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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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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: ATTACKERMAN, Gawker and TBogg
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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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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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Caucus
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Stuart Taylor / National Journal Online:
Race: Sotomayor And Obama Versus Voters
Discussion: TalkLeft and Power Line
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.
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New York Times:
Merkel Backs Obama on Push for Mideast Accord
Discussion: MSNBC and The Page
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.
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 …
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.
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: protein wisdom and MoJo Blog Posts
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
A political pattern to stimulus tour  —  Since Congress passed President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus bill in February, administration officials have traveled to at least 66 events across the country to tout the massive spending program or hand out stimulus cash to grateful local officials.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Democrats punt on war bill
Discussion: The Page
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.
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 …
Yoanisanchez / Generation Y:
Doors that open, bars that close  —  None of the presidents who yesterday approved the readmission of our Island to the Organization of American States held public office in 1962 when the Cuban government was expelled from that organization.  However, the repeal of that resolution has found …
Discussion: Babalú Blog
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 …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Lawmakers muster votes to override governor  —  STIMULUS: Palin makes Alaska the sole state to reject energy cost relief.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  Legislative leaders say they appear to have enough votes to override Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of $28.6 million in federal stimulus money for energy cost relief.
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Re: The Good and Bad . . .  I agree with Marc on a few of his points, but not on others.  I too didn't like the passage he cites on Iran (although the nuclear passage was much worse).  The “on the other hand” after the Holocaust discussion was very unfortunate, although I don't think it means …
Discussion: marbury and Jihad Watch
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.
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
A Race to Keep Up With the Tightwads  —  Up and Down the Block, People Are Sharing Tips on Making Do  —  In these recessionary times, people like Seigrid Walker are no longer concerned about keeping up with the Joneses.  Now the goal is to fall far behind them.
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.
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: Commentary, TBogg and Bench Memos
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 …
 
 
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Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
SC high court orders Gov. Sanford to request money
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Discussion: EconLog and Freakonomics
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Feds charge Countrywide execs
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Alok Jha / Guardian:
Sony Ericsson unveils ‘green’ phones
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CNN:
Sotomayor's whirlwind schedule takes a toll
Discussion: RedState
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Barney Frank convinces GM CEO to keep his district's plant open
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Exclusive: Jeff Sessions Makes Children Cry