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10:00 AM ET, July 8, 2009

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin: A Round-Up  —  Some readers have asked me to put all the various odd lies of Sarah Palin that the Dish has compiled in one helpful place.  So that's what we've done.  A couple of months ago, I asked an intern to re-fact-check all of them to make sure new details hadn't emerged that might debunk some.
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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!
Discussion: Riehl World View and Don Surber
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Many Americans Still See Political Future for Palin  —  Most Americans' opinions of her not affected by resignation  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation — announced last Friday — fueled speculation that she may be setting up a run for president in 2012.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Palin's support still strong among GOP
Discussion: Gawker and The Page
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Palin Sympathy Effect
Roll Call:
Reid to Baucus: Stop Chasing GOP Votes on Health Care  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday ordered Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to drop a proposal to tax health benefits and stop chasing Republican votes on a massive health care reform bill.
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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 …
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Emanuel Reassures Democrats on Public Insurance Option  —  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel reassured House Democrats on Tuesday night that President Barack Obama strongly backs a government-run health insurance plan, seeking to quell a firestorm among liberals upset at Emanuel's comments …
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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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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Family Night for Obamas Miffs Some in Moscow  —  MOSCOW — If Paris is for lovers, it looks like Moscow is for families.  —  After passing on dinner with the French president to go on a date in the City of Light with his wife last month, President Obama took leave of his Russian hosts …
New York Times:
In Russia, Obama's Star Power Does Not Translate
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
ABCNEWS:
‘Shocking’ Security Breaches at Federal Buildings  —  Government Investigators Smuggle in Bomb Parts, Find Guards Sleeping on the Job  —  It only took 27 seconds for him to smuggle live bomb components through security detail in a federal building.  Later, he assembled a bomb in the restroom …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Fox News:   Security at Federal Buildings Fails to Catch Bomb Materials …
Federal Eye:
GAO: Major Security Flaws at Federal Buildings
Discussion: Truthdig
Michael Lewis / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Crashed the World  —  Almost a year after A.I.G.'s collapse, despite a tidal wave of outrage, there still has been no clear explanation of what toppled the insurance giant.  The author decides to ask the people involved—the silent, shell-shocked traders of the A.I.G. Financial Products unit …
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.
Discussion: Gawker, Right Wing News and The Awl
Wall Street Journal:
Does Obama Want to Own the Airlines?  —  Welcome to government for the benefit of government officials and their hangers-on.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Only luck and falling oil prices saved Washington from having to face mass bankruptcy of the airline industry last year.  Now the specter is rising again.
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Ad Paints Franken As Angry Maniac — Using Footage Of Him Talking About Paul Wellstone  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee has just released a new Web ad featuring footage of Senator Al Franken that makes him look like an out-of-control, Red Bull-guzzling cross between Jim Carrey and the Hulk.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oh No, Ohio?  —  A Quinnipiac poll today has Barack Obama's approval rating tanking in Ohio: he's now at 49 percent approve and 44 percent disapprove in the Buckeye State, according to Quinnipiac, whereas back in May, they had him at a healthy 62-31.  —  Obama's approval ratings …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. May Not Free Acquitted Detainees  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday it may continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens indefinitely even if they have been acquitted of terrorism charges by a U.S. military commission.  —  Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department's chief lawyer …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
David Brooks is a predictable swine  —  When he begins with a long paean to the Founding Fathers — in this case, George Washington — you can bet money that the Republican Iago is about to plunge his dagger deep into someone's back: … Right.  A logical grouping:
Kirk James Murphy, M.D. / Firedoglake:
Without Health Care, My Patients Will Die: Please Don't Sacrifice Them for Single Payer  —  Over the last six years I've evaluated and treated hundreds of patients who have very little access to health care.  These patients qualified for mental health care, but a great many didn't qualify …
Discussion: PoliGazette
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 …
Discussion: Moe Lane
The Politico:
Rove deposed in U.S. attorney probe  —  Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove was deposed Tuesday by attorneys for the House Judiciary Committee, according to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the panel's chairman.  —  Rove's deposition began at 10 a.m. and ended around 6:30 p.m, with several breaks, Conyers said.
 
 
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Matt Welch / Reason:
California Screaming  —  The Golden State's political class …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama, Summit Partners, Eye Intense Global Talks
Discussion: The Swamp
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Remembering The Funny Al Franken
Victoria Jackson / Big Hollywood:
Down is Up, Unfair is Fair and Ignorance is Bliss
Discussion: The Skepticrats
Niall Firth / Daily Mail:
Far-Right extremists ‘are plotting spectacular terrorist attack in UK’, police warn
Discussion: Mirror.co.uk and Harry's Place
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David Kahane / National Review:
I Still Hate You, Sarah Palin
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
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