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11:45 AM ET, July 10, 2009


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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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Vulnerable GOPs want Palin to stay home  —  Republicans facing tough elections in 2010 don't want Sarah Palin campaigning with them.  —  Though the soon-to-be-former Alaska governor is seen as popular with the conservative grass roots, several Republicans said she'd help them by staying home in Wasilla.
John / Power Line:
The Real Sarah Palin  —  I haven't commented on Sarah Palin's resignation as Governor of Alaska since Friday afternoon, when I noted the story and said that her resignation “seems bizarre to me.”  Here are some additional thoughts on the subject.  —  I am, to begin with, an admirer of Governor Palin …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Stimulus Trap  —  As soon as the Obama administration-in-waiting announced its stimulus plan — this was before Inauguration Day — some of us worried that the plan would prove inadequate.  And we also worried that it might be hard, as a political matter, to come back for another round.
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Johnston says Palin had eye on the money  —  RESIGNATION: Daughter's ex-fiance says governor also missed family time.  —  —  Levi Johnston, the former fiance of Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, on Thursday joined the crowd offering up potential reasons for Palin's decision to step down.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Johnston: Palin did it for the money
Discussion: Politics Daily
Akmuckraker / The Mudflats:
Levi Johnston on Palin's Resignation
The Politico:
House Dems stall health bill unveiling  —  Rank-and-file Democrats stalled the introduction of a long-awaited health-care bill in the House on Thursday by conducting a letter-writing campaign of sorts to put forth their demands for changes to the legislation, even before its authors could unveil it.
J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
GOP support for Ensign dwindles as new details of affair emerge  —  Sen. John Ensign appeared to be losing support among his Republican base Thursday as the lawmaker disclosed that his parents, who made millions in the casino industry, paid the family of his affair partner $96,000 around …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Whip Inflation Now  —  Over the past few decades, health care inflation has exceeded the general rise in prices by about 2.5 percent a year.  These inexorably rising costs are bankrupting the nation, walloping businesses and squeezing middle-class salaries.  —  Fortunately, the country now has an excellent opportunity to change that.
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Morning Bell: The Health Care Taxapalooza
Discussion: QandO
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
When Will The Recovery Begin?  Never.  —  The so-called “green shoots” of recovery are turning brown in the scorching summer sun.  In fact, the whole debate about when and how a recovery will begin is wrongly framed.  On one side are the V-shapers who look back at prior recessions and conclude …
Discussion: Economist's View and Felix Salmon
Specter: Sestak a ‘flagrant hypocrite’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter called his fellow Democrat, Rep. Joe Sestak, a “flagrant hypocrite” and accused his rival of registering as a Democrat “just in time to run for Congress.”  —  Sestak has said that he will challenge Specter …
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 …
Stars & Stripes:
Watchdog group: Dozens of active-duty troops found on neo-Nazi site  —  WASHINGTON — It is the Facebook for the fascist set, and the typical online profiles of its members reveal expected tastes.  —  Favorite book: “Mein Kampf”  —  Favorite movie: the Nazi propaganda film “Triumph of the Will”
Washington Post:
AIG Seeks Clearance For More Bonuses  —  $2.4 Million in Executive Payments Due Next Week  —  American International Group is preparing to pay millions of dollars more in bonuses to several dozen top corporate executives after an earlier round of payments four months ago set off a national furor.
New York Times:
With Sale of Good Assets, G.M. Out of Bankruptcy  —  General Motors completed a major step in its turnaround on Friday and closed the sale of its good assets to a new, government-backed carmaker, at a speed unimagined by auto and bankruptcy experts even six months ago.
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Supermax prison: Obama's books objectionable  —  McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The federal government's most secure prison has determined that two books written by President Barack Obama contain material “potentially detrimental to national security” and rejected an inmate's request to read them.
Todd Venezia / New York Post:
TAIL TO THE CHIEF  —  O-GLER PREZ JOINS 'KOZY FOR A SUMMIT REAR VIEW  —  Baby got Barack!  —  The leader of the free world and his French counterpart were caught sneaking a peek at a the pink-satin-draped booty of a 17-year-old junior G-8 delegate just moments before the summit's official group photo was snapped in Italy yesterday.
Discussion: Mediaite and Macsmind
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 …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Fox News:
Al Qaeda-Linked American Terrorist Condemns, Mocks Obama in New Audio Tape  —  An American who left the United States to join an Al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia is strongly condemning President Obama's efforts to seek “a new beginning” with the Muslim world, mocking Obama's “magic of charisma” …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Right Wing News
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.
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Rick Newcombe / Wall Street Journal:
Why We'll Leave L.A.  —  The business climate is worse than the air quality.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Los Angeles  —  If New Yorkers fantasize that doing business here in Los Angeles would be less of a headache, forget about it.  This city is fast becoming a job-killing machine.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, Reason and Don Surber
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Blasting politicos  —  It is only 11:30 a.m., but Kurt Bardella is on his third Red Bull, and he's got a fourth on deck.  —  “This feels like an episode of ‘24,’” he says.  —  Bardella, 25, is press secretary to California Rep. Darrell Issa, ranking member on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Los Angeles Times:
Illegal immigrants again in the budget spotlight  —  The economic downturn has activists pushing for a measure that would limit the services Californians provide.  —  As California lawmakers struggle with a budget gap that has now grown to $26.3 billion, one of the hottest topics …
Discussion: L.A. Now and ImmigrationProf Blog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Dems look to make GOP ‘pay a political price’ for stimulus opposition  —  Democrats are organizing efforts to make any Republicans who claim the stimulus has been a failure “pay a political price” in the lawmaker's own back yard.  —  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Ban on tobacco urged in military  —  WASHINGTON — Pentagon health experts are urging Defense Secretary Robert Gates to ban the use of tobacco by troops and end its sale on military property, a change that could dramatically alter a culture intertwined with smoking.
Political Punch:
'My Cousin In Kenya Can't Get a Job Without Paying a Bribe': Obama Tells African Leaders to Get Their Houses in Order  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report:  —  L'AQUILA, ITALY — In a meeting this morning with the leaders of Egypt, Algeria, Senegal, Nigeria, Libya and Ethiopia …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Ben Smith's Blog and Raw Story
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The Hill:
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