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10:55 PM ET, June 4, 2009

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New York Times:
Text: Obama's Speech in Cairo  —  The following is a text of President Obama's prepared remarks to the Muslim world, delivered on June 4, 2009, as released by the White House.  —  I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions.
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Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
Let Women Wear the Hijab: The Emptiness of Obama's Cairo Speech  —  I know many will gush over President Obama's Cairo speech and I'm likely swimming against the tide of the media and my fellow Democrats and progressives.  But reading the transcript, I was struck by two things:
Adam Horowitz / Mondoweiss:
Max Blumenthal: Feeling the Hate In Jerusalem on Eve of Obama's Cairo Address  —  Max Blumenthal writes: On the eve of President Barack Obama's address to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt, I stepped out onto the streets of Jerusalem with my friend Joseph Dana to interview young Israelis …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ATTACKERMAN
The New Majority:
FRUM BLOGS THE PRESIDENT'S CAIRO SPEECH  —  The president's Cairo speech: worse than feared.  Let's itemize the ways.  —  President Obama likes to position himself as an intermediary, explaining two conflicting parties each to the other.  He did so in his race speech in Philadelphia …
Discussion: The New Republic
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   A Sad Commentary  —  Michael Rubin: … Barack Obama:
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Rush and Newt Are Winning  —  A media environment that tilts to the right is obscuring what President Obama stands for and closing off political options that should be part of the public discussion.  —  Yes, you read that correctly: If you doubt that there is a conservative inclination in the media …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Gingrich Universe  —  A great column from E.J. Dionne …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
An Absolutely Extraordinary Moment  —  An African-American President with Muslim roots stands before the Muslim world and defends the right of Jews to a nation of their own in their ancestral homeland, and then denounces in vociferous terms the evil of Holocaust denial, and right-wing Israelis …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mary Alice Carr / Washington Post:
Why I'll No Longer Be on Bill O'Reilly's Show  —  The first time I appeared on “The O'Reilly Factor,” in 2004, I sat across from Bill O'Reilly in awkward silence while he shuffled papers and took notes.  —  Finally, he glanced up and acknowledged my existence.  “Thank you for coming on,” he said.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin: Government wants to ‘control the people’  —  (CNN) - Alaska governor Sarah Palin let loose Wednesday on the Obama administration for enacting fiscal policies that “fly in the face of principles” and “defy Economics 101.”  —  In a speech introducing Michael Reagan …
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Reid Dares Fellow Democrats to Oppose Sotomayor  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) “dared” members of his own Conference to vote against the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court during a meeting Thursday with Latino leaders.  —  During a brief press conference after the session …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid vows immigration reform by end of year
Michael Wolff / Vanity Fair:
The Power and the Story  —  The Obamas may have the smartest, most finely calibrated press operation in White House history, parceling out scoops (The New York Times), partisan talking points (the Huffington Post), and First Family tidbits (the celebrity mags) to a desperate media.
Emily Pierce / Roll Call:
GOP Defers to Coleman on Fate  —  Senate Republican leaders appear willing to go to the mat for former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), but it's unclear whether Coleman wants to go to the mat for himself.  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court is expected to rule within weeks on whether Democrat Al …
CNN:
Sotomayor's whirlwind schedule takes a toll  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — It's the second day of a whirlwind Capitol Hill tour — and it looks like Judge Sonia Sotomayor is already having trouble keeping Senate lineup straight.  —  Asked to lay out her Wednesday itinerary, President Obama's Supreme …
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Allen / Eye on 2010:
McCarthy Won't Challenge Gillibrand in New York Senate Primary  —  Rep. Carolyn McCarthy will not challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a Democratic primary.  McCarthy, a thorn in Gillibrand's side of late, had said she would take on the newly appointed senator in 2010 if no one else did.
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BBC:
Star Carradine found dead  —  Kill Bill and Kung Fu star David Carradine has been found dead in a Bangkok hotel room, BBC correspondent Jonathan Head has reported.  —  The 72-year-old was in Thailand filming his latest film Stretch, according to his personal manager Chuck Binder.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Bureaucrat scuffs dream of homeless shoe shiner  —  He sleeps under a bridge, washes in a public bathroom and was panhandling for booze money 11 months ago, but now Larry Moore is the best-dressed shoeshine man in the city.  When he gets up from his cardboard mattress, he puts on a coat and tie.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Greg Craig / The White House:
Judge Sotomayor's Questionnaire - A New Modern Record  —  Judge Sotomayor has delivered detailed and substantive answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee's questions, which are available on the Senate Judiciary Committee's website.  The answers demonstrate how Judge Sotomayor's three decade career …
Megan McArdle:
Elizabeth Warren and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Utterly Misleading Bankruptcy Study  —  Elizabeth Warren has another study out showing that medical expenses contribute to more than half of all bankruptcies—indeed, this time, it's 70%, up from the 50% she found in 2001.
Discussion: Economist's View
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Barney Frank convinces GM CEO to keep his district's plant open  —  Rep Barney Frank (D-Mass.) won a stay of execution on Thursday for a General Motors plant in his district that the automaker had announced it would close.  —  No other lawmaker has managed to halt the GM ax.
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Exclusive: Jeff Sessions Makes Children Cry  —  Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committe held the first-ever hearing on the Uniting American Families Act, which would equalize the status of foreign-born same-sex partners of American citizens.  Heterosexual Americans can earn citizenship for their foreign partners by marrying them.
The Ninth Justice:
Olbermann's Mosquito Bites  —  I hear that Keith Olbermann declared on MSNBC Tuesday evening that I am “runner-up” for his “hypocrisy award” and also “a fraud.”  —  In case anyone takes Olbermann seriously, I identify below the false and misleading assertions of fact that he packed into his 60-second diatribe.
Discussion: TBogg
Joe Klein / Swampland:
A Meeting in Damascus  —  About an hour after Barack Obama's excellent Cairo speech, I met with Khaled Meshal, the leader of Hamas, at his office here to talk about the speech and the Israel-Palestine conflict.  We spoke for several hours and I will have a fuller accounting of our conversation in my print column next week.
Discussion: Salon and Weekly Standard
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NO REWARD FOR NOMINATING MODERATES.... This isn't a surprising vote, but it tells us quite a bit about what to expect going forward. … If you're just joining us, in March, Obama nominated Hamilton for the 7th Circuit.  Given Hamilton's record of moderation, the White House said the nomination …
Kimi Yoshino / Los Angeles Times:
For the ‘funemployed,’ unemployment is welcome  —  These jobless folks, usually singles in their 20s and 30s, find that life without work agrees with them.  They're not sending out resumes, but instead lazing at the beach and taking trips abroad.  —  Michael Van Gorkom was laid off by Yahoo in late April.
Discussion: Gawker, JammieWearingFool and L.A. Now
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Terminated Chrysler Dealers Are Heard; The Clinton Scent Redux  —  Today, Chrysler's terminated dealers finally get a chance to be heard by Judge Speedy, although the mootness of the hearing can be smelt from miles away.  Associated Press has some good color on the proceedings:
Peter Smith / Courier-Journal:
Valley station church to hold gun service  —  A Valley Station Road church is sponsoring an “Open Carry Church Service” in late June, encouraging people to wear unloaded guns in their holsters, enter a raffle to win a free handgun, hear patriotic music and listen to talks by operators of gun stores and firing ranges.
Ezra Klein:
Geithner's Plan Is Dead  —  The toxic loans portion of Tim Geithner's Public Private Investment Program looks to be officially dead: … There are two ways of understanding what happened here.  The first is that banks couldn't sell their assets at current prices because doing so would have rendered them effectively insolvent.
 
 
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Discussion: Legal Beat
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