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4:10 PM ET, June 3, 2009

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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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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Graham ‘troubled’ by nomination  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) gave a harsh assessment of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor Wednesday afternoon, criticizing her ideology, questioning her temperament and saying he had little intention of voting for her.
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Sotomayor Made Same “Wise Woman” Speech In 1990s — And No One Objected  —  I've just obtained a speech that Sonia Sotomayor gave in 1994, in which she made a comment virtually identical to the “wise Latina” one from 2001 that has generated so much controversy.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Obama's Plan to Sabotage the Republican Party
Discussion: Donklephant
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.
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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...
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yikes! Did Obama Really Call America A Muslim Country? Nope.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘PRESIDENT OBAMA: Shukran’
Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Obama tries out his Arabic
Bonnie Erbe / US News:
Playboy Mix of Sex, Hate, and Politics Demeans Conservative Women  —  By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog.  —  Yesterday, I was contacted by the executive director of SmartGirlPolitics.org, a conservative women's website, to stand up for conservative women treated despicably by the media.
Discussion: No Sheeples Here! and Don Surber
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Michelle Malkin:
This is what feminism looks like  —  This is what feminism looks like: Bitter, clingy, and effete.  —  Oh, sorry, Mizzzz Erbe.  Didn't mean to spew my venom all over yours: … Translation: It's not okay to talk about “hatef**king” conservative women...unless they are rowdy …
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.”
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Gateway Pundit:
Megyn Kelly Shouts Down Bernie Sanders On Dem-Only Nationalized Health Care Plan (Video)  —  Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer reported on the Democrat-only meeting held yesterday with President Obama on nationalized health care.  Dems want to ram this trillion dollar boondoggle through Congress before the August recess.
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Emptywheel:
Why Did CIA Hide Dick Cheney's Role in Briefing?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Plum Line
Guardian:
Bin Laden accuses Obama of sowing ‘revenge and hatred’ in Muslim world  —  Al-Qaida leader's recording released as US president arrives in Saudi Arabia for start of Middle East tour  —  Osama bin Laden today denounced Barack Obama as the US president arrived in Saudi Arabia at the start …
Discussion: New York Times and TalkLeft
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Quinnipiac University:
U.S. Voters Disagree 3-1 With Sotomayor On Key Case, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Most Say Abolish Affirmative Action  —  American voters say 55 - 36 percent that affirmative action should be abolished, and disagree 71 - 19 percent with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayer's ruling …
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israelis Say Bush Officials Agreed to Settlement Building  —  JERUSALEM — Senior Israeli officials expressed irritation on Wednesday that President Obama had declined to acknowledge what they called clear understandings with the Bush administration that allowed Israel to build West Bank …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mondoweiss
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Reuters
 
 
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