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11:40 AM ET, June 3, 2009


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Kristina Wong / Political Punch:
The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report: The other day we heard a comment from a White House aide that never would have been uttered during the primaries or general election campaign.  During a conference call in preparation for...
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Says U.S. Could Be Seen as a Muslim Country, Too  —  HAHN, Germany — As President Obama prepared to leave Washington to fly to the Middle East, he conducted several television and radio interviews at the White House to frame the goals for a five-day trip, including …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama on Obama  —  During a telephone interview Tuesday with President Obama about his speech to Arabs and Muslims in Cairo on Thursday, I got to tell the president my favorite Middle East joke.  It gave him a good laugh.  It goes like this:  —  There is this very pious Jew named Goldberg who always dreamed of winning the lottery.
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Obama: The United States is “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”  —  What planet is he on?  —  “Obama Says U.S. Could Be Seen as a Muslim Country, Too,” by Jeff Zeleny for the New York Times Caucus Blog, June 2 (thanks to Randall): … Was that an observation or a wish?
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Stop The ACLU
The White House:
INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT  —  Q Bonjour, Mr. President.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Bonjour.  —  Q Thank you so much to welcome Canal Plus on I-Television for this first interview granted to the French press.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  —  Q We really appreciate it.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MUSLIM COUNTRY.... Perusing the New York Times' political blog …
Discussion: PoliGazette
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yikes! Did Obama Really Call America A Muslim Country? Nope.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor: You Read, You Decide  —  Shortly after President Obama nominated her to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, I read Judge Sonia Sotomayor's now famous words:  —  “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Conservative Judges' Gun Ruling in Agreement With Sotomayor  —  Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been called an “anti-gun radical” by some gun rights activists for joining an opinion this year that said the Second Amendment does not prevent state and local governments from restricting arms ownership.
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:   Gingrich: I shouldn't have called Sotomayor ‘racist’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Newt walks back ‘racist’ line
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
W.H.: Sotomayor what Right wants
William J. Broad / New York Times:
In Online Slip, Nuclear Sites Make Rounds  —  The federal government mistakenly made public a 266-page report, its pages marked “highly confidential,” that gives detailed information about hundreds of the nation's civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing the precise locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons.
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Stealth war: Obama sabotages GOP  —  Tuesday's announcement of Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) as President Barack Obama's nominee for Army secretary makes perfect sense from a policymaking standpoint.  It's hard to find a member of Congress who's more well-respected or more steeped …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Swamp
CNN Poll: No frontrunner in GOP 2012 presidential race
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Nancy Reagan and Obama Kiss and Make Up
Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda eyes bio attack from Mexico  —  Seeks white militias as allies  —  U.S. counterterrorism officials have authenticated a video by an al Qaeda recruiter threatening to smuggle a biological weapon into the United States via tunnels under the Mexico border …
M Peretz / The New Republic:
An Inconvenient Truth  —  What dismays me most about Barack Obama's Middle East initiative is that the only country in the area he seems to be pressing is Israel.  He is not pressing Egypt and perhaps that's because there is nothing that Cairo can give.  Maybe I'll be surprised …
Ezra Klein:
An Exclusive Interview With Christina Romer  —  Yesterday, I wrote a couple of posts on the report issued by the White House's Council of Economic Advisers laying out “The Economic Case for Health Reform.”  It was, I thought, an important document, as it was the fullest description …
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Ex-Prosecutor Wins G.O.P. Primary in New Jersey  —  Christopher J. Christie, a former prosecutor who sent a parade of corrupt New Jersey politicians to prison, handily won the Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday, earning the right to try to dislodge the state's embattled Democratic incumbent, Jon S. Corzine.
Discussion: and Runnin' Scared
NY Daily News:
Bam and Michelle's marriage went through frosty period, says new book  —  The First Family, Michelle, Sasha, Barack, and Maila Obama.  The Obamas marriage went through a rough patch between the birth of their two daughters, says a new book.  —  Barack and Michelle Obama may look like the picture …
Washington Post:
Cheney Led Briefings of Lawmakers To Defend Interrogation Techniques  —  Former vice president Richard B. Cheney personally oversaw at least four briefings with senior members of Congress about the controversial interrogation program, part of a secretive and forceful defense he mounted throughout 2005 …
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Morning Joe journos can't name a successful unionized company, even though one signs their paychecks  —  The Morning Joe crew was on an anti-union tear this morning, claiming the union label on a company means “sell.”  Mika Brzezinski went so far as to say of unions: “They cripple the system that makes a company work.”
James Kirchick / Wall Street Journal:
The Religious Right Didn't Kill George Tiller  —  The left tries to smear ‘Christianists’ as akin to Islamic extremists.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  On Sunday, abortion doctor George Tiller was murdered at his church in Wichita, Kan. He was one of a handful of doctors in the U.S …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Media Blog
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Newsweek Turns to Tina Tricks: Meet Guest Editor ... Stephen Colbert!  —  In the two weeks since Newsweek has redesigned, the magazine's editors have sent out a statement that they intend to sever any and all connection to the turgid, dusty newsweekly of yore.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
U.S. Inquiry Into Hiring at High-Tech Companies  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the recruiting practices of some of the largest technology companies violated antitrust laws, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Federal Antitrust Probe Targets Tech Giants, Sources Say
Discussion: CBS News and VentureBeat
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