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12:20 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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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:
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 …
Discussion: Israellycool
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
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
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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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Limbaugh ready to support Sotomayor?  —  (CNN) — A week after calling Sonia Sotomayor a “racist” in reference to her 2001 “wise Latina” remarks, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday he's now open to supporting President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: ‘I do want and I still want Obama to fail.’
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Balancing Act for Republican on Court Nominee
Discussion: The Note 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
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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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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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 …
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.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Speech  —  What struck me most about Barack Obama's speech today in Cairo is what was missing: Iraq.  He didn't skip Iraq entirely, but his discussion of it was perfunctory and incomplete.  He said: … That's rather extraordinary.  In a speech about freedom and democracy …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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: The Reaction, TPMDC and MyDD
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Pawlenty: I'll Certify Franken's Election …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
 
 
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