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10:50 AM 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!
Discussion: Riehl World View and Don Surber
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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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
How will Sarah Palin's resignation affect book sales?  —  Sarah Palin's sudden announcement that she will resign as Alaska's governor has thrown unforeseen risk into the already uncertain market for books about her — and by her.  Earlier this year, Palin inked a deal with HarperCollins for her memoir, due out in spring 2010.
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.
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 …
Noah Millman / The American Scene:
Re-Entering the Palin-Drome  —  Looks like Ross inaugurated Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Ideas Special Report
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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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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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
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?
Discussion: EconLog and The Page
Robert Patrick / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
ACLU sues to block Maplewood funeral protest ban  —  ST. LOUIS - The American Civil Liberties Union sued Maplewood today on behalf of a controversial Kansas-based church that protests at the funerals of soldiers, alleging that the city's funeral protest ban is unconstitutional.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jim Myers / Tulsa World:
Senators share a laugh, hug  —  Inhofe said the “clown” comment about Franken has a happy ending.  —  WASHINGTON — One week after calling him “the clown from Minnesota,” Sen. Jim Inhofe shared a hug Tuesday with Al Franken, the newly minted senator from the North Star State.
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 and Newshoggers.com
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.
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 …
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 …
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The corrupting effect of his off-the-record salons.  —  The off-the-record-for-dollars salon scheme that got Katharine Weymouth and the Washington Post in so much trouble last week prompted TPM Muckraker to flush David Bradley—owner and publisher of the Atlantic—into the open about his salon-happy organization.
 
 
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Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Obamaweek Doesn't Know the Difference Between Spin and ‘Factcheck’
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Daniel Martin / Daily Mail:
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Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
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BBC:
Drones ‘kill dozens’ in Pakistan
Matt Welch / Reason:
California Screaming  —  The Golden State's political class …
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
How Do You Know What Dishonest Is, You're Not a Lawyer!