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3:50 PM ET, July 8, 2009

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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Why Palin Quit  —  Death by a Thousand FOIAs  —  People close to Sarah Palin say national political reporters and pundits have missed the real reasons for her surprising decision to resign as Alaska governor.  The national media have dismissed or downplayed her real motives …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE GOP RANK AND FILE.... It certainly seemed like the proverbial crash-and-burn moment.  Sarah Palin abruptly announced she's quitting after just two and a half years on the job, and did so in a bizarre, rambling speech.  Prominent Republican voices, after they were done cringing …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Palin's support still strong among GOP  —  WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin's bombshell that she will resign as Alaska governor actually has boosted her a bit among Republicans, a nationwide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, though it also has dented her standing among Democrats and independents.
Manu Raju / The Politico:   GOP insiders see value in Palin's move
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Can Palin ever come back?  —  A closer look at the words of Obama, Depeche Mode and U2.  Plus: Why do straight actresses make the best lesbo porn?  —  Dear Camille,  —  Just wondering.  Do you still think Sarah Palin is ready for the big stage?  —  James L. Somers  —  Good question!
The Official Google Blog:
Introducing the Google Chrome OS  —  It's been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser.  Already, over 30 million people use it regularly.  We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news …
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Henry Waxman: GOP ‘rooting against’ USA  —  Waxman: GOP ‘rooting against’ USA  —  Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who has had an eventful couple of weeks to say the least, believes House Republican opposition to climate change legislation and the stimulus indicates they're cheering against the good ol' US of A.
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Dan / Riehl World View:
It's Okay To Question Your Patriotism
Discussion: GayPatriot
Paul Krugman:
Unpersons  —  One of the mysteries of the way issues are covered in much of the news media is how certain views get ruled “out of the mainstream” and just don't get covered — even when many well-informed people hold those views.  —  The most notorious example was during the buildup to the Iraq war …
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Megan McArdle:   The Politics of the Possible  —  Paul Krugman asks why favoring …
New York Times:
Health Deals Could Harbor Hidden Costs  —  WASHINGTON — The deals, trumpeted loudly by the White House, would each help pay for a sweeping overhaul of the health care system.  —  First, it was a broad consortium of health industry groups — doctors, hospitals, drug makers and insurers …
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The Note:
Obama Administration Grant Program De-Emphasizing Job Creation
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Madigan Declines Senate, Gov Bids  —  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) will run for re-election to her current post in 2010, according to a Democratic source aware of the decision, ending months of speculation about whether she might make the leap to a Senate or gubernatorial bid.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Kirk Will Run For Illinois Senate
CNN:
Obama girls take Russia by storm  —  MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — An unexpected visitor wandered into the bedroom of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the wee hours of Tuesday morning — but the Secret Service wasn't worried about a security breach.
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Gordon G. Chang / Forbes:
What The Riots In China Really Mean  —  Ethnic conflict has exposed the Communist Party's vulnerabilities.  —  This week, rioting left scores dead in Urumqi, the capital of China's troubled Xinjiang region.  The latest official death toll is 156, but that number undoubtedly understates the count of those killed.
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The World Newser:
Angry Chinese Mob Turns On ABC Reporters & Crew
Discussion: Blogcritics
Mike DeBonis / Washington City Paper:
The Barry Archives Voicemails reveal depths of councilmember's obsession with girlfriend.  —  Listen: Recorded voicemails left by Marion Barry for Donna Watts-Brighthaupt.  (Transcripts)  —  Clip 1:  —  Get the Flash Player to see the podcast player.  —  Clip 2:  —  Clip 3:  —  Clip 4:
Peter Baker / New York Times:
G-8 Nations Fail to Agree on Plan to Fight Climate Change  —  L'AQUILA, Italy — The world's major industrial nations and newly emerging powers failed to agree Wednesday on specific cuts in heat-trapping gases by 2050, undercutting an effort to build a global consensus to fight climate change, according to people following the talks.
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Cyberattacks Hit U.S. and South Korean Web Sites  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Cyberattacks that have crippled the Web sites of several major American and South Korean government agencies since the July 4th holiday weekend appear to have been launched by a hostile group or government …
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Washington Post:
North Korea Suspected in Cyberattack
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Rep. Murphy attempts to repeal military ban on gays  —  Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) has taken up the mantle as the chief opponent of “Don't ask, don't tell” in Congress, and he's confident the policy banning gays from serving openly in the military will get its first full committee hearing in a decade and a half this session.
Reuters:
Obama makes pointed quip on Russian sale of Alaska  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama made a pointed quip Tuesday about Russia's sale of Alaska to the United States in the 19th century.  —  Referring to the long history of Russia-U.S. trade stretching back more than two centuries …
Tucker Carlson / Esquire:
Jeb Bush: The Future of the Republican Party  —  With no obvious candidate to lead the Republican party (and one having just stepped down), some are looking to Jeb Bush.  Which is news to him.  —  Jeb Bush interview, Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida. … I'm waiting for the next iteration.
Discussion: Wonk Room
Martin Finucane / Boston Globe:
Mass. challenges federal Defense of Marriage Act  —  Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage, has become the first to challenge the constitutionality of a federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, saying Congress intruded into a matter that should be left to individual states.
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
In Retooled Health-Care System, Who Will Set Limits?  —  The question came from a Colorado neurologist.  “Mr. President,” he said at a recent forum, “what can you do to convince the American public that there actually are limits to what we can pay for with our American health-care system?
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Risking Israel's ire, US takes 1,350 Palestinian refugees  —  The US is generally reluctant to resettle Palestinians, but these are refugees from Iraq who have been targeted since the invasion.  —  ATLANTA -  —  The State Department confirmed today that as many as 1,350 Iraqi Palestinians …
Pat G. / Think Progress:
Bank Lobbyist's Freudian Slip: 'We're Not For Any Regulation'  —  Today, Scott Talbott, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at The Financial Services Roundtable (one of the financial services industry's main lobbying arms) appeared on C-Span to discuss the Obama administration's proposal …
Jimmie Bise / AIP Blog:
If You Don't Hate the Cap and Trade Bill, Let Me Show You Section 304.  —  I bet you thought that if you bought a house, you actually own it and can, with reasonable exceptions, do with it what you want.  You probably think that if you want to live in a log cabin, with wood stoves that belch smoke …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Lights, Camera, Lots of Action.  Forget the Script.  —  The actress known as Savanna Samson once relished preparing for a role.  “I couldn't wait to get my next script,” she said.  —  There's no reason to look at them anymore, she said, because her movies now call almost exclusively for action.
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
What happened to those bad bank assets?  So far, nothing  —  WASHINGTON — In March, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner unveiled a Public-Private Investment Program in which the government and private firms would bid together to purchase toxic assets from banks, freeing them to increase lending and help revive the economy.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Fired Inspector General Angered Board With Accusations, Meeting Notes Show  —  Notes from a contentious meeting of the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service are sure to raise more questions on Capitol Hill about whether the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin …
Discussion: The Other McCain
 
 
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Unemployment as Threshold Issue
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msnbc.com:
‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ for Tuesday, July 7
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Americans are getting cold feet over Democratic proposals
Discussion: Power Line
Megan McArdle:
A Public Plan and the Law of Unintended Consequences
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