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7:30 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:
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Bleak Jobs Outlook
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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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
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Pelosi defends human rights advocacy
Discussion: The Note
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 …
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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Yara Bayoumy / Reuters:
Ex-President Carter praises Obama Mideast policy
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Townhall.com
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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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%.
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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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 …
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)
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.’
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
National Review's Wise Latina Caricature Inexplicably Asian  —  As part of a cover package called “The Wise Latina,” the folks over at the conservative National Review—apparently flummoxed by the very idea of a “wise Latina”—have caricaturized the Puerto Rican-descended Sonia Sotomayor as an Asian Buddhist.
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 …
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 …
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: Roll Call, D-Day and Law Dork, 2.0
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Steele On Sotomayor: 'God Help You If You're A White Male Coming Before Her Bench'  —  Last week, while guest-hosting Bill Bennett's radio show, RNC Chairman Michael Steele urged Republicans to stop “slammin' and rammin'” Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor with personal attacks.
Bay Buchanan / Human Events:
The Internet Lynching of Marcus Epstein  —  Last month the left wing blog, One People's Project, posted a story about one Marcus Epstein.  Within this story it was reported that two years ago next month Marcus assaulted a black woman in Georgetown calling her the “n” word.
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
 
 
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