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8:20 PM ET, July 13, 2009

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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.
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New York Times:
Text: Sotomayor's Opening Statement  —  Following is the prepared text of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, as released by the White House.  —  Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I also want to thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for that kind introduction.
Senate Judiciary Committee:
The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Liz Cheney: Investigating My Dad Would Prove Americans 'Can't Trust' Democrats With National Security  —  On Saturday, the New York Times reported that former Vice President Dick Cheney gave “direct orders” to the CIA, compelling the agency to withhold “information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years.”
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Joseph Weber / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Liz Cheney open to political run  —  The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that running for political office is on her horizon.  —  “It's something I very well may do,” said Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney, a lawyer and State Department appointee who has worked on two Republican presidential campaigns.
Liz Cheney / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Rewrites the Cold War  —  The President has a duty to stand up to the lies of our enemies.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  There are two different versions of the story of the end of the Cold War: the Russian version, and the truth.  President Barack Obama endorsed the Russian version in Moscow last week.
Megan McArdle:
The Price of Innovation  —  Two pieces worth reading on health care innovation.  First, Glenn Reynolds on his family: … This is something I've been saying for a while.  But it touches on something else I've been thinking about—the way in which our attempts to measure health care innovation …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Will Wilkinson:
Will Health-Care Innovation Survive Obamacare?
Andrew Biggs / The Enterprise Blog:
A Dog in the Healthcare Fight
Discussion: EconLog and Marginal Revolution
Political Punch:
If a Teleprompter Falls in the White House Does It Make a Sound?  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller and Jake Tapper report: If a teleprompter falls in the White House, does it make a sound?  —  Yes, especially when it's the President's teleprompter - or TOTUS as it is often referred to.
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Clinton: Vetting for USAID job ‘ridiculous’
Discussion: Associated Press and The Cable
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
CIA planned al-Qaida assassinations in friendly countries, officials say  —  Dick Cheney, the former vice president, ordered a highly classified CIA operation hidden from Congress because it pushed the limits of legality by planning to assassinate of al-Qaida operatives in friendly countries without …
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Steven Aftergood / Secrecy News:   Al Qaida: Western Spies Multiply “Like Locusts”
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Down the Mississippi: Barack Obama effect ends white rule in Deep South town  —  A tiny Mississippi delta town has elected its first black mayor after the white incumbent, unopposed for 30 years, faced a young challenger inspired by President Barack Obama's feat in winning the White House.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Palin's PAC Raises $700,000+ … Update, 4:10 p.m.: Palin has collected at least $200,000 more for Sarah PAC since the reporting period closed at the end of last month, according to a source familiar with the numbers.  Palin's resignation — announced on July 3 — triggered a flood of donations to the PAC, the source added.
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) …
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Legacy  —  Guilty of a shocking crime against his own brother-in-law, real-estate mogul Charles Kushner has been cast out of power.  So his son Jared, the 28-year-old Observer owner, has to carry the ambition for the both of them.  —  Jared Kushner exited the subway on Canal Street to find his world blown up.
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and The Awl
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.
Dan Filler / The Faculty Lounge:
An Orgasm A Day Keeps The Doctor Away.  Is This Really NHS?  —  Sometimes the real news seems so good that you wonder whether The Onion is mere surplussage.  Such is the state of affairs today, as leading British papers the Times of London , the Daily Mail, and the Telegraph notify us of a new leaflet …
Rasmussen Reports:
49% Oppose Health Care Reform Plan, 46% Favor It  —  Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters now at least somewhat oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, while 46% at least somewhat favor it, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Discussion: YID With LID and Commentary
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Reed aims to rejuvenate Christian conservatives  —  One of the most controversial and successful figures of late 20th century politics wants to expand his brand to the 21st.  —  Ralph Reed believes conservative voters of faith need a Christian Coalition 2.0.
Mike Rorty / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Shadow Banking: What It Is, How it Broke, and How to Fix It  —  We hear a lot of chatter about the shadow banking system and its crucial role in the financial crisis.  But rarely do we find time to step back and ask the basic questions: What is shadow banking, where did it come from …
Discussion: EconLog and Rortybomb
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Murdoch talks to WSJ staff  —  Rupert Murdoch dropped in on Wall Street Journal staffers this afternoon for a pep talk, roughly a month since the paper's reporters and editors moved uptown to the News Corp. headquarters.  —  There, Murdoch talked about how the Journal's circulation …
BBC:
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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Primary Weapon  —  That's a nice Senate seat you've got there, Unspecified Moderate Democrat.  Shame if anything happened to it.  —  A few weeks ago, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she and other Senate Democrats harbored reservations about President Obama's plans to overhaul the health care system.
Marty Toohey / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin's clean energy program costing more, selling less  —  Electric utility chief says separate charge for renewable power may need to be rolled into all users' bills.  —  For the past decade, Austin's ambition to become the world's clean-energy capital has been best exemplified by one effort …
Discussion: Hot Air and Say Anything
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The Consequences of Big Government  —  The question that President Obama ought to be asking — that we all should be asking — is this: How big a government do we want?  Without anyone much noticing, our national government is on the verge of a permanent expansion that would endure long …
Jennifer Fermino / New York Post:
$260M BACK STAB  —  HILL'S FLIP ON DIPLO TAXES COSTS CITY A BUNDLE  —  Thanks a lot, Hillary!  —  In a surprise turnaround that will cost the city $260 million in back taxes and untold millions in future lost revenue, Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department has quietly reversed …
CNN:
Saudi family sues genie, alleges harassment  —  (CNN) — A family in Saudi Arabia has taken a genie to court, alleging theft and harassment, according to local media.  —  The lawsuit filed in Shariah court accuses the genie of leaving them threatening voicemails, stealing their cell phones …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Ncarlile / Think Progress:
Buchanan: Todd Palin should drown Levi Johnston.  —  Earlier today, conservative pundit Pat Buchanan suggested that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband should murder his daughter's ex-fiance, Levi Johnston, for saying Palin's decision to resign came down to “money.”  While appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Buchanan said:
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
The World Newser:
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Kara Spak / Chicago Sun Times:
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New York Times:
Palin's Long March to a Short-Notice Resignation