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9:35 AM ET, July 10, 2009


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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Ensign's parents paid mistress $96K  —  Sen. John Ensign's parents shelled out big bucks to pay off their son's mistress, the latest twist in an unfolding scandal that has upended the political career of the one-time rising GOP star.  —  The scandal has also touched Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) …
David Stout / New York Times:
Senator's Parents Gave Mistress Thousands  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John Ensign's wealthy parents gave almost $100,000 to his former lover and her family, ostensibly out of concern for their welfare and as part of a “pattern of generosity,” his lawyer disclosed Thursday.
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Ensign Acknowledges $96,000 in Payments to Ex-Mistress and Family
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
A Final Palin Post
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.
Discussion: DailyFinance, The Note and Truthdig
Wall Street Journal:
AIG Seeks Clearance for Bonuses
Discussion: DailyFinance and The Page
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Whip Inflation Now  —  Over the past few decades …
Discussion: Kausfiles
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Roland Burris won't run for Senate seat in 2010  —  Sneed has learned U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has decided NOT to seek election to the seat he fought the government to keep.  —  Sen. Burris is planning to announce his decision Friday by issuing a statement to the press.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Senator Roland Burris to Retire, Won't Seek a Full Term  —  Illinois Sen. Roland Burris (D) will not seek a full term in 2010, according to an informed Democratic strategist, a decision that was all-but-certain given the appointed senator's ties to former governor Rod Blagojevich.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dan Hirschhorn /
Hitting back, Specter calls Sestak a ‘flagrant hypocrite’ (Updated)
Discussion: TPMDC and Open Left
John Cook / Gawker:
White House Press Corps Spent the Fourth of July Hanging Out With Obama, Off the Record  —  Reporters from roughly 30 television networks, newspapers, magazines, and web sites celebrated the Fourth of July with Barack Obama at the White House last weekend.  Why didn't you know that?
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.
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Last Manned Fighter?  —  Mike Mullen thinks the F-35 may be the last manned fighter.  Various stakeholders don't like that idea, but Robert Farley thinks it's right: … I'm with Farley on this.  The point about cost savings is not totally intuitive and I don't think it's widely appreciated …
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”
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
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
New York Times Considers $5 Monthly Web-Access Fee  —  New York Times Co. said in a survey of print subscribers that it's considering a $5 monthly fee for access to its namesake newspaper's Web site.  —  Times Co. also asked whether subscribers would be willing to pay a discounted fee …
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Intrepid CNN Newsman Anderson Cooper Stumped by Cool Whip  —  I must admit, this is not the household item I would have expected Anderson Cooper to be unfamiliar with, but alas.  —  While filling in for Regis on “Live w/ Regis and Kelly” this week, Cooper illustrated that between partying …
Some mosques defy Urumqi shutdown  —  Chinese soldiers guard mosques in Urumqi  —  Some mosques in the western Chinese city of Urumqi have opened their doors to worshippers, in spite of an earlier order for them to stay closed.  —  At least two mosques opened after crowds gathered outside.
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 …
Nycoordinator / Gathering of Eagles: NY:
AAR - MoveOn and Acorn Meet Patriots  —  Today was a great day on Long Island.  —  Patriots from the Conservative Society for Action, Gathering of Eagles, Active and the 912 Group rallied in front of the offices of Senator Charles Schumer to counter the staged pro-nationalized healthcare rally planned by and ACORN.
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
David Shepardson / Detroit News:
Majority of House supports bill to reverse dealer closings  —  Washington — A majority of House members have signed onto a bill to reverse the closing of 789 Chrysler dealerships and block General Motors Corp. from closing more than 1,300, while the full House could vote on the bill as early as next week.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama looks for shared ground in papal meeting  —  President Obama plans to focus on subjects that he and Pope Benedict XVI can agree on during a visit Friday at the Vatican, according to the White House.  —  Obama and the Vatican are at odds on abortion rights, stem cell research and other cultural issues …
Discussion: The Politico
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: Macsmind
Associated Press:
Al-Qaida inmate can't get Obama books  —  Inmate who joined al-Qaida is denied request to read the works  —  McLEAN, Va. - The federal government's most secure prison has determined that two books written by President Barack Obama contain material “potentially detrimental to national security” …
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.
Discussion: The Politico and Raw Story
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Naming Someone Who Hates Public Schools to Head the State Ed Board?  Gov. Perry, You Can't Be Serious!  —  Hoo wee.  Via Fred Clark, this story about Texas Gov. Rick Perry considering the appointment of a right-wing extremist Christian to head the state's Board of education.
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Phil Izzo / Wall Street Journal:
Economists Oppose More Stimulus
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Freshman Nye gets GOP challenger in Va.
Discussion: RedState and Swing State Project
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: D-Day and AmSpecBlog
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Criminalizing Free Speech: HR 1966 Sec 881
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