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7:25 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 …
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Sarah Palin's surprise  —  From my latest American Spectator column: … Please read the whole thing.  Sunday morning, I was driving back from Lake Weiss — where we'd shot our fabulous annual Fourth of July fireworks show — when the editor called asking me to write the column.
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.
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
What The Right Means When They Say “America”  —  UPDATE: Several posters have pointed out the distinction between the meritocratic and democratic ideal.  I have conflated the two, and thus portions of this are wrong.  Having thought on that fact though, I still can't bring myself to see Palin is one or Obama as the other.
Discussion: The American Scene
Jim Prevor / Weekly Standard:
Republicans Should Reexamine the Public Good of Private Citizens … In that phrase, “just being a private citizen,” Senator Grassley encapsulates both why Sarah Palin is so phenomenally appealing to the Republican base and how divorced the national Republican apparatus is from the core values of party members.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   The Not-So-Useful Idiot  —  Ross chronicles the meteoric rise …
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 …
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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.
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Dem Senator: Second Stimulus ‘Probably Needed’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  As job losses mount, Democrats are growing impatient about the impact of the massive stimulus package passed earlier this year, with talk beginning on Capitol Hill about a possible second stimulus bill.
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
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.
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 …
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
Robert S. McNamara, Former Defense Secretary, 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 …
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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 …
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Ezra Klein:
It's Not the Money. It's the Relationships.
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran's Revolutionary Guard takes command  —  Calling the move “a new phase of the revolution,” leaders insist there is no room for compromise on Ahmadinejad's reelection.  —  Reporting from Beirut — The top leaders of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard publicly acknowledged they had taken …
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Rachel Slajda / Talking Points Memo:
Palin's Attorney: Her Resignation Is “Self-Sacrifice”  —  Thomas Van Flein, Sarah Palin's attorney  —  Sarah Palin's attorney, Thomas Van Flein (the one who threatened to sue several news organizations for allegedly defaming his client) just spoke with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Sean Lengell / Washington Times:
Palin fires back at critics on Twitter
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Firas Al-Atraqchi / The Huffington Post:
European Islamophobia A Creeping Threat: Analysis  —  The murder of Marwa Sherbini, a veiled (and pregnant) Egyptian woman, as she prepared to give evidence in a German courtroom against a man who physically assaulted her, has incensed the Muslim World and re-ignited the debate over whether Europe …
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Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Egyptians cry racism in woman's slaying in Germany
Discussion: Harry's Place
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 …
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Matthew Goldstein / Commentaries:
Goldman: We reported trading data
Discussion: Zero Hedge
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Reps. Kennedy and Sullivan Out of Rehab  —  Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), right, and John Sullivan (R-Okla.), left, are out of rehab and back on the job.  (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Michael Wyke/Andrea Bruce / The Washington Post)  —  Updated, 3:28 p.m.  —  Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
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Jim Myers / Tulsa World:   A congressman's call: Sullivan details addiction, decision to seek help
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 …
BBC:
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.
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 …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Opens Review of Telecoms  —  The Department of Justice has begun an initial review to determine whether large U.S. telecom companies such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. have abused the market power they've amassed in recent years, according to people familiar with the matter.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Sanford rejects call for resignation  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - After spending the holiday weekend with his family in Florida, Mark Sanford is apparently intent on fighting off calls for his resignation and staying in office, according to one South Carolina Republican who spoke with the governor on Monday.
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Ousted Honduran president expected in Washington … WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to meet ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya this week.  It would be the highest-level contact the Obama administration has had with Zelaya since he was deposed last week.
Anill / Think Progress:
Joe The Plumber Says Immigrants Should Get ‘The Hell Out Of Our Damn Country’  —  While protesting government spending at Houston's Independence Day Tea Party, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher stated that American taxpayer dollars would be best spent on the mass deportation of 12 million undocumented immigrants:
Richard Berner / Morgan Stanley:
America's Fiscal Train Wreck  —  America's long-awaited fiscal train wreck is now underway.  Depending on policy actions taken now and over the next few years, federal deficits will likely average as much as 6% of GDP through 2019, contributing to a jump in debt held by the public to as high …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Federal IGs object to attack on independence  —  Promotions always sound terrific, except for the Inspectors General in the federal government.  Currently, they report to both Congress and the executive branch, which creates a check and balance that helps preserve their independence.
 
 
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