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12:05 PM ET, June 8, 2009


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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama's Economic Circle Keeps Tensions High  —  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.
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” 600,000 jobs — four times as many as during the first 100 days since he signed the bill.
Mark Silva / Los Angeles Times:
Obama promises more than 600,000 stimulus jobs
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT'S A FEATURE, NOT A BUG.... The New York Times had an item over the weekend on the inclusion of a public option in a health care reform.  The piece was primarily about the existence of state-based plans in which employees are given a choice “between government-backed insurance options and a menu of commercial policies.”
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Obama Calls for Government-Owned Healthcare Company
Discussion: YID With LID and Pirate's Cove
John Harwood / New York Times:
Bipartisan Health Bill Is Possible, Leaders Say
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Brian Tamanaha / Balkinization:
Nasty Business—Steele on Sotomayor  —  The lead Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal by Shelby Steele excoriating President Obama for nominating Judge Sotomayor is just plain nasty.  And the presupposition of his argument, that Judge Sotomayor is unqualified for the position, is absurd.  Steele writes:
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Drudge Report:
‘TOLD YA SO’  —  Sarah Palin hits FOXNEWS tonight for the big ‘Told Ya So’ interview, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.  —  As President Obama vows to spend the ‘stimulus’ faster, Governor Palin tells host Sean Hannity: ‘You gotta quit digging that hole!’  —  HANNITY: What do you make of - look at the state of the economy now...
Jerusalem Post:
Source: Booby-trapped horses used in failed terror attack  —  Article's topics: Gaza Strip, IDF, Palestinians  —  Under the cover of morning fog, a group of around 10 Palestinian gunmen armed with “huge amounts of explosives” launched a failed Gaza border assault at the Karni Crossing on Monday …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Administration blames Bush for GM crisis
Discussion: QandO
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Health Cost Illusion  —  The President's main case for reform is rooted in false claims and little evidence.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The main White House argument for health-care reform goes something like this: If we spend now on a hugely expensive new insurance program …
Kbh /
Understanding the Kennedy health care bill  —  Over the weekend a draft of Senator Kennedy's (D-MA) health care bill leaked.  After playing with Adobe Acrobat, here is the text of the draft Kennedy bill as a text file (173 K), and as a single Acrobat file (3.4 MB).  Unlike the leaked version, both of these are searchable.
Discussion: Hot Air
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
One-Party Rule in Washington — It's Not Gridlock, but . . .  For moderate voters clinging to some faith in government, the question over the past two decades of mostly two-party rule was: Can't Washington do anything?  —  Now, with one party pretty much in control, the question has become …
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Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Antiabortion Efforts Move to the State Level
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy Left Intact by U.S. High Court
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Gordon the Unlucky  —  What would have happened if hanging chads …
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C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
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