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1:20 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.
Rasmussen Reports:
40% of GOP Voters Say Resignation Hurts Palin's Chances in 2012
Discussion: Hot Air
Princeofwheels / Media Matters for America:
Palin, the press, and her “no más” moment
Sarah Palin / Associated Press:
Not a quitter, a fighter, but politically speaking, 'if I die, I die.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Plank
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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Washington Post:
Hospitals Reach Deal With Administration  —  The nation's hospitals agreed last night to contribute $155 billion over 10 years toward the cost of insuring the 47 million Americans without health coverage, according to two industry sources.  —  The agreement that three hospital associations reached …
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.
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
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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Reuters:   Putin praises Bush hospitality during Obama visit
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.
ABCNEWS:
Obama to ABC News: U.S.-Russia Ties Are ‘Reset’ but Now Comes the ‘Hard Work’  —  In Russia, the Obama Expresses Confidence in His Foreign Policy and Economic Stimulus, Says He Understands the Attention on Michael Jackson and Explains Why He Called His Daughter “Agent 99”
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Joan Mazzolini / Plain Dealer:
John Boehner was wrong about Ohio stimulus spending
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and ATTACKERMAN
Deborah Zabarenko / Reuters:
New climate strategy: track the world's wealthiest  —  Source: Reuters  —  * World's richest emit about half of Earth's carbon  —  * Tracking the wealthy could break climate impasse  —  * New method would follow individual greenhouse emissions  —  To fairly divide the climate change …
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Uncommon Ground  —  Boston yuppies versus Mayor Mumbles.  —  In May, The Boston Globe conducted a poll to find out what Bostonians think of their city's mayor, Tom Menino.  Most of the questions were common to public-opinion surveys about elected officials: Do you approve or disapprove of the way he is doing his job?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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UnionLeader.com:
AG Ayotte resigns; eyes Senate run
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Jack Brammer / Bluegrass Politics:
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Jerusalem Post:
Obama: ‘Absolutely’ no green light for Israel to attack Iran
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Israel Matzav
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