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3:00 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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Not-So-Useful Idiot  —  Ross chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the biggest farce in American politics in living memory.  The column is yet another rehash of the Nixonian class resentments and Rovian cynicism that dominate what passes for the GOP's thinking classes: if only she'd waited and …
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.
Jim Prevor / Weekly Standard:
Republicans Should Reexamine the Public Good of Private Citizens
Discussion: USA Today
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Fred's Palin Plan
The New Republic:
Sarah Palin, Heroine of Democracy?
Discussion: The American Scene
Sean Lengell / Washington Times:
Palin fires back at critics on Twitter
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Schumer: With Franken Seated No Need To Compromise On Public Option  —  One of the leading Senate Democrats in the health care reform battle said that the seating of Al Franken has given the party the purpose and direction it needs to ensure that a public option for insurance coverage remains in any bill.
Michelle Malkin:
Video: Sen. Cornyn gets an earful  —  From the very beginning of the Tea Party movement, I've reported that activists have directed their disgust at both parties over fiscal recklessness.  —  It's an inconvenient truth the Tea Party-bashers would rather ignore.  —  The anger at Republicans who voted for TARP hasn't gone away.
Associated Press:
Cornyn draws boos during Austin ‘tea party’
Discussion: TPMDC
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
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Scores Reported Dead After Unrest in China  —  SHANGHAI — The death toll in riots in China's northwestern Xinjiang region rose sharply Monday, with state media saying that 156 people had been killed in what appears to be one of the deadliest episodes of unrest in China in decades.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Huckabee: Obama Needs To Stop Blaming Bush Because Bush Didn't Complain About Inheriting Clinton's Economy  —  On Fox and Friends this morning, host Gretchen Carlson asked former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) about Vice President Biden's comment that the Obama administration …
Marc Lynch:
Say it ain't so, Joe  —  It's hard to tell exactly what Joe Biden …
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Is A Case Of Quant Trading Sabotage About To Destroy Goldman Sachs?  —  Major developing story: Matt Goldstein over at Reuters may have just broken a story that could spell doom for if not the entire Goldman Sachs program trading group, then at least those who deal with “low latency …
Matthew Goldstein / Commentaries:
A Goldman trading scandal?
Discussion: Clusterstock, Corrente and Dealbreaker
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
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Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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The Independent:
Top judge: ‘use of drones intolerable’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gateway Pundit:
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Job Retraining May Fall Short of High Hopes
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