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10:45 AM ET, June 3, 2009


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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 …
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...
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
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: The Daily Dish
Gary Bauer / The Politico:
A prayer for Cairo: Address freedom
Discussion: The Swamp
Mimi Hall / USA Today:
Obama plans to reach out to Muslim world
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Here Comes Judge Sotomayor  to Lunch With Schumer  —  Some senators issue news releases to announce new legislation.  Others do it to react to world events.  Sen. Chuck Schumer issued a news release to say that he was eating lunch yesterday.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Conservative Judges' Gun Ruling in Agreement With Sotomayor
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Bill Proposes Immigration Rights for Gay Couples
Discussion: MyDD
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.
Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
‘Confidential’ U.S. nuke info posted on Web
Discussion: Hot Air and ATTACKERMAN
CNN Poll: No frontrunner in GOP 2012 presidential race  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll of Republicans suggests that there's no front runner at this extremely early moment in the next race for the White House.  —  Three possible candidates are all bunched at the top of a CNN/Opinion Research
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Stealth war: Obama sabotages GOP
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Swamp
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
W.H.: Sotomayor what Right wants
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Why the Health Care Rush?  —  Democrats don't think their bill can stand public inspection.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  If sharks stop swimming, they sink and drown.  President Obama seems to view his health-care program the same way.  “If we don't get it done this year,” …
Discussion: Commentary and Maggie's Farm
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 …
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
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Which State Was Least Great in 2008?  —  A really cool data table — with an even cooler graph after the jump — shows how GDP, jobs and home prices moved in each state last year.  How did your state do?  If you live in North Dakota, congratulations to both of you for nationwide highs …
Discussion: Real Time Economics
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 …
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.
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 …
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
The Sweethearts of the GOP Rodeo  —  It's bad enough that conservatives have brought in a known dirty tricks practitioner to work behind the scenes to stop Sotomayor.  But it's amazing how they do not seem to have any idea of optics anymore...other than the ability to think the D.C. press corps will ignore such matters.
Discussion: CNN
Right Wing News:
The 10 Hottest Liberal Women In Politics  —  After the debacle that was Playboy's Hit Piece On Conservative Women, I thought, “Someone should do this right.”  I mean, can't we simply admire the female form without being jerks about it...ehr, much?  —  So, I thought about doing a list …
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