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7:05 AM ET, July 9, 2009


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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.
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Only Three Palin Ethics Complaints Were Still Pending
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Poor Pitiful Me  —  So it isn't just Jonah Goldberg.
Discussion: Salon
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
TIME's Interview with Sarah Palin: 'It's All for Alaska'
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TalkLeft
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 …
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.
Discussion: Balkinization
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House threatens veto over intel disclosure
Discussion: MyDD and Raw Story
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 …
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?
Associated Press:
Sarah Palin is not attractive to Chris Christie's N.J. Gov campaign  —  New Jersey GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie's campaign has no interest in help from Sarah Palin after the former vice presidential candidate stepped down as governor of Alaska, in part to help Republican candidates across the country.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Fred Malek, Sarah Palin and the Case for Loyalty
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” …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Wonkette and Gawker
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.
Bunny / THE WEEK News & Opinion:
The Republicans' dwindling options
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TBogg
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.”
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.
J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
Hampton speaks publicly, says Ensign paid severance  —  Doug Hampton spoke publicly for the first time today about the affair his wife had with Sen. John Ensign, saying the Nevada Republican continued his pursuit even after intermediaries tried to get him to stop.
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
Todd J. Zywicki / Wall Street Journal:
Let's Treat Borrowers Like Adults
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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.
Paul / Power Line:
Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld — compare and contrast  —  The death of Robert McNamara serves as George Will's spring board to reflect on contemporary neo-conservativism.  Will reminds us that neo-conservatism began, in significant part, as a reaction to the immodest stance of McNamara …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Timeless Lessons From McNamara
Discussion: New York Times, Commentary and Reason
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.
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
Ed Kilgore / Democratic Strategist:
Cloture and Party Unity  —  One of the more profound changes in American governance in recent years has been the normalization of the Senate filibuster—or, to be more precise, the threat of a Senate filibuster, since actual filibusters rarely occur.  To make a very long story short …
Matthew Benjamin / Bloomberg:
Democrats Split on Stimulus as Job Losses Mount, Deficit Soars  —  Democrats who control the levers of power in Washington are divided over whether to push for more deficit spending to end the recession and stem job losses, complicating the possibility of a second stimulus bill.
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.
Jules Crittenden:
Countdown to 12:34:56 7/8/9  —  Shortly after half-past noon today.  Be there.  I predict the end of the world, with gnashing of teeth, rending of garments, gnawing of tongues for pain, emergence of many-headed beasts, horsemen, plus final determinations on wickedness vs. righteousness, etc.
Washington Post:
Group of 8 Agrees On a Ceiling for Temperature Rise  —  L'AQUILA, Italy, July 8 — The world's leading industrial nations tentatively agreed Wednesday to try to prevent global temperatures from rising above a fixed level, after a more far-reaching proposal to slash production of greenhouse gases fizzled …
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
Reid Reassures Finance Panel Republicans  —  Senate Finance Committee Republicans emerged Wednesday afternoon from a meeting with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying the sides had agreed to continue bipartisan health reform talks within the committee — and that the negotiations would not be subject to artificial timelines.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Averages 61% Job Approval in June  —  Obama at 89% approval among Democrats, 25% among Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. President Barack Obama averaged a 61% job approval rating for the month of June, down from his 65% average in May, and one point below his previous monthly low of 62%, recorded in March.
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John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Vandalism!  —  The Left never forgets a defeat and never forgives an enemy.
Discussion: alicublog and The Awl
Donald Douglas / American Power:
The Obamafication of Great Power Arms Control
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:
Jackson Confirms EPA Chart Showing No Effect on Climate Without China, India
 Earlier Items: 
Dafydd ab Hugh / Hot Air:
Piddling Away Greatness
Discussion: Associated Press
Chicago Breaking News:
Ex-Blagojevich aide pleads guilty, will testify
Discussion: and TalkLeft
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Socialized Medicine  —  Here's some historical data on female life expectancy in Russia:
Discussion: Liberal Values
The Note:
Obama Administration Grant Program De-Emphasizing Job Creation