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10:15 PM ET, June 7, 2009


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Ed Whelan / The Corner:
Re: Exposing an Irresponsible Anonymous Blogger  —  Before returning to more important matters, let me offer a few thoughts on the mini-firestorm that my exposing of the blogger “publius” seems to have generated: 1.  Law professor John Blevins (aka publius) and others seem to assume that I owed …
Ed Whelan / Bench Memos:
Exposing an Irresponsible Anonymous Blogger  —  One bane of the Internet is the anonymous blogger who abuses his anonymity to engage in irresponsible attacks.  One such blogger who has been biting at my ankles in recent months is the fellow who calls himself “publius” at the Obsidian Wings blog.
Publius / Obsidian Wings:
Stay Classy Ed Whelan  —  So there you have it - I've been officially outed by Ed Whelan.  I would never have done that to my harshest critic in a million years, but oh well.  —  And to be clear - the proximate cause was that Whelan got mad that I criticized him in a blog post.
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Clinton: Obama Has Passed ‘3a.m.’ Test  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said President Barack Obama has “absolutely” answered questions she posed during the Democratic campaign about his lack of experience and ability to handle an international crisis.
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
U.S. Weighs Restoring N. Korea to Terror List
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Hillary Clinton: ‘Digging out... deep holes’
Discussion: The Politico
Rachel Abrams / Weekly Standard:
“We Were All Appalled By the Bush Years”
Discussion: Don Surber and Pajamas Media
Associated Press:
France gets its Obama moment  —  PARIS (AP) — People gawked and cameras clicked as the Obamas cut a wide figure through the French capital even while confined to a presidential motorcade.  It was more personal for the few kept not so distant — the restaurant owner who “saw God,” the chauffeur reveling in a “magnificent mission.”
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Obamanomics: How Stupid Do They Think We Are?  —  Pretty stupid.  Watching Fox News Sunday, I caught a panel on which Obama economic advisor Austin Goolsbee conceded that the administration had previously predicted unemployment would top out at around 8%, that it was now up to 9.4% …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Hugging Republicans Until It Hurts  —  WASHINGTON — As Representative John M. McHugh of New York began planning his retirement from the House after being picked to be the new secretary of the Army, a chunk of Republican morale prepared to depart with him.  —  And that was just what Democrats had counted on.
Natalie Apsell / CNN:
Reliable Sources: For journalists, how close is too close?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Author and former Newsweek journalist Richard Wolffe is refuting charges that he acted more like Barack Obama's campaign spokesman than as a journalist covering Obama's presidential campaign.
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
TERRORISTS FREE TO KILL ONCE AGAIN AS THEY SLIP THE GRASP OF GITMO'S KID GLOVES  —  THE Pentagon now confirms that at least 74 former Guantanamo detainees have resumed terror ist activities after claiming they weren't terrorists.  —  Such recidivism points up an alarming intelligence failure.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Jihad Watch
New Orleans mayor quarantined in China  —  (CNN) — The mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, has been quarantined in China after possible exposure to the H1N1 virus, his office said Sunday.  —  Mayor Ray Nagin, who traveled to China on an economic development trip, flew on a plane that carried …
Discussion: Right Pundits
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy Details Vision for Health-Care Reform  —  Government Subsidies Would Help Families; Insurance Firms' Profits Could Decline  —  Three months after he was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) vowed in an emotional Democratic National Convention address …
Times of London:
Elections - BNP wins its first seat in European Parliament  —  The British National Party broke into the political mainstream last night when it won its first seat in the European Parliament.  —  The far-Right party won almost 10 per cent of the vote in Yorkshire and the Humber …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
After Cairo, It's Clinton Time  —  It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry after reading the reactions of analysts and officials in the Middle East to President Obama's Cairo speech.  “It's not what he says, but what he does,” many said.  No, ladies and gentlemen of the Middle East, it is what he says and what you do and what we do.
Nancy Gibbs / Time:
Tickle Me Obama: Lessons from Sesame Street  —  Most presidents are easy to pin down on our cultural maps.  Ronald Reagan was raised in Dixon, Ill., but we placed him in Hollywood, telling America's story on the big screen.  Bill Clinton may have been the Man from Hope, Ark., but the mischief of nearby Hot Springs was in his blood.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
White House food tasters?  —  In medieval times, royal courts employed food tasters to ensure that the kitchen staff hadn't conspired to commit a coup d'etat through poison.  The practice continued for heads of state until modern times, and also for novels and Hollywood movies.
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