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10:50 PM ET, July 11, 2009


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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Cheney Is Linked to Concealment of C.I.A. Project  —  The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency's director, Leon E. Panetta …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Sotomayor backers urge reporters to probe New Haven firefighter  —  WASHINGTON — Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are quietly targeting the Connecticut firefighter who's at the center of Sotomayor's most controversial ruling.  —  On the eve of Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearing …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The New Haven firefighter is no stranger to employment disputes.  —  Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have announced that Frank Ricci, the firefighter who recently prevailed in his “reverse discrimination” lawsuit against the city of New Haven, Conn., will testify at Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Path to Court: Speak Capably but Say Little  —  WASHINGTON — On his first day at the Justice Department in 1981, a 26-year-old lawyer named John G. Roberts Jr. was handed a high-profile assignment: to help prepare Sandra Day O'Connor, then an Arizona judge, for her Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
The Ninth Justice:   How Ricci Almost Disappeared
Paul Singer / Roll Call:
Freshman Rep. Grayson Taken to Cleaners in Ponzi Scheme  —  Freshman Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) lost $3 million in a stock swindle between 2000 and 2005, a Florida television station reported this week.  —  According to Orlando's Local 6, Grayson was an investor in a Ponzi scheme run by the company Derivium Capital.
Discussion: Redhot
Associated Press:
Gov. Ritter Steered Stimulus Money To Ex-Employer  —  DENVER (AP) ― Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has awarded some of the state's first stimulus money to his former employer in a no-bid contract.  —  Ritter hired his former law firm, the Washington-based Hogan & Hartson …
Discussion: Don Surber, Moe Lane and Gateway Pundit Blog:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE GHANAIAN PARLIAMENT  —  Accra International Conference Center  —  Accra, Ghana  —  THE PRESIDENT: (Trumpet plays.)  I like this.  Thank you.  Thank you.  I think Congress needs one of those horns.  (Laughter.)  That sounds pretty good.  Sounds like Louis Armstrong back there.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Delivers Call for Change to a Rapt Africa  —  CAPE COAST, Ghana — President Obama traveled in his father's often-troubled home continent on Saturday as a potent symbol of a new political era but also as a messenger with a tough-love theme: American aid must be matched by Africa's responsibility for its own problems.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's African journey: ‘Promise’
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
The Stumbles That Led to an Ethics Blunder  —  The Washington Post's ill-fated plan to sell sponsorships of off-the-record “salons” was an ethical lapse of monumental proportions.  —  Publisher Katharine Weymouth and Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli have now taken full responsibility …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The new Report on illegal spying is not a real investigation  —  The Bush-era torture regime might have been that administration's most flamboyant act of criminality, but its illegal NSA warrantless eavesdropping program (and other still-unknown surveillance programs) has always been the clearest.
Booman Tribune:
David Brooks' Strange Tale  —  I don't know if David Brooks had a couple of drinks at lunch or not, but he went on MSNBC this afternoon and claimed that he had once sat through an entire dinner with a Republican U.S. Senator's hand in his lap.  BROOKS: You know, all three of us spend a lot …
Discussion: D-Day
Edwin Chen / Bloomberg:
Obama Says Economic Stimulus Plan Worked as Intended  —  President Barack Obama said his $787 billion stimulus bill “has worked as intended” as he pushed back against Republican criticism that his recovery program has failed to rescue the economy.  —  “It has already extended unemployment insurance …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Weekly remarks: Obama still clearing wreckage; Cantor asks, where are the jobs?  —  This week's weekly remarks open with President Obama in Africa opening on foreign affairs.  But by the second paragraph out of 20, he gets to what he really wants — needs — to talk about: domestic business in general and the economy specifically.
Wall Street Journal:
House Health Bill Relies on Wealth Tax  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to pay for their health-care legislation with a big tax increase on wealthy households, aiming to raise $540 billion over the next decade with a package of surtaxes on families making $350,000 or more.
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The Post's Editorial Writers Know Zero Economics
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The New Republic:
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Adriel Bettelheim / Balance of Power:
Obama Diagrams Health-Care Strategy From Abroad
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What Would More Stimulus Look Like?  —  Paul Krugman and Brad DeLong …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Freddie / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
on the other hand  —  John mines a few laughs and a salient point …
Melanie Kirkpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
Why We Don't Want a Nuclear-Free World
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Russian TV censors ‘South Park’ Putin scene (video)