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June 30, 2009



NATIONAL

WSJ: Ruling Upends Race's Role in Hiring
WSJ: Decision Reflects Court's Deep Division
Wash Times: High court rules for Conn. white firefighters
WaPo: High Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Suit
NYT: Supreme Court Finds Bias Against White Firefighters

WSJ: Firefighter Justice: The Supremes, Sotomayor, and racial jurisprudence
Wash Times: Ruling reverses Sotomayor in firefighter case
WaPo: No Peril Seen for Sotomayor
Politico: Ruling could tarnish Sotomayor
CQ Politics: Critics Seize on Supreme Court Decision to Assail Sotomayors Judgment
Hill: White House defends Sotomayor after ruling reversed
Time: The Supreme Court's Firefighter Ruling: A Blow to Sotomayor?
NYT: Stage-Setting on Sotomayor and the Supreme Courts Ricci Ruling
Linda Greenhouse: The Court Changes the Game
George Will: On Race, The Slog Goes On
James Taranto: The New 'Separate but Equal'
Rush Limbaugh: Supreme Court Acknowledges Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Racism
American Spectator: Reversing Discrimination

WSJ: High Court Orders Rehearing in McCain-Feingold Case
WaPo: Justices to Review Campaign Finance Law Constraints
NYT: High Court Poised to Rewrite Spending Rules
Politico: Supreme Court reconsiders McCain-Feingold
AP/Holland: Court raises stakes in anti-Hillary movie

WSJ: State Prosecutors Can Probe National Bank Lending
WSJ: Spitzerism Revisited: Scalia invites assaults on national banks

Dana Milbank: Souter's Last Day

NYT: Obama Steers Health Debate Out of Capital
NYT: Daschle and Podesta Support Taxing Employer Plans
NYT: How Health Records Could Promote Job Growth
WSJ: How Other Countries Judge Malpractice
David Brooks: Vince Lombardi Politics

Politico: Vulnerable House Democrats in GOP sights after energy vote
WSJ: Obama Wary of Tariff Provision in Climate Bill
Politico: Energizing the Senate cap-and-trade bill
Politico: Chaos and arm-twisting gives Nancy Pelosi a major win
AP/Sidoti: White House announces new lighting standards
Sen. James Inhofe: Cap-and-Trade: What's Next?
Rush Limbaugh: Waxman Bill Forces Environmental Inspection to Sell Your Own Home

WaPo: Despite Majority, Obama to Be Tested: Diverse Ideology Cuts Democrats' Edge

WSJ: We'll Need to Raise Taxes Soon: Expect Congress to consider a value-added tax

WaPo: More Intelligence Oversight Advised

Politico: George W. Bush appointees buck Barack Obama on terror policies

Wash Times: Study: Political leanings drive car choice
WaPo: Uncertainty Clouds Recovery of U.S. Investment in GM

WSJ: House Probes Resignation at Amtrak

Hill: Boehner to tee off with Tiger Woods

Politico: Cheney's rising stars

Politico: Pence to Iowa

CQ Politics: Why Campaigns Want Your Money NOW

Pat Buchanan: Making a Monkey Out of Darwin

WSJ: Ten States Race to Finish Budgets
LA Times: States brace for shutdowns: AZ, CA, IN, MS & PA

NEW YORK

NYT: Judge Orders All 62 Senators to Meet in One Place
Albany TU: Back at it, Senate told
NY Post: Judge sends slapstick Senate back
Buffalo News: Judge orders dueling Senate factions back to work
AP: Judge Expected to Rule on N.Y. Senate Attendance
Politico: Rudy weighing N.Y. governor run
Politico: King iffy on NY Senate after intel appointment
Politico: Gillibrand picks up NARAL endorsement
Albany TU: Paterson aide takes new job

NEW JERSEY

AP/Mulvihill: NJ Gov. Corzine signs $29B 'recession budget'
LegalNewsline: N.J. Senate gives justice tenure
PolitickerNJ: Conservatives angry at Lance, LoBiondo and Smith over cap-and-trade vote

VIRGINIA

Richmond TD: Va. Republicans drop fight over access to Kaines DNC travel records
WaPo: State GOP Disappointed in Kaine
Stafford County Sun: McDonnells TV ad to run 10 days

WEST VIRGINIA

Charleston Gazette: Byrd, Rockefeller wary of global warming bill

CALIFORNIA


SacBee: Rhetoric reigns as California IOU deadline nears
SacBee: California to issue IOUs to vendors, local governments
SacBee: Schwarzenegger calls for two-tier state pension system
SF Chronicle: Governor says he would veto any budget end run
Dan Walters: Budget drills show why California needs reform
SacBee: Michigan may soon house California inmates

LA BJ: Poizner asks California insurers to divest billions in Iran holdings

NEVADA

Las Vegas RJ: Reid attracts more GOP supporters

TEXAS

SA News: Barbecuing for 4th? Perry thinking tea party
SA News: Perry won't add CHIP, voter ID to session
B-C Connection: Williams discusses Senate run, calls for GOP to reach out

FLORIDA

South Florida BJ: State worker files ethics complaint against Fla. CFO Sink
PNJ: Poll: Crist leading Rubio
CQ Politics: Crist Leads in Both Primary and General Races for Senate
Bay Buzz: Tampa GOP firm splits
St. Pete Times: State auditors say Florida officials are misusing travel system
Orlando Sentinel: Alex Sink needs to own her banking past

GEORGIA

AJC: Gubernatorial donors pinched by recession: Tuesday deadline for candidates to report
NBC Augusta: State Sen. Ralph Hudgens announces run for insurance commissioner

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Bob Schillerstrom launches campaign for Republican governor nomination
CQ Politics: Chicago Urban League President Weighs Illinois Senate Race

INDIANA

AP/Smith: Indiana budget talks resume with 2 days to go

MINNESOTA



Politico: Norm Coleman: the GOP's million-dollar man
Star Tribune: Pawlenty says he'll follow court's ruling on Senate
Pioneer Press: Get ready to pay more for gas and goods: tax hikes hit Wednesday

PENNSYLVANIA



Politico: Republicans embrace Pat Toomey's 2010 Senate bid
AP/Levy: Pa. to begin 7th straight year without a budget

OHIO


AP: Lawmakers agree to pass interim budget

MICHIGAN

Detroit FP: Conyers' resignation clears way for Cobo
Politico: Monica Conyers resigns Detroit City Council seat
Reuters: Michigan offers to house California prisoners

MISSOURI

St. Louis PD: Roy Blunt pulls in key Republican support in Senate race
St. Louis PD: Missouri GOP criticizes Gov. Jay Nixon over fee office award

TENNESSEE

Knox News: Candidates for governor have donated to others
CTFP: Watson will not seek Wamps congressional seat

NORTH CAROLINA

NYT: Former Aide to Edwards Will Write Tell-All Book

SOUTH CAROLINA

Hill: Sanford asks supporters for forgiveness
Michael Barone: Mark Sanford's sin doesn't mean ruin for Republicans
Politico: Four reasons Mark Sanford has a future

CQ Politics: For Barrett, Nothing Could Be Finer Than Being Outside of Carolina

ALABAMA

CQ Politics: Alabama Official Gives GOP a Six-Pack for '10 Governor Primary











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June 29, 2009



NATIONAL

NYT: Republicans Highly Critical of House Energy Bill
RCP: Climate Bill Faces Long Odds in Senate
WaPo: Obama Hails Climate Bill, Hopes for Some Changes
Politico: David Axelrod: Senate will pass energy legislation
NYT: Obama Warns Against Trade Penalties in Energy Bill
WSJ: Trade Proposal in Climate Bill a Potential Problem as Action Moves to Senate
CQ Politics: Lawmakers Power Up on Next Energy Debate
CQ Politics: Pelosi Used Personal Touch To Win Climate Vote
Michael Barone: Anatomy of the House cap-and-trade roll call
Hill: The lawmakers who pushed climate bill to passage
Hill: Obama gives a pass to Democratic energy defectors
Human Events: The Eight Republican Cap and Traitors
Hill: Dems instructed to hold recess events on agenda
Hill: Boehner: Climate bill a 'pile of s--t'
Hill: Chamber CEO: House is rushing climate change bill
Paul Krugman: Betraying the Planet
Gregg Easterbrook: The Dirty War Against Clean Coal
AP/Foy: Heavier regulation curtails deep-coal mining
WSJ: States Consider Gas and Oil Levies
WSJ: Democrats Present Hurdles for Obama
WSJ: Obama, Democrats in Congress Clash on Spending
WSJ: The Black Liquor War

CQ Politics: Debating the Options on Paying for Health Care
WSJ: Reform Needs Healthy Life Incentives
Wash Times: Seven cross aisle for health care 'coalition'
Politico: Sebelius: Public plan won't ration
Wash Times: Axelrod: Obama flexible on health care
Politico: Grassley: Republicans are not going to be hoodwinked
Politico: Axelrod waffles on Obama no-middle-class-tax-hike vow
AP/Espo: Analysis: Obamas health care reform moves concern supporters
Gregory Mankiw: The Pitfalls of the Public Option

Politics Daily: Firefighters Case Looms Large for Sotomayor
Roll Call: McConnell Says Time Needed to Review New Sotomayor Material

WSJ: New Rift Opens Over Rights of Detainees

Sen. Jon Kyl & Richard Perle: Our Decaying Nuclear Deterrent
WSJ: Obama and Cyber Defense: Government should protect our e-infrastructure
CQ Politics: Defense Bills Defy Obamas First Veto Threat

WSJ: Fed Documents Fuel Concerns About Expanding Central Bank's Role
WaPo: How a Loophole Benefits GE in Bank Rescue
NYT: A Plan to Stem Foreclosures, Buried in a Paper Avalanche
CQ Politics: Ron Pauls Audit the Fed Bill Gathers Steam

Jed Babbin: Why Did Justice Drop New Black Panthers Case?

WSJ: Acorn Role in Census Challenged

Hill: Chambliss blocks regulatory nominee over animal lawsuits

Hill: Northeastern 2010 GOP picture taking shape



Politico: Mitt Romney says govs must 'live by a higher standard'
Politico: Mitt Romney rising: His team awaits 2012
AP/Daniel: Republicans eyed for 2012 weigh Sanford fallout
Politico: McConnell ducks Sanford questions
WaPo: Sen. Mitch McConnell: Is he Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker?
Hill: GOP leaders split over fallout from sex scandals

Hill: Graham calls Dem tactics Rove, DeLay politics

NEW YORK

AP/Gormley: Senate power talks resume
WSJ: Albany Standoff Hits Governor
NY Post: Paterson in plea to Dems
NYT: Democratic Lock Seen on 2013 Albany Senate
NYT: Gay Marriage Lost in Shuffle of Divided Senate
Buffalo News: Ranzenhofer gets an earful on Albany mess
AP/Gormley: No Sunday pass for stalled Senate in test of power
NY Post: Gov aide meets with top GOP mudslinger
NYDN: Can that be you, Rudy Giuliani spouting so much love-for a price?

NEW JERSEY

Examiner: Christie can unite Republicans with running-mate selection

VIRGINIA

Human Events: Ed Gillespie: 'Creigh Deeds Is No Mark Warner'
Daily Press: Playing the numbers

CALIFORNIA


LA Times: Assembly Democrats OK budget package
SacBee: Schwarzenegger gives Democrats a new plan for cuts
Politico: Washington to California: Drop dead

ARIZONA

AP/Myers: Arizona moves to allow concealed guns in bars

TEXAS

AP/Brown: Schieffer says he has vision to be Texas governor

FLORIDA

Wash Times: Anti-tax group at odds with Crist
WSJ: Hurricane Charlie: The Republican Barney Frank
Herald Tribune: How they voted

GEORGIA

AJC: Perdues stimulus plan slow to help sagging economy

ILLINOIS

Daily Herald: Democrat Harper taking another shot at Biggert's seat
CQ Politics: Illinois: Harper Launches Rematch Against Republican Rep. Biggert

MINNESOTA

Hill: Pawlenty may certify Franken if battle drags out
Politico: Pawlenty praises Jennifer, blasts Mark Sanford

PENNSYLVANIA

Patriot-News: Editorial: Compromise needed to reach Pennsylvania budget deal

OHIO


AP/Majors: Pension cut proposal is Ohio budget sticking point

MICHIGAN

Detroit FP: GOP's chief is mum on scandals
Detroit FP: Conyers took cash and jewelry, ex-aide says

MISSOURI

Joplin Indep: Potts announces US Senate candidacy

TENNESSEE

CTFP: Sen. Corker vs. 'car wrecks'

NORTH CAROLINA

News & Observer: NC judge hailed as tough but fair with his work

SOUTH CAROLINA

Wash Times: South Carolina governor urged to finish term
WaPo: In S.C., Governor's Wife Is 'the Hero in This Story'
Politico: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's affair turns political
Politico: Inside Sanford's love letters
NYT: Woman Linked to Sanford Comments on E-Mail
AP/Gallardo: Woman in Sanford affair confirms relationship
NYT: South Carolina Politics Looks Past Affair to Its Effects on Governor Race

KANSAS

CQ Politics: Kansas Freshman Aims to Take Root After 08 GOP House Takeover

LOUISIANA



CQ Politics: Louisiana Senate: Incumbent Vitter Attacks Not-Yet-Candidate Melancon
Hill: Melancon gets ready to put Vitters serious sin on trial

CONNECTICUT

CQ Politics: Schiff Polling for Potential Senate Run Against Dodd in Connecticut
CQ Politics: Democrats in One Connecticut Town Take No Confidence Vote on Dodd

DELAWARE

Hill: Under GOP urging, Castle still weighing Senate race

MISSISSIPPI

Memphis CA: Barbour calls Mississippi lawmakers into special session on Sunday
RCP: Susan Rice and Haley Barbour on "Face the Nation"

COLORADO

Denver Post: Colo. crisis worst since Depression




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June 28, 2009



NATIONAL

Wash Times: Obama peddles climate bill to Senate
NYT: Energy Bill Drives Out Health Care From Address
AP/Babington: Obama implores Senate to pass climate bill
LA Times: Climate bill shaped by compromise
NYT: Climate Change Bill May Be Election-Year Issue
AP/Capiello: Questions and answers about the US climate bill
Newsbusters: Boehner's Amazing Speech on the House Floor Friday (with video)
NYT: Breakdown on House Climate Change Vote, 219 to 212
Power Line: Eight Republicans make Pelosi's job easier
NYT: The Urgency of Health Care Usurped by Energy Vote
AP/Kahn: Winners and losers emerge in climate bill
Atlantic: What's the Point of Reducing Carbon Emissions?

WaPo: Health-Care Activists Targeting Democrats
Politico: AARP threatens senators on health care reform
George Will: Americans Will Regret Health Care 'Fix'

WaPo: Most Americans Want Sotomayor on Court

CQ Politics: Will Oberstars Grand Highway Plan Stall?

WaPo: Pentagon, DHS Divided On Military's Role at Border

AP: Supreme Court to Decide Final 3 Cases Monday

LA Times: Will scandals inspire evangelicals to stray from Republican Party?

RCP: Palin Responds To Sen. Kerry Joke: "Why The Long Face?" (video)
WaPo: Sen. Kerry Clarifies Joke About Palin
Anchorage DN: Candidate Palin has character problem

Fox: For Republicans, a Narrowing List of Presidential Prospects

Politico: Sunday talk show tip sheet

NEW YORK

Newsday: Paterson orders evening session of State Senate
R News: State Senate Accomplishes Nothing on Saturday
NY Post: Senators 'work' on Saturdaze
WSJ: Paterson Calls for Special Session of New York's Senate
NYT: Patersons Powers Are Tested as Gridlock Drags On
NYT: Albany Festers, and Voters Dont Clean House
NYDN: Albany stalemate leaves city schools' mayoral control law in question

NYDN: Carrozza represents Queens, but is living large on L.I. Gold Coast

Buffalo News: Pigeon-controlled funds flout law, probe claims

NEW JERSEY

Larry Sabato: Expect A Very Competitive Race for NJ Governor
NJ: N.J. Republican infighting over abortion
Philadelphia Inquirer: Tough budget won't make the next one easier

VIRGINIA



WaPo: For GOP, Taxes Retain Potency: In Gov's Race, Deeds's Foes Cite His Voting Record
Wash Times: Editorial: Democrats' FOIA problems
AP: Kaine Denies Request for Travel Records

CALIFORNIA




SF Chronicle: Governor adds new proposals in talks with Dems
LA Times: Governor's last stand: his way or IOUs
NYT: More Furloughs Possible for California
UPI: 2 California senators refuse pay cuts
SF Chronicle: How Golden State sank into budget morass
Modesto Bee: Six reasons why California today is ungovernable
Pat Buchanan: California's bleak present is the nation's future

ARIZONA

LA Times: Arizona's budget war is a GOP standoff
Arizona Daily Star: Tax proposals stall action until Monday

TEXAS

Dallas MN: Texas legislators join Obama in immigration talks
Amarillo: Perry vetoes stir anger
NYT: Texas Adopts Law on Stewardship of Trusts After Founders Die
Dallas MN: Hutchison says Gov. Perry has repelled people from the GOP

FLORIDA

Ledger: CFO Sink Orders Audit of Her Use of State's Plane
St. Pete Times: GOP hatches a plan to snag the youth vote
Ledger: Insurance Bill Veto Override Unlikely
NWF: Sansom report: 'It will blow over,' Richburg thought

GEORGIA

Rome NT: Oxendine campaigns in Rome, defends financial contributions
Augusta Chronicle: GOP hopeful Deal makes Evans stop

ILLINOIS

Peoria Journal Star: State budget problems persist

MINNESOTA

MPR: In Arkansas, Pawlenty emphasizes limited government

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia Inquirer: Rendell proposes more Penna. budget cuts
Pittsburgh PG: Rendell offers $500 million cut in budget

OHIO


Cleveland PD: Somewhere under the political price tags is Ohio's budget

MICHIGAN



AA News: Run for governor fits into lifelong plan for Ann Arbor venture capitalist Rick Snyder

Detroit News: Detroit bruised again with Monica Conyers plea
AP: Conyers keeps away from wifes legal troubles

MISSOURI

SE Missourian: Missouri Republicans gather for pig roast, discuss 2010 election
American Chronicle: Blunt Statement on Vote Against National Energy Tax

NORTH CAROLINA

NYDN: Aide's tale of John Edwards sex tape

SOUTH CAROLINA

Greenville News: Sanford, state ponder his fate as Bauer waits in the wings
WSJ: Sex Americana: Infidelity is no longer a career-killer for politicians
State: Lett: Why we published the Sanford e-mails

NEW HAMPSHIRE



CQ Politics: Sununu Senior Says Son Nearing Decision on Senate Comeback


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June 27, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: House Passes Landmark Climate Bill
Wash Times: House passes landmark climate change legislation
LA Times: House climate bill passes by slim margin
NYT: House Passes Bill to Address Threat of Climate Change
AP/Hebert: House narrowly passes major energy-climate bill
AP/Hebert: Boehner protests last-minute climate amendment
WaPo: Democrats Hopeful for Narrow Victory on Climate Bill
NYT: Climate Bill Passes Key Procedural Hurdle in House
Rush Limbaugh: H.R. 2454: The Cap & Tax Travesty

WaPo: White House Says Transportation System Overhaul Must Wait

Wash Times: Impeached judge Samuel B. Kent tenders his resignation



CQ Politics: Sanford's Implosion a Huge Opportunity For Bauer, Huckabee



WaPo/Fix: Friday Line: Primary Colors

James Taranto: We Will Bury You: How the Iranian regime treats a genuine martyr

NEW YORK



Newsday: Ex-congressman Lazio files papers to run for governor
NYDN: Rudy Giuliani, Gov. Paterson & I can fix Albany, Rick Lazio says

Albany TU: Paterson: Forget the weekend
NY Post: Gov. nixes pols' weekend
Albany TU: Legislative digests, summaries and the latest legal salvo by the GOP
Albany TU: Aubertine offers a compromise
NY1: Paterson Goes To Court To End Legislative Stalemate
Albany TU: What is the people's business?

WGRZ: Gillibrand Will Likely Face a Primary Challenge in 2010

AP/Virtanen: Ex-Surgeon General Novello pleads guilty in NY

NEW JERSEY

Philadelphia Inquirer: Christie speaks to congressional subcommittee
AP: N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine, GOP candidate Chris Christie may have longer to pick lieutenant
Star-Ledger: Gov. Corzine says he'll sign N.J. budget 'first thing' next week

VIRGINIA

Hotline: McDonnell Keeps A National Focus
WaPo: Deeds Takes Fire From Gingrich Group
AP/Lewis: Dem. governor denies GOP travel records request

CALIFORNIA




LA Times: Schwarzenegger says he'll impose third unpaid furlough day
SacBee: Governor threatens third furlough day for state workers
SF Chronicle: Governor threatens to furlough workers 3rd day
SacBee: GOP senators block bill to impose car fees, keep state parks open
AP/Lin: Controller: IOUs signal Calif fiscal mismanagement

SacBee: Villines launches bid for insurance commissioner seat
LA BJ: Poizner questions selling State Fund assets

TEXAS

Dallas MN: Gov. Perry "urges" Texas members to oppose climate bill
Star-Telegram: Perry predicts special session will be short

FLORIDA

Miami Herald: 2 Florida Republicans urged to back U.S. climate change bill
Tallahassee Dem: Sansom faces House sanctions; committee named to consider case
St. Pete Times: At investigator's urging, House will look into Sansom's dealings
St. Pete Times: CFO Alex Sink to review her use of state plane
Palm Beach Post: Florida attorney general's schedule shows part-time workload

MINNESOTA



MPR: Ramstad considering run for governor
Bemidji Pioneer: Ramstad is toying with run for Minn. governor

Star Tribune: Pawlenty crosses into Huckabee's territory

Politico: Coleman, late night's fave punchline?

PENNSYLVANIA

Central Penn BJ: Rendell unveils more cuts amid wide gap with GOP
AP/Levy: Pa. gov cuts more, sticks to guns on school aid

USA Today: Club for Growth wants to help GOP donors get refund checks from Specter
Politico: Sestak: Specter is in danger of losing

OHIO


Cleveland PD: John Kasich, GOP candidate for governor, speaks at Cleveland City Club
Cleveland PD: Ohio budget deal appears near: committee schedules meeting for Saturday
Dayton Daily News: Ohio lawmakers scramble to meet budget deadline
CPD: John Kasich has plenty of ideas for Ohio, but he's steering clear of budget suggestions
CNN: Ohio the proving ground for GOP's back-to-future bid

MICHIGAN

Detroit FP: In Detroit, Republican leader Steele discusses GOP ideals
Battle Creek Enquirer: Pete Hoekstra to speak at Lincoln Day celebration
Mich Mess: Hoekstra responds delicately to Lands decision not to run

Detroit FP: Conyers guilty in bribery case
Detroit News: Colleague says Rep. Conyers shaken
Politico: Conyers' wife pleads guilty

Detroit News: State House, Senate pass differing budget bills

MISSOURI

News-Leader: Nixon meets budget with withholds, vetoes

TENNESSEE

Examiner: GM leaving Tennessee staying in Michigan
Tennessean: Election panel opens resumes

GEORGIA

AJC: Oxendine shuffles staff

NORTH CAROLINA

AP/Robertson: NC House approves bill to keep funding government

SOUTH CAROLINA

WSJ: Sanford Apologizes to Cabinet
WaPo: S.C. Gov. Sanford Meets With Cabinet, Rejects Calls to Resign
NYT: South Carolina Governor Apologizes to Staff
NYDN: Love letter for Argentine mistress outed Gov. Mark Sanford's affair to wife Jenny
NYT: A Political Wifes Tough Stance Strikes a Chord
AP/Smith: Wife had told Sanford to shun lover









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June 26, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

NYT: Court Nominee Criticized as Relying on Foreign Law
Hill: Conservatives demand GOP delay Sotomayor vote
CQ Politics: Conservative Activists Want Sotomayor Vote Delayed

WaPo: Agreement Reportedly Near on Health Bill
NYT: Obama and Congress Clash on How to Pay for Health Care
NYT: Senate Democrats Say Cost of Health-Care Bill Can Be Trimmed
John Calfee: The Dangers of Fannie Mae Health Care
WSJ: Obama's Health Future: Rationing, and not only withholding care from the elderly
Peggy Noonan: By trying to do too much, Obama risks not doing enough
Dana Milbank: At Breakfast, a Side of Political Sausage-Making with Rahm Emanuel

Wash Times: Democrats in House push huge energy bill
WaPo: Close Win Predicted For Cap-and-Trade Bill
WSJ: Trade Penalties Weighed in Climate Bill
WaPo: As Vote Nears, Obama Pitches Climate Change Bill as a Job Creator
CQ Politics: Moment of Truth Nears in House on Global Warming Bill
AP/Werner: Senators claim $1 trillion health bill in reach
Hill: Boehner doubts climate bill will pass
Kim Strassel: The Climate Change Climate Change: The number of skeptics is swelling
Steven Pearlstein: For the Farm Lobby, Too Much Is Never Enough

NYT: Justices Rule Lab Analysts Must Testify on Results
NYT: Justices Say Childs Rights Violated by Strip Search

NYT: Republicans Focus on Guest Workers in Immigration Debate
NYT: Guest Worker Program Poses Obstacle for Obama on Immigration Push

WSJ: Gates Faces Test Over Fighter Budget

CQ Politics: FEC Punts on Kerry, Rules on Coleman

Bloomberg: Baker Named to U.S. Federal Communications Commission

Hill: Obama taps more major donors for ambassador posts

Hill: Obama wants immigration reform by early next year

Wash Times: Conyers backs off probe of ACORN

Charles Krauthammer: Iran: Desperately Seeking Yeltsin

Atlantic: What Mitt Romney's Doing Right

NEW YORK



NYT: Leaders Say Agreement Is Near to Unfreeze New York Senate
NYT: Senate Squabblers May Be Near a Deal
NYDN: Speed Sessions!

NYDN: Rudy Giuliani calls Albany 'bizarre,' as GOP presses him to run for governor
Albany TU: Draft Rudy emails a sign of things to come?
AP: Lazio Web site indicates run for NY governor
Politics Daily: Paterson Tanks, Cuomo Soars Amid NY Chaos

NYT: Rangel and Four Others in House Investigated Over Caribbean Travel

WSJ: The Albany-Trenton-Sacramento Disease

NEW JERSEY



NYT: In Testy Exchange in Congress, Christie Defends His Record as a Prosecutor
Star-Ledger: GOP gov. candidate Christie defends record as U.S. Attorney before Congress
Star-Ledger: Christie defends contracts awarded while U.S. attorney during cong. hearing
Star-Ledger: Christie testifies about the selection of Ashcroft (video)
Politico: Hill gets bitter taste of NJ Gov. race
Hill: Dems, Christie battle in 'political circus' of a hearing
AP/Hefling: House panel examines US attorneys oversight

NYT: New Jersey Passes Budget Fueled by $1 Billion in Tax Increases

VIRGINIA

Fredericksburg: McDonnell pledges business aid
Richmond TD: GOP candidates to be first on ballot
Examiner: Va. governors race expected to shatter money record

CALIFORNIA




LA Times: Assembly approves budget package, but Schwarzenegger says he'll veto it
SacBee: Schwarzenegger, GOP senators reject stopgap budget bills
SF Chronicle: Sweat and tears, but no budget plan
NYT: Schwarzenegger Rejects Inmate Health Care Plan
Dan Walters: Do enterprise zones really generate jobs?

TEXAS

Dallas MN: Perry sets special session for Wednesday
Reuters: Texas Gov recalls lawmakers for public-private deals

FLORIDA



Rasmussen: GOPs McCollum Takes Early Lead in Floridas 2010 Governor Race
CQ Politics: Republicans Show Early Edge in Florida Senate and Governor Races
Miami NT: McCollum Has Eight-Point Advantage Over Sink; Crist Still on Top

PNJ: Rep. Jeff Miller endorses Rubio
CQ Politics: Second Member of Congress Backs Rubio in Florida Senate Race

GEORGIA

Roll Call: Georgia's Roy Barnes hopes for a successful second act
WSJ: Voting Rights and the High Court: Recognizing the nation's progress on race

ILLINOIS

ABC: Quinn offers new solutions to budget crisis

MINNESOTA

Politico: FEC cuts Coleman a break

PENNSYLVANIA

CQ Politics: Pennsylvania: Sen. Specter's Standing Slips
Hill: Club for Growth accepts Specter's refund offer

OHIO




WaPo: Portman's Insider Argument

MICHIGAN

CQ Politics: GOP'S Land Opts Out of Bid for Michigan Governor
WSJ: Michigan Braces for a Surge in Welfare Applications
Detroit News: Rep. Cheeks Kilpatrick under fire

MISSOURI

AP/Lieb: Missouri governor targets $430 million in spending

TENNESSEE

CTFP: Tennessee: Haslam donation not tied to fundraising ban vote

NORTH CAROLINA

CQ Politics: Burr Still an Unknown to Many N.C. Voters

LOUISIANA

Hill: Dems worry about Melancon’s seat

SOUTH CAROLINA


WSJ: Gov. Sanford Struggles to Hang On
Wash Times: Sanford used public funds to visit mistress
NYT: Governor Used States Money to Visit Lover
Politico: Sanford had trade mission rendezvous
Politico: Poll: 50 percent say Sanford should resign
CQ Politics: Most South Carolinians Say Sanford Should Go
Rush Limbaugh: Did Mark Sanford Simply Give Up?
AP/Glover: Miss. governor says Sanford shouldn't quit
Dorothy Rabinowitz: What Sanford Should Have Said






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June 25, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

Hill: Obama targets middle class in healthcare broadcast
NYT: Senators Worry That Health Overhaul Could Erode Employer Insurance Plans
CQ Politics: Public Plan Devastating In Any Form, Insurers Say
WaPo: States Assert Place in Health-Care Debate
WSJ: Senator Raises Possibility of Taxing Some Medical Benefits
WaPo: Senate Report Finds Insurers Wrongfully Charged Consumers Billions
Wash Times: Hill considers health care 'free riders'
Hill: $285B switch might remove health hurdle

Karl Rove: ObamaCare Isn't Inevitable
Hill: Dems see agenda slipping
WSJ: Government Health Plans Always Ration Care
Nicholas Kristof: The Prescription From Obamas Own Doctor
NYT: Editorial: The Drug Industrys Offer
NYT: OpEd: The Only Public Health Plan We Need

WSJ: Climate Bill Is Expected to Reverberate in 2010 Vote
WSJ: The Cap and Tax Fiction
Hill: Seeking votes, Pelosi meets with GOPers, leans on Democrats
WaPo: Limits on Emissions Have Wide Support
Human Events: Waxman's Economy Killer
Wash Times: Climate bill gives billions to foreign foliage
CQ Politics: Following the House Draft on Climate Change
George Will: Obama's Green Joblessness: Tilting at Green Windmills

WSJ: The Secret 'Friends of Angelo'

Politico: GOP zeroes in on Democrats' ties to PMA

WSJ: Abolish the Inspector General

NYT: Fed Board Maintains the Status Quo
WaPo: On Promise Of Upswing, Fed Holds Rate Steady
NYT: G.O.P. to Paint Bernanke as Ally of Big Government
Richard Posner: Our Crisis of Regulation

WSJ: White House Hosts Bipartisan Immigration Talks
WaPo: Senate Democrats Address Immigration
NYT: Obama Set for First Step on Immigration Reform
WaPo: Senate Subcommittee Chair Lays Out Priorities for Immigration Reform
Politico: Push for immigration reform escalates

LA Times: GOP to press Sotomayor on gun rights
CQ Politics: Brownback Will Vote Against Sotomayor
Hill: Specter to nudge Sotomayor on SCOTUS cameras
NYT: In 98, Hints From Sotomayor on Death Penalty
Boston Globe: Dem women in Senate push for Sotomayor; so does a liberal law group
Adam Cohen: White Firefighters, Black Airline Passengers and Judge Sotomayor
EJ Dionne: Courtly Politics: A Compromise Sustains the Voting Rights Act

NYT: Senate Begins Impeachment Process Against Federal Judge

WSJ: Scrutiny Grows as U.S. Pays Staffers' Student Loans

WSJ: FDA Pressed for Transparency

AP/Taylor: House passes $44B Homeland Security spending bill

Politico: Barbour takes over RGA
Reuters: Sanford quits as Republican Govs Association head

Examiner: 2012 GOP Presidential Field: Sarah Palin
Pew: Romney's Image Improves; Palin Well Regarded by Republican Base
Politico: Mitt Romney's favorability rating on the rise

Ann Coulter: Obama to Iran: Let them eat ice cream

Steny Hoyer: Congress Must Pay for What It Spends

NEW YORK

Albany TU: Day of discord; new trip to court
NYT: Defying Paterson, New York Senators End Session
NYDN: Senate Dems Head Home, Senate GOP Stays Put
NYDN: Gov. Paterson: State senators' salaries are at risk unless the dithering ends
Capital News 9: Paterson threatens legal action to force Senate session
Albany TU: Giuliani: Meeting needed for change
AP: Giuliani calls for NY constitutional convention
NYT: Amid Senate Chaos, Hope Fades for a Bill to Raise Jobless Benefits
WSJ: Senate Democrats Take Seats, Try to Hold Power
Albany TU: Espada profits, firm owes
NY Post: 'Attack' Dem faces new heat

Politico: Ten months in, new twist in Rangel ethics inquiry

CQ Politics: Eye on the Senate: 'Undecided' Leads Among New York Democrats

NEW JERSEY

CQ Politics: Christie Holds Double-Digit Lead Over Corzine
Star-Ledger: Gov. Corzine, Christie spend similar amounts in early days of N.J. gov. race
AP: Christie's deferred prosecutions in NJ

VIRGINIA

WCAV: GOP Chair Urges Virginians to Call Kaine on the Phone
Richmond TD: Kaine says DNC will repay state for security expenses
WaPo: Kaine's Travels as DNC Chief Not So Easy to Pin Down

CALIFORNIA


WSJ: California Republicans Reject Democrats' Budget Plan
NYT: California to Pay Creditors With I.O.U.s
SacBee: Democrats' budget-balancing plan crashes and burns
LA Times: Lawmakers reject budget fix; state could begin issuing IOUs next week
SF Chronicle: Democratic plan to fix budget headed for defeat
Rush Limbaugh: Liberals Have Destroyed California

WASHINGTON STATE

Wash Times: Lawmaker boosts funds for son's project

OREGON

Hill: Top GOP House candidate under investigation
Hill: In Oregon, Dems target top Republican House picks financial records

TEXAS

AP/Shannon: Texas race for gov. a Republican slugfest
BurntOrange: Polls Show Most Texans Are Undecided in Governor, U.S. Senate Races
Cleburn TR: Williams discusses Senate run, calls GOP to reach out

FLORIDA

Rasmussen: 2010 Florida Senate Race: Crist Leads Meek or Brown
Tampa Tribune: Naming successor to Busansky an opportunity, risk for Crist
St. Pete Times: Crist rejects bill that aimed to lure property insurers to Florida
Orlando Sentinel: Crist vetoes bill on deregulation of insurance

St. Pete Times: Florida's Cabinet members rack up miles in state planes
Miami H: FL gubernatorial candidates Sink, McCollum defend their usage of state planes

GEORGIA

Rome NT: Oxendine to be in Rome Saturday
Augusta Chronicle: Former congressman indicted

MISSISSIPPI

Hill: Barbour makes his national debut, Part II
AP/Ramer: In NH, Barbour keeps focus despite Sanford affair

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Lawmakers return to Springfield amid protest, talk of cuts
CPR: Republican Commentator Announces Bid for Governor

MINNESOTA

Pioneer Press: NRSC spends almost $1M to help Norm Coleman
WSJ: A Franken Victory In Minn. Could Prove Vital To Senate Dems
Star Tribune: The wait is agonizing for Coleman, Franken

Star Tribune: Ellison's privately paid trip to Mecca prompts debate

IOWA

Iowa Indep: Barbour to visit Iowa as leader of RGA

PENNSYLVANIA

CQ Politics: Will Bethlehem Mayor Callahan Challenge GOP Rep. Dent?
Philadelphia Inquirer: Rendell, Scarnati to take Pa. budget debate to TV

DELAWARE

CQ Politics: No Party Switch for Delaware GOP Rep. Castle if He Runs for Senate

OHIO


WSJ: Mayors Targeted as Economic Pain Fuels Recall Bids

MICHIGAN

Mlive: RNC Chairman Steele says GM will turn into Amtrak under Obama administration

MISSOURI

Life News: Missouri Pro-Life Advocates Back Roy Blunt Over Robin Carnahan for Senate
KC Star: Three judges sue Nixon, top aide over plans to lay them off
News-Leader: Missouri lawmaker responds to criticism of her hunger comments

TENNESSEE

CQ Politics: A Call to Overhaul Congressional Redistricting
Tennessean: Tennessee's Rep. Tanner targets gerrymandering
Memphis CA: Rep. John Tanner touts FAIR Act for nonpartisan redistricting

NORTH CAROLINA

WRAL: NC AG: Agents involved in probe related to Easley
News & Observer: N. Carolina SBI investigating ex-Gov. Easley
Beaufort Observer: Emails are "missing" from NCSU in the Easley investigation

SOUTH CAROLINA



WSJ: Sanford Odyssey Ends in Tears
WaPo: S.C. Gov. Sanford Admits to an Affair
NYT: Gov. Sanford Admits Affair and Explains Disappearance
Rush Limbaugh: Sanford Could Have Been Our JFK
Politico: Some Mark Sanford trips were taxpayer-paid
NYT: Sanford Case a New Dose of Bad News for Republicans
NYT: For Press, Rumors of Straying but No Hard Evidence
NYT: Sanford and His Love Interest, in E-Mail
State: Read e-mails between Sanford, woman
NY Post: Lust emails of Buenos Airhead
Reuters: Recent sexual scandals in U.S. politics
Gail Collins: The Love Party
Dana Milbank: Sanford's Tearful Stream of Consciousness
WaPo: For Republicans, a Long Winter Gets Longer
Wash Times: Social conservatives fall from moral high ground
Examiner: Bad timing on Sanford affair for congressional Republicans
CQ Politics: In South Carolina, Pondering Whats Next

LOUISIANA

Hill: Melancon gets ready to put Vitters serious sin on trial





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June 24, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: Obama Open to Health Overhaul Without Public Plan
WaPo: 'Public Option' May Be Highest Hurdle in Senate
WSJ: Insurance Industry Warns on Health-Care Proposals
Wash Times: Insurers decry public-plan option: See threat to private industry
NYT: Obama Says Government Health Coverage Plan Would Not Hurt Private Insurers
WaPo: Most Want Health Reform But Fear Its Side Effects
WSJ: Obama Backers Hope 'Story Bank' Aids Health Reform
WaPo: Obama Turns to Grass Roots to Push Health Reform
Hill: Emanuel visits Senate to press health reform
NYT: Baucus Grabs Pacesetter Role on Health Bill
CQ Politics: Spouses in Health Care Affect Members Views
Robert Reich: Why We Need a Public Health-Care Plan

WSJ: Climate Bill Set for Vote After Deal Is Reached
Politico: House Democrats strike deal on climate bill
NYT: Energy Bill Unfinished, but Vote Nears
Hill: Pelosis green gamble
CQ Politics: Carrots, Sticks and Maybe a Raw-Meat Subtext
Human Events: Dems Separated By Cow Emissions
Hill: Environmental group issues climate-bill warning
WSJ: The New Nuclear Revolution: Safe fission power is our future -- if regulators allow it

NYT: Behind the Scenes, Fed Chief Advocates Bigger Role
WSJ: Obama and 'Regulatory Capture'
WSJ: Who Owns the Banks, Round Two?
WSJ: Barney the Underwriter: Telling Fannie Mae to take more credit risk. Now there's an idea

NYT: War Spending Bill May Pit Republican Against Republican

Hill: Bank says it needs subpoena from Issa's panel

Human Events: Sen. Sessions: What Do Judges Do? (Video)

Rep. Kevin Brady & Rep. Jason Chaffetz: The Most Dangerous Credit Card

Politico: Will Immigration reform move off the back burner?

Politico: President Obama short of money on highway fund
Hill: Groups seize on Metro crash in push for highway bill

WSJ: The Pursuit of John Yoo: Next time the lawsuit may target Obama's advisers

Hill: Black caucus criticizes ethics probe of trip to the Caribbean

Wash Times: Obama seeks to lift sagging agenda

Politico: A Republican comeback?

CQ Politics: Democrats Tout Four States as Takeovers in Governor Races

Dick Morris: Obamas weakness issue
Newt Gingrich: Forget Negotiations, President Obama, Seize the Moment
SF Chronicle: ABC News: We're not in the tank for Obama

NYT: Cheney to Publish His Memoir





NYT: On Nixon Tapes, Ambivalence Over Abortion
Politico: New Nixon tapes released on Tuesday

NEW YORK

Rudy Giuliani: Putting New York Back Together



NYT: Come to Order! Not a Chance, if Its Albany
Albany TU: Democrats, Republicans each claim the gavel, but progress appears doubtful
NY Post: Albany's Dueling Dolts: Pols run simultaneous bull sessions
NYDN: List of losers in New York Senate never seems to end
Buffalo News: Farcical Senate engages in split show



CQ Politics: Gillibrand Hypes Possible Pataki Run To Raise Cash
NYDN: Rivals Kirsten Gillibrand, Carolyn Maloney put aside differences to aide 9/11 victims

Albany TU: Assemblyman quits, to plead guilty

Buffalo News: Golisano denies rumors he'll seek U.S. Senate seat in Florida
Syracuse PS: Golisano denies run for U.S. Senate from Florida

NEW JERSEY



Star-Ledger: Chris Christie testifying on John Ashcroft contract: Good move, bad timing

VIRGINIA

NBC29: 'Stark Contrast' Between McDonnell, Deeds
Virginian-Pilot: Coming soon: another McDonnell campaign commercial
Roll Call: When a Warner replaces a Warner
Richmond TD: Kaine, Assembly Republicans at odds over management of IT agency

ALASKA



Anchorage DN: State dismisses another ethics complaint against Palin
AP/D'Oro: Palin reimburses state $8,100 for family trips

CALIFORNIA


LA Times: Editorial: California has to lean harder on Obama
LA Times: State budget plans are built with fiscal gimmicks
SacBee: Democrats' budget plan will likely be dead on arrival
Dan Walters: Another budget thats rooted in gimmickry
SacBee: Lawmakers square off on budget priorities
AP/Williams: Shriver: Most Californians don't want budget cuts
WSJ: Amazon Warns Calif. Lawmakers on Sales Tax Bill

LA Times: Democratic California Assemblyman Juan Arambula re-registers as independent
SacBee: California Assemblyman Arambula done as a Democrat

TEXAS

DMN: What Rick Perry's education record says
Austin AS: Tom Schieffers announcement tour; five factors to watch
DMN: Berman says he'll pull out of TX governor's race if Perry embraces immigration ideas
DMN: Leo Berman a no-go in governor's race?

DMN: Is Sen. Hutchison and Cornyn's new judicial screening committee fair and balanced?

Star-Telegram: Battle lines already forming over control of Texas House in 2010

LegalNewsline: Radnofsky announces run for Texas AG

FLORIDA

NYT: Huckabee Stumps for Rubio in Fla. Senate Race
USA Today: Huckabee backs Rubio in Fla.
CQ Politics: Huckabee Lends Rubio Conservative Credibility in Florida Senate Race
Hill: Huckabee rips into NRSC for backing Crist

St. Pete Times: Is Crist 'governing' or fundraising out of state?

Buzz: Rep. Ray Sansom charged 'private' meeting to Republican Party American Express

GEORGIA

WALB: Oxendine pleased to be front runner in Governor's race

MISSISSIPPI



WaPo: Haley Huddles with Top GOP Strategists
CQ Politics: Barbour Makes Dry Run Into 2012 Proving Grounds
CNN: Barbour on 2012 decision: probably never
Fox: Mississippi Governor Avoids Talk of Presidential Bid
MSNBC: Barbour decries government health care

ILLINOIS

WSJ: Chicago Turns to Workers to Close Deficit

MINNESOTA

Star Tribune: GOP spent $900,000 to help Coleman pay legal bills

PENNSYLVANIA

AP/Jackson: Pa. high court nominees each raise more than $250K
Gant Daily: Aichele Announces Bid for Lt. Gov.

OHIO


CQ Politics: Dems Lead For Now in Race for Open Ohio Senate Seat
Toledo Blade: Ohio lawmakers rush ballot issue to regulate livestock care

MICHIGAN

Detroit FP: Get ready Michigan, Obama's coming back

MISSOURI

News-Leader: Ashcroft backs Blunt's bid for U.S. Senate seat
Joplin Globe: Former U.S. attorney general backs Blunt
St. Louis PD: Term limits have made government worse in Missouri

TENNESSEE

Chattanoogan: Wamp Names Statewide Campaign Leaders
CTFP: Wamp announces leadership team for governors race

NORTH CAROLINA

WWAY: Chair of NC Republican Party sues local radio host Curtis Wright

SOUTH CAROLINA



WSJ: Governor's Hike Reopens Rifts
Wash Times: Sanford's trek to woods draws queries
Politico: Mark Sanford risks being odd man out in 2012
Hill: Legislators have trouble believing Sanford's story
AP/Fouhy: Analysis: SC gov's walk in woods problem for GOP

DELAWARE

CQ Politics: House, Senate or Retirement For Delaware GOP Rep. Castle?

CONNECTICUT

NYT: Dodd Turns to Kennedy for Help as Part of Early Campaign Blitz

ALABAMA

Politico: Davis hits party wall in Alabama

NEVADA

Politico: Ensign takes a page from Vitter's playbook





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June 23, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

Rep. John Boehner: Where are the jobs, Mr. President?

WSJ: Senate Looks to Trim Tax Break for Personal Medical Costs
WSJ: A Doctor's Reflections on Health-Care Reform
WSJ: Government Health Care and Voters
NYT: Federal Saving From Lowering of Drug Prices Is Unclear
Politico: Details sparse in $80B proposal
Politico: Public health care option takes center stage
Politico: Deficit politics driving health care timetable
Hill: Baucus-Dodd friendship may be key to healthcare
David Brooks: Something for Nothing
American Thinker: Healthcare Reform: A Looming Policy Disaster
Ted Nugent: Hell Scare Healthcare
Jed Babbin: Sen. (and Dr.) Tom Coburn on Health Care
Rich Lowry: How Prez doomed 'health reform'

WaPo: Broad Agreement Reached on Derivative Oversight
WaPo: Poll: Americans Less Upbeat About Stimulus Bill's Impact

Politico: Nancy Pelosi to bring climate change bill to floor
Hill: Climate change bill to hit House floor this week
Politico: Four keys to solving energy stalemate
Hill: Rep. Peterson keeping firm grip on gavel

WaPo: Obama Signs Bill Regulating Tobacco
NYT: Occasional Smoker, 47, Signs Tobacco Bill

WSJ: White House to Abandon Spy-Satellite Program

Politico: President Barack Obama's poll numbers start to wilt
ABC: Obama Approval: Trouble Ahead?
Robert Shrum: Obama's two pressing problems

Howard Kurtz: Emanuel's Mastery Of Reading Reporters

WSJ: Supreme Court Avoids Voting-Rights Act Fight
NYT: Justices Retain Oversight by U.S. on Voting
WaPo: Supreme Court Rules Narrowly on Voting Rights Act
CQ Politics: Supremes Duck A Decision on Voting Rights Act

NYT: Court Affirms Reimbursement for Special Education
AP/Holland: Court says public must pay for private special ed

AP: Court will not revive Plame's lawsuit

CQ Politics: FEC Dismisses Cases Against 527s

Wash Times: GOP lawmaker: Dems shut down debate in House

Politico: Conservatives right about nominees

Thomas Sowell: Republicans in the Wilderness



Politico: GOP leadership candidates running unopposed
Hill: Murkowski seeking Republican leadership post

CQ Politics: House Political Operations Feel Economys Pinch

CQ Politics: Senate Fundraising Arms Stay Competitive

NEW YORK

Albany TU: State's leaders not on the same page
Albany TU: Skelos calls Tuesday session for 2 p.m. Tuesday
NYT: Paterson Says State Senate Cant Put Off Its Return
NYDN: Governor David Paterson's special Senate session could be usual circus
NY Post: Enough of this split! Gov rejects Senate
AP: NY Senate showdown Tuesday
CQ Politics: New York's 2010 Elections Look Like a Thrill a Minute
NYT: Opinion Poll Not Needed for Albany

Politico: Rangel: NY Post "drunk with ignorance"

WIVB: Golisano may consider Senate run
Politics on the Hudson: Golisano To Run For U.S. Senate In Florida? Not Likely, Aides Said

NEW JERSEY



Philadelphia Inquirer: Christie trumpets N.J. school vouchers
Star-Ledger: Christie Challenges Corzine's Ties to Labor

Wash Times: U.S. Attorney nominee won't ID all clients

Star-Ledger: Judicary Committee approves Supreme Court Justice Albin for lifetime tenure

VIRGINIA

Hill: RNC gives $1.5 million to Virginia's McDonnell
Richmond TD: McDonnell ducks on mining question while stumping with Mississippi governor
Virginian-Pilot: Miss. Gov helps McDonnell raise $$
WaPo: Barbour Helps Raise $250,000 for McDonnell

CALIFORNIA


WSJ: Los Angeles Mayor Will Not Run for California Governor
Politico: Villaraigosa backs out of gov. race
CQ Politics: The Mayor Loves L.A. -- So Who Loves Sacramento?
Dan Walters: Villaraigosa's departure boosts Brown

NYT: California Bailout, Impossible or Inevitable?

TEXAS



Politics Daily: In Texas, Gov. Perry Crows About His Endorsement by Palin
Dallas MN: Editorial: Rick Perry's curious veto pen
News-Journal: Watson blasts Perry over vetoes
Amarillo G-N: Eye on Austin: Governor's race will eclipse current news

FLORIDA

News-Press: Rubio demands 10 debates with Senate rival Crist
Politico: GOP establishment thinks Crist is a sure thing
Politico: Rubio's curious Tweet
Politico: Rubio: Iran protesters should have right to bear arms
Hill: Meek just doesnt really describe this Senate candidacy

Examiner: Looking for a leg: Florida offshore oil drilling

Miami Herald: Welfare case load in Florida up dramatically

St. Pete Times: Key document in Sansom case refers to airport early on

GEORGIA

Rasmussen: 2010 GOP Primary: Oxendine Far Ahead of Other Gubernatorial Hopefuls
Rasmussen: 2010 Democratic Primary: Barnes Big Leader in Governors Race
Examiner: Georgia Democrats seeing blue for 2010, Rasmussen Poll not so sure
AccessNGa: Poll: Deal third among Republican gubernatorial candidates
Gainesville Times: Expert: Candidates benefit from name recognition in early polls

NBC Augusta: Governor disappointed by ruling to keep Voting Rights Act alive

Atlanta BC: Atlanta financial woes dominate mayoral debate

ILLINOIS



CQ Politics: Illinois Governor: GOP State Sen. Murphy Announces Bid

MINNESOTA



Star-Ledger: Al Franken-Norm Coleman Minnesota Senate race: It ain't over 'til . . . when?
MSNBC: Minn. Senate race -- By the numbers

Minn Indep: Whos in for 2010: GOPers eyeing the governors mansion

Star Tribune: State's GOP to elect new House minority leader
Eagle: Two seek House GOP leader job
Fox Mankato: Minnesota Republicans To Elect New Caucus Leader

PENNSYLVANIA

AP: Higher taxes, program cuts drive Pa. budget debate
Pittsburgh TR: Allegheny County GOP follows Dems' playbook

DELAWARE

Philadelphia Inquirer: Castle weighs Senate run

OHIO




Politico: John Kasich closes gap in Ohio governor race

MICHIGAN

Detroit FP: GOP activists push Snyder to make a run for governor

MISSOURI

News-Leader: Democrats criticize Blunt for voting against bill with MO-based military jobs

TENNESSEE

Knox News: Ramsey names six campaign finance chairs

NORTH CAROLINA



Politico: Poll vs. pol: Richard Burr says numbers lie

SOUTH CAROLINA



WSJ: Governor's Trip Confuses Carolina
WaPo: Where in the World is Mark Sanford?
Politico: Staff says Gov. Mark Sanford is safe
Hill: Gov. Sanford located after whereabouts unknown
Politico: Missing Gov. sparks political fight

MISSISSIPPI



CNN: Haley Barbour's big week sparks 2012 chatter

ALASKA



Politico: Alaska waiting on Sarah Palin's plans

CONNECTICUT

Politico: Dodd flips on gay marriage
CQ Politics: Dodds Road to Redemption and Re-Election
CQ Politics: How's Dodd Doing? It Could Be Worse
CQ Politics: Dodds Health Care Charge and Re-Election Hopes

MAINE

WSJ: Maine Miracle: Finally, a state that cuts tax rates on the rich

WEST VIRGINIA

Politico: Ailing Byrd misses another week

KANSAS

CQ Politics: Tiahrt on the Air in Kansas Senate Race

NEVADA

Politico: Back at work, John Ensign keeps lips zipped
Hill: Ensign in spotlight upon return
Politico: Ensign returns quietly, but questions on affair linger
CQ Politics: Groups Want Ethics Probe of Ensign Affair





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June 22, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WaPo: McConnell Carefully Chooses His Battles: Senate GOP Chief Assumes Higher Profile
Wash Times: Obama, GOP at odds over stimulus
Hill: Republicans plan more protests on approps bills

WSJ: Is Government Health Care Constitutional?
LA Times: Republicans question cost of healthcare reform; Feinstein expresses doubt
NYT: Panel Might Revise Health-Care Bill
WaPo: AARP to Endorse Offer Of Drugmaker Price Cuts
NYDN: President Obama's health-care reforms shaky with Democrats, GOP
Reuters: Obama's healthcare push on rocky road in Congress
AP/Zaldivar: Democrats may go it alone on gov't insurance plan
Philadelphia Inquirer: Scrubbing In: Good health care doesn't come cheap
Tennessean: Health-care reform should focus on efficiency
Paul Krugman: Health Care Showdown
Ross Douthat: Dems wont finance universal health care without middle-class tax increases
Fred Hiatt: Prognosis: Debt

WSJ: In the House, It's Peterson vs. Climate Bill

WaPo: Recovery's Missing Ingredient: New Jobs
WSJ: How to Get The Fed Out Of Its 'Box'

NYT: White House Changes the Terms of a Campaign Pledge About Posting Bills Online
Rasmussen: Obama: 32% Strongly Approve 34% Strongly Disapprove

Human Events: On Sotomayor and the Court, Watch McConnell
Politico: GOP: no benefit to court fight
NYT: Judges Mentor: Part Guide, Part Foil

NYT: States Turning to Last Resorts in Budget Crisis
WSJ: Numbers On Welfare See Sharp Increase
Robert Samuelson: Welfare in a Bad Way

Hill: GAO: More money needed to combat Mexican violence

NYT: Editorial: How to Trust Electronic Voting


NEW YORK

Buffalo News: Paterson orders State Senate into special session Tuesday
NYT: Paterson Vows Vote on Gay Marriage Before Break
NY Post: 'Mediator' Dave drawing hoots
NY Post: Gov gives a shove
Mike Lupica: It's about time Gov. Paterson flexed some muscle in Albany
Joseph Spector: Other states deal more easily with tie
Newsday: Stakes are high in State Senate coup
WSJ: New York Standoff Sharpens Focus on Lawmaker
NYDN: Hiram Monserrate sparks a mess, not change, with state Senate party jumping
Albany TU: $85M in pork awaits
NY Post: Mike takes on class clowns

AP/Hill: Gillibrand builds support

NEW JERSEY

AP/Mulvihill: Obama's campaign strategies get tested in NJ, VA
Star-Ledger: N.J. Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin faces confirmation hearing
Paul Mulshine: The revolution has been crushed

VIRGINIA

CQ Politics: Warner: Another Ex-Governor Adapts To the Senate

CALIFORNIA




NYT: Californias Solution to $24 Billion Budget Gap Is Going to Bring Some Pain
SacBee: One crisis, two plans
SacBee: California budget Q&A: How did we get here? Where are we going?
Mercury News: Budget magicians use sleight of hand to help close California's giant deficit
Assemblyman Chuck DeVore: Dems Want More Taxes in California
George Skelton: California has no money and few options
LA Times: SF's D.A.'s program trained illegal immigrants for jobs they couldn't legally hold

TEXAS



McClatchy: Hutchison, Perry wage impressive, expensive battle
Daily Texan: Perry campaigns with social media
Lone Star Times: Sen. Patrick Endorses Gov. Perry in 2010
Houston Chronicle: Schieffer says hes best shot Democrats have of winning
BOR: Schieffer to launch Gubernatorial Bid Wednesday
Dallas MN: In Plano, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says bipartisanship is a must

FLORIDA

WDBO: McCollum to get challenger in Governor's race?
Ledger: State Sen. Dockery Known for Building Coalitions
Politico: Brown, Carrie Meek were close friends, colleagues

GEORGIA

Columbus LE: Two Columbus residents seek Vance Smith's Georgia House seat

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Matt Murphy, Republican state senator, enters race for Illinois governor

MINNESOTA

Rep. Michele Bachmann: Will Congress Again Rescue ACORN?

PENNSYLVANIA

Republican Herald: Amid budget crisis, debate heating over fairness of Pa. taxes
AAP: Senator Casey on Children and Health Care Reform

OHIO


CQ Politics: Ohio's Strickland Looking Vulnerable in 2010 Governor's Race
CQ Politics: Strickland in Trouble
Columbus Dispatch: State lawmakers inundated with budget requests
Toledo Blade: Ohio has plenty of company in scramble to balance budget

MICHIGAN

Detroit FP: Editorial: Michigan can't afford budget stalemate

MISSOURI

Fox2: Former Senator Jim Talent Endorses Rep. Roy Blunt For U.S. Senate

TENNESSEE

Tennessean: GOP has plans for redistricting
CTFP: Speaker Williams' earns some praise

NORTH CAROLINA

News & Observer: Republicans invite Perdue to join the conversation

SOUTH CAROLINA

FITS: GOP Activist In Serious Condition After Assault

HAWAII

WSJ: Hawaii Unfazed by Missile Threat

ARIZONA

Hill: Senate to consider Renzi land-swap deal
AP/Billeaud: Arizona considers tougher immigration laws

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Globe: Law firms may provide clerks for courts

NEVADA

Politico: John Ensign's approval rating plummets
Hill: Ensign approval plummets after affair revelation
Hill: Ensign affair latest in long line of political scandal

Politico: Reno mayor ain't endorsing Harry -- really

CONNECTICUT

Politico: Teddy's ad for Dodd

ALASKA



Anchorage DN: National campaign pads Palin's legal fund
Anchorage DN: A listing of Ethics complaints filed against Palin
AP/D'Oro: Palin spars with critics over ethics complaints
AP: Alaska lawmaker plans bill on ethics complaints against governor, staff

CQ Politics: Drill, Baby,Drill? Do It Sideways, Says Senator

SOUTH DAKOTA

Human Events: Thune's Exit Strategy

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