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2:40 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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Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 USDL 09-0588  —  Establishment data: (202) 691-6555 Transmission of material in this release  —  http://www.bls.gov/ces/ is embargoed until 8:30 A.M. (EDT), Media contact: (202) 691-5902 Friday, June 5, 2009.
Geoff / Innocent Bystanders:
The May Unemployment Numbers are Here, and Worse Than Predicted
Discussion: BizzyBlog and Cold Fury
Calculated Risk:
Unemployment Compared to Stress Test Scenarios, and Diffusion Index
Discussion: BizzyBlog and DailyFinance
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 …
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Barack Obama's Israeli Settlements Canard  —  President Obama repeatedly insists that American foreign policy be conducted with modesty and humility.  Above all, there will be no more “dictating” to other countries.  We should “forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions,” he told the G-20 summit.
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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Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
What's the point of a public option?  —  In the national debate over health insurance reform, a key issue is whether the government should offer a “public plan” to compete with private insurers.  For example, in today's NY Times, Paul Krugman writes,
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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Seth Stern / Legal Beat:
Sotomayor Repeatedly Referenced ‘Wise Woman’ in Speeches  —  Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is greeted by Sen. Arlen Specter before a meeting on Capitol Hill Thursday.  (Getty)  —  Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor delivered multiple speeches between 1994 and 2003 in which she suggested …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Racist Knows the Pain of Being Called Racist
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dana Bash / CNN:   Sessions knows what it's like to be called ‘racist’
Wall Street Journal:
Nominee's Criminal Rulings Tilt to Right of Souter  —  WASHINGTON — While Judge Sonia Sotomayor stands in the liberal mainstream on many issues, her record suggests that the Supreme Court nominee could sometimes rule with the top court's conservatives on questions of criminal justice.
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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.
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Yalman Onaran / Bloomberg:
Bank Profits From Accounting Rules Masking Looming Loan Losses
Discussion: The Reaction and Balloon Juice
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.
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.
Michael Andrews / DailyTech:
NASA Study Acknowledges Solar Cycle, Not Man, Responsible for Past Warming  —  Report indicates solar cycle has been impacting Earth since the Industrial Revolution  —  Some researchers believe that the solar cycle influences global climate changes.  They attribute recent warming trends to cyclic variation.
Discussion: Cold Fury and Watts Up With That?
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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org blogs:
NASA Study Makes ‘Amazing’ Discovery: Sun Heats Earth
Discussion: protein wisdom
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Rift With Germany Is Next on Diplomatic Agenda  —  DRESDEN, Germany — After mending fences with the Muslim world in Cairo on Thursday, President Obama might want to keep his diplomatic tools handy for his stopover here, to repair his increasingly strained relationship with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Discussion: Don Surber and RedState
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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 …
Stephen Gutowski / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Liberal Writer Fired By AOL News For Reporting Vile Playboy List  —  Editor's Note/Update below: AOL editor's email and further business connections revealed.  —  AOL News has been bending over backwards lately to make sure that they do not cover the controversy surrounding Playboy.com …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Wilder: Virginia Democrats ‘not energized’ in governor's race  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Douglas Wilder, who became the country's first African-American governor when Virginians elected him in 1989, thinks that no matter who emerges victorious from the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Sarah Posner / American Prospect:
ABORTION FOE TO LEAD HHS FAITH-BASED OFFICE.  —  President Obama has appointed Alexia Kelley, executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG), to head the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services.
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: INSTAPUTZ and Wonk Room
 
 
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Barry Eichengreen / voxeu.org:
A Tale of Two Depressions
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Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Barack and Michelle Obama decline dinner with the Sarkozys
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John / Power Line:
It Could Be Worse
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Robert Schmidt / Bloomberg:
Fed Intends to Hire Lobbyist in Campaign to Buttress Its Image
Wall Street Journal:
Barney Frank, Car Czar
Discussion: The Hill and The Foundry
Ezra Klein:
Will Single-Payer Supporters Have A Voice? …
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Patrick picks Obama aide for his 2010 campaign
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The Case Against Omar al Bashir
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Mike Hale / ArtsBeat:
Glenn Beck, Simulcasting Discontent
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TVNewser
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republican senator seeks to outlaw tobacco
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Ailing, Banks Still Field Strong Lobby at Capitol
Discussion: The New Republic and ProPublica
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
A Race to Keep Up With the Tightwads