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10:55 AM 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 …
CBS News:
Palin's “Mad as Hell” Speech  —  Outgoing Alaska Governor Lashes Out at Media in Resignation Address, But Will It Work in the Long Term?  —  (CBS) This story was written by CBS News digital journalist Scott Conroy and director of political coverage Steve Chaggaris.
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.
AKMuckraker / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin's Farewell Address - Full Transcript
Discussion: The Mudflats
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: What's Next for Palin?
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.
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
Associated Press:
Dems alone can't deliver Obama health care win
Discussion: Don Surber
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.”
Discussion: Think Progress and TPMDC
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Washington Post endorses Abu Ghraib scapegoating for torture  —  (updated below)  —  The Washington Post Editorial Page — keeper of all establishment Washington wisdom — today advocates that low-level CIA interrogators who went beyond John Yoo's torture guidelines, and only them …
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Clown of ‘Morning Joe’ Gets a Show of His Own  —  Willie Geist, who starts a predawn shift on MSNBC on Monday, likes to joke that his viewers will be insomniacs, drug dealers and drunks.  —  But more people are awake at 5:30 a.m. than he might think.  His new program, “Way Too Early,” …
Discussion: Mediaite and Inside Cable News
Jennifer Rubin / Pajamas Media:
Five Reasons Why ‘Gates-Gate’ Matters  —  This incident was, to put it mildly, exactly what Obama didn't need.  —  The president's decision to weigh in on the arrest of his Harvard law professor friend Henry Louis Gates Jr., who mouthed off to a Cambridge cop threw a grenade …
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.
Discussion: Eschaton and Balloon Juice
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Jeff Sessions / USA Today:
Opposing view: A confirmation conversion
Discussion: The BLT, Boston Globe and SCOTUSblog
Roberto Micheletti / Wall Street Journal:
The Path Forward for Honduras
Discussion: Cold Fury
Sam Harris / New York Times:
Science Is in the Details  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA has nominated …
Discussion: Pharyngula and Vox Popoli
Washington Post:
Virginia Race for Governor Acquires Washington Backdrop
Discussion: Commentary and MyDD
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Reach of Subsidies Is Critical Issue for Health Plan
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Dems strategize to counter CBO health estimate
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
It's official: Giannoulias announces Senate bid
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A New Strategic and Economic Dialogue with China
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Senators Should Apply Pro-Gun Logic to the Capitol
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Most Trusted Brand In Government
Discussion: Gallup
Boston Globe:
Patrick support plummets, poll finds
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Pawlenty named to key RGA post
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog