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1:25 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.
The Huffington Post:
American Medical Association Trying To Torpedo Health Care Reform Again  —  Just days before President Barack Obama is set to address the American Medical Association to pitch its members on his vision for health care reform, the 250,000-member physician group announced it would oppose a major component of that effort.
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 …
Josh Rottenberg / EW.com:
David Letterman responds to flap over Sarah Palin jokes  —  Taping tonight's episode of The Late Show, David Letterman took a few minutes to respond to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who called him “pathetic” in a radio interview after he made her and her family the butt of a recent Top 10 list.
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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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Letterman says Palin joke in ‘poor taste’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
Dan / Riehl World View:
CBS Altered Letterman Transcript, Not New York Times
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Letterman On “Slut” Remark: “I Kinda Like That Joke”
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Palin vs. Letterman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Letterman comments on Palin stirring comments
Discussion: protein wisdom and Gateway Pundit
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Aging man, 62, jokes about girl, 14 (Letterman on Willow Palin) update
Washington Post:
Grief, Shock After a ‘Gentle Giant’ Loses His Life in the Line of Duty  —  Colleagues called Stephen T. Johns “Big John,” for he was well over 6 feet tall.  But mostly friends recalled the security guard's constant courtesy and friendliness.  —  “A soft-spoken, gentle giant,” said Milton Talley …
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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.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
WHAT IF VON BRUNN HAD BEEN A MUSLIM?  —  I think Paul Campos' response to the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum yesterday is worth pondering. … There's been a startling trend of fringe right violence recently, from Richard Poplawski to Scott Roeder and now James Von Brunn.
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Can right-wing hate talk lead to murder?  —  I was on “Hardball” today talking about the climate of extreme right-wing rhetoric today, and whether it had anything to do with Wednesday's tragic shooting at Washington's Holocaust Museum, or the May 31 murder of Dr. George Tiller by an antiabortion crackpot.
CBS News:
Von Brunn Charged In Holocaust Museum Slay
Discussion: Not Tucker Carlson
Debbie Schlussel:
So What if Holocaust Museum Shooter is White Christian: We Know …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:   Von Brunn's friend: 'The responsible white separatist community …
royalgazette.com:
Breaking News: Premier's statement on Guantanamo Bay  —  This is the Premier's statement on the four Chinese Muslims allowed to settle in Bermuda from Guantanamo Bay.  —  This year of 2009 marks four hundred years of friendship between the United States and Bermuda.
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Kristina Wong / Political Punch:
White House Refusal to Answer Question on Terrorist Prompts Senate Skirmish
Discussion: The Hill, pandagon.net and Hot Air
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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Michael R. Crittenden / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Emails Bash BofA Chief in Tussle Over Merrill Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials harshly criticized Bank of America Corp. and its chief executive in emails after the bank tried to pull out of its deal to buy Merrill Lynch, according to documents unearthed by congressional investigators.
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Jennifer Liberto / CNNMoney.com:
E-mail shows Fed strong-armed BofA
Discussion: Hot Air and DailyFinance
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Confrontation Looming  —  There's been a lot of talk about how Prime Minister Netanyahu will respond to President Obama's insistence on a settlement freeze and whether he'll announce a new position in his upcoming security speech.  This article in today's Ha'aretz says Netanyahu has come up with his answer.
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New York Times:
W.H.O. Raises Alert Level as Flu Spreads to 74 Countries  —  GENEVA — The World Health Organization has told its member nations it is declaring a swine flu pandemic — the first global flu epidemic in 41 years, news services reported.  —  The move came after an emergency meeting with flu experts …
Discussion: Gawker, Daily Kos and Hair Balls
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Associated Press:
WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun
Discussion: Free exchange and rubber hose
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
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Videos Shed New Light on Sotomayor's Positions  —  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, which she attributed to “cultural biases” that are “built into testing.”
 
 
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