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2:35 PM ET, June 3, 2009

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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Says U.S. Could Be Seen as a Muslim Country, Too  —  HAHN, Germany — As President Obama prepared to leave Washington to fly to the Middle East, he conducted several television and radio interviews at the White House to frame the goals for a five-day trip, including …
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Kristina Wong / Political Punch:
The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report: The other day we heard a comment from a White House aide that never would have been uttered during the primaries or general election campaign.  During a conference call in preparation for...
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama on Obama  —  During a telephone interview Tuesday with President Obama about his speech to Arabs and Muslims in Cairo on Thursday, I got to tell the president my favorite Middle East joke.  It gave him a good laugh.  It goes like this:  —  There is this very pious Jew named Goldberg who always dreamed of winning the lottery.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yikes!  Did Obama Really Call America A Muslim Country?  Nope.  —  With President Obama set to depart for the Mideast, many will likely jump on him today for allegedly calling America a Muslim country on French television late yesterday.  —  Indeed, critics are already grabbing on to the comment …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and At-Largely
Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
Barack Hussein Obama: US “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”  —  It is important to note that “if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”.  —  So says President Barack Obama.  Or I should say: Barack Hussein Obama.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘PRESIDENT OBAMA: Shukran’
Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Obama tries out his Arabic
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Monthly
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Obama practices taqiyya on French TV
Discussion: Incertus and TigerHawk
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MUSLIM COUNTRY.... Perusing the New York Times' political blog …
Discussion: Hyscience and PoliGazette
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor: You Read, You Decide  —  Shortly after President Obama nominated her to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, I read Judge Sonia Sotomayor's now famous words:  —  “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often …
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CBS News:
New Bin Laden Tape Blasts Obama  —  Al Qaeda Chief Says U.S. President Has Planted Seeds Of “Hatred And Vengeance”; U.S. Confirms Authenticity  —  A new audio tape from Osama bin Laden criticizes President Barack Obama for planting seeds of “hatred and vengeance toward Americans” and warns of “new long wars.”
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CNN:
Purported bin Laden tape: ‘New seeds of hatred’
Discussion: Gawker, BBC and GroupIntel
Guardian:
Bin Laden accuses Obama of sowing ‘revenge and hatred’ in Muslim world
Discussion: New York Times and TalkLeft
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
King Abdullah Greets Obama in Saudi Arabia
Discussion: bbc.co.uk, CBS News, Wonk Room and MSNBC
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Stealth war: Obama sabotages GOP  —  Tuesday's announcement of Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) as President Barack Obama's nominee for Army secretary makes perfect sense from a policymaking standpoint.  It's hard to find a member of Congress who's more well-respected or more steeped …
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Obama's Plan to Sabotage the Republican Party
Discussion: Donklephant
William J. Broad / New York Times:
In Online Slip, Nuclear Sites Make Rounds  —  The federal government mistakenly made public a 266-page report, its pages marked “highly confidential,” that gives detailed information about hundreds of the nation's civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing the precise locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons.
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
List of U.S. Nuclear Sites Inadvertently Posted Online
Washington Post:
Cheney Led Briefings of Lawmakers To Defend Interrogation Techniques  —  Former vice president Richard B. Cheney personally oversaw at least four briefings with senior members of Congress about the controversial interrogation program, part of a secretive and forceful defense he mounted throughout 2005 …
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Emptywheel:
Why Did CIA Hide Dick Cheney's Role in Briefing?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Plum Line
Gateway Pundit:
Megyn Kelly Shouts Down Bernie Sanders On Dem-Only Nationalized Health Care Plan (Video)  —  Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer reported on the Democrat-only meeting held yesterday with President Obama on nationalized health care.  Dems want to ram this trillion dollar boondoggle through Congress before the August recess.
Discussion: Founding Bloggers and Cassy Fiano
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Morning Joe journos can't name a successful unionized company, even though one signs their paychecks  —  The Morning Joe crew was on an anti-union tear this morning, claiming the union label on a company means “sell.”  Mika Brzezinski went so far as to say of unions: “They cripple the system that makes a company work.”
Discussion: Pufferfish
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
YOUR CORPORATE MEDIA  —  The Morning Joe crew was bashing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Quinnipiac University:
U.S. Voters Disagree 3-1 With Sotomayor On Key Case, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Most Say Abolish Affirmative Action  —  American voters say 55 - 36 percent that affirmative action should be abolished, and disagree 71 - 19 percent with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayer's ruling …
Fox News:
Source: More Targets Found on Arkansas Shooting Suspect's Computer  —  A senior U.S. official tells FOX News that more targets were found on the computer of a man charged in the fatal shooting at a military recruiting center in Arkansas — suggesting the accused gunman may have been part …
Bonnie Erbe / US News:
Playboy Mix of Sex, Hate, and Politics Demeans Conservative Women  —  By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog.  —  Yesterday, I was contacted by the executive director of SmartGirlPolitics.org, a conservative women's website, to stand up for conservative women treated despicably by the media.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Newsweek Turns to Tina Tricks: Meet Guest Editor ... Stephen Colbert!  —  In the two weeks since Newsweek has redesigned, the magazine's editors have sent out a statement that they intend to sever any and all connection to the turgid, dusty newsweekly of yore.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Something Is Happening In Iran  —  I don't know whether you have been reading the various press accounts of the election campaign in Iran.  I know that the candidates' list is fixed, but I can also see democratic spirit when it is bang in front of me.  There appears to be a genuine fight for votes …
 
 
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