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1:45 PM 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 …
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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...
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.
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: At-Largely and The Daily Dish
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘PRESIDENT OBAMA: Shukran’
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Obama practices taqiyya on French TV
Discussion: Incertus and Commentary
Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Obama tries out his Arabic
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Monthly
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MUSLIM COUNTRY.... Perusing the New York Times' political blog …
Discussion: Hyscience and PoliGazette
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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Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Gingrich: I shouldn't have called Sotomayor ‘racist’
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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
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
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.
New York Times:
Obama Urges Quick Action on Insurance  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday affirmed his support for the creation of a government-sponsored health insurance plan, but he acknowledged that such a plan would sharply reduce the chances for Republican support of legislation to overhaul …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Enrique Andres Pretel / Reuters:
Venezuela Chavez says “Comrade” Obama more left-wing  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday that he and Cuban ally Fidel Castro risk being more conservative than U.S. President Barack Obama as Washington prepares to take control of General Motors Corp.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Townhall.com
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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