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11:35 PM ET, June 6, 2009

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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obamacare plan finally released; Update: Goodbye, 4th Amendment  —  And it's so large that Patients United Now had to split it into nine different parts, and to put out a bleg for an Army of Patients to scour the bill.  The title:Quality Affordable Health Care for All Americans.
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Gingrich: Americans ‘surrounded by paganism.’  —  On Friday, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, and Oliver North visited Rock Church in Hampton Roads, Virginia to give a three-hour long lecture on “Rediscovering God in America.”  The speakers warned the audience about the “continuing availability of abortion …
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Dems express ‘growing concern’  —  House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer and Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Daniel Maffei have circulated this letter today ...  ... to Obama expressing “growing concern” with the closures of GM and Chrysler dealerships across the country.
Washington Post:
Semi-Submarines, Stealthily Plying Pacific, Arrive as a Way to Smuggle Cocaine  —  MEXICO CITY — When anti-narcotics agents first heard that drug cartels were building an armada of submarines to transport cocaine, they thought it was a joke.  —  Now U.S. law enforcement officials …
Discussion: Raw Story and PoliBlog
New York Times:
U.S. Lawyers Agreed on the Legality of Brutal Tactic  —  WASHINGTON — When Justice Department lawyers engaged in a sharp internal debate in 2005 over brutal interrogation techniques, even some who believed that using tough tactics was a serious mistake agreed on a basic point: the methods themselves were legal.
Discussion: Emptywheel, Don Surber and Hullabaloo
Tom Blumer / NewsBusters.org:
Shotgun Wedding: Court Docs Reveal Govt. Likely Forced Chrysler Deal With Minimal Knowledge of Fiat  —  Even if they ultimately lose their last-minute court battle, the Indiana pension funds defending their rights as secured first-lien creditors of Chrysler have done a valuable deed.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Say Anything
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Scott Olstad / Time:
Tetris: From Russia With Fun!  —  Sputnik burned up in the atmosphere, Berlin is now one city, but 25 years later, the Soviet-designed Tetris remains one of the most popular and ubiquitous video games ever created.  It has sold over 125 million copies, been released for nearly every video-game platform …
Discussion: Moonbattery
Watertiger / Firedoglake:
FDL Book Salon: Idiot America with Charles Pierce  —  Don't want to be an American idiot.  —  One nation controlled by the media.  —  Information age of hysteria.  —  It's calling out to idiot America.  — Green Day, “American Idiot”  —  Nearly every day for the past four years …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Focus on La Familia: How Dobson's outfit inspires one of the deadliest Mexican drug cartels  —  Most of us are familiar with James Dobson's Focus on the Family outfit, since they've played a major role in promoting the religious right's positions for the past decade and more nationally …
Discussion: July Dogs
Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. Now:
Schwarzenegger suggests state consider flat tax  —  Could the flat tax come to California?  —  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said today that he would like to see such “radical” proposals come out of a commission now studying an overhaul of the state's tax system.
Discussion: Say Anything
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Pawlenty: “Like Eminem” At MTV Awards, GOP Must “Regroup”  —  Addressing a convention of nat'l college GOPers gathered in Washington three days after announcing he will not run for a third term, MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said that to succeed, GOPers must hold fast to their principles, but …
Wall Street Journal:
The Great U-Turn  —  Global Migration Flows Reverse for the First Time Since the Depression as Work in the Rich World Dries Up  —  Brígido de Jesús González lived in Queens, N.Y., for the past 20 years, working as a landscaper to support his wife and kids back in El Salvador.
 
 
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Melissa Dell / voxeu.org:
Does climate change affect economic growth?
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Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Obama's message of weakness
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard
Nikki Finke / Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily:
EXCLUSIVE: GE/NBCU TRYING TO STIFLE OTHER MEDIA'S COVERAGE …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
We Stand With Sonia Sotomayor
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Hijab-wearing Muslim Crashes Remembrance rally for US Soldier Murdered …
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Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
How Pharma and Insurance Intend to Kill the Public Option …
Washington Post:
Nominee Pulls Out as Role at CIA Is Studied
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Brand Spanking New Katherine Sebelius Motivational Poster
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