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4:10 PM ET, June 9, 2009

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Ed Whelan / Bench Memos:
My Apologies to Publius  —  On reflection, I now realize that, completely apart from any debate over our respective rights and completely apart from our competing views on the merits of pseudonymous blogging, I have been uncharitable in my conduct towards the blogger who has used the pseudonym Publius.
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Publius / Obsidian Wings:
Moving On  —  Ed Whelan has written both publicly and privately and apologized.  I know it was not an easy thing to do, and it is of course accepted.  I therefore consider the matter done, and don't intend on writing about it anymore.  —  The real story here wasn't really about me anyway …
Jules Crittenden:
Nation Of Seventh Graders  —  I'm a little late to this Whelan-Publius party, but as long as the great blogosphere is speaking, I'll add my voice.  I don't understand why Whelan needs to apologize for identifying a law professor who thinks he can engage in public debate and orchestrate a targeted attack on Whelan under a false name.
The Hill:
Palin beginning to irritate some Senate GOPers  —  Sarah Palin has begun to get on the nerves of Republican senators who say the former GOP vice presidential nominee is taking her own White House aspirations entirely too seriously.  —  But those same senators may have their eye …
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Palin makes little splash at dinner  —  Ending weeks of she-said, they-said drama, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin turned in a cameo appearance at the gala fundraising dinner for her party's House and Senate candidates in Washington Monday night.  —  But in spite of all the back-and-forth between …
Frank J. Gaffney Jr / Washington Times:
GAFFNEY: America's first Muslim president?  —  During his White House years, William Jefferson Clinton — someone Judge Sonia Sotomayor might call a “white male” — was dubbed “America's first black president” by a black admirer.  Applying the standard of identity politics and pandering …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Annals of religion  —  And the Muslim attack comes roaring back from the political fringe today with a Washington Times op-ed by Frank Gaffney that concedes while he isn't — “necessarily” — a Muslim, there is a valid Hitler comparison to make:  —  This is not to say, necessarily …
Discussion: The Politico and Salon
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Material Support on the Ropes?
Discussion: Power Line and TigerHawk
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Not All Abortions Are Equal  —  The case of Dr. George Tiller, murdered just over a week ago in the lobby of his church, helps explain why so many people believe that abortion should be available at any stage of pregnancy.  —  Tiller did abortions in third trimester, when almost no one else would do them …
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Murdered Doctor's Abortion Clinic Shuttered  —  The Wichita abortion clinic run by a doctor who was shot and killed will remain closed permanently, his family said on Tuesday.  —  Dr. George R. Tiller's clinic was one of the few in the country to provide abortions to women late in their pregnancies …
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
CIA Urges Judge To Keep Bush-Era Documents Sealed  —  Al-Qaeda Could Use Contents, Agency Says  —  The Obama administration objected yesterday to the release of certain Bush-era documents that detail the videotaped interrogations of CIA detainees at secret prisons, arguing to a federal judge …
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Graham: Hillary opposes release of torture pics
Discussion: The Plum Line
Associated Press:
10 Banks Allowed to Repay $68B in Bailout Money  —  WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department has approved 10 of the nation's largest banks to repay $68 billion in government bailout money.  —  The department on Tuesday said the banks, which were not named, will be allowed to repay the money …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Cautious at Heart  —  Sonia Sotomayor had bad timing.  If she'd entered college in the late-1950s or early-1960s, she would have been surrounded by an ethos that encouraged smart young ethnic kids to assimilate.  If she'd entered Princeton and Yale in the 1980s, her ethnicity and gender …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Who's The Bound Man?
Wall Street Journal:
The Media Fall for Phony ‘Jobs’ Claims  —  The Obama Numbers Are Pure Fiction.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Tony Fratto is envious.  —  Mr. Fratto was a colleague of mine in the Bush administration, and as a senior member of the White House communications shop, he knows just how difficult …
CNN:
Voight on Obama: The president is a ‘false prophet’  —  • President Obama  —  The hope of the Republican Party: A combo ticket with Jon Voight and Sarah Palin...the combined intellect and spiritual resonance of a newt...all designed to lead us out of darkness.  —  Ruth, Orlando
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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
McConnell ‘really enjoyed’ …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Swamp
Phil Bronstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
Love or lust, Obama and the fawning press need to get a room  —  When Barack Obama decided that questions from the German press about his trip agenda in that country were too pesky, he told the reporters, “So, stop it all of you!”  He just wanted them to ask things he wanted to talk about.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Health reform bill lacks details  —  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee will release a much anticipated draft of health care reform this afternoon, but the most contentious issues, like the public insurance option and employer mandate, will be left out of the bill for now …
Newsweek:
The Top of the Class  —  The complete list of the 1,500 top U.S. high schools  —  Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement, Intl.  Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors.
David Gratzer / Wall Street Journal:
Canada's ObamaCare Precedent  —  Governments always ration care by making you wait.  That can be deadly.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Congressional Democrats will soon put forward their legislative proposals for reforming health care.  Should they succeed, tens of millions of Americans …
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Martinez predicts Sotomayor will be confirmed  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Following a one-on-one meeting with Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida predicted the Supreme Court nominee will confirmed by the Senate.  —  “I would expect that she would be confirmed with pretty good numbers,” he told reporters.
Discussion: Think Progress
Megan McArdle:
Public Service Announcement for Graduating Students  —  I gave a talk to young journalism students last night, followed by a breakout session.  I'm sure I was full of folksy, useless advice about working hard and keeping your nose clean and always calling mother on Sunday.
Discussion: Instapundit
Associated Press:
North Korea would use nuclear weapons in a ‘merciless offensive’  —  North Korea today said it would use nuclear weapons in a “merciless offensive” if provoked — its latest bellicose rhetoric apparently aimed at deterring any international punishment for its recent atomic test blast.
On Deadline:
Judge kills suit claiming ‘crunchberrries’ aren't real fruit  —  This tale of an attempted cereal killing comes to you courtesy of the legal blog Lowering the Bar.  —  A federal judge in California has dismissed a complaint filed by a San Diego woman who had bought “Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries” …
Discussion: Moonbattery
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
“Third Way” and Nine GOP Senators Say Big Insurance/Pharma Who Fund Their Campaigns Shouldn't Face Public Plan Competition  —  Daily Kos's mcjoan informs us that The Third Way, a group of Congressional centrists, is proposing a “hybrid” health care “reform” plan that guts the public plan option.
Frank Schaeffer / The Huffington Post:
Dr. Tiller, Murder, Domestic Terrorism and the Republican Right  —  As a former lifelong Republican from an influential family of religious right leaders, I look at the national village idiot that the Republican Party has become the way I'd contemplate a demented cousin pissing on the picnic basket at a family reunion.
Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
Obama Tells American Businesses to Drop Dead: Kevin Hassett  —  I've finally figured out the Obama economic strategy.  President Barack Obama and his team have been having so much fun wielding dictatorial power while rescuing “failed” firms, that they have developed a scheme to gain the same power over every business.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Finance Reforms Pared Back  —  White House to Preserve Regulators but Seek Tougher Rules; Avoiding a Political Battle  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is backing away from seeking a major reduction in the number of agencies overseeing financial markets, people familiar with the matter say …
Washington Times:
Carving up Jerusalem  —  Obama signals major policy shift on Israel  —  The Obama administration is creeping closer to a move to carve up Jerusalem.  White House ambiguity holds the holy city hostage to Palestinian ambition.  —  Late Friday, the White House released Presidential Determination 2009-19 …
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
'It's time to enshrine Hank Paulson as national hero' WTF? … So here's the letter I wrote to the Wall Street Journal after reading Evan Newmark's paean to Hank Paulson last week: … I didn't get an answer, which I guess is not surprising.  But in the interim I found out that Newmark did, indeed, work for Goldman.
Discussion: Dealscape
 
 
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