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9:05 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 …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
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.
Discussion: Zero Hedge, Say Anything and Doug Ross
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.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court orders judge out of case
Rick Pildes / Balkinization:
Caperton and The Supreme Court's Boundary-Enforcing Role
Discussion: Law Blog
Fox News:
Supreme Court Halts Chrysler Sale to Fiat
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Palin and GOP spar over fundraising dinner  —  A dispute with Republican congressional leaders may keep Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, one of the GOP's most-recognized names, from attending the party's big fundraising dinner Monday night.  —  Palin was originally slated to headline Monday's dinner benefiting …
Discussion: Burnt Orange Report, Wonkette and D-Day
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Gingrich camp: Plagiarism claim ‘silly’
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
After Mixed Signals, Palin May Try to Upstage Gingrich at GOP Dinner
Discussion: Gawker
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...
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
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.
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IS ‘ENTITLEMENT’ A NEW SCARE WORD?.... The Wall Street Journal …
Discussion: Fraters Libertas
Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
“Third Way” on Public Option: Make One that Can't Work
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.
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 …
Discussion: Tom Watson and DailyFinance
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% …
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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.
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: The American Scene
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.
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.
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).  Update: I fixed the broken link to the PDF.
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 …
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Duncan Campbell / Guardian:
The genteel face of neo-fascism
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Pareene / Gawker:
No Gypsies, Tramps, Thieves Allowed at Brooklyn Holocaust Memorial
Discussion: New York Post and Jewschool
Dalia Sussman / City Room:
Few Know Bloomberg's Party Affiliation, Poll Finds
Discussion: Wonkette
Brendan O'Neill / BBC:
Great Briton  —  It's 200 years since the British-born …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and Truthdig
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Right-Wingers To Boycott GM?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Incertus
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Senator Clarifies Angry Tweet To Obama Saying “I'm no NAIL”
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
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

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