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12:45 PM ET, July 27, 2009


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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin resigns, blasts press, ‘starlets’  —  FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin resigned here Sunday with a blast at the media that reflected the frustrations that led her to leave office a year-and-a-half before her term expired.  But speaking in a style that her fans see as plain talk …
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Republican: Palin is another Huckabee  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - It looks like Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may have one less fan.  —  On the same day that Palin is set to transfer power to her lieutenant governor, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos said her prospects for national office looked grim.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pelosi unpopular?  'I don't care'  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the most despised political figures in the country.  —  And, frankly, she doesn't give a damn.  —  “No, I don't care,” Pelosi told POLITICO last Thursday, laughing heartily as she walked beneath the Capitol dome and plunged into a crowd of tourists.
Discussion: dot.comments and
Washington Post:
Pelosi Vows Passage of Health-Care Overhaul  —  ‘It Will Win’: Confidence Grows as Democrats Plan to Resume Talks  —  Defying skeptics in her party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Sunday to overcome lingering obstacles and pass health-care reform in the House, restoring momentum …
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama faces crucial test
Discussion: Associated Press
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
The Future of Universal Health Care, as of Now
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
An Incoherent Truth  —  Right now the fate of health care reform seems to rest in the hands of relatively conservative Democrats — mainly members of the Blue Dog Coalition, created in 1995.  And you might be tempted to say that President Obama needs to give those Democrats what they want.
The Politico:
GOP headache: The birther issue  —  So far, Hoekstra hasn't faced any such questions.  —  “When you're in a state with 15.2 percent unemployment,” he said, “most people have other things on their mind than this.”  —  But as if to illustrate the touchiness of the subject, Hoekstra quickly added: “Not that this isn't important.”
Boston Globe:
Gates caller says she didn't cite race  —  Woman laments media accounts  —  The woman whose report of a possible house break-in led to the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. said she never mentioned race during her 911 call and is “personally devastated” …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Amid New Scrutiny, John Yoo Rebuts Critics of Detainee Memos  —  Quietly but Forcefully, Author of Detainee Memos Rebuts Critics  —  Some public figures, if their judgment and ethics come under fire, retreat into solitude.  Then there is John C. Yoo.  —  The former Justice Department official …
The Politico:
GOP headache: The birther issue  —  When lawmakers return home for recess in August, they can expect to hear tough questions from constituents on the economy, health care and government spending.  —  But Republicans are preparing for something else: the birthers.
Times of India:
US Senator mistakenly calls India a security threat, apologizes  —  WASHINGTON: Just how bad is the economic pain and job loss in the United States?  Bad enough for an Indophile Senator to get New Delhi and Beijing mixed up in his mind.  ( Watch )  —  A key US Senator who has extensively …
Michelle Malkin:
What the NYT's 8,100-word Valerie Jarrett profile didn't tell you  —  Here is a perfect example of why I wrote Culture of Corruption (officially out today — I'll be launching on Hannity radio and TV.)  —  Over the weekend, the New York Times published a massive, 8,100-word profile …
Joanna Weiss / Boston Globe:
It's Shepard Smith time  —  With his ratings soaring, the Fox News anchor enjoys his moment - and becomes a lightning rod  —  NEW YORK - Commercial break.  The cameras have stopped rolling on the set of “Studio B,” the 3 p.m. newscast on the Fox News Channel.
Discussion: Inside Cable News and Romenesko
Hannah Devlin / Times of London:
Climate study puts Incas' success down to 400 years of warm weather  —  Supreme military organisation and a flair for agricultural invention are traditionally credited for the rise of the Incas.  However, their success may have owed more to a spell of good weather — a spell that lasted for more than 400 years.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Sorry to State the Obvious, But ...  For all the obvious reasons, I hesitate to even enter this discussion.  But (famous last words) I can't help myself.  —  As you know, high on the list of current right-wing conspiracy theorizing (and sort of a stalking horse for underlying beliefs …
Jeff Sessions / USA Today:
A confirmation conversion  —  Opposing view: Nominee lacks deep convictions needed to resist judicial activism.  —  Elections have consequences: President Obama's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, will likely be confirmed.  —  But supporters of liberal judicial philosophy might find it a Pyrrhic victory.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘Impeach Obama’ bumper stickers spark a shopping mall protest  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While protesters rallied in his support, the owner of a Concord Mills kiosk that sells conservative merchandise said he met with the mall's manager Sunday to see what arrangements can be made for him to remain after his lease expires Friday.
The Daily Beast:
Finally, Action on Gay Soldiers  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The Daily Beast has learned that the Senate, prompted by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, will hold hearings on “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”—a first since 1993, despite Obama's campaign promises.  —  After determining she didn't have enough votes …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The hidden hand  —  The wave of publicity for the Birther movement hasn't yet crested, with the dentist who's the movement's leading legal light, Orly Taitz, saying she's taping the Colbert Report tomorrow, and popping up elsewhere in the mainstream media.  —  This isn't necessarily a bad thing …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Insecurity,’ not satisfaction, with heath care system?  —  The point is often made that one of the trickiest elements of health care reform to navigate is that a majority of Americans routinely tell pollsters that they're actually satisfied with their care, and don't want it taken away in the name of helping the uninsured.
Discussion: The Hill
Connie Schultz / Plain Dealer:
Journalists' own hard luck tales help them tell those of others — Connie Schultz  —  Bloggers like to depict veteran newspaper journalists as has-beens and never-gonna- be's.  They call us “old media,” as if we were dinosaurs wheezing toward extinction.  —  Graves aren't dug yet, but shovels are standing by.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Cantor claims bipartisan majority — against health reform bills  —  There's a bipartisan majority in Congress on healthcare, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) declared Monday, and it's against the reform legislation that's currently proposed.  —  “There's a bipartisan majority …
Right Wing News:
An Interview With Congressman John Shadegg  —  Late last week, Right Wing News was pleased to have the opportunity to interview Congressman John Shadegg.  What follows is a slightly edited transcript of that interview.  —  All right, to begin with if someone said to you, “Congressman …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Senators Should Apply Pro-Gun Logic to the Capitol  —  Isn't it time to dismantle the metal detectors, send the guards at the doors away and allow Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights by being free to carry their firearms into the nation's Capitol?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
US released senior Iranian Qods Force commander
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Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Conyers Sees No Point in Members Reading 1,000-Page Health Care Bill …
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