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11:00 AM ET, July 18, 2009


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Walter Cronkite, Iconic Anchorman, Dies at 92  —  Walter Cronkite at the anchor desk.  —  Update: 10:40 p.m.: We are highlighting some of the comments from readers about Walter Cronkite's life and legacy:  —  “Walter, you were family.  Thank you for always telling the truth and for seeing us as neighbors, not audience members.
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 …
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 …
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 after battling cerebrovascular disease.  —  For a generation of Americans, the former CBS News anchor became the dominant face …
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Walter Cronkite, RIP  —  Walter Cronkite has died at the age of 92, and it's a mark of how the world has changed since his heyday that not a person under the age of 25 will have any idea who he was—and not a person under the age of 25 has probably ever watched the program that made him …
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:   A Tribute to Uncle Walter
Todd Leopold / CNN:
Cronkite, ‘most trusted man in America,’ dead
Discussion: First Draft
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 Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle  —  In George Orwell's “1984,” government censors erase all traces of news articles embarrassing to Big Brother by sending them down an incineration chute called the “memory hole.”  —  On Friday, it was “1984” and another Orwell book, “Animal Farm,” …
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.
Ben Rooney /
Michigan unemployment tops 15%
The other-worldly philosophers  —  Although the crisis has exposed bitter divisions among economists, it could still be good for economics.  Our first article looks at the turmoil among macroeconomists.  Our second (see article) examines the foundations of financial economics
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Chinese blogger tweets arrest SOS  —  • Twitterer amoiist caught up in police blog probe  —  • Inquiry centres on murder ‘libel’ against officials  —  The hundreds following amoiist on Twitter were used to his stream of messages.  But they ended abruptly with two terse updates early yesterday morning.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
What's really behind Obama's sudden plea for troubled health reforms today  —  Friday afternoons and evenings — as we've mentioned here previously — are usually a dumping ground for political news its originators do not want noticed much.  Especially entering warm summer weekends.
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Last Post  —  I had all kinds of ideas for things I wanted to write before I left, but between last-minute packing and phone calls from friends and family, it didn't happen.  So I'll just say a few things quickly.  —  As I said before, one of the things that led me to start blogging …
Discussion: Amygdala
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Concerns Over Health-Care Reform's Scope, Price Tag Slow Momentum  —  Some Democrats Protest Surtax on Richest Americans  —  President Obama sought to reassure jittery Democrats that health-care reform was within reach, although he urged his party to take bolder steps to address long-term cost concerns.
Los Angeles Times:
Iranian protesters galvanized by sermon  —  They clash with security forces in Tehran after a sermon in which top cleric Hashemi Rafsanjani criticizes the election and calls for rule of law, unity and dialogue.  —  Reporting from Tehran and Beirut — A sermon by powerful cleric …
The Politico:
Why Trig has divided America  —  Reactions to Sarah Palin's decision to resign the governorship of Alaska have been a reminder of her unmatched ability to elicit strong emotions from friend and foe alike.  We know some of the reasons why.  It's her evangelical Christianity and her folksy manner.
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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?
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