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1:30 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 …
The New Republic:
Sarah Palin, Heroine of Democracy?  —  Ross Douthat writes of Palin: … And then, after briefly acknowledging that Palin made mistakes, Ross goes on to blame her plight on elites' mistreatment of her: … I just don't think it's possible, though, to neatly separate out Palin the person from Palin the symbol.
Discussion: The American Scene
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IF SHE'S LOST BARNES.... There's stiff competition …
Sean Lengell / Washington Times:
Palin fires back at critics on Twitter
Discussion: The Daily Dish
An Nro / National Review:
Does Palin Have a Political Future?
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 …
McNamara, Vietnam war architect, dies
Discussion: The Duck of Minerva
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Special Report: Ideologically, Where Is the U.S. Moving?  —  Nearly 4 in 10 Americans say their views have grown more conservative  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Despite the results of the 2008 presidential election, Americans, by a 2-to-1 margin, say their political views in recent years have become …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
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Michael Yon:
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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)
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Job Retraining May Fall Short of High Hopes
Marc Lynch:
Say it ain't so, Joe  —  It's hard to tell exactly what Joe Biden …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
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