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2:50 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.
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.
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Coalition of Outside Groups Drops $2 Million on Health Care Ads
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
AMA Opposing Public Option
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Obama Administration Eyes Health Care in Green Bay as Possible Model
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weekly Standard may have been shooter target  —  FBI agents visited the offices of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine yesterday after a shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum and told employees they'd found the magazine's address  —  A senior Standard staffer confirmed the visit but declined to discuss it in detail.
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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.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Von Brunn's friend: 'The responsible white separatist community …
Discussion: American Power
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.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Letterman says Palin joke in ‘poor taste’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Palin vs. Letterman
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Napolitano: From Dimwit to Visionary  —  Have you seen the latest from the Obamedia?  Stories like this one from the Washington Post telling us that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was actually prescient in approving the widely condemned release of an agency intelligence assessment fretting …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Joan Walsh / Salon:
Can right-wing hate talk lead to murder?
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.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Rove: Bush Administration Has ‘No’ Responsibility For Current Budget Deficits  —  Last night on Fox News, former top Bush adviser Karl Rove chastised President Obama for his economic recovery package Congress and passed last February and criticized him for his new proposal to enact “pay as you go” …
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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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Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Is The Right Still “Proud To Be a Right-Wing Extremist”?  —  Back in April and May I wrote a whole series of posts about how the Right was systematically trumping-up a controversy over the Department of Homeland Security Report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence …
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.
New York Times:
Republicans Open Senate Session, but Key Democrat Walks Out  —  ALBANY — Thirty Republicans and two Democrats who have sided with them began an unusual 11 a.m. session in the State Senate Thursday morning after other Senate Democrats failed in a court bid to stop the gathering.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
US government seeks to rein in executive pay  —  Democrats want to push administration on US corporate pay strategies  — American International Group, Inc. - , Bank of America Corporation - , Citigroup, Inc.  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is taking a half-step toward taming U.S. executive pay.
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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William Bender / Philly.com:
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics panel probes alleged Rangel quid pro quo
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / TwinCities.com:
Court says Norm Coleman owes Al Franken $95,000 in legal expenses
Discussion: Salon and Taegan Goddard's …
New York Post:
RITE IS WRONG FOR SON OF CON
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Iran Awakens Yet Again
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Go with the Flow  —  This story from Le Journal de Montréal …
Discussion: Say Anything
Washington Post:
Obama Is Right to Allow Mountaintop Removal Mining
Discussion: Coal Tattoo and Grist
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Senators fly high on taxpayers' dime
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Roseanne Barr Denounces Obama On Leftist Radio Program
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