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1:40 PM 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.
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John / Power Line:
Sotomayor's Nose Grows Longer  —  Pat Leahy opened the questioning of Judge Sonia Sotomayor by asking her some softball questions about her controversial speeches and decisions.  In response, Sotomayor's characterization of her “wise Latina” speech was strikingly disingenuous:
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Washington Wire:
Sotomayor Surprises Sessions  —  Jess Bravin reports on Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing.  —  Ouch!  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), seeking to discredit Judge Sonia Sotomayor's judicial philosophy, cited her 2001 “wise Latina” speech, and contrasted the view that ethnicity …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Sotomayor: Comments meant to inspire  —  After hearing two months of pointed attacks over her so-called “wise Latina” comments, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor publicly backed off the remarks Tuesday, describing them as “a rhetorical flourish that fell flat.”
Discussion: msnbc.com and Politico Live's Blog
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Sessions to NRA: “Be afraid” of S'mayor
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Ninth Justice
Abigail Thernstrom / CNN:
Commentary: Why we should worry about Sotomayor
Discussion: Michael Bérubé
CNN:
Sotomayor: ‘wise Latina’ remark a bad choice of words
Discussion: Raw Story and Connecting.the.Dots
Ian M. / Wonk Room:
Sotomayor Hearing Live-Blog, Day 2
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 …
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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 …
CNN:
Cheney getting ‘bum rap’ on CIA program, ex-officials say
Discussion: Think Progress
Mark Blumenthal / National Journal Online:
Obama Numbers Follow The Economy  —  Shift Among Independents May Have Been Overstated, But Bad Economic News Corresponds To Downward Trend  —  President Obama's job approval rating has fallen over the last two months, prompting two questions for pundits and pollsters.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Lisa Mascaro / Las Vegas Sun:
Ensign to stay in Senate, seek reelection  —  Fallout from affair, including ethics complaints, leaves him undeterred  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. John Ensign said Monday that not only does he have no intention of resigning in light of his affair and his parents' payout to the woman's family …
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.
Michael Tracey / The Nation:
Bill Clinton Backs Same-Sex Marriage  —  Former President Bill Clinton has come out in support of same-sex marriage.  —  After speaking at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, DC, on July 8, the former president was asked if he supported same-sex marriage.
Lily Gordon / Ledger-Enquirer.com:
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?
Dan Lawton / Christian Science Monitor:
Nearly all my professors are Democrats.  Isn't that a problem?  —  After I posed that question, two faculty railed against me.  That's a sure sign that universities should address the lack of ideological diversity.  —  EUGENE, ORE. -  —  When I began examining the political affiliation …
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?
Wall Street Journal:
The Small Business Surtax  —  The Obama Democrats pick income redistribution over job creation and economic growth.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Jason Furman owes an apology to Michael Boskin, the Stanford economist who wrote a year ago on these pages that Barack Obama would raise American income tax rates nearly to 60%.
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
The Little Scandal That Could  —  “We're not there yet,” one Democratic source on Capitol Hill said last week, when asked about the prospect for hearings on the Obama administration's firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin.  Congressional investigators are still conducting interviews …
TheSunNews.com:
Sanford's office couldn't locate missing governor  —  E-mails, phone calls outline efforts to contact, cover for AWOL leader  —  Gov. Mark Sanford's chief of staff, Scott English, called the governor's cell phones 15 times during the governor's secret trip to Argentina to visit his lover last month.
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.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama's rosy scenario turns thorny  —  President Barack Obama's economic forecasts for long-term growth are too optimistic, many economists warn, a miscalculation that would mean budget deficits will be much higher than the administration is now acknowledging.
 
 
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Matt Yglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Thought of the Day  —  I would pay good money to hear Sonia Sotomayor …
Discussion: Devil's Advocate
CNN:
Clinton: Vetting process for administration jobs ‘a nightmare’
Discussion: The Politico and Politics Daily
Wall Street Journal:
The Catholic Double Standard
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Associated Press:
Poll: Christie widens lead in NJ gov's race
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Obama Threatens to Veto Military Spending Bill if F-22 Funding Continues
Lance Burri / The TrogloPundit:
Levi Johnston is single. Meghan McCain is single.
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Business Week sale may fetch only $1
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Don Surber
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Senior KKK member arrested in Tel Aviv
Discussion: Jules Crittenden