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6:30 PM ET, June 5, 2009

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Jack Healy / New York Times:
Job Losses Slow; Unemployment at 9.4%  —  The United States economy lost 345,000 jobs in May, the government reported on Friday, a sharp slowing in the pace of job losses that fueled hopes that the economy was on its way toward a recovery.  —  The recession continued to take a toll …
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Felix Salmon:
Unemployment datapoint of the day  —  Remember the stress tests?  The baseline scenario had unemployment in 2009 at 8.4%, rising to 8.9% under the more adverse scenario.  Well, we're only up to May, and already it's at 9.4%.  —  Bloomberg tries to find a silver lining to today's gut-wrenchingly atrocious unemployment figure:
Calculated Risk:
Unemployment Compared to Stress Test Scenarios, and Diffusion Index
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Intel firestorm: GOP reveals briefing info  —  Republicans ignited a firestorm of controversy on Thursday by revealing some of what they had been told at a closed-door Intelligence Committee hearing on the interrogation of terrorism suspects.  —  Democrats immediately blasted the GOP lawmakers …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Keeping Them Honest  —  “I appreciate your efforts, and look forward to working with you so that the Congress can complete health care reform by October.”  So declared President Obama in a letter this week to Senators Max Baucus and Edward Kennedy.  The big health care push is officially on.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Blue Dog Public Plan Ideas Are Not What Deficit Control Looks Like  —  Yesterday, the House Blue Dog bloc came out with a statement on the idea of a public option in health care reform.  It's supportive but not really, as per these bullet points from Igor Volsky:
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
What's the point of a public option?
Ezra Klein:
Will Single-Payer Supporters Have A Voice? …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Inhofe Rips Obama As ‘Un-American,’ Suggests He's On The Side Of Terrorists  —  Reacting to President Obama's outreach to the Muslim world yesterday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) decried the president's speech as “un-American” and even suggested Obama might be on the side of terrorists:
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Cheney and Pelosi Have Poor Ratings in Common  —  Pelosi's ratings down, while Cheney's improved from record low  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Dick Cheney have little in common politically, but they receive almost identical image ratings from the American public.
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Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Conservatives Shift in Favor of Openly Gay Service Members  —  Weekly churchgoers also show double-digit increase in support from 2004  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are six percentage points more likely than they were four years ago to favor allowing openly gay men and lesbian women to serve in the military, 69% to 63%.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
The Settlements  —  Charles Krauthammer has a misleading and evasive column about the Israeli settlements issue.  He does not deal with the legality of these towns—he can't, of course, because they are illegal under the fourth Geneva Convention, which provides rules for occupying powers.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
MSNBC Shrugs About Liz Cheney's Over-Exposure: “Liz Is A Great Guest”  —  MSNBC is shrugging off the growing criticism of the extensive airtime the network has granted Liz Cheney to mount a political defense of her father and a political offensive against the Obama administration …
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Eschaton
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT TAKES REAL EFFORT TO BE THIS AWFUL.... Once in a while, Sean Hannity's painful on-air antics are so over the top, they're almost hard to believe.  —  Last night, for example, whining incessantly about President Obama's speech in Cairo, Hannity told Fox News viewers that the president …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Are House Democrats about to block Obama's new secrecy law?  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Earlier this week, I noted that the Senate had passed — with Obama's support — a pernicious amendment to the spending supplemental bill, jointly sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Coleman: GOP Needs To Compete On “The Ethernet”  —  Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) spoke to a friendly conservative video-blogger yesterday at the at the Conservative Heartland Leadership Conference in St. Louis, and said Republicans need to more effectively organize around the newer modes of communication — like the “ethernet”:
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Think Progress:   Coleman urges Republicans to be more tech-savvy by competing on the ‘ethernet.’
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
McHugh on DADT: I have no interest in excluding people ‘otherwise qualified to serve.’  —  After President Obama named Rep. John McHugh (R-NY) as his nominee for Secretary of the Army, progressives have been working to better understand McHugh's current position on “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the ban on gays serving openly in the military.
Discussion: D-Day and Law Dork, 2.0
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Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:   McHugh Says View Has Changed on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Exclusive: Mudd Withdraws as DHS Intelligence Chief (Updated)  —  The White House confirmed this afternoon it was withdrawing Phil Mudd from Senate consideration to be the Department of Homeland Security's intelligence chief.  —  Mudd, a career CIA employee who is currently the head of FBI counterterrorism, said the choice was his.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Laura Rozen / The Cable:
DHS intel nominee withdraws (UPDATED)
Wendy E. Long / The Judicial Confirmation Network:
Sotomayor Questionnaire Omits Memo on Death Penalty and Racism  —  JCN Letter to U.S. Senators on Judiciary Committee  —  Honorable Patrick Leahy Honorable Richard J. Durbin Honorable Jeff Sessions Honorable Lindsey Graham Honorable Herb Kohl Honorable Benjamin L. Cardin Honorable Orrin G …
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Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Barack and Michelle Obama decline dinner with the Sarkozys  —  The Obamas turn up in Paris this evening, but have declined a dinner invitation from the couple next door: the Sarkozys.  —  President Obama's reluctance to spend more than minimum time with the French leader on his visit for the D …
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
White House Set to Appoint a Pay Czar  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to appoint a “Special Master for Compensation” to ensure that companies receiving federal bailout funds are abiding by executive-pay guidelines, according to people familiar with the matter.
John / Power Line:
It Could Be Worse  —  Much has been made of President Obama's “on the other hand” transition, in his speech yesterday, from the Holocaust to the travails of the Palestinians.  Some thought that he implied a kind of equivalence.  But the appalling Tom Brokaw reminded us that it could have been worse …
Jerusalem Post:
Settlers build ‘Oz Yehonatan’ outpost  —  Article's topics: Barack Obama, Settlements  —  A day after US President Barack Obama reiterated his call to stop settlement activity during a speech in Cairo, defiant settlers continued to erect illegal structures in the West Bank …
Discussion: Don Surber
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Rove: ‘Who Cares’ Whether Muslims ‘Approve Or Like The President Of The United States’?  —  Last night, Karl Rove went on Fox News and lambasted President Obama's speech in Cairo, saying that he would give him a grade of “D minus” on the “important parts of the speech.”
Discussion: Firedoglake and INSTAPUTZ
Wall Street Journal:
FDIC Pushes Purge at Citi  —  Bair Wants to Shake Up Management, Sought to Cut Rating of Bank's Health  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is pushing for a shake-up of Citigroup Inc.'s top management, imperiling Chief Executive Vikram Pandit, people familiar with the matter said.
Mike Hale / ArtsBeat:
Review: Glenn Beck, Simulcasting Discontent  —  Before starting his performance Thursday night at the Midland Theater in Kansas City, Mo., which was simulcast to more than 440 movie houses around the country, Glenn Beck walked over to the camera, waved, and acknowledged the critic for The New York Times.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin takes low-key return to the road  —  SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — Governor Sarah Palin paused Friday afternoon at the in front of a monument bearing the Declaration of Sentiments, an early feminist touchstone.  —  “We anticipate no small amount of ridicule,” she read, and remarked: “Some things never change.”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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