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4:30 PM ET, July 7, 2009

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Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin: Why She Resigned  —  Sarah Palin Talks to ABC News About Why She Resigned  —  After her bombshell announcement Friday that she was resigning as governor of Alaska 18 months before the end of her first term, and questions about her political future ricocheting from Alaska to Washington D.C. …
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William Kristol / Washington Post:
The Establishment's Palin Panic  —  I like Sarah Palin (though I don't know her well).  I respect her (though I'm aware of some of her limitations).  I wish her well (though I'm not convinced she should be the 2012 Republican presidential nominee).  —  I am convinced, though …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin says ethics inquiries were paralyzing  —  INTERVIEW: Governor says she resigned because of frivolous complaints.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  DILLINGHAM — Gov. Sarah Palin, three days after abruptly announcing she would resign as governor, said Monday that she did it because ethics complaints …
CNN:
Palin says she is not a quitter  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) — Sarah Palin's not a quitter, she wants the public to know.  —  “I am not a quitter.  I am a fighter,” Palin told CNN on Monday while on a family fishing trip, on the heels of her Friday bombshell announcement that she was resigning as Alaska's governor.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SEEKING PROTECTION FROM THE ‘DEPARTMENT OF LAW’.... Sarah Palin, after avoiding public attention for a few days, spoke to quite a few news outlets today, and stuck to the line that she felt compelled to quit because the series of ethics allegations against her — all of which, she said, lack merit — were too big a burden and distraction.
Discussion: The Page
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Palin Uses Surge In Interest To Build Political List
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Wall Street Journal:
White House Open to Deal on Health  —  WASHINGTON — It is more important that health-care legislation inject stiff competition among insurance plans than it is for Congress to create a pure government-run option, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said.
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Ezra Klein:
Do Democrats Realize They're in Charge?  —  By this point, I could write the transcripts in advance.  Every interview with members of the administration involved in health-care reform goes the same way: A reporter asks if they support the public plan.  They do.  Then the intrepid reporters asks if it's non-negotiable.
Ryan J. Donmoyer / Bloomberg:
U.S. House May Include Surtax on Wealthy in Health-Care Package  —  House Ways and Means Committee members are likely to propose a surtax on high-income Americans to help pay for an overhaul of the health-care system, according to people familiar with the plan.
John H. Richardson / Esquire:
Howard Dean: Private Health Care Is Breaking Our Economy
Discussion: The Agonist
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SCHUMER OFFERS REID A TIP.... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Discussion: Blogometer, Daily Kos and MyDD
Quinnipiac University:
Obama's Approval Drops In Ohio - Critical Swing State, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 2010 Senate Race Tips Slightly To Democrats  —  President Barack Obama gets a lackluster 49 - 44 percent approval rating in Ohio, considered by many to be the most important swing state in a presidential election …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A drop in Ohio  —  Obama's political operation always cared …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Dan Froomkin hired by The Huffington Post  —  (updated below)  —  In yet another sign of how online media outlets are strengthening as their older establishment predecessors are struggling to survive, The Huffington Post has hired Dan Froomkin to be its Washington Bureau Chief and regular columnist/blogger.
Reuters:
Putin praises Bush hospitality during Obama visit  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin praised the hospitality and openness of U.S. former President George W. Bush in a telegramme sent hours before meeting his successor Barack Obama.
Discussion: Don Surber
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Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Big Banks Don't Want California's IOUs  —  A group of the biggest U.S. banks said they would stop accepting California's IOUs on Friday, adding pressure on the state to close its $26.3 billion annual budget gap.  —  The development is the latest twist in California's struggle to deal with the effects of the recession.
Shamim Adam / Bloomberg:
Obama Adviser Says U.S. Should Mull Second Stimulus  —  The U.S. should consider drafting a second stimulus package focusing on infrastructure projects because the $787 billion approved in February was “a bit too small,” said Laura Tyson, an outside adviser to President Barack Obama.
K. Daniel Glover / Accuracy in Media:
The Cost of Controlling The Press  —  Barack Obama's White House is spending more than $80,000 a week to staff its old and new media offices.  Add the price of speechwriters and the White House communications tab reaches nearly $100,000 a week, or nearly $5 million a year-and that is for salaries alone.
Joseph L. Galloway / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Commentary: Galloway on McNamara: Reading an obit with great pleasure  —  “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”  —Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)  —  Well, the aptly named Robert Strange McNamara has finally shuffled off to join LBJ and Dick Nixon in the 7th level of Hell.
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
In Russia, President Obama Explains His Support for Ousted President of Honduras  —  MOSCOW - Facing criticism for having backed the “wrong” side in the recent coup in Honduras, President Obama Tuesday tried to explain his advocacy on behalf of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
David Brooks / New York Times:
In Search of Dignity  —  When George Washington was a young man, he copied out a list of 110 “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.”  Some of the rules in his list dealt with the niceties of going to a dinner party or meeting somebody on the street.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
George Allen's road back?  —  A book is often a start on that road, and Regnery announced today that they're publishing one by the former Virginia senator:  —  The book, due out next year, will be called, “The Triumph of Character: What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports.”
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Russians Intrigued by Michelle Obama's Gardening  —  First lady Michelle Obama arrived here Monday afternoon to an audience more intrigued by and enamored of her gardening skills than of anything else on her résumé.  If she effected any kind of charm offensive leading …
Michael J. Totten:
The Real Quagmire in the Middle East  —  The Middle East is a hard place for idealists, especially for the Western liberal variety.  My feelings of optimism for the region have been ground down over time like rocks under slow-moving glacial ice.  —  Last time I visited Israel …
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Relatives of Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Decry Lack of Coverage Amid Jackson Spectacle  —  A day before New York Rep. Peter King called Michael Jackson a “pervert” unworthy of nonstop media coverage, the aunt of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan on the same day Jackson died asked …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Banks Planning “Harry and Louise” Ads [Updated]  —  A knowledgeable industry source confirmed yesterday that, as part of their efforts to roll back the Obama proposal for a consumer financial products regulator, several lobbying organizations representing banks are developing a “Harry and Louise” …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Free exchange
 
 
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