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5:35 AM ET, June 5, 2009

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Adam Horowitz / Mondoweiss:
Max Blumenthal: Feeling the Hate In Jerusalem on Eve of Obama's Cairo Address  —  Max Blumenthal writes: On the eve of President Barack Obama's address to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt, I stepped out onto the streets of Jerusalem with my friend Joseph Dana to interview young Israelis …
Discussion: Gawker, TBogg and ATTACKERMAN
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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.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and 24Ahead
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John Stanton / Roll Call:
Reid Dares Fellow Democrats to Oppose Sotomayor
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Stephen Gutowski / NewsBusters.org:
Liberal Writer Fired By AOL News For Reporting Vile Playboy List  —  AOL News has been bending over backwards lately to make sure that the do not cover the controversy surrounding Playboy.com writer Guy Cimbalo's vile attack on conservative women.  AOL News has taken some drastic steps …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and YID With LID
The New Majority:
FRUM BLOGS THE PRESIDENT'S CAIRO SPEECH  —  The president's Cairo speech: worse than feared.  Let's itemize the ways.  —  President Obama likes to position himself as an intermediary, explaining two conflicting parties each to the other.  He did so in his race speech in Philadelphia …
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Max Boot / Commentary:
Obama in Cairo  —  Having just read Obama's Cairo speech, my reaction is: Not bad.
Megan McArdle:
Elizabeth Warren and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Utterly Misleading Bankruptcy Study  —  Elizabeth Warren has another study out showing that medical expenses contribute to more than half of all bankruptcies—indeed, this time, it's 70%, up from the 50% she found in 2001.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin: Government wants to ‘control the people’  —  (CNN) - Alaska governor Sarah Palin let loose Wednesday on the Obama administration for enacting fiscal policies that “fly in the face of principles” and “defy Economics 101.”  —  In a speech introducing Michael Reagan …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Bureaucrat scuffs dream of homeless shoe shiner  —  He sleeps under a bridge, washes in a public bathroom and was panhandling for booze money 11 months ago, but now Larry Moore is the best-dressed shoeshine man in the city.  When he gets up from his cardboard mattress, he puts on a coat and tie.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
POST UPDATED BELOW  —  In an interview with me, Dem Rep Robert Wexler, a leading voice in Congress on Israeli-Arab affairs, made a fascinating point, arguing that one of the most important lines in Obama's Cairo speech was this one: … Wexler told me he thinks that Obama's promise to …
Michael Wolff / Vanity Fair:
The Power and the Story  —  The Obamas may have the smartest, most finely calibrated press operation in White House history, parceling out scoops (The New York Times), partisan talking points (the Huffington Post), and First Family tidbits (the celebrity mags) to a desperate media.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
An Absolutely Extraordinary Moment  —  An African-American President with Muslim roots stands before the Muslim world and defends the right of Jews to a nation of their own in their ancestral homeland, and then denounces in vociferous terms the evil of Holocaust denial, and right-wing Israelis …
Mary Alice Carr / Washington Post:
Why I'll No Longer Be on Bill O'Reilly's Show  —  The first time I appeared on “The O'Reilly Factor,” in 2004, I sat across from Bill O'Reilly in awkward silence while he shuffled papers and took notes.  —  Finally, he glanced up and acknowledged my existence.  “Thank you for coming on,” he said.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
A Sad Commentary  —  Michael Rubin: … Barack Obama:
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The White House:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON A NEW BEGINNING
Patrick Witty / Lens:
Behind the Scenes: A New Angle on History  —  Terril Jones had only shown the photograph to friends.  —  While working as a reporter in Beijing during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, he shot many photographs and recorded several hours of video.  It wasn't until weeks afterwards …
CNN:
Sotomayor's whirlwind schedule takes a toll  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — It's the second day of a whirlwind Capitol Hill tour — and it looks like Judge Sonia Sotomayor is already having trouble keeping Senate lineup straight.  —  Asked to lay out her Wednesday itinerary, President Obama's Supreme …
Discussion: RedState
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Barney Frank convinces GM CEO to keep his district's plant open  —  Rep Barney Frank (D-Mass.) won a stay of execution on Thursday for a General Motors plant in his district that the automaker had announced it would close.  —  No other lawmaker has managed to halt the GM ax.
Discussion: ProfessorBainbridge.com and QandO
Jonathan Allen / Eye on 2010:
McCarthy Won't Challenge Gillibrand in New York Senate Primary  —  Rep. Carolyn McCarthy will not challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a Democratic primary.  McCarthy, a thorn in Gillibrand's side of late, had said she would take on the newly appointed senator in 2010 if no one else did.
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The Ninth Justice:
Olbermann's Mosquito Bites  —  I hear that Keith Olbermann declared on MSNBC Tuesday evening that I am “runner-up” for his “hypocrisy award” and also “a fraud.”  —  In case anyone takes Olbermann seriously, I identify below the false and misleading assertions of fact that he packed into his 60-second diatribe.
Discussion: TBogg and Bench Memos
Guardian:
Go now Gordon, Purnell urges as he quits cabinet  —  • Minister tells PM to quit and give Labour ‘fighting chance’  —  • Purnell's move sparks furious reaction from Number 10  —  • Rebels say 75 MPs support email calling for new leader  —  James Purnell, the work …
Alok Jha / Guardian:
Sony Ericsson unveils ‘green’ phones  —  Recycled plastics and reductions in packaging and manufacturing solvents make handsets more environmentally friendly, says mobile phone maker  —  Mobile phone company Sony Ericsson will unveil two “green” handsets tomorrow with a carbon footprint 15% lower than current models.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Gingrich Universe  —  A great column from E.J. Dionne on the media clout of Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh and the extent to which the discourse remains wired for conservatism: … A great example of this, that Dionne doesn't use in his column, was the incredibly skewed coverage …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Thomas J. Prohaska / Buffalo News:
Ruling allowing Taser use to get DNA may be nation's first  —  LOCKPORT — It is legally permissible for police to zap a suspect with a Taser to obtain a DNA sample, as long as it's not done “maliciously, or to an excessive extent, or with resulting injury,” a county judge has ruled …
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Exclusive: Jeff Sessions Makes Children Cry  —  Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committe held the first-ever hearing on the Uniting American Families Act, which would equalize the status of foreign-born same-sex partners of American citizens.  Heterosexual Americans can earn citizenship for their foreign partners by marrying them.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NO REWARD FOR NOMINATING MODERATES.... This isn't a surprising vote, but it tells us quite a bit about what to expect going forward. … If you're just joining us, in March, Obama nominated Hamilton for the 7th Circuit.  Given Hamilton's record of moderation, the White House said the nomination …
 
 
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David Ingram / The BLT:
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