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9:00 AM ET, June 4, 2009

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New York Times:
Obama Calls for Alliances With Muslims  —  CAIRO — President Obama pledged on Thursday to “seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world,” imploring America and the Islamic world to drop their suspicions of one another and forge new alliances to confront violent extremism and heal religious divides.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama seeks Islam ‘common ground’  —  CAIRO - In remarks being translated live for broadcasts and Webcasts in every major language, President Barack Obama said Thursday that the United States wants “common ground” and “a new beginning” with the Muslim world, where America's image plummeted …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
A sheep in Wolffe's clothing?  —  It was Barack Obama himself who first proposed that Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe make a play to be this generation's Theodore White—the legendary journalist whose insider account of the 1960 election painted John F. Kennedy in heroic light.
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The Politico:
Gay groups grow impatient with Obama  —  President Barack Obama's promises of change are falling short for one core Democratic constituency: gays and lesbians, whose leaders say Obama's administration isn't keeping up with the times.  —  Gay rights campaigners, most of them Democrats …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
Moran goes on offensive in Va. race
Discussion: MyDD
Chris Frates / The Politico:   Liberal groups get makeover
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
RED ALERT: Did White House order FBI to “back off” anti-terror investigations of radicalized Muslim converts?  —  Today's update from Stratfor Research describes the background of a recent attack on U.S. soldiers in Little Rock, Arkansas.  One soldier was killed and another critically wounded …
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Amy Harder / The Ninth Justice:   Will Sotomayor Have To Talk About Ricci?
STRATFOR:
Lone Wolf Lessons
Discussion: Say Anything and Weasel Zippers
Boston Globe:
N.H. becomes sixth state where gays can marry  —  Governor Lynch makes history with the stroke of a pen.  —  By Eric Moskowitz and Martin Finucane, Globe Staff  —  Traditionally conservative New Hampshire today became the sixth state in the nation — and the fifth state in New England …
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Paul Demko / Minnesota Independent:
Experts: Prognosis grim as Coleman runs out of legal options  —  Al Franken Photo: Paul Demko, Minnesota Independent  —  The end is near in the U.S. Senate contest.  That might seem difficult to believe given that the fight has now dragged on for nearly seven months, but the bottom line …
Discussion: MyDD
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Pawlenty: I'll Certify Franken's Election — If There's No Order Against It From A Federal Court  —  This is the sort of thing that gets people wondering whether Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) will actually sign a certificate of election for Al Franken — as he's said he would do …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Sotomayor's Supporters May Spin Her Out Of A Job  —  The White House explanation for Sonia Sotomayor's 2001 “wise Latina” statement was that Sotomayor used a “poor” choice of words and certainly would “restate” the language.  This spin made no sense, as the full text of the 2001 speech …
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Peter Roff / US News:
Cheney for President in 2012? Republicans Have No One Else
Discussion: Hot Air
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Sotomayor Made Same “Wise Woman” Speech In 1990s — And No One Objected
Conor Clarke / Atlantic Correspondents:
What Socialism Looks Like  —  Have you heard that the United States is headed toward socialism?  Jonah Goldberg says it is.  Alabama Senator Richard Shelby says it is.  Phyllis Schlafly says it is.  Richard Viguerie says it is.  The Republican National Committee says it is.  We must be getting pretty close.
The White House:
TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO  —  Dear Senator Kennedy and Senator Baucus:  —  The meeting that we held today was very productive and I want to commend you for your leadership — and the hard work your Committees are doing on health care reform, one of the most urgent and important challenges confronting us as a Nation.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SELF-PARODY WATCH.... During a visit with Saudi King Abdullah today, President Obama briefly responded to praise by saying, “Shukran,” which is “thank you” in Arabic.  It was only a matter of time before we saw a post like this one from Michael Goldfarb.  The headline readers, “Does Obama Speak Arabic?”
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Liberals Are Taken Aback by Obama's Take-Back of America  —  President Obama is just killing the progressive movement.  —  For the past few years, liberal activists have gathered in Washington each spring for the Take Back America conference, where speaker after speaker …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
“Brotherhood” Invited To Obama Speech By U.S.  —  A sign that the Obama administration is willing to publicly challenge Egypt's commitment to parliamentary democracy: various Middle Eastern news sources report that the administration insisted that at least 10 members of the Muslim Brotherhood …
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israelis Say Bush Agreed to West Bank Growth  —  JERUSALEM — Senior Israeli officials accused President Obama on Wednesday of failing to acknowledge what they called clear understandings with the Bush administration that allowed Israel to build West Bank settlement housing within certain guidelines …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
It's the Economy, Stupid  —  The Obama presidency will rise or fall on results.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Tomorrow will likely bring more bad news for President Barack Obama on the number one issue for voters — the economy.  The Labor Department's monthly job report …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and PunditGuy
Washington Post:
Gritty First Job Shaped Nominee  —  Years as N.Y. Prosecutor Gave Sotomayor Firsthand Look at Crime and Punishment  —  Former New York police detective Chris Montanino remembers his frustration nearly three decades ago, when he was ready to go after child-porn distributors but couldn't find …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Plan to Help Banks Clear Their Books Is Halted  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation indefinitely postponed a central element of the Obama administration's bank rescue plan on Wednesday, acknowledging that it could not persuade enough banks to sell off their bad assets.
 
 
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Anthony Dick / Bench Memos:
Sotomayor's Empathy: Beyond Race
Discussion: Commentary, PointOfLaw Forum and CNN
Elise Labott / CNN:
U.S. urges China to come to terms with Tiananmen Square
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
The Democrats Are Already Winning the 2010 Elections …
Discussion: The American Scene
Matthew Walberg / Chicago Tribune:
Bartender beating: Cop convicted in attack of female bartender …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Obama Aides' Mission to WaPo: FAIL!
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