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12:50 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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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:
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.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Rainbows and unicorns and a world without the j-word  —  I talked for a few minutes about the latest History-Making, World-Changing Obama Speech on Fox and Friends this morning.  He attemped to obfuscate his explicit anti-American apologism with a mixture of disingenuousness …
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 …
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
M.J. Rosenberg / TPMCafe:
Cairo Speech: Fair, Balanced And Not Backing Down
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
THE CAIRO SPEECH.  —  Earlier this morning, President Obama gave …
Discussion: Commentary
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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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: DAMMIT JANET! and The BLT
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Limbaugh ready to support Sotomayor?
Discussion: Politics Daily
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: ‘I do want and I still want Obama to fail.’
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
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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Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
David Carradine Dies  —  David Carradine in the 2008 Spike TV movie “Kung Fu Killer.”  —  David Carradine, the star of the 1970s television series “Kung Fu” and the title villain of the “Kill Bill” movies has died in Thailand, The Associated Press reported.
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
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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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 …
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 and The Peking Duck
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Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran President and Challenger Clash in Debate  —  TEHRAN — A moderate politician who is considered the strongest challenger to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran accused him on live television on Wednesday of undermining the nation's interest by constantly questioning the Holocaust and by engaging in an adventurist foreign policy.
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Ahmadinejad's Appeal
Discussion: Washington Post and The Daily Dish
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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Paul Demko / Minnesota Independent:
Experts: Prognosis grim as Coleman runs out of legal options
Discussion: TPMDC, The Reaction and MyDD
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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