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3:50 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
40% of GOP Voters Say Resignation Hurts Palin's Chances in 2012
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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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.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SCHUMER OFFERS REID A TIP.... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Discussion: Blogometer and Daily Kos
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:
Obama trips up over Russian leadership tandem  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - In a slip of the tongue, U.S. President Barack Obama described Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday as president, echoing the widely held view that he remains Russia's most powerful man.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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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.
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Joan Mazzolini / Plain Dealer:
John Boehner was wrong about Ohio stimulus spending
New York Times:
Text: Obama's Speech at the New Economic School  —  Following is a text of President Obama's remarks delivered at the New Economic School in Moscow, as released by the White House.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much.  Well, congratulations, Oxana.  And to the entire Class of 2009, congratulations to you.
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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.
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.
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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