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10:00 AM ET, July 14, 2009


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Sarah Palin / Washington Post:
The ‘Cap And Tax’ Dead End  —  There is no shortage of threats to our economy.  America's unemployment rate recently hit its highest mark in more than 25 years and is expected to continue climbing.  Worries are widespread that even when the economy finally rebounds, the recovery won't bring jobs.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
SOMETHING NOT ADDING UP  —  The New York Times is also reporting now that the secret Bush-era CIA program kept from Congress and terminated last month by CIA Director Leon Panetta was a plan to assassinate top al Qaeda officials that was never implemented.  This is additional confirmation …
New York Times:
C.I.A. Had Plan to Assassinate Qaeda Leaders  —  WASHINGTON — Since 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency has developed plans to dispatch small teams overseas to kill senior Qaeda terrorists, according to current and former government officials.  —  The plans remained vague and were never carried out …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DETAILS COME TOGETHER ON TARGETED ASSASSINATIONS PROGRAM.... Slowly but surely, we're starting to get a better sense of the secret counterterrorism program that Dick Cheney ordered the CIA not to divulge to Congress.  —  The WSJ reported yesterday that the program had to do with authorization …
Marc Thiessen / The Corner:
The Democrats' War on the CIA Continues
Discussion: Say Anything
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 …
Collin Levy / Wall Street Journal:
Sotomayor and International Law
Discussion: Law Blog and Betsy's Page
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Does Sotomayor Matter Politically?
Discussion: TBogg
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
On Health-Care Reform, Obama Looks to Johnson's Model  —  President Obama returned to domestic affairs yesterday after a weeklong overseas tour with a warning for skeptics of his stalled health-care overhaul: “Don't bet against us.”  —  The tough talk in the Rose Garden gave way hours later …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Healthcare ‘still on schedule’; bill coming Tuesday
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Roll Call:
Heavy Lift for Health Care
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.
Mortimer Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
The Economy Is Even Worse Than You Think  —  The average length of unemployment is higher than it's been since government began tracking the data in 1948.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The recent unemployment numbers have undermined confidence that we might be nearing the bottom of the recession.
Greg Farrell / Financial Times:
Goldman executives sold $700m of stock  —  Executives at Goldman Sachs sold almost $700m worth of stock following the collapse of Lehman Brothers last September, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  —  Most of the sales occurred during the period …
Discussion: naked capitalism and Truthdig
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.
Bloomberg Slams Clinton: She Stabbed NYC In Back  —  Mayor Says Secretary Of State Committed Double Flip-Flop By Exempting Diplomats From Paying Big Apple Property Taxes  —  Says $260 Million Already Lost, Sets Bad Precedent For The Future  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Hillary Clinton …
Nicholas Kralev / Washington Times:
Hillary Clinton rips ‘vetting’ process
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Bare-Faced Go-Away Bird  —  First, I'm going to Rwanda this weekend, on vacation.  I'm looking forward to it immensely, especially since I discovered that the Bare-Faced Go-Away Bird, which topped my list of Best Bird Names Ever nearly five years ago, lives there.  (And did you know that the name ‘Watusi’ comes from the Tutsi?
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Senior KKK member arrested in Tel Aviv  —  A high-ranking white supremacist on the run from US federal authorities was arrested on Monday night in a south Tel Aviv hideout.  —  33-year-old Micky Louis Mayon, one of America's 100 Most Wanted criminals, and a member of the Ku Klux Klan …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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 …
Lily Gordon /
Soldier balks at deploying; says Obama isn't president  —  Says he shouldn't have to go to Afghanistan because Obama is not a U.S. citizen  —  U.S. Army Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook, set to deploy to Afghanistan, says he shouldn't have to go.  —  His reason?
Josh Drobnyk / Pennsylvania Ave.:
Gerlach to run for governor, leave Congress  —  U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach has alerted top officials at the National Republican Congressional Committee that he'll run for governor next year in lieu of a reelection effort in Congress.  —  The decision is expected in an announcement Tuesday.
Financial Times:
Time to tackle the real evil: too much debt  —  The core of the problem, the unavoidable truth, is that our economic system is laden with debt, about triple the amount relative to gross domestic product that we had in the 1980s.  This does not sit well with globalisation.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Business Week sale may fetch only $1  —  McGraw-Hill could reap just $1 from a sale of Business Week, according to people familiar with the 80-year-old financial magazine's losses.  —  The publisher has appointed Evercore, the boutique investment bank, to sell the business after concluding it was non-core …
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
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.
New York Times:
Obama's Chief Auto Adviser Steps Down  —  By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and DANNY HAKIM  —  Steven Rattner is quitting his post as President Obama's chief adviser on the troubled automobile industry at a time when an investigation into his former Wall Street firm's role in a scandal involving public pension funds has intensified.
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Lance Burri / The TrogloPundit:
Levi Johnston is single. Meghan McCain is single.
U.S. mulling mortgage aid for unemployed
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
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Minority Broadcasters Seek Aid
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