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1:05 PM ET, July 6, 2009


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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Palin and Her Enemies  —  If Sarah Palin's political career ended last Friday, 10 tumultuous months after she was introduced as the Republican Party's vice-presidential nominee, those five words will be its epitaph.  —  Had she refused John McCain, Palin would still be a popular female governor …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Palin's Prospects  —  She dashed her chances of winning the 2012 nomination, but a path to the presidency remains open to Sarah Palin.  —  Forget about Sarah Palin as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 and probably ever.  She may have no interest in seeking the GOP nomination.
New York Times:
Legal Bills Swayed Palin, Official Says  —  Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell of Alaska said Sunday that Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to resign was largely prompted by the personal legal costs of the ethics investigations against her.  —  Ms. Palin announced on Friday that she would quit her job near …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IF SHE'S LOST BARNES.... There's stiff competition, but I'm comfortable describing Fred Barnes, of Weekly Standard and Fox News fame, as the nation's most hackish, reflexively partisan pundit.  Pound for pound, word for word, it's hard to match Barnes' vacuity and inanity.
The New Republic:
Sarah Palin, Heroine of Democracy?
Discussion: The American Scene
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
Ex-Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara Dies at 93  —  Robert S. McNamara, perhaps the most influential defense secretary of the 20th century, who helped lead the nation into the maelstrom of Vietnam and spent the rest of his life wrestling with the war's moral consequences …
Thomas W. Lippman / Washington Post:
Robert McNamara, Architect of Vietnam War, Dies at 93  —  Robert Strange McNamara, the former secretary of defense whose record as a leading executive of industry and a chieftain of foreign financial aid was all but erased from public memory by his reputation as the primary architect …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Obama: Student Radical  —  During the campaign, I wrote a piece called “Why Won't Obama Talk About Columbia?  — The years he won't discuss may explain the Ayers tie he keeps lying about.”  So now, nearly six months into the Obama presidency, the mainstream media has finally done a bit …
Mark Norris / Dallas Morning News:
Tea party protest at Southfork Ranch falls short of estimated 50,000 attendees  —  —  It was more than the heat that had people hot under the collar this Independence Day at Southfork Ranch.  A range of issues from taxes to universal health care brought a crowd out to America's Tea Party.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Presented by The First Five Years Fund: Offers pour in for Sarah Palin from left, right and center - Next two weeks could be make-or-break for health care - Al Franken to be sworn in tomorrow  —  BIRTHDAY: DNC's Cloe Axelson (hat tip: Mike Czin)  —  BREAKING - Bloomberg …
Discussion: The Swamp and Ben Smith's Blog
Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
California's Nightmare Will Kill Obamanomics: Kevin Hassett  —  Last week, we discovered that the state of California will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.  —  With California mired in a budget crisis, largely the result of a political impasse that makes spending cuts …
Washington Post:
Former Lawmakers and Congressional Staffers Hired to Lobby on Health Care  —  Firms Are Enlisting Ex-Lawmakers, Aides  —  The nation's largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing …
Don Van Natta Jr / New York Times:
A Treasured Bush Memento, Once the Property of a Foe, May Be Put on Display  —  Many American presidents have kept prized possessions within reach during their White House years.  Franklin D. Roosevelt cherished a 19th century ship model of the U.S.S. Constitution.
Discussion: Guardian
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:   Bush Library Foundation President: Saddam's Gun A Symbol That …
Wall Street Journal:
Scores Reported Dead After Unrest in China  —  SHANGHAI — The official death toll in riots in China's northwestern Xinjiang region rose sharply Monday, with the government saying that 140 had been killed in what appears to be one of the deadliest episodes of unrest in China in decades.
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.
Matthew Goldstein / Commentaries:
A Goldman trading scandal?  —  Did someone try to steal Goldman Sachs' secret sauce?  —  While most in the US were celebrating the 4th of July, a Russian immigrant living in New Jersey was being held on federal charges of stealing top-secret computer trading codes from a major …
Discussion: Dealbreaker, Clusterstock and Corrente
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Just the Messenger  — Focuses on Celebrity of Journalism  —  Few would quarrel with the notion of Oprah Winfrey as the most influential television host, with Bill O'Reilly coming in second.  —  But Elisabeth Hasselbeck at No. 4 and Jon Stewart at No. 15 — ahead of Bob Schieffer …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Dan Abrams' Mediaite launches
Discussion: Clusterstock
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
HELP Is on the Way  —  The Congressional Budget Office has looked at the future of American health insurance, and it works.  —  A few weeks ago there was a furor when the budget office “scored” two incomplete Senate health reform proposals — that is, estimated their costs and likely impacts over the next 10 years.
Coffee 'may reverse Alzheimer's'  —  Drinking five cups of coffee a day could reverse memory problems seen in Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say.  —  The Florida research, carried out on mice, also suggested caffeine hampered the production of the protein plaques which are the hallmark of the disease.
Discussion: Althouse, Truthdig and Don Surber
Spiegel Online:
‘Obama Is Like a Chess Player’  —  Part 2: 'A Unique Chance To Conduct Peaceful American Foreign Policy"  —  SPIEGEL: So you are calling for a kind of realistic idealism?  —  Kissinger: Exactly.  There is no realism without an element of idealism.  The idea of abstract power only exists for academics, not in real life.
Marc Lynch:
Say it ain't so, Joe  —  It's hard to tell exactly what Joe Biden was trying to say this morning on “This Week” with George Stephanopolous.  But his remarks are being widely interpreted as a green light for an Israeli strike on Iran.  If that isn't the case, Biden needs to issue a strong clarification immediately.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BEWARE POST-DATED RESIGNATIONS?  —  Let me start by saying I don't think this is likely.  But given our experience with Larry Craig, I do think it's worth considering.  Remember, former Sen. Larry Craig came out and announced he was resigning his office.  But folks who listened closely noticed …
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Gabriel Roth / Wall Street Journal:
Pay More, Drive Less, Save the Planet
Discussion: Cold Fury and Blog
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran's Revolutionary Guard takes command
Michael Yon:
Philippines: Some Notes, Thoughts, and Observations
Discussion: Defense Tech
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Silence Isn't Golden: Keep Demanding Healthcare. Loudly.
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Goldman, Barclays Using Newfangled CDOs to Offload Bad Bank Assets
Discussion: Commentaries
The Independent:
Top judge: ‘use of drones intolerable’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gateway Pundit:
Christians Attacked At Deabornistan Arabfest (Video)
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Special Report: Ideologically, Where Is the U.S. Moving?
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Job Retraining May Fall Short of High Hopes
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
New disturbing comments from Chairman of Joint Chiefs on DADT
New York Times:
Court Ruling Clears Path for G.M. to Restructure
Emily Pierce / Roll Call:
Franken Comes to Washington