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11:45 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.
Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
Let Women Wear the Hijab: The Emptiness of Obama's Cairo Speech  —  I know many will gush over President Obama's Cairo speech and I'm likely swimming against the tide of the media and my fellow Democrats and progressives.  But reading the transcript, I was struck by two things:
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
What Barack Hussein Obama told Muslims in Egypt (text here)  —  President Barack Hussein Obama, born to a Muslim father and educated in a Muslim country, won a rousing response in Cairo today with an outreach to a Muslim world that reviled his predecessor George W. Bush.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Don Surber
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
“The streets surrounding the university and across the city were largely quiet and empty on Thursday.  Many workers in the Egyptian capital had been told to stay home."  —  Listening to Robin Wright, Ed Rollins and others on CNN discuss the president's speech, I am struck by the unreality …
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
THE CAIRO SPEECH.  —  Earlier this morning, President Obama gave …
Discussion: Commentary
M.J. Rosenberg / TPMCafe:
Cairo Speech: Fair, Balanced And Not Backing Down
Michelle Malkin:
Rainbows and unicorns and a world without the j-word
Discussion: Israellycool
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Remain Skeptical About Middle East Peace
Discussion: The Plum Line
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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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Rush and Newt Are Winning  —  A media environment that tilts to the right is obscuring what President Obama stands for and closing off political options that should be part of the public discussion.  —  Yes, you read that correctly: If you doubt that there is a conservative inclination in the media …
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: The Peking Duck and QandO
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Bullets Over Beijing  —  It was exactly 20 years ago that I stood …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gun-shy GOP urges attacks on nominee  —  In public, Senate Republicans have kept their distance from conservative attacks on Sonia Sotomayor — but behind the scenes, they have encouraged activists to keep their crosshairs trained on the Supreme Court nominee.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Balancing Act for Republican on Court Nominee
Discussion: The Note and AMERICAblog News
Amy Harder / The Ninth Justice:   Will Sotomayor Have To Talk About Ricci?
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Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Internet Radio Host Hal Turner Faces Connecticut Charges  —  Radio host Hal Turner, shown during his broadcast over the Internet from his New Jersey home, was arrested in that state Wednesday on a warrant obtained by Capitol police in Hartford.  Turner, who also hosts a blog …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
BBC:
Star Carradine found dead  —  Kill Bill and Kung Fu star David Carradine has been found dead in a Bangkok hotel room, BBC correspondent Jonathan Head has reported.  —  The 72-year-old was in Thailand filming his latest film Stretch, according to his personal manager Chuck Binder.
Conor Clarke:
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.
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: Roll Call and The BLT
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Benefit spending soars to new high  —  The recession is driving the safety net of government benefits to a historic high, as one of every six dollars of Americans' income is now coming in the form of a federal or state check or voucher.  —  Benefits, such as Social Security, food stamps …
Discussion: Blog entry and Wonk Room
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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