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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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The Corner:
The End of America's Strategic Alliance with Israel?  —  From an Israeli perspective, Pres. Barack Obama's speech today in Cairo was deeply disturbing.  Both rhetorically and programmatically, Obama's speech was a renunciation of America's strategic alliance with Israel.
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.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
The Settlements  —  Charles Krauthammer has a misleading …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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:
Geoff / Innocent Bystanders:
The May Unemployment Numbers are Here, and Worse Than Predicted
Discussion: BizzyBlog and Cold Fury
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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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 and Daily Kos
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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 ProPublica
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.
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: Law Dork, 2.0
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Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:   McHugh Says View Has Changed on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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
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.
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
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.
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”:
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republican senator seeks to outlaw tobacco  —  A Republican senator who is also a doctor is calling for a new era of Prohibition — outlawing cigarette smoking and other tobacco use.  —  The unlikely demand comes from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), one of the staunchest free-market conservatives in the Senate.
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Racist Knows the Pain of Being Called Racist  —  This is pretty rich — both for Sen. Sessions (R-AL) and CNN for taking his line at face value.  Sessions is saying he can feel Sonia Sotomayor's pain over being called a ‘racist’ since he was called a ‘racist’ too.
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
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.”
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 …
 
 
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Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
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