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8:10 AM ET, June 29, 2011


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The Note:
Sarah Palin's Unlikely Supporter  —  ABC News' Sheila Marikar (@SheilaYM) reports from Pella, Iowa:  —  There's the stereotype of the Sarah Palin supporter, and then there's Sonnie Johnson.  —  The 30-year-old African-American mother and wife is featured in “The Undefeated” …
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Vows “110 Percent” Commitment to Iowa — If She Runs  —  PELLA, Iowa — Though she indicated that she is still not close to announcing her decision on whether to run for president, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday said that she would fully commit to the traditional process leading …
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
As film debuts in Iowa, Sarah Palin gives no hint of presidential plans  —  Sarah Palin greets supporters outside the Opera House in Pella, Iowa Tuesday shortly before the premiere of “The Undefeated,” a film about her political rise.  (Andrea Melendez/The Des Moines Register/AP)
Discussion: The Iowa Republican
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
More Than A Movie Debut?  —  When Sarah Palin steps foot …
Brian Brown / NOM Blog:
Reversing SSM in New York: The Campaign Begins  —  What can you do to restore marriage in New York?  —  The secretive, “emergency” process by which same-sex marriage was brought to New York last Friday night has left many outraged—even some supporters of same-sex marriage.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Surprise: HHS drops plan to snoop on doctors  —  A follow-up to Ed's post from yesterday.  No worries: The program's not really dead, it's just ... resting.  It'll be back in a few years, once ObamaCare goes into effect and millions more Boomers have landed on the Medicare rolls.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Kucinich has language problem in Syria  —  Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) gave a press conference in Syria this week and appeared to heap praise upon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is being widely criticized for the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in that country.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Ethics watchdog calls for FBI to investigate Rep. Richardson  —  Allegations of ethics violations within the office of Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) are worthy of a criminal investigation, a leading ethics watchdog group charged Tuesday.  —  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics …
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson could face jail time for ethics violations
Discussion: CREW and Washington Post
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
John Quincy Adams Wikipedia Page Edited To Describe Him As A ‘Founding Father’  —  GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann is now getting the Sarah Palin treatment on Wikipedia.  In light of Bachmann's latest historical hiccup, people are trying to edit John Quincy Adam's Wikipedia page to reflect her recent gaffe.
Mark Levin / Facebook:
George Stephanopolous: Flake
Bombers attack luxury hotel in Kabul  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A group of people using bombs and small arms attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul Tuesday, and fighting was ongoing with Afghan security forces, Chief of Criminal Investigation Mohammed Zahir told CNN.
Associated Press:
Senior Leader of Al Qaeda Group Captured While Dressed as Woman
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Quinnipiac University:
Catholic New Yorkers Approve Of Cuomo 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Cuomo Tops Other Governors, Over Christie By 20 Points  —  New York State voters approve 64 - 19 percent of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing, 20 points better than New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and leading governors …
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Post
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Broadly Favor Obama's Afghanistan Pullout Plan  —  Fewer than half agree with specific troop reduction goals  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans broadly support President Barack Obama's plan to begin withdrawing U.S. forces in Afghanistan this year, with additional troops scheduled …
Discussion: The Politico and RealClearWorld
Jeff Shesol / New York Times:
Should Justices Keep Their Opinions to Themselves?  —  ARE there really only nine Supreme Court justices?  —  It seems that everywhere you look, you see one popping up: giving speeches, signing books, leading workshops, posing for pictures at charity functions.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Biz Stone:
It's So Obvious  —  Believe it or not, Jason is the smartest of the trio.  —  My career in developing large scale systems that allow people to express themselves and communicate started in 1999 with Xanga.  I left after a couple years and got more academic about the democratization of information on the web.
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Bachmann plays Petty tune again  —  MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Maybe Tom Petty's cease-and-desist letter hasn't arrived yet.  —  The singer was reportedly nonplussed that Michele Bachmann played his “American Girl” classic when she officially kicked off her presidential campaign in Iowa Monday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, NPR and The Raw Story
Christine Lagarde named IMF chief  —  Christine Lagarde will start her five-year term at the IMF on 5 July  —  France's Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, 55, has been named the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  —  Ms Lagarde fought off Mexico's Agustin Carstens for the job …
Discussion: Truthdig and AMERICAblog News
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Lagarde chosen to lead IMF
Discussion: New Atlanticist and FrumForum
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
BofA Nears Huge Settlement  —  $8.5 Billion Payment to Investors in Mortgage Securities Would Be Biggest Yet  —  Bank of America Corp. is close to an agreement to pay $8.5 billion to settle claims by a group of high-profile investors who lost money on mortgage-backed securities purchased …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Mainstream media covers up horrifying Obama mistake  —  No one in mainstream media seems inclined to mention Barack Obama's horrifying mistake last Thursday when, speaking at Fort Drum, he said that SFC Jared Monti was “the first person who I was able to award …
The Economist online / Daily chart:
Two thousand years in one chart  —  An alternative timeline for the past two millennia  —  SOME people recite history from above, recording the grand deeds of great men.  Others tell history from below, arguing that one person's life is just as much a part of mankind's story as another's.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Finds Power Leads to Policy Splits  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. — When Tea Party groups celebrated their victories here in November — they had helped take the governor's office and the legislature — it seemed that one of their priorities, school choice legislation, would have an easy time passing.
The Independent:
How the demise of a trusted adviser could bring down Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  Iran's President has survived mass uprisings, but a corruption row engulfing his inner circle may soon be his undoing.  Robert Fisk reports from Tehran  —  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's irascible …
Discussion: FrumForum
Christian Schneider / National Review:
More Details Emerge in Wisconsin's ‘Chokegate’  —  With the Wisconsin Supreme Court devolving into a storyline only Vince McMahon could love, rumors are still swirling about what actually happened when two justices engaged in a physical confrontation behind closed doors on June 13.
Jack Doyle / Daily Mail:
The joke of ‘secure Britain’: Vile banned militant extremist strolls through Heathrow immigration as 200 Somalian criminals are allowed to stay due to human rights  — European Court ruling stems from appeals by two asylum seekers convicted of offences including burglary, making threats to kill and drug dealing
Discussion: Harry's Place, Guardian and Jihad Watch
Justin Fishel / Fox News:
Obama Troop Cuts Went Beyond Largest Withdrawal Offered By Top General  —  Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen, nominated to replace Gen. David Petraeus as head of coalition forces in Afghanistan, acknowledged Tuesday that President Obama's decision to draw down 10,000 troops by the end of this year …
David Dayen /
More on the Medicare-for-Revenues Swap Floated in Debt Limit Deal  —  Last week I noted that Max Baucus gave away the endgame in the debt limit talks - aside from the $1.5 trillion or so in spending cuts already agreed to, further cuts to Medicare would have to be teamed with co-equal increases in revenue.
Invitation / Economist:
Economics  —  Join our invited guests to debate economics  —  A response to:  —  Don't base monetary policy decisions on estimates of “slack”  —  THE Bank for International Settlements argues that due to high levels of structural unemployment there is less slack in the global economy than is commonly believed.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Richard Wachman / Guardian:
Austerity engulfs the high street  —  Thorntons joins growing list of casualties in a week of retail misery that could cost 10,000 jobs  —  More than 10,000 retail jobs face the axe as the British high street faces one of its most painful bouts of contraction since the second world war amid …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Obama's lunch stop includes ‘mountains’ of greasy food
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Mary Sparacello / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Kenner Councilman Joe Stagni apologizes for underwear picture, ‘inappropriate relation’
The Politico:
Harry Reid, Dick Durbin split over key issues
Discussion: FrumForum
Catherine Candisky / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio House to vote today on fetal-heartbeat abortion bill
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
NYT reporter may have to testify
Discussion: Emptywheel
Bryan Fischer /
Libs: not smart to remind us of homosexual pedophile John Wayne Gacy
The Hill:
Baucus announces grand bargain to clear three pending trade deals
The Daily Beast:
Huntsman's Big Daddy
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Report: Treasury must cut spending 44 percent in default