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6:00 PM ET, July 8, 2009

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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!
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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 …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Fred Malek, Sarah Palin and the Case for Loyalty
Manu Raju / The Politico:   GOP insiders see value in Palin's move
Charles Franklin / Pollster.com:
Palin's Problem Outside the Base
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hotline On Call
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Dan / Riehl World View:
It's Okay To Question Your Patriotism
Discussion: GayPatriot
The Note:
Obama Administration Grant Program De-Emphasizing Job Creation  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  When Vice President Joe Biden announced a new $3.3 billion grant program to upgrade the nation's electricity network, the rationale was simple: “This is jobs — jobs,” he said in April.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
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Al Kamen / Washington Post:
In the Loop: A Senate Committee Annexes Canada
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Raw Story
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Power of Stimulus Slow to Take Hold
Karen Araiza / NBC Philadelphia:
Pool Boots Kids Who Might “Change the Complexion”  —  Campers sent packing after first visit to swim club  —  More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason.  —  “I heard this lady, she was like …
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Socialized Medicine  —  Here's some historical data on female life expectancy in Russia:  —  My understanding is that the post-Soviet collapse had more to do with lifestyle factors (vodka got cheaper) than problems in the health care system.  But the point, broadly speaking …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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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 …
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 …
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Hu leaves G8 as troops flood Urumqi  —  • Hu Jintao cuts short Italian trip due to unrest  —  • Officals threaten death penalty against aggressors  —  Thousands of paramilitary troops flooded the streets of Urumqi today as officals warned they would seek the death penalty …
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Gordon G. Chang / Forbes:
What The Riots In China Really Mean
Discussion: The Foundry and Michael J. Totten
The World Newser:
Angry Chinese Mob Turns On ABC Reporters & Crew
Discussion: Blogcritics
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Under Pressure, Blanche Lincoln Shifts On Public Plan  —  Looks like pressure from the left might be getting results, albeit limited ones, in the case of “centrist” Dem Senator Blanche Lincoln, who has been resisting any commitment to backing a public health care option.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Obama justice system  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Spencer Ackerman yesterday attended a Senate hearing at which the DOD's General Counsel, Jeh Johnson, testified.  As Ackerman highlighted, Johnson actually said that even for those detainees to whom the Obama administration deigns …
Bloomberg:
Morgan Stanley Plans to Turn Downgraded Loan CDO Into AAA Bonds  —  Morgan Stanley plans to repackage a downgraded collateralized debt obligation backed by leveraged loans into new securities with AAA ratings in the first transaction of its kind, said two people familiar with the sale.
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
The Place of Women on the Court  —  In late February, three weeks after she had an operation for a recurrence of cancer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to Barack Obama's first address to Congress.  Given the circumstances, it wasn't an event anyone expected her to attend.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
Alice Gomstyn / ABCNEWS:
Injury to Insult: Car Defect Victims Out of Luck  —  General Motors and Chrysler Are Rebuilding but Those With Injury, Death Claims May Not Get Their Day in Court  —  A third-degree burn is devastating to anyone, but for Terry Cole, it meant the end of a dream: walking again.
Discussion: Hot Air, MyDD and Cold Fury
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Developing Nations Rebuff G-8 on Curbing Pollutants  —  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.
Chicago Breaking News:
Ex-Blagojevich aide pleads guilty, will testify  —  John Harris, the last chief of staff to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, pleaded guilty today to a single count of wire fraud in federal court — and agreed to cooperate in the federal probe against his former boss in return for a recommended prison term of just under 3 years.
Discussion: msnbc.com, TalkLeft and Townhall.com
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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Clash With Congress: Obama Threatens Veto Of Intelligence Funding Bill  —  The Obama administration has threatened to veto the funding bill for US intelligence agencies because the House included a provision that would increase the number of members who receive briefings on highly secretive covert operations.
 
 
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
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msnbc.com:
‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ for Tuesday, July 7
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Raw Story
Emily Pierce / Roll Call:
Leaders Press Case for Unity
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
What happened to those bad bank assets? So far, nothing
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice