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11:00 AM ET, June 8, 2009


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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama's Economic Circle Keeps Tensions Simmering  —  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.
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.
Rachel Beck / Associated Press:
ALL BUSINESS: Bond-market rout lifts mortgage cost  —  NEW YORK (AP) - The Federal Reserve announced a $1.2 trillion plan three months ago designed to push down mortgage rates and breathe life into the housing market.  —  But this and other big government spending programs are turning out to have the opposite effect.
Discussion: theblogprof and Gateway Pundit
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.
Discussion: The Swamp, HotMES and Crooks and Liars
Amanda Carpenter / Washington Times:
Palin fends off ethics charges brought since '08
Discussion: NY Daily News and Newsweek Blogs
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 …
Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
North Korea's Nuclear Program Cannot Be Stopped by America Alone
Discussion: Time and Commentary
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:   N. Korea Sentences 2 U.S. Journalists to 12 Years of Hard Labor
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
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 …
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.
Kbh /
Dr. Goolsbee gets it wrong on the auto loans  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace moderated a discussion about the auto industry.  One of his guests was Dr. Austan Goolsbee, who is a Member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist on the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Administration blames Bush for GM crisis
Discussion: QandO and DownWithTyranny!
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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT'S A FEATURE, NOT A BUG.... The New York Times had an item over the weekend on the inclusion of a public option in a health care reform.  The piece was primarily about the existence of state-based plans in which employees are given a choice “between government-backed insurance options and a menu of commercial policies.”
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 …
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 …
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Discussion: The Foundry and AmSpecBlog
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A Prosecutor Gets Personal
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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