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9:40 PM ET, July 10, 2009


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Washington Post:
White House Kept Justice Lawyers in Dark on Warrantless Wiretapping  —  The Bush White House so strictly controlled access to its warrantless eavesdropping program that only three Justice Department lawyers were aware of the plan, which nearly ignited mass resignations and a constitutional crisis …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
For Huffington Post, left is right  —  Liberal bloggers came to a quick verdict on the Huffington Post's announcement Tuesday that it was hiring Dan Froomkin, the recently fired Washington Post blogger who made a name for himself criticizing former president George W. Bush: Old media's loss is new media's gain.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pat Dollard
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
‘Most PSP Leads Were Determined Not to Have Any Connection to Terrorism’
IGs: Basis for domestic surveillance flawed
Discussion: Truthdig
New York Times:
Report Says Wiretaps Got Inadequate Legal Review
Discussion: The Gavel
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:   CIA Played a Leading Role in Warrantless Surveillance
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
David Brooks: A Republican senator put ‘his hand on my inner thigh’ for a ‘whole’ dinner party.  —  Earlier this week, New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote about how “the dignity code” has been “completely obliterated” in Washington, DC.  Discussing the concept on MSNBC today …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Band of House centrists offers support for ‘robust’ public health insurance plan  —  A band of 22 New Democrat and Blue Dog lawmakers say they support a “robust” government-run health plan, boosting chances of moving healthcare reform with a public insurance plan through the House.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Campaign Silo
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
House to target wealthy to pay for healthcare
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
Jonathan Cohn / The Treatment:
EXCLUSIVE: Early CBO Score on Public Plan. It's Good!
Wall Street Journal:
A Farewell to Harms  —  Palin was bad for the Republicans—and the republic.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Sarah Palin's resignation gives Republicans a new opportunity to see her plain—to review the bidding, see her strengths, acknowledge her limits, and let go of her drama.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Kirk Opts Out of Senate Race (Or Maybe He Doesn't)?  —  Rep. Mark Kirk will not run for the Senate from Illinois (or will he?).  Photo by Sabah Arar of AFP/Getty Images  —  Update, 4:17 p.m.: Although Kirk has already told several national Republicans today that he will not run for the Senate …
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Movin' Out  —  ADVANCE COPY from the July 20, 2009 issue: Sarah Palin on why she resigned and what it means for her future.  —  In early July, while most Americans were preparing for a long weekend of cheesy parades, charred meats, and noisy fireworks, Sarah Palin made some plans of her own.
The New Republic:   The Weekly Standard's Palin Love Affair Continues!
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
2 world leaders demonstrate the 2 ways of conspicuously gawking at a woman's ass.  —  I see a distinct difference between these 2 stances.  Yes, there are similarities.  Both are blatant and hilarious.  But the Sarkozy ass-gawking stance says: I admire but I must not act.
Newzhound / Media Matters for America:
“Busted?”  Fox News still running with Obama G8 photo story day after Van Susteren debunked it  —  SUMMARY: A day after Fox News host Greta Van Susteren debunked the “lying picture that's going around the Web” of President Obama purportedly “checking out” a young woman at a G8 photo shoot …
M Peretz / The New Republic:
Christian Believers Would Be Excluded From Government If The Left Liberals Had Their Way  —  I don't know who's behind President Obama's appointment of Dr. Francis S. Collins as head of the National Institutes of Health.  Maybe it was the influence on the president of Nobel Laureate in Medicine …
Washington Examiner:
Political opposition is not a hate crime  —  What's wrong with this picture?  The federal government spends billions on homeland security, but apparently can't stop foreigners from illegally crossing the border or overstaying their visas.  The Obama administration wants …
Discussion: Cold Fury and QandO
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The lock-up-your-opponents bills of 2009?
Discussion: YID With LID and Paco Enterprises
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
“Pals Around With Terrorists”: Palin Wasn't That Rogue, After All  —  In the mail this morning was an advanced copy of Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson's extremely well-reported history of the 2008 presidential campaign: The Battle for America is what the two veteran Posties have called it.
CNN Poll: Do Americans want Sotomayor confirmed?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Just three days before the start of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, a new national poll indicates that by a narrow margin, Americans would like the Senate to confirm her as the next Supreme Court justice.
James Risen / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Have Averted Inquiry Into '01 Afghan Killings  —  WASHINGTON — After a mass killing of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war by the forces of an American-backed warlord during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, Bush administration officials repeatedly discouraged efforts …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Hampton: Religious Buddies Drove Ensign To FedEx To Mail Letter To Cindy  —  We're probably not going out on a limb by saying that Doug Hampton's entire televised interview about John Ensign's affair with Hampton's wife Cindy, and the fallout from it, had to have been pretty embarrassing …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Lover's husband alleges Ensign, Santorum cover-up
Discussion: PERRspectives
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Efforts at Regulation Have Yoga Teachers Bent Out of Shape  —  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Ten years ago, with yoga transforming itself into a ubiquitous pop culture phenomenon from a niche pursuit, yoga teachers banded together to create a voluntary online registry of schools meeting …
The Sleuth:
Palin Camp Takes on Levi Johnston  —  Just when you thought the plot couldn't possibly thicken more in the Days of Our Lives in Alaska, it has.  Outgoing Gov. Sarah Palin is now fighting back against claims made by her daughter's ex-boyfriend that she bailed out on Alaska in order to cash in on her fame.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up big on Pawlenty, Palin  —  Barack Obama's approval rating in Minnesota has dropped six points since April, but that doesn't mean voters are responding too positively to some of his Republican alternatives.  —  54% of voters in the state now give Obama good marks, with 39% saying they disapprove of his job performance.
Katie Connolly / Newsweek Blogs:
Was Obama Checking Out This Girl's Butt?  —  Photo courtesy Jason Reed / Reuters-Landov  —  You may have seen this rather misleading photo doing the rounds this morning.  The photo appears to depict President Obama checking out the rear of 16 year old Brazilian girl Mayora Taveres.
Discussion: Politics Daily
David Cho / Washington Post:
Administration Considers Bailout Funds for Small Businesses  —  Proposal Would Take Money From $700B Program for Banking System  —  The Obama administration is developing an initiative to take money from the $700 billion program for the banking system and make it available to millions of small businesses …
Discussion: Clusterstock and Felix Salmon
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Civil Rights Group Divided Over Gay Marriage  —  LOS ANGELES — The Southern Christian Leadership Conference — the 50-year-old civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others — is seeking to remove the president of its Los Angeles chapter in response …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
House overwhelmingly rejects signing statement  —  The House rebuked President Obama for trying to ignore restrictions to international aid payments, voting overwhelmingly for an amendment forcing the administration to abide by its constraints.  —  House members approved an amendment …
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
High-Priced F-22 Fighter Has Major Shortcomings  —  The United States' top fighter jet, the Lockheed Martin F-22, has recently required more than 30 hours of maintenance for every hour in the skies, pushing its hourly cost of flying to more than $44,000, a far higher figure than for the warplane it replaces …
Media Matters Action Network:
Rep. Paul Broun Outrageously Claims The Public Option “Is Gonna Kill People”  —  29 minutes ago by Media Matters Action Network … REP. BROUN: CANADA AND GREAT BRITAIN DON'T APPRECIATE LIFE … Besides absurdly stating that the public option will “kill people,” Rep. Broun's ham-handed transition between …
Tim Graham /
Reporter: ‘We Took Sides, Straight and Simple’ Against Palin  —  On AOL Politics Daily, long-time White House reporter Carl Cannon bluntly declared that the political press gave Sarah Palin a raw deal in the 2008 campaign, and seriously failed to scrutinize Joe Biden, especially his fact-mangling …
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Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Obama wants to end African conflicts
Discussion: Truthdig
Imtiaz Ali / Foreign Policy:
Commander of the Faithful  —  Meet the man who is Islamabad …
US News:
Obama Extends Cheney's Secret Service Protection
Discussion: Gawker and Wonkette
John O'Sullivan / Weekly Standard:
Rebel With a Cause  —  Margaret Thatcher, revolutionary. Why Margaret Thatcher Matters
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
TFN / Texas Freedom Network:
Breaking News: Perry Picks Lowe to Head SBOE
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama gives Iran deadline on nuclear program
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
Have Palin and Sanford damaged the GOP brand?
Discussion: Riehl World View and Reason
Mary Mitchell / Chicago Sun Times:
Exclusive: Emmett Till's casket left to waste at Burr Oak