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10:00 AM ET, June 4, 2009

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New York Times:
Text: Obama's Speech in Cairo  —  The following is a text of President Obama's prepared remarks to the Muslim world, delivered on June 4, 2009, as released by the White House.  —  I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions.
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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.
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 …
Reuters:
Iran says Obama “sweet talk” not enough for Muslims  —  TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader said on Thursday the United States was deeply hated in the Middle East and told U.S. President Barack Obama that “beautiful” speeches alone would not improve its image in the Muslim world.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
What Barack Hussein Obama told Muslims in Egypt (text here)
Discussion: Hot Air, YID With LID and Don Surber
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
“The streets surrounding the university and across the city …
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
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 …
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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.
Chris Frates / The Politico:   Liberal groups get makeover
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
Moran goes on offensive in Va. race
Discussion: MyDD
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?
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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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Police Swarm Tiananmen Square to Bar Protests  —  BEIJING — China blanketed Tiananmen Square with police officers Thursday, determined to prevent any commemoration of the 20th anniversary of a military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters that left hundreds dead.
Discussion: QandO
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Claudia Rosett / Wall Street Journal:   What I Saw at Tiananmen  —  China will be a modern country …
Elise Labott / CNN:   U.S. urges China to come to terms with Tiananmen Square
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
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.
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
BIDEN BID TO BURY BONER  —  CALLS BACKING FOR DAVE ‘NONPOLITICAL’  —  WASHINGTON — Gaffe-prone Vice President Joe Biden backtracked yesterday from comments he made at a Democratic fund-raiser in Manhattan that were widely viewed as an endorsement of Gov. Paterson's re-election.
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 …
Discussion: The BLT
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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Top Stories from CQ:
New York Throwdown: Maloney to Challenge Gillibrand in Senate Primary  —  Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney plans to announce a primary challenge to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on her Web site Thursday morning, according to two sources including a member of New York's congressional delegation.
Hannity / Real Clear Politics:
Mitt Romney Wants Obama to Stop His ‘Apology Tour’  —  SEAN HANNITY, HOST: The president is off for the Middle East tonight and it's not hard to think that one of the first things on his agenda is to apologize once again on our behalf.  And that is our headlines this Tuesday night, “No More Apologies.”
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Sotomayor Made Same “Wise Woman” Speech In 1990s — And No One Objected
 
 
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Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: ‘I do want and I still want Obama to fail.’
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Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Internet Radio Host Hal Turner Faces Connecticut Charges
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Anthony Dick / Bench Memos:
Sotomayor's Empathy: Beyond Race
Discussion: Commentary, PointOfLaw Forum and CNN
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
It's the Economy, Stupid
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and PunditGuy
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
The Democrats Are Already Winning the 2010 Elections …
Discussion: The American Scene
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Plan to Help Banks Clear Their Books Is Halted
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Matthew Walberg / Chicago Tribune:
Bartender beating: Cop convicted in attack of female bartender …
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