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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.
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 …
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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.
The Huffington Post:
Michael Jackson Fans Raise Money To Defeat Peter King  —  There is, it turns out, a political price to pay when you make bold statements calling out Michael Jackson for some of the nefarious moments of his personal history.  —  Fans of Jackson are mobilizing to raise money for an opponent …
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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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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:
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
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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Ezra Klein:
It's Not the Money.  It's the Relationships.  —  It's probably a bit hard to figure out what's going on in the graphic above.  Click on it.  You'll get the bigger version.  Then it'll be all too easy.  —  What you're seeing is the number of former Senate Finance Committee staffers …
Discussion: The Nation
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Washington Post:
Former Lawmakers and Congressional Staffers Hired to Lobby on Health Care
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.
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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
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.
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
JACKIE'S DOOMED LOVE - WITH RFK  —  Jackie Kennedy had a four-year love affair with Bobby Kennedy that began not long after JFK's assassination and grew so intense that when RFK was gunned down, it was she — not his wife — who instructed doctors to pull the plug, an explosive new book claims.
Discussion: On Deadline
Matthew Goldstein / Commentaries:
Goldman: We reported trading data  —  Goldman Sachs is trying to shoot down speculation that the weekend arrest of a former employee has anything to do with the firm mysteriously disappearing from a New York Stock Exchange list of the firms with the most active progam stock trading systems.
Discussion: Zero Hedge
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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
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Did the Toppling of Saddam Hussein Lead to Recent Events in Iran?  —  Given the connections between Iraq and Iran, it's not as unlikely as it sounds.  —  The most exciting and underreported news of the past few weeks in Iran has been that the emerging challenger to the increasingly frantic and isolated …
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 …
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
More female veterans are winding up homeless  —  VA resources strained; many are single parents  —  Angela Peacock spent years with no home after serving in Iraq.  —  WASHINGTON - The number of female service members who have become homeless after leaving the military has jumped dramatically …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Gingrich back with a vengeance  —  “Comeback kids” are nothing new in American political history — think back no further than Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton — but there may be no more compelling rehabilitation story today than that of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich …
 
 
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