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1:30 PM ET, June 5, 2009

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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.
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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.
Washington Post:
President Obama's Cairo Appeal
New York Times:
Forcing Clarity on Israel
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?
Discussion: Ezra Klein and MoJo Blog Posts
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy: Job Losses Slow, Signaling Recession Is Abating
Discussion: The Bellows and FT Alphaville
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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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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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?
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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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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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.
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 revealed.  —  AOL News has been bending over backwards lately to make sure that they do not cover the controversy surrounding Playboy.com writer Guy Cimbalo's vile attack on conservative women.
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: RedState and Don Surber
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Washington Wire:
Remarks From Obama, Merkel News Conference
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
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 …
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org blogs:
NASA Study Makes ‘Amazing’ Discovery: Sun Heats Earth  —  A NASA study reported by Daily Tech has come to an “amazing” conclusion that is sure to cause depression among Al Gore and much of the mainstream media: the sun heats the earth.  Yes, as astounding as that sounds …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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
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.
 
 
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