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12:20 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
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Obama Calls for Government-Owned Healthcare Company  —  ( - President Barack Obama reaffirmed his desire for the government to create and run a national health insurance company in a letter he sent to Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.), leaders of the Democrats' efforts …
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Understanding the Kennedy health care bill
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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.
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.
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:
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Do We Really Need Another Stimulus Already?  —  The economy is getting better, but still terrible, and job losses are slowing, but still terrible, and so mixed into the commentary about how the economy might turn the corner this autumn is a growing movement to push Obama to pass his second stimulus bill.
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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 …
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
China Squeezes PC Makers  —  Beijing Is Set to Require Web Filter That Would Censor ‘Harmful’ Internet Sites  —  BEIJING — China plans to require that all personal computers sold in the country as of July 1 be shipped with software that blocks access to certain Web sites …
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