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10:15 PM ET, July 17, 2009

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Walter Cronkite, Iconic Anchorman, Dies  —  Walter Cronkite, Iconic Anchorman, Die  —  By Brian Stelter AND Jennifer Mascia  —  Walter Cronkite at the anchor desk.  —  Update: 10:03 p.m.: We are highlighting some of the comments from readers about Walter Cronkite's life and legacy:
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Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Walter Cronkite, Voice of TV News, Dies  —  Walter Cronkite, who pioneered and then mastered the role of television news anchorman with such plain-spoken grace that he was called the most trusted man in America, died Friday, his family said.  He was 92.  —  From 1962 to 1981 …
Newerdeal / CBS News:
CBS Legend Walter Cronkite Dies  —  “Most Trusted Man in America” Passes Away in New York at 92  —  (CBS) The “most trusted man in America” is gone.  —  Walter Cronkite, who personified television journalism for more than a generation as anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News …
The Politico:
Walter Cronkite dead at 92  —  Walter Cronkite, the broadcast giant known as “the most trusted man in America” during the golden age of television news, has died at the age of 92.  —  For a generation of Americans, the former CBS News anchor became the dominant face, voice and source …
Discussion: The Swamp and Townhall.com
Todd Leopold / CNN:
Cronkite, ‘most trusted man in America,’ dead
Discussion: First Draft
Wall Street Journal:   Walter Cronkite Dies
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Conservative group offers support for $2M  —  The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for the group's support in a bitter legislative dispute, then the group's chairman flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay.
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Jonathan Allen / Notepad:
Another Alleged Affair Tied to Christian House on Capitol Hill  —  A Capitol Hill townhouse that serves as a dormitory and meeting place for a band of conservative Christian lawmakers has been linked to a third episode of marital infidelity, this time in a Mississippi court filing by a former lawmaker's estranged wife.
Michelle Malkin:
Republicans: Clean your own house  —  The rotten American Conservative Union/David Keene pay-for-play scandal underscores a point I've made over and over and over again:  —  The GOP can't attack the Democrat culture of corruption (my new book comes out July 27) until it cleans its own house first.
Discussion: Las Vegas Sun and Riehl World View
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Paying to Play in the Conservative Movement
Discussion: Salon and The Politico
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Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky:
McCONNELL TO OPPOSE SOTOMAYOR NOMINATION  —  from the Office of Senator Mitch McConnell  — Senate Republican Leader will deliver remarks on the Senate floor Monday outlining his opposition to Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court -  —  'If, however, Judge Sotomayor were to become …
The Huffington Post:
Gang Of Six Centrist Senators Demands Delay On Health Care Reform  —  A bipartisan group of centrist and conservative senators sent a letter to the Democratic and Republican leaders on Friday urging delay in consideration of health care reform.  —  The letter, obtained by the Huffington Post …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AT LEAST SOMEONE'S OPTIMISTIC.... Almost all of the talk I've heard …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Senate centrists tell leaders to take their time on healthcare
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others  —  This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers.  These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned.
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Fasten Your Seatbelts for the Jobless Recovery...  As of this writing, it looks as though the average unemployment rate in 2009 is going to average at least 1.5 percentage points above where last December the incoming Obama administration thought that it was likely to be.
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Ben Rooney / CNNMoney.com:
Michigan unemployment tops 15%
Gateway Pundit:
McCaskill's Office Locks Doors, Pulls Blinds, Calls Cops & Forces Obamacare Protesters Off Public Property  —  Local Tea Party patriots held an anti-Obama Care protest at Senator Claire “ACORN” McCaskill's district offices on Delmar Boulevard today.  —  The protest was organized by Americans …
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
What, and when, does Obama drink?  —  When President Barack Obama confessed his occasional urge to have a puff of a cigarette, inquiring minds wondered: Does Obama ever savor that smoke with a glass of cognac?  A splash of port?  Or even, perhaps, a good, old-fashioned ale?
Ted Van Dyk / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Needs to ‘Reset’ His Presidency  —  The president we have is very different from the man who campaigned for the office in 2008.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Time out, Mr. President.  —  As we approach the August congressional recess, it's clear that our economic distress is deeper …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Gates: I'm looking at ways to ensure gays are not kicked out of military based on personal vendettas.  —  Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that he was considering a temporary solution that would allow gays to serve in the military until the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy is changed by Congress.
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
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Los Angeles Times:
Iranian protesters galvanized by sermon  —  They clash with security forces in Tehran after a sermon by top cleric Hashemi Rafsanjani, who criticized the election and called for rule of law, unity and dialogue.  —  Reporting from Tehran and Beirut — A sermon by powerful cleric …
Guardian:
Giant squid terrorise California coast  —  Divers spooked by tales of assaults as swarms of aggressive jumbo flying squid invade the shallows off San Diego  —  Jumbo flying squid have invaded the shallow waters off San Diego, California, spooking scuba divers and beachgoers after washing up dead on the beaches.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Fox guest cites Bruno to argue against health care reform.  —  On Fox News this morning, host Megyn Kelly hosted Dr. Robert Goldberg of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest to help her scaremonger about Democratic plans to reform America's health care system.
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Summers: Google econ, get good news  —  Of all the statistics pouring into the White House every day, top economic adviser Larry Summers highlighted one Friday to make his case that the economic free-fall has ended.  —  The number of people searching for the term “economic depression” on Google is down to normal levels, Summers said.
Ncarlile / Think Progress:
Zell Miller: Rahm should use ‘Gorilla Glue’ to keep Obama in his chair.  —  In 2004, then-Democratic Sen. Zell Miller (GA) threw his support behind President Bush with an angry speech attacking Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) at the Republican National Convention.  Apparently, the passage of time hasn't softened Miller's anger.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
‘Birther’ Movement Dogs Republicans  —  Kris Kobach campaigns in Wichita, Kans. (YouTube: WichitaLiberty)  —  Kris Kobach is a law professor with degrees from Harvard, Yale and Oxford, and a veteran of George W. Bush's administration who, after Sept. 11, helped craft the policy …
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Moon landings have been faked?  Some think so  —  (CNN) — It captivated millions of people around the world for eight days in the summer of 1969.  It brought glory to the embattled U.S. space program and inspired beliefs that anything was possible.  —  It's arguably the greatest technological feat of the 20th century.
The State:
Sanford communications director to resign  —  Gov. Mark Sanford's communications director, Joel Sawyer, said today he is leaving for an unspecified private-sector job, effective Aug. 5.  —  Sawyer said his decision to leave his $65,000-a-year job had nothing to do with Sanford's recent six …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Salon
Jonah Owen Lamb / Merced Sun-Star:
Questions raised about councilman's conduct after discovery of racist e-mails  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: This article uses language that is offensive but necessary to show a pattern of conduct by an Atwater city councilman.  —  ATWATER — In the past several months Atwater City Councilman Gary Frago …
 
 
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Joy of Sachs  —  The American economy remains in dire straits …