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10:10 AM ET, June 8, 2009


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Michael Bowman / Voice of America:
US Unemployment Rate Gallops Ahead of Expectations  —  The White House says America's employment picture is worse than the Obama administration had anticipated just a few months ago.  The somber admission follows the latest jobless report showing the highest unemployment rate the United States has seen in more than 25 years.
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
The Grand Unification Theory of Sucking  —  Reading Drudge can be so entertaining.  Or educational.  Edutational?  Anyway, check out this series of headlines on your right, presented by Drudge without context.  —  The media critic's job is to provide context, so here we go.
Rachel Beck / Associated Press:
ALL BUSINESS: Bond-market rout lifts mortgage cost  —  NEW YORK (AP) - The Federal Reserve announced a $1.2 trillion plan three months ago designed to push down mortgage rates and breathe life into the housing market.  —  But this and other big government spending programs are turning out to have the opposite effect.
Discussion: theblogprof and Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin versus GOP  —  Sarah Palin's on-again, off-again appearance at Monday night's gala GOP fundraising dinner is off — again.  —  After being invited — for a second time — to speak to the annual joint fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama ramping up stimulus  —  President Barack Obama is announcing Monday that he is ramping up stimulus spending exponentially in the next three months, allowing the administration to “save or create” 600,00 jobs — four times as many as during the first 100 days since he signed the bill.
Discussion: The Swamp, HotMES and Crooks and Liars
Amanda Carpenter / Washington Times:
Palin fends off ethics charges brought since '08
Discussion: NY Daily News and Newsweek Blogs
Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
N. Korea Convicts 2 U.S. Journalists  —  A North Korean court sentenced two U.S. journalists to 12 years in a labor camp Monday, as the government of Kim Jong Il continued to ratchet up tension with the United States and its neighbors.  —  Laura Ling and Euna Lee, television reporters detained …
Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea
Discussion: Gawker and Romenesko
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama's Economic Circle Keeps Tensions Simmering  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama was getting his daily economic briefing one recent morning when a fly distracted him.  The president swatted and missed, just as the pest buzzed near the shoes of Lawrence H. Summers, the chief White House economic adviser.
Roxana Hegeman / Associated Press:
Suspect in abortion doctor death warns of violence  —  WICHITA, Kan. — The man charged with murdering a high-profile abortion doctor claimed from his jail cell Sunday that similar violence was planned around the nation for as long as the procedure remained legal, a threat that comes days …
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
In Iraq, Colbert Does His Shtick for the Troops  —  CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — It was Sunday night in Baghdad, and President Obama was ordering Gen. Ray Odierno, the commander of the American troops here, to shave Stephen Colbert's head.  (Not to give everything away, but the general is not as brutal …
Discussion: CNN, Newsweek and BAGnewsNotes
New York Times:
U.S. to Propose Wider Oversight of Compensation  —  The Obama administration plans to require banks and corporations that have received two rounds of federal bailouts to submit any major executive pay changes for approval by a new federal official who will monitor pay, according to two government officials.
Discussion: Megan McArdle, QandO and DailyFinance
Kbh /
Dr. Goolsbee gets it wrong on the auto loans  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace moderated a discussion about the auto industry.  One of his guests was Dr. Austan Goolsbee, who is a Member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist on the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Discussion: Megan McArdle, The Hill and QandO
Wall Street Journal:
Ailing Kennedy Key to Health Bill  —  With Cancer Keeping Senator at Home, Legislation Could Take Different Form  —  WASHINGTON — The future shape of the U.S. health-care system could hang on the uncertain health of one very prominent American.  —  Sen. Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.) …
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Sotomayor and the Politics of Race  —  Americans thought they were electing a president who would transcend grievance.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court points to a dilemma that will likely plague his presidency: How does a …
EXCLUSIVE: Recently Released Gitmo Detainee Talks to ABC News  —  Held Seven Years, Former Aid Worker Tells ABC News He Was Tortured  —  For 7½ years, Lakhdar Boumediene was known simply by a number: “10005.”  —  These were the digits assigned to him when he arrived at the detention center …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Corruption trial set over money in the freezer  —  Former Rep. William Jefferson's (D-La.) corruption trial is set to begin Tuesday after two years of intense legal wrangling that at one point involved evidence gathered during an FBI raid of his congressional office.
Agence France Presse:
President Obama's French food tested by ‘taster’ … A US “taster” tested the food being dished up to President Barack Obama at a dinner in a French restaurant, a waiter said on Sunday.  —  “They have someone who tastes the dishes,” said waiter Gabriel de Carvalho from the “La Fontaine de Mars” …
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
In Iran, Harsh Talk as Election Nears  —  TEHRAN — The leading candidates are accusing each other of corruption, bribery and torture.  The wife of the strongest challenger to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to sue him for defaming her.  And every night, parts of the capital become …
Mike Levine / Fox News:
Group Linked to Al Qaeda May Have Killed Minnesota Man Recruited in Somalia  —  A Minnesota man recruited to join an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group overseas may have been assassinated in Somalia by the very terrorist group he went there to help.  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Rated Highest as Person, Lowest on Deficit, Spending
Discussion: The Foundry and AmSpecBlog
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
A Prosecutor Gets Personal
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Washington Post:
U.S. Will Let Some Banks Repay Aid
Discussion: DailyFinance and Fox News
Lynn Sweet:
Schakowsky, after exploring Senate bid, will run for House again.
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Lyn Julius / Guardian:
The tragedy of the Yemeni Jews
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
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