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11:35 PM ET, July 13, 2009

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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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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
‘Jane Roe’ Arrested at Supreme Court Hearing  —  The woman at the center of the Supreme Court's landmark abortion rights ruling was arrested today at the confirmation hearing for Sonia Sotomayor among a wave of anti-abortion protesters who lined the sidewalks outside the Senate office buildings …
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Senate Judiciary Committee:
The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse
Discussion: TalkLeft and Newshoggers.com
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.
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.
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
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Marcy Wheeler Says “Blowjob” On MSNBC  —  And oh yeah Dick Cheney was ordering a whole bunch of illegal s**t.  —  Howard Kurtz takes to the fainting couch.
Discussion: The Impolitic and Wonkette
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 …
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.
Gardiner Harris / The Caucus:
Alabama Physician Chosen as Surgeon General  —  President Barack Obama has selected Dr. Regina Benjamin, an Alabama family physician, as the U.S. surgeon general, two administration officials said on Monday.  —  Mr. Obama will announce his selection officially at a Rose Garden ceremony at 11:40 a.m.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The events preceding Goldman Sachs' new “blowout profits”  —  Remember all of this — the $700 billion bank bailout, the AIG scandal, dark and scary threats of imminent global meltdown if there wasn't full-scale capitulation by the citizenry to the immense transfer of public wealth to the private investment banking sector?
Gateway Pundit:
Wow!  Russians Snubbed Obama— Refused to Shake His Hand!  (Video)  —  Funny... Our state-run media didn't report on this?  —  The Russians snubbed Obama- BIG TIME!  —  Hat Tip Desert Conservative  —  So much for pushing that reset button.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Nice Deb
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama Approval Rating Slips to 57 Percent  —  CBS News Poll: President Loses Support Amid Concerns About Economy; Loss In Backing Comes From Democrats And Independents  —  (CBS) President Obama's approval rating has fallen six points in the past month, a new CBS News poll finds …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Obama to U.S. Jewish leaders: Israel must engage in self-reflection  —  U.S. President Barack Obama met yesterday for the first time with 15 American Jewish leaders at the White House, for talks aimed at clearing the air following allegations that his administration was taking a tough line with Israel over settlement activity.
Marc Lynch:
Jay-Z vs the Game: Lessons for the American Primacy Debate  —  Late last week, the Los Angeles rapper the Game launched a blistering attack against the legendary New York [blogger] rapper :>) Jay-Z. At a series of European shows, the Game led crowds in cheers of “F*** Jay-Z” and “Old Ass N*****” …
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 …
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: Power Line, YID With LID and Commentary
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 …
New York Times:
Obama Faces Hurdles in Closing Guantánamo  —  WASHINGTON — With six months left before a White House deadline, the Obama administration is struggling with legal, political and logistical problems that are casting a cloud over President Obama's pledge to close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by January.
Danny Shea / The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews: “I'm Getting One Of Those Thrills” About Sotomayor (VIDEO)  —  Chris Matthews feels similarly about Sonia Sotomayor during her confirmation hearings as he did about Barack Obama during his Presidential campaign.  Specifically, the thrill is back.
Francis Cianfrocca / The New Ledger:
Bernanke vs. History: Our Economic Outlook  —  As I write on Monday morning, prices for US Treasury securities are sharply higher again, and the yield curve is flattening.  Meanwhile, commodity prices are falling, and the US stock markets will open lower.  There's no denying that we've seen …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
 
 
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
‘Car czar’ Rattner steps down after five months
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