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3:45 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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Ezra Klein:
Sarah Palin: One of Us  —  “Many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges,” writes Sarah Palin in The Washington Post, one of the country's few nationally oriented media outlets.
The New Republic:
Sarah Palin Has An Op-Ed Today!  —  Her subject matter is the House bill to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  Palin argues against it by ignoring the entire question of carbon dioxide emissions and instead arguing that expensive energy is bad and cheap energy is good.
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 …
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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:
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:   Sotomayor: Comments meant to inspire
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Sessions to NRA: “Be afraid” of S'mayor
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Ninth Justice
Washington Wire:
Hatch Questions Sotomayor on Gun Rights
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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CNN:
Cheney getting ‘bum rap’ on CIA program, ex-officials say
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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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.
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 …
Michael Tracey / The Nation:
The Same-Sex Marriage Switch  —  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.
The State:
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CBS: Obama dropped six points in a month  —  How bad has Barack Obama's decline at the polls become?  Even CBS has finally realized it.  Both approval and disapproval numbers have moved sharply over the last month, and in the wrong direction, as voters have discovered that Obama hasn't a clue about the economy and creating jobs.
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Mark Blumenthal / National Journal Online:
Obama Numbers Follow The Economy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Quinnipiac University:
Christie Up 12 In New Jersey, A Step Ahead On Boardwalk, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Approval At 60 Percent Among Likely Voters  —  Republican challenger Christopher Christie is pulling away from Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine and now holds a 53 - 41 percent lead among likely voters …
Discussion: City Room and Hotline On Call
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Associated Press:
Poll: Christie widens lead in NJ gov's race
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?
Abigail Thernstrom / CNN:
Commentary: Why we should worry about Sotomayor  —  Editor's note: Abigail Thernstrom is the author of “Voting Rights — and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections,” published last month by AEI Press.  She is the vice-chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights …
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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 …
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%.
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 …
M Peretz / The New Republic:
A Bit More About Hillary...And a Tidbit About Her Friend Sidney  —  Apropos my last posting: what J.F.K. did was to substitute Mac Bundy for his secretary of state Dean Rusk.  —  What Barack Obama has done is make himself his own secretary of state.  No crime.
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and Wonkette
Agence France Presse:
Hamas says Israel dumping aphrodisiac gum on Gaza  —  GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas suspects that Israeli intelligence services are supplying its Gaza Strip stronghold with chewing gum that boosts the sex drive in order to “corrupt the young,” an official said on Tuesday.
Discussion: FP Passport, Jihad Watch and Commentary
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?
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.
Jane Hamsher / Campaign Silo:
Carolyn Maloney: I'll Vote For A Bill That Doesn't Have A Public Plan  —  Give Carolyn Maloney credit: she says what everyone else is thinking.  The health care bill that comes out of the Senate is going to be s**tty, and she wants to be able to vote for it.
Discussion: Open Left
 
 
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Ahmed Rehab / The Huffington Post:
The Islam-Basher and the Librarian Kerkuffle
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Associated Press:
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Watching The Sotomayor Hearings
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Fine Print: U.S. Quick to Classify Words of Abu Zubaida
Discussion: Emptywheel and Raw Story
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: Politics Daily
Wall Street Journal:
The Catholic Double Standard
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Senior KKK member arrested in Tel Aviv
Discussion: Jules Crittenden