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11:20 AM ET, July 13, 2009


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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Republican pundits open fire on Sarah Palin  —  Their harsh views conflict with those of grass-roots GOP voters, revealing a serious split within the party.  —  Since announcing her resignation, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been pummeled by critics who have called her incoherent, a quitter, a joke and a “political train wreck.”
Randy E. Barnett / Wall Street Journal:
The Seinfeld Hearings  —  How Senators could, but probably won't, make the Sotomayor confirmation a show about something.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  If you suspect this week's Senate confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor will be, like “Seinfeld,” a show about nothing, you are probably right.
New York Times:
Questions for Judge Sotomayor  —  Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, is scheduled to appear today at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The Op-Ed editors asked seven legal experts to pose the questions they would like to hear the nominee answer.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Sotomayor's Critics Are the Radicals
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Politico
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Obama Faces a New Push to Look Back  —  President Obama is facing new pressure to reverse himself and to ramp up investigations into the Bush-era security programs, despite the political risks.  —  Leading Democrats on Sunday demanded investigations of how a highly classified counterterrorism program …
Foster Kamer / Gawker:
Hate Speech Against Malia Obama On Conservative Blogs Reported By Hate Speech Planting Journalist  —  We should've seen this coming: conservative blog Free Republic fired hate speech off at Malia Obama after this photo of her appeared, letting their commenters go to town.
Raw Story:
Freepers refuse to apologize for calling Malia Obama ‘a typical street whore’
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Five Senators to Watch on Sotomayor  —  The confirmation hearings for judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court begin today at 10 a.m. and, although the drama has largely been drained from the question of whether she will be confirmed (barring some disaster she will be on the Court) …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
What to watch in confirmation hearings
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Ezra Klein, Concern Troll  —  Ezra Klein is concerned—or rather, he's “gripped” by an “unsettling thought”: … I agree with my distinguished colleague (and welcome him to the concern troll community).  He's woken to the realization that Obama is running into political difficulty …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Frenetic Pace, Packed Agenda Put West Wing Staffers Through Wringer  —  The White House mess — the military-inspired term for the West Wing cafeteria — opens at 7 a.m. each day.  And each day, there is a long line of hungry staffers who have already been at the office for well over an hour.
Irene Jay Liu / Albany Times Union:
Elite get fat pay hikes amid Senate stalemate  —  Democrats reward key staff with up to $32,000 while hitting GOP  —  ALBANY — Eleven of the state Senate's highest-paid staffers received raises of up to $32,000 when it appeared likely Democrats would lose control of the chamber during the five-week leadership fight.
Gay Pride Week Starts without Same-Sex Marriage Bill
Discussion: Moe Lane
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
N. Korea's Leader May Have Cancer, Report Says  —  SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who suffered a stroke last August, was also found to have “life-threatening” pancreatic cancer around the same time, a South Korean cable television network reported on Monday.
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
Iran's Rumored Nicaraguan ‘Mega-Embassy’ Set Off Alarms in U.S.  —  MANAGUA, Nicaragua — For months, the reports percolated in Washington and other capitals.  Iran was constructing a major beachhead in Nicaragua as part of a diplomatic push into Latin America, featuring huge investment deals …
Sudan women ‘lashed for trousers’  —  Several Sudanese women have been flogged as a punishment for dressing “indecently”, according to a local journalist who was arrested with them.  —  Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, who says she is facing 40 lashes, said she and 12 other women wearing trousers …
BusinessWeek Said to Be Up for Sale by McGraw-Hill  —  BusinessWeek, the McGraw-Hill Cos. magazine that lost 30 percent of its advertising revenue in the second quarter, is up for sale, according to a person close to the situation.  —  McGraw-Hill hired Evercore Partners Inc. …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Boiling the Frog  —  Is America on its way to becoming a boiled frog?  —  I'm referring, of course, to the proverbial frog that, placed in a pot of cold water that is gradually heated, never realizes the danger it's in and is boiled alive.  Real frogs will, in fact, jump out of the pot — but never mind.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and James Fallows
New York Times:
Goldman Sachs Likely to Post Huge Profits, Analysts Say  —  Most of Wall Street, and America, is still waiting for an economic recovery.  Then there is Goldman Sachs.  —  Up and down Wall Street, analysts and traders are buzzing that Goldman, which only recently paid back its government bailout money …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Wrath of Inhofe  —  My vision of less Star Trek blogging was somewhat undermined by the American Film Institute's decision to include Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as part of their summer “totally awesome” 80s movie series.  Naturally, I had to go over the weekend.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Traffic (or Lack of) May Be a Reason for a Columnist's Dismissal  —  The political columnist Dan Froomkin was hired by The Huffington Post last week, two short weeks after being fired by a more traditional Post, the venerable newspaper in Washington.  —  In his departure from The Washington Post …
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China's Detentions of Executives Rattle Investors
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Audacity of the Pope  —  Papal encyclicals are supposed …
Discussion: Crunchy Con
Liz Cheney / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Rewrites the Cold War
Discussion: Commentary and Weekly Standard
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