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12:50 PM 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...
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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 …
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yikes!  Did Obama Really Call America A Muslim Country?  Nope.  —  With President Obama set to depart for the Mideast, many will likely jump on him today for allegedly calling America a Muslim country on French television late yesterday.  —  Indeed, critics are already grabbing on to the comment …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MUSLIM COUNTRY.... Perusing the New York Times' political blog …
Discussion: PoliGazette and Hyscience
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Obama practices taqiyya on French TV
Discussion: Incertus and Commentary
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 …
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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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Newt walks back ‘racist’ line
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:   Gingrich: I shouldn't have called Sotomayor ‘racist’
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 …
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Obama's Plan to Sabotage the Republican Party
Discussion: Donklephant
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.
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 …
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Right Wing News:   An Interview With Aaron Klein, Author Of “The Late Great State of Israel”
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 …
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Emptywheel:
Why Did CIA Hide Dick Cheney's Role in Briefing?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Plum Line
Fox News:
Source: More Targets Found on Arkansas Shooting Suspect's Computer  —  A senior U.S. official tells FOX News that more targets were found on the computer of a man charged in the fatal shooting at a military recruiting center in Arkansas — suggesting the accused gunman may have been part …
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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,” …
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Ezra Klein:
An Exclusive Interview With Christina Romer
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Something Is Happening In Iran  —  I don't know whether you have been reading the various press accounts of the election campaign in Iran.  I know that the candidates' list is fixed, but I can also see democratic spirit when it is bang in front of me.  There appears to be a genuine fight for votes …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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 …
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.”
Discussion: Pufferfish
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
Testimony  —  Current economic and financial conditions and the federal budget  —  Before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.  —  Chairman Spratt, Ranking Member Ryan, and other members of the Committee, I am pleased to have this opportunity to offer …
 
 
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