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7:05 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:
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's Cairo speech: Surprisingly good  —  I didn't get the chance to watch Barack Obama's Cairo speech live, although I'm sure that it will be chopped up on YouTube within the next couple of hours.  Instead, I read the full text posted by Andrew Malcolm, as well as Andrew's commentary …
Ira Stoll / Commentary:
Awful  —  What an awful speech.  Among the problems, one was the president's claim that there are “nearly seven million American Muslims in our country today.”  The true number is probably less than half that, as this page details.  —  Even when Obama was trying to be nice to Israel …
The White House:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON A NEW BEGINNING  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much.  Good afternoon.  I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions.  For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning …
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: Weekly Standard and Salon
New York Times:
Addressing Muslim World, Obama Calls for New Start  —  CAIRO — President Obama pledged on Thursday to “seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world,” imploring America and the Islamic world to drop their suspicions of each other and forge new alliances …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
A Sad Commentary  —  Michael Rubin: … Barack Obama:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Just Like Bush  —  Obama used the same rhetoric as his predecessor.
Michelle Malkin:
Rainbows and unicorns and a world without the j-word
Discussion: The Politico and TPMCafe
Haaretz:   Hezbollah: Islamic world doesn't need sermons from 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 …
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 …
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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 …
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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.
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Liberals Are Taken Aback by Obama's Take-Back of America  —  President Obama is just killing the progressive movement.  —  For the past few years, liberal activists have gathered in Washington each spring for the Take Back America conference, where speaker after speaker …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Firedoglake
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Competing Against Free  —  It's pretty widely understood that the huge success of Craigslist has hurt big city daily papers badly by robbing them of precious classified advertising revenue.  In part, that's because Craigslist is really useful.  But part of the picture, as Barron YoungSmith observes …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Schweitzer To Endorse McAuliffe  —  Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is endorsing Terry McAuliffe's candidacy tomorrow.  AP Photo by George Ruhe.  —  Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, will endorse former Democratic National Committee Chairman …
Abe Selig / Jerusalem Post:
Far-right wing activists launch anti-Obama campaign  —  Chanting “No, you can't!” and waving signs bearing messages in a similar vein, nearly 200 people held a demonstration outside the US Consulate on the capital's Rehov Agron on Wednesday evening, protesting the growing American pressure to stop construction in West Bank settlements.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
The Politico:
Gay groups grow impatient with Obama  —  President Barack Obama's promises of change are falling short for one core Democratic constituency: gays and lesbians, whose leaders say Obama's administration isn't keeping up with the times.  —  Gay rights campaigners, most of them Democrats …
 
 
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