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11:05 PM ET, June 8, 2009

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City Room:
Republicans Seize Control of State Senate  —  ALBANY - Republicans seized control of the New York State Senate on Monday, in a stunning and sudden reversal of fortunes for the Democratic Party, which controlled the chamber for barely five months.  —  A raucous leadership fight erupted …
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The Daily Politics:
Amigo Unrest Sparks Senate War (Updatedx2)  —  The Senate Republicans just sent out an urgent media advisory calling all reporters to the Senate chamber “ASAP!” because “an historic change in leadership is taking place at this moment.”  —  You can view the shenanigans it here.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Spin Cycle
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
GOP TAKES CONTROL OF STATE SENATE
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
U.S. says TARP issue out of Court's reach  —  The Obama Administration argued Monday that no court, including the Supreme Court, has the authority to hear a challenge by Indiana benefit plans to the role the U.S. Treasury played in the Chrysler rescue, including the use of “bailout” (TARP) funds.
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Ginsburg temporarily blocks Chrysler deal  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put a temporary hold Monday on the deal to sell Chrysler to save it from collapse.  Her order, however, simply gives her or the full Court more time to ponder whether to postpone the sale further, or allow it to go forward.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Turns Down 'Don't Ask' Challenge  —  The Supreme Court today declined to hear a constitutional challenge to the Pentagon's “don't ask, don't tell” policy banning openly gay people from serving in the U.S. military, a move that could effectively leave it to the Obama administration to resolve the long-controversial issue.
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
Justice Ginsburg Stays Chrysler Sale — For Now
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
Obama's Top Targeter Bullish on Montana and Worried About Gingrich; Predicts Deeds Win Tomorrow  —  Ken Strasma, recognizable to many 538 readers as Barack Obama's national targeting director in 2008, is the first participant in a new series of interviews we will be conducting with consultants …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:   Gingrich camp: Plagiarism claim ‘silly’
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Palin and GOP spar over fundraising dinner
Discussion: Burnt Orange Report, Wonkette and D-Day
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...
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Breaking: Lieberman-Graham Dropped From Supplemental  —  According to sources on the Hill, the Lieberman-Graham detainee photo suppression amendment is out of the conference report of the supplemental.  —  For everyone who made phone calls — pat yourself on the back.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Rasmussen Reports:
Trust on Issues  —  Voters Now Trust Republicans More than Democrats on Economic Issues  —  Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on six out of 10 key issues, including the top issue of the economy.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% …
Courtney Schlisserman / Bloomberg:
Nobel Winner Krugman Sees U.S. Recession Ending Soon  —  The U.S. economy probably will emerge from the recession by September, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said.  —  “I would not be surprised if the official end of the U.S. recession ends up being, in retrospect …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AMATEURS.... As disappointing as it was to see the National Review's Ed Whelan expose the identity of Obsidian Wings' publius over the weekend, there were at least one encouraging development of note: bloggers from the left and right who don't agree on much agree that Whelan crossed a line.
Discussion: beliefnet and The Daily Dish
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Ezra Klein:
Health Care Reform for Beginners: The Many Flavors of the Public Plan  —  For most of you, this is the big one.  The inclusion of a strong public insurance option has become, for most observers I know, the single most recognizable marker for victory.  If the public plan exists, liberals have won.
Discussion: NOW! Blog and Left in the West
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Kate Thayer / The Chronicle:
Hastert's son announces run for Congress, wants to be part of ‘next generation of leadership’  —  ELBURN - Ethan Hastert has announced he'll run for his father's old seat in Congress.  —  Hastert, 31, said Monday that he's forming a committee to begin his campaign and fundraising for the 14th District Congressional seat.
Right Wing News:
The 15 Hottest Conservative Women In The New Media  —  After doing The 10 Hottest Liberal Women In Politics last week, I thought that in order to be fair, I should feature the women on the Right as well.  So, in the spirit of the Hill's 50 Most Beautiful lists, I present to you “The 15 Hottest Conservative Women In The New Media.”
Discussion: The Other McCain
Washington Post:
Sotomayor Breaks Her Ankle  —  The X-ray revealed a small fracture in her ankle.  She was released from the hospital after less than two hours and is now using crutches, said Ben LaBolt, an assistant press secretary at the White House.  —  “This morning, on the way to Washington, D.C., Judge Sotomayor tripped at LaGuardia Airport.
The Corner:
Re: The Cairo Speech  —  President Obama's Cairo speech was nothing short of an earthquake — a distortion of history, an insult to the Jewish people, and an abandonment of very real human-rights victims in the Arab and Muslim worlds.  It is not surprising that Arabs and Muslims in a position to speak were enthusiastic.
Discussion: Power Line and The American Scene
Duncan Campbell / Guardian:
The genteel face of neo-fascism  —  British National party MEP and former National Front chairman who started political life in group set up in honour of Hitler  —  It was on Hitler's birthday, deliberately chosen, that the National Socialist Movement was formed in Britain in the 1960s.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Stephen Rodrick / New York Magazine:
The Reintroduction of Kirsten Gillibrand  —  After a shaky first hundred days, the junior senator from New York is trying to start over.  —  The shuttle that transports senators from the Capitol to their offices shimmies a bit, like a kiddie roller coaster.
Elise Labott / CNN:
Clinton orders review of State Department security  —  CNN State Department Producer  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she has ordered a review of security and vetting procedures that let a State Department employee suspected of spying for Cuba slip through the cracks.
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
Evan Thomas: Obama Is a ‘Brave,’ ‘Great Teacher’ Who ‘Stands Above’ Us All  —  Newsweek editor-at-large Evan Thomas appeared on this weekend's edition of Inside Washington and lauded President Obama as a “brave,” “great teacher” who “stands above everybody.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Hard Labor in North Korea  —  As you've no doubt heard, two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, have been arrested by the North Korean government and sentenced to twelve years hard labor.  I've been trying to Google around for more information on the DPRK's labor camps …
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 …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Rated Highest as Person, Lowest on Deficit, Spending  —  Obama doing better than Bush and Clinton at similar points in their first year in office  —  PRINCETON, NJ — While 67% of Americans view President Barack Obama favorably, his overall job approval rating and his ratings on specific areas are less positive.
Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
Lebanon  —  Happy news from Lebanon, and Tony Badran's analysis is, as always, excellent.  The defeat of Hezbollah has regional significance.  It will undoubtedly affect the Iranian “elections,” since one of Ahmadinejad's major claims has been that his tough line has produced success after success.
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
Comrade of the Month Finalists  —  Below are the finalists for May's “Comrade of the Month” award.  An email was sent to Club members on Friday asking them to vote for their #1 pick.  The final results will be issued later.
 
 
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USA Today:
Lobbyists unlimited in honoring lawmakers
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and YID With LID
Pareene / Gawker:
No Gypsies, Tramps, Thieves Allowed at Brooklyn Holocaust Memorial
Discussion: New York Post and Jewschool
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Right-Wingers To Boycott GM?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Senator Clarifies Angry Tweet To Obama Saying “I'm no NAIL”
BBC:
Swedish pirates capture EU seat
Conor Clarke / Atlantic Correspondents:
Is the Huffington Post Killing the New York Times and the Washington Post?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Something Is Not Quite Right Here . . .
Ezra Klein:
Has The Obama Administration's Banking Plan Failed?
Chris Stirewalt / Washington Examiner:
Scandal could derail Democratic dreams
Discussion: Moe Lane