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9:30 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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin: A Round-Up  —  Some readers have asked me to put all the various odd lies of Sarah Palin that the Dish has compiled in one helpful place.  So that's what we've done.  A couple of months ago, I asked an intern to re-fact-check all of them to make sure new details hadn't emerged that might debunk some.
Fox News:
Palin Blasts Critics, Remains Mum on 2012 Bid  —  In her first interview since announcing she was stepping down as governor of Alaska, Palin remains coy about her presidential aspirations but criticized both Obama and the Republican Party.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Gov. Sarah Palin was coy …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   The Palin Sympathy Effect
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin says ethics inquiries were paralyzing
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Many Americans Still See Political Future for Palin
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
CNN:
Palin says she is not a quitter  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
The sins of Sarah Palin
Stanley Fish:
In Defense of Palin and Sanford
Roll Call:
Reid to Baucus: Stop Chasing GOP Votes on Health Care  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday ordered Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to drop a proposal to tax health benefits and stop chasing Republican votes on a massive health care reform bill.
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Adam Green / Open Left:
Obama to Rahm: Shut.  Up.  —  Today's Wall Street Journal: … This forced Obama to interrupt his diplomacy in Russia to release this statement: … What happened here?  Rahm likely was blabbering to a reporter and just went with his natural gut instinct — to be weak, and cave to Republicans.
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  —  And the Republicans are all a bunch of liars.  And Washington is as scared of change as a cult.  And other things you'd expect Howard Dean to say in a hot-button debate.  Except, when it comes to this particular hot-button debate …
Discussion: Jezebel and The Agonist
Wall Street Journal:
White House Open to Deal on Health
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Dems diverge on ‘stimulus II’
Discussion: Wizbang and Say Anything
The Huffington Post:
Sanders Takes On Emanuel, Warns Of Dem Opposition To Baucus Proposal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Lewis / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Crashed the World  —  Almost a year after A.I.G.'s collapse, despite a tidal wave of outrage, there still has been no clear explanation of what toppled the insurance giant.  The author decides to ask the people involved—the silent, shell-shocked traders of the A.I.G. Financial Products unit …
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.
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.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Ad Paints Franken As Angry Maniac — Using Footage Of Him Talking About Paul Wellstone  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee has just released a new Web ad featuring footage of Senator Al Franken that makes him look like an out-of-control, Red Bull-guzzling cross between Jim Carrey and the Hulk.
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Pope Urges New World Economic Order  —  VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday called for a radical rethinking of the global economy, criticizing a growing divide between rich and poor and urging the establishment of a “world political authority” to oversee the economy and work for the “common good.”
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BBC:
Pope calls for a UN ‘with teeth’
Discussion: UN Dispatch
Ben Webster / Times of London:
Al Gore likens fight against climate change to battle with Nazis  —  Al Gore today compared the battle against climate change with the struggle against the Nazis.  —  The former US Vice President said the world lacked the political will to act and invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill …
W. Gardner Selby / Postcards:
UPDATED: Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. attorney general, expected to teach at Texas Tech University  —  Alberto Gonzales, who resigned as the Bush administration's embattled attorney general nearly two years ago, has lined up a fall-semester teaching spot at Texas Tech University, the university confirmed today.
Discussion: Wonkette, Law Blog and Think Progress
Wall Street Journal:
Of NICE and Men  —  Speaking to the American Medical Association last month, President Obama waxed enthusiastic about countries that “spend less” than the U.S. on health care.  He's right that many countries do, but what he doesn't want to explain is how they ration care to do it.
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.
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.
Fox News:
Former Gitmo Inmate Leading Fight Against U.S. in Helmand  —  As U.S. forces are pushing ahead with the massive Operation Khanjar in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand, Mullah Zakir is leading the Taliban fight against them.  —  FOXNews.com  —  A former Guantanamo Bay inmate …
Discussion: Don Surber and JammieWearingFool
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.
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 …
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
No Safe Zone, Part MMMCCLVIII  —  You may remember that, last winter, I went on and on about “safe zones” — zones free of politics.  I was concentrating on concert halls, where anti-Bush and pro-Obama comments were being made all the time.  I mean, from the stage.
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 …
 
 
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