Powell worries Obama tackling too much
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Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
‘They accused me of laughing in public’
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Rod Liddle / Times of London:
British Islamists plot against Pakistan
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
A deadly organ donor system
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Clusterstock
Paul Krugman:
Got those blues  —  This visibility thing is getting a bit worrisome.
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
So Many Foreclosures, So Little Logic
Discussion: Clusterstock and Calculated Risk