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12:20 PM ET, June 11, 2009

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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Doctors' Group Opposes Public Insurance Plan  —  WASHINGTON — As the health care debate heats up, the American Medical Association is letting Congress know that it will oppose creation of a government-sponsored insurance plan, which President Obama and many other Democrats see as an essential element …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How to Stop Socialized Health Care  —  Five arguments Republicans must make.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It was a sobering breakfast with one of the smartest Republicans on Capitol Hill.  We can fix a lot of bad stuff President Barack Obama might do, he told me.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Dems vs. Dems on health bill  —  President Barack Obama's plan for a government health insurance program has touched off an increasingly fierce Democratic civil war on Capitol Hill, as liberals fearful about squandering the chance to achieve that goal are taking aggressive steps to keep moderates in line.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
AMA Opposing Public Option  —  I've been touting the inclusion of a robust public health insurance option as the best tool in our quiver for improving the efficiency of our health care system—slowing the growth in costs without reducing growth in quality.  Needless to say …
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Washington Post:
A Suspect's Long History of Hate, and Signs of Strain  —  James W. von Brunn was growing despondent.  —  John de Nugent, an acquaintance who describes himself as a white separatist, noticed the change when they last spoke two weeks ago.  —  “He said his Social Security had been cut and that he was barely making it,” de Nugent said.
Debbie Schlussel:
So What if Holocaust Museum Shooter is White Christian: We Know Who Crescented, er . . . Created This Atmosphere; 9/11 Truther  —  Much is being made by Muslims and their many defenders on the left—and the ignoramus “conservatives” at Hot Air (who lecture us that hate has no ideological bounds …
NY Daily News:
Holocaust Museum shooter James Von Brunn's ex-wife says his racism ‘ate him alive’  —  BY RICH SCHAPIRO IN NEW YORK AND JAMES GORDON MEEK IN ANNAPOLIS, MD.  —  He was a twisted kook with a toxic hatred for Jews and blacks who vowed to go out “with his boots on.”
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
WHAT IF VON BRUNN HAD BEEN A MUSLIM?
CNN:   Obama urges vigilance against prejudice
Kathy Shaidle / Examiner:
Holocaust Museum shooter von Brunn a 9/11 ‘truther’ …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Von Brunn's friend: 'The responsible white separatist community …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Andy Ostroy / The Huffington Post:
The Holocaust Museum Shooting: Another Right-Wing Psycho Turns to Murder.
Discussion: American Power
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Don Surber:
Why the left ridicules women  —  Too many American liberals cannot handle a strong, good-looking, intelligent, independent woman who disagrees with them — and so they make the crude, cruel and sexist remarks — including those about raping them or their 14-year-old daughters.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Aging man, 62, jokes about girl, 14 (Letterman on Willow Palin) update
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Letterman comments on Palin stirring comments
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and protein wisdom
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Letterman On “Slut” Remark: “I Kinda Like That Joke”
Fox News:
Letterman Stops Short of Apologizing for Off-Color Jokes About …
Discussion: Say Anything
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Palin vs. Letterman
John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
What If Israel Strikes Iran?  —  The mullahs would retaliate.  But things would be much worse if they had the bomb.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Whatever the outcome of Iran's presidential election tomorrow, negotiations will not soon — if ever — put an end to its nuclear threat.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dem mutiny on climate bill grows, says Peterson  —  More and more Democrats are ready to vote against Speaker Nancy Pelosi's climate change bill, according to a congressional committee chairman who opposes his leader.  —  The House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) …
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Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Energy Alternative
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Roseanne Barr Denounces Obama On Leftist Radio Program  —  NO HOLDS BARR-ED  —  Roseanne: 'Everybody's On The (Obama) Kool-Aid'  —  Now that he's in office, should dedicated Obamists support the president even as key campaign promises are broken and empty rhetoric becomes the order of the day?
Discussion: Wake up America
Roll Call:
Baucus Aides Warn K Street  —  Top aides to Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) called a last-minute, pre-emptive strike on Wednesday with a group of prominent Democratic lobbyists, warning them to advise their clients not to attend a meeting with Senate Republicans set for Thursday.
Discussion: YID With LID, Nice Deb and RedState
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Getting to Bipartisan Health-Care Reform
Haaretz:
Netanyahu's speech: Yes to road map, no to settlement freeze  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will announce in his foreign policy speech scheduled for Sunday the adoption of the road map and the “two-state solution” for settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, according to sources close to the prime minister.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Confrontation Looming  —  There's been a lot of talk …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election  —  Virginia Governor: Deeds (D) 47%, McDonnell (R) 41%  —  Newly chosen Democratic gubernatorial nominee R. Creigh Deeds leads his Republican opponent, former Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, by six points in the first poll of Virginia voters released since Tuesday's Democratic primary.
Financial Times:
US bond yields spark concern  —  By Michael Mackenzie and Kiran Stacey in New York and David Oakley in London  —  US long-term interest rates continued to push psychologically important levels on Thursday morning as investors worried about the level of national debt and whether …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Videos Reveal Sotomayor's Positions on Affirmative Action and Other Issues  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor once described herself as “a product of affirmative action” who was admitted to two Ivy League schools despite scoring lower on standardized tests than many classmates …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Iran Awakens Yet Again  —  TEHRAN — They're calling it the “green tsunami,” a transformative wave unfurling down the broad avenues of the Iranian capital.  Call it what you will, but the city is agog at the campaign of Mir Hussein Moussavi, the reformist candidate seeking …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Senators fly high on taxpayers' dime  —  Sens. John Cornyn and Chuck Schumer each spent more than $140,000 in taxpayer money on travel in the first half of the fiscal year — roughly 10 times as much as some of their thriftier colleagues.  —  Cornyn, a Republican, racked up the highest travel bill …
Discussion: HotMES
 
 
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Digital TV Ready to Rule the Tube, Leaving Some Viewers in the Dark
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Pelosi loses up to $1 million on AIG investment
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Go with the Flow  —  This story from Le Journal de Montréal …
Washington Post:
Obama Is Right to Allow Mountaintop Removal Mining
Discussion: Coal Tattoo and Grist
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Stimulus Winner Is Ford (Sorry, G.M.)
Jennifer Liberto / CNNMoney.com:
E-mail shows Fed strong-armed BofA
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Associated Press:
WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun
Discussion: Free exchange
Guardian:
BBC stars told: days of big pay deals are over
Discussion: normblog
Kristina Wong / Political Punch:
White House Refusal to Answer Question on Terrorist Prompts Senate Skirmish
Discussion: The Hill, pandagon.net and Hot Air
Scott / Power Line:
Paul Rahe: Obama's gestures