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3:30 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...
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Leader Working Behind Scenes To Get Palin Reinvited To Big Fundraiser  —  In another sign of the sway that Sarah Palin and her supporters in Palin Nation hold over the GOP, NRCC chief Pete Sessions is working behind the scenes to get Palin reinvited to the big GOP fundraiser tonight, GOP sources say.
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Palin and GOP spar over fundraising dinner
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Republican Letter to Obama Opposes Public Health Plan
Discussion: Left in the West and The Seminal
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.
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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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.
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 …
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
ABCNEWS:
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Anonyblogging Cont'd  —  A (anonyblogging) reader writes, in part: Jonah- If it's cowardly to blog anonymously, were Madison, Hamilton, and Jay cowards for publishing the Federalist Papers under the pseudonym “Publius”?  Answer: No. Madison, Hamilton, and Jay weren't amateur pundits.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Has The Obama Administration's Banking Plan Failed?  —  When Tim Geithner's Public-Private Investment Partnership (PPIP) plan was announced, it dominated commentary for a solid week.  It was big, complicated, controversial, and, it seemed, important.  It was the center of the administration's …
Mark Silva / Los Angeles Times:
Obama promises more than 600,000 stimulus jobs  —  As the $787-billion stimulus plan gears up this summer, federal agencies will pump billions into public works projects, schools and youth programs.  —  President Obama today will promise to deliver more than 600,000 new jobs this summer …
Abu Muqawama:
Well, well, well... Lebanon's Elections: Winners and Losers  —  So forget any and all predictions I make on this blog.  Nothing is yet official, but it looks as if the March 14th coalition will win the elections in Lebanon — by perhaps a wider margin than any of us would have guessed 24 hours ago.
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Something Is Not Quite Right Here . . .
Malin Rising / Associated Press:
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Los Angeles Times:
State's budget crisis opens rift between unions and Democrats
Discussion: Calitics and Winds of Change.NET
The Arabist:
Egyptian govt poll on Obama's visit
Discussion: Marc Lynch and Mondoweiss
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