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2:30 PM ET, June 8, 2009

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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...
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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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Leader Working Behind Scenes To Get Palin Reinvited To Big Fundraiser
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Palin and GOP spar over fundraising dinner
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Sotomayor Breaks Her Ankle  —  Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was taken to George Washington University Medical Center in the District this morning for X-rays of her right ankle after stumbling at the La Guardia airport in New York, White House officials said.  —  The X-ray revealed a small fracture in her ankle.
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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
Discussion: TalkLeft
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
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).  Update: I fixed the broken link to the PDF.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, AmSpecBlog and Hot Air
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Republican Letter to Obama Opposes Public Health Plan
Discussion: Left in the West and The Seminal
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 …
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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Your Ticking Time Bomb Scenario  —  So when do we get to start torturing this guy: … Since there is no doubt that we have a history of anti-abortion domestic terrorism, and since we know that evangelicals already support torture for everyone, when do we get to start waterboarding this guy?
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Chris Stirewalt / Washington Examiner:
Scandal could derail Democratic dreams  —  The Republican Party's fall from dominance in 2002 to utter collapse in 2008 is mostly attributed to the GOP either being too conservative or not conservative enough.  —  But Republicans were mostly incoherent on domestic policy during their six-year ride to the bottom.
Discussion: Moe Lane
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Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
Know thy enemy: This is not your mother's Democratic Party
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 …
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Michael Bowman / Voice of America:
US Unemployment Rate Gallops Ahead of Expectations
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.
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 …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Greg's Opinion
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 …
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Poll: Obama's policies bad for Israel  —  Article's topics: Barack Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Us-israel Relations  —  A majority of Israelis believe that the Middle East policies of US President Barack Obama are not good for the Jewish state, according to a Dahaf Institute poll taken ahead of Obama's speech to the Muslim world.
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Edgar M. Bronfman / The Huffington Post:
A Real Two-State Solution
Discussion: Mondoweiss
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: Pirate's Cove
Mike Dirks / HT | http://www.blueridgenow.com:
Shuler: I'm not running for Senate  —  U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler shot down speculation today that he is still pondering a run for Senate.  —  “I am not running for Senate,” the second-term Democrat said after a ground-breaking ceremony for a new building at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest Station in Asheville.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Deeds takes strong lead  —  The undecideds have broken almost exclusively to Creigh Deeds in Virginia's Democratic primary for Governor, allowing him to open up a double digit lead 36 hours before voters in the state head to the polls.  —  Deeds is now at 40%, followed by Terry McAuliffe at 26%, and Brian Moran at 24%.
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
State's budget crisis opens rift between unions and Democrats
Discussion: Calitics and Winds of Change.NET
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Anonyblogging Cont'd  —  A (anonyblogging) reader writes …
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
The Arabist:
Egyptian govt poll on Obama's visit
Discussion: Marc Lynch and Mondoweiss
Ezra Klein:
Has The Obama Administration's Banking Plan Failed?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Eschaton
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