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4:40 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.
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 after battling cerebrovascular disease.  —  For a generation of Americans, the former CBS News anchor became the dominant face …
Wall Street Journal:
Walter Cronkite Dies
Discussion: The Confluence
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Walter Cronkite, RIP
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.
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 …
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%
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.
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?
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 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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Silvestre Reyes Announces Investigation into Violations of National Security Act  —  Reyes announces: … Three points about this.  —  First, Reyes says he consulted with Crazy Pete Hoekstra.  I look forward to seeing how Crazy Pete spins this.  —  That'll be particularly interesting given the scope here.
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