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10:05 AM ET, July 9, 2009


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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Democrats Say C.I.A. Deceived Congress for Years  —  WASHINGTON — The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, has told the House Intelligence Committee in closed-door testimony that the C.I.A. concealed “significant actions” from Congress from 2001 until late last month, seven Democratic committee members said.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
White House spells Obama's name wrong  —  Someone might want to look into whether an impostor took President Obama's place during his trip to Russia  —  In a release touting an agreement between Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev over how to craft a follow-up to the START arms reduction treaty …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:   White House misspills President Obama's name on diplomatic dokument
The Politico:
Harry Reid opens $320B health plan hole  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried his best Wednesday to soften some of the toughest talk of the day before on health care - meeting with Republicans in hopes of showing bipartisanship on the issue isn't dead.  —  But taxing health benefits to pay for an overhaul?
Mike Murphy / NY Daily News:
To go forward, GOP must snap out of its Sarah Palin spell  —  Gov. Sarah Palin is the political train wreck that keeps on giving.  First, she was an awful choice last year as John McCain's running mate.  I came to this conclusion with regret - I am one of McCain's biggest admirers.  —  But facts are facts.
Discussion: Time and
Richard Lawson / Gawker:
Brian Kilmeade Would Like Species and ‘Ethnics’ to Remain Pure  —  To stave off dementia!  Yes, today the befuddled screech owls on Fox & Friends were discussing a study that states that those that stay married fend off Alzheimer's and dementia better than lonely divorcees.  Brian Kilmeade took issue with this.
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Fox News' Kilmeade: We “marry other species,” Finns “pure”  —  Watching Fox News' morning show, “Fox and Friends,” is a little bit like watching the aftermath of a particularly nasty car crash.  Yeah, it's awful, but you just have to keep looking, because, well, who knows what mangled body parts they'll pull from the wreckage next?
The Politico:
Tom Coburn knew of John Ensign's affair  —  Sen. Tom Coburn knew more than a year ago that his Republican colleague John Ensign was having an affair with a staffer - and he reportedly urged Ensign to end the relationship and pay a substantial sum of money to the staffer and her husband.
Discussion: The Note, Raw Story and Las Vegas Sun
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Key Reason Palin Gave For Quitting May Be False  —  One of the chief reasons Sarah Palin has given for resigning as Governor of Alaska is that her state's taxpayers are being forced to spend money defending her government against ethics complaints that would otherwise fund teachers, cops, and road repair.
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 …
Carrick Mollenkamp / Wall Street Journal:
Subprime Returns as Housing Woe  —  In Atlanta, a Foreclosure Dichotomy Threatens Homes Values  —  The U.S. housing market is facing new downward pressure as holders of subprime-mortgage bonds flood the market with foreclosed homes at prices that are much lower than where many banks are willing to sell.
Discussion: Clusterstock and naked capitalism
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Glad He Cleared That Up  —  We've gotten an explanation from Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for why he was the lone vote against acknowledging the role of slaves in building the U.S. Capitol.  He did it to protest “a several year effort by liberals in Congress to scrub references to America's Christian heritage from our nation's Capitol”:
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Steve King: I Opposed “Yet Another Bill” …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Robert McNamara's and Sarah Palin's Bad Exit Strategies  —  Two vastly different public officials — Robert McNamara and Sarah Palin — shared the spotlight this past week, triggering fresh thoughts about one of the classic dilemmas of governmental careers: When and how do you quit?
Paul / Power Line:
Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld — compare and contrast
Discussion: Washington Post and Commentary
Clout St:
Illinois political floodgates open after Madigan passes on governor, Senate bids  —  The floodgates in Illinois politics opened Wednesday after Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan passed on running for governor or U.S. Senate, a decision that also improves the chances of un-elected Gov. Pat Quinn …
New York Times:
Inquiry Begun on Hacking Cases at Murdoch Papers  —  LONDON — Britain's most senior police officer said Thursday he had ordered a preliminary inquiry into reports by The Guardian newspaper that Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper subsidiary paid about $1.6 million to settle court cases involving allegations …
Discussion: Mediaite, Guardian and JONATHAN TURLEY
New York Times:
Bomb Attacks in Iraq Kill at Least 41  —  BAGHDAD — Attacks in Baghdad and a city in northern Iraq killed at least 41 people and wounded dozens more on Thursday, the worst violence since Iraq celebrated the withdrawal of American troops from cities and towns last month.
Discussion: The Page
BBC:   Dozens killed in Iraqi bombings
Wall Street Journal:
White House Ponders Bernanke's Future  —  As the White House begins to ponder whether to reappoint or replace Ben Bernanke when his term expires in January, the Federal Reserve chairman's standing on Wall Street is on the rise while attacks on him from Congress mount.
Daryl Lang / PDNPulse:
New York Times Magazine Withdraws Altered Photo Essay  —  UPDATE, 5:57 p.m. ET: The New York Times has published a new editors' note about the altered photo essay that was published in Sunday's Times Magazine.  The newspaper says “most of the images did not wholly reflect the reality they purported to show.”
New York Times:
Cities Lose Out on Road Funds From Federal Stimulus  —  Two-thirds of the country lives in large metropolitan areas, home to the nation's worst traffic jams and some of its oldest roads and bridges.  But cities and their surrounding regions are getting far less than two-thirds of federal transportation stimulus money.
Brad Heath / USA Today:
Billions in aid go to areas that backed Obama in '08  —  WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President Obama in last year's presidential election.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Laura Rozen / The Cable:
With foreign-policy speech, Clinton plans to raise her profile  —  After missing two overseas trips due to surgery to repair a broken elbow, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to deliver a major foreign-policy speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington next week …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times:
Genome project leader is selected to head NIH  —  Dr. Francis Collins is named to run vast research agency.  He guided the government's drive to map the human genetic code.  —  Dr. Francis S. Collins, the geneticist who discovered the causes of half a dozen diseases, oversaw the government's efforts …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Adam Rawnsley / Danger Room:
CIA Drone Targeting Tech Revealed, Qaeda Claims
Washington Post:
Mexican Army Using Torture to Battle Drug Traffickers, Rights Groups Say
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
David Pogue / New York Times:
Bing, the Imitator, Often Goes Google One Better
Philip Webster / Times of London:
G8 leaders claim historic breakthrough on new deal to tackle global warming
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House threatens veto over intel disclosure
Discussion: MyDD and Raw Story