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4:20 PM 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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's Cairo speech: Surprisingly good  —  I didn't get the chance to watch Barack Obama's Cairo speech live, although I'm sure that it will be chopped up on YouTube within the next couple of hours.  Instead, I read the full text posted by Andrew Malcolm, as well as Andrew's commentary …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
An Absolutely Extraordinary Moment  —  An African-American President with Muslim roots stands before the Muslim world and defends the right of Jews to a nation of their own in their ancestral homeland, and then denounces in vociferous terms the evil of Holocaust denial, and right-wing Israelis …
Discussion: Pufferfish
New York Times:
Addressing Muslim World, Obama Calls for New Start  —  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 each other and forge new alliances …
Ira Stoll / Commentary:
Awful  —  What an awful speech.  Among the problems, one was the president's claim that there are “nearly seven million American Muslims in our country today.”  The true number is probably less than half that, as this page details.  —  Even when Obama was trying to be nice to Israel …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
A Meeting in Damascus  —  About an hour after Barack Obama's excellent Cairo speech, I met with Khaled Meshal, the leader of Hamas, at his office here to talk about the speech and the Israel-Palestine conflict.  We spoke for several hours and I will have a fuller accounting of our conversation in my print column next week.
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Rainbows and unicorns and a world without the j-word
Discussion: Reuters and DownWithTyranny!
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Speech  —  What struck me most about Barack Obama's speech today …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Barack Obama draws tough crowd in Cairo
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Gingrich Universe  —  A great column from E.J. Dionne on the media clout of Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh and the extent to which the discourse remains wired for conservatism: … A great example of this, that Dionne doesn't use in his column, was the incredibly skewed coverage …
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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Jack Hannah / CNN:
Actor David Carradine found dead
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:   David Carradine Dies
Emily Pierce / Roll Call:
GOP Defers to Coleman on Fate  —  Senate Republican leaders appear willing to go to the mat for former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), but it's unclear whether Coleman wants to go to the mat for himself.  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court is expected to rule within weeks on whether Democrat Al …
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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 …
Mary Alice Carr / Washington Post:
Why I'll No Longer Be on Bill O'Reilly's Show  —  The first time I appeared on “The O'Reilly Factor,” in 2004, I sat across from Bill O'Reilly in awkward silence while he shuffled papers and took notes.  —  Finally, he glanced up and acknowledged my existence.  “Thank you for coming on,” he said.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Rep. Lamar Smith: ‘The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias.’  —  Yesterday, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) launched the Media Fairness Caucus, made up of about a dozen House Republicans, aiming “to fight liberal media bias.”  The group will “point out unfair stories …
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Ronald Kessler / NewsMax.com:
GOP House Members Form Caucus To Fight Media Bias
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NewsBusters.org
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Exclusive: Jeff Sessions Makes Children Cry  —  Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committe held the first-ever hearing on the Uniting American Families Act, which would equalize the status of foreign-born same-sex partners of American citizens.  Heterosexual Americans can earn citizenship for their foreign partners by marrying them.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
 
 
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