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5:15 PM ET, June 9, 2009

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The Hill:
Palin beginning to irritate some Senate GOPers  —  Sarah Palin has begun to get on the nerves of Republican senators who say the former GOP vice presidential nominee is taking her own White House aspirations entirely too seriously.  —  But those same senators may have their eye …
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Letterman: Palin Updated Her “Slutty Flight Attendant” Look In NY  —  While reading his top ten list Monday night, “Late Show” host David Letterman said Gov. Sarah Palin bought makeup from Bloomingdale's to update her “slutty flight attendant” look.  Palin was in New York over the weekend.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Exchange of the Day  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) was interviewed last night by Sean Hannity on Fox News:  —  Palin: We are the only state with a negative tax rate where we don't have any income, sales or property tax statewide, and yes we have a share of our oil resource revenue that goes back to the people that own the resources.
Discussion: Donklephant
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Comedian on ‘Today’ Show Trashes Sarah Palin: She's ‘Very Much Like Herpes’
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and GOP 12
Frank J. Gaffney Jr / Washington Times:
GAFFNEY: America's first Muslim president?  —  During his White House years, William Jefferson Clinton — someone Judge Sonia Sotomayor might call a “white male” — was dubbed “America's first black president” by a black admirer.  Applying the standard of identity politics and pandering …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Annals of religion  —  And the Muslim attack comes roaring back from the political fringe today with a Washington Times op-ed by Frank Gaffney that concedes while he isn't — “necessarily” — a Muslim, there is a valid Hitler comparison to make:  —  This is not to say, necessarily …
Ed Whelan / Bench Memos:
My Apologies to Publius  —  On reflection, I now realize that, completely apart from any debate over our respective rights and completely apart from our competing views on the merits of pseudonymous blogging, I have been uncharitable in my conduct towards the blogger who has used the pseudonym Publius.
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Publius / Obsidian Wings:
Moving On  —  Ed Whelan has written both publicly and privately and apologized.  I know it was not an easy thing to do, and it is of course accepted.  I therefore consider the matter done, and don't intend on writing about it anymore.  —  The real story here wasn't really about me anyway …
Jules Crittenden:
Nation Of Seventh Graders
Discussion: Riehl World View and Pajamas Media
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
CIA Urges Judge To Keep Bush-Era Documents Sealed  —  Al-Qaeda Could Use Contents, Agency Says  —  The Obama administration objected yesterday to the release of certain Bush-era documents that detail the videotaped interrogations of CIA detainees at secret prisons, arguing to a federal judge …
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Graham: Hillary opposes release of torture pics
Discussion: The Plum Line
Associated Press:
10 Banks Allowed to Repay $68B in Bailout Money  —  WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department has approved 10 of the nation's largest banks to repay $68 billion in government bailout money.  —  The department on Tuesday said the banks, which were not named, will be allowed to repay the money …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Cautious at Heart  —  Sonia Sotomayor had bad timing.  If she'd entered college in the late-1950s or early-1960s, she would have been surrounded by an ethos that encouraged smart young ethnic kids to assimilate.  If she'd entered Princeton and Yale in the 1980s, her ethnicity and gender …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Who's The Bound Man?
Discussion: TalkLeft and Discriminations
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Not All Abortions Are Equal  —  The case of Dr. George Tiller, murdered just over a week ago in the lobby of his church, helps explain why so many people believe that abortion should be available at any stage of pregnancy.  —  Tiller did abortions in third trimester, when almost no one else would do them …
Think Progress:
Cantor Falsely Claims There Are No ‘Judicial Precedents’ For The Prosecution Of Suspected Terrorists On U.S. Soil  —  Today, Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Ghailani was transferred to New York to face trial for the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
Discussion: Associated Press, D-Day, MSNBC and Hot Air
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Wall Street Journal:
The Media Fall for Phony ‘Jobs’ Claims  —  The Obama Numbers Are Pure Fiction.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Tony Fratto is envious.  —  Mr. Fratto was a colleague of mine in the Bush administration, and as a senior member of the White House communications shop, he knows just how difficult …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Murdered Doctor's Abortion Clinic Shuttered  —  The Wichita abortion clinic run by a doctor who was shot and killed will remain closed permanently, his family said on Tuesday.  —  Dr. George R. Tiller's clinic was one of the few in the country to provide abortions to women late in their pregnancies …
CNN:
Voight on Obama: The president is a ‘false prophet’  —  • President Obama  —  The hope of the Republican Party: A combo ticket with Jon Voight and Sarah Palin...the combined intellect and spiritual resonance of a newt...all designed to lead us out of darkness.  —  Ruth, Orlando
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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
McConnell ‘really enjoyed’ …
Phil Bronstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
Love or lust, Obama and the fawning press need to get a room  —  When Barack Obama decided that questions from the German press about his trip agenda in that country were too pesky, he told the reporters, “So, stop it all of you!”  He just wanted them to ask things he wanted to talk about.
Newsweek:
The Top of the Class  —  The complete list of the 1,500 top U.S. high schools  —  Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement, Intl.  Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors.
David Gratzer / Wall Street Journal:
Canada's ObamaCare Precedent  —  Governments always ration care by making you wait.  That can be deadly.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Congressional Democrats will soon put forward their legislative proposals for reforming health care.  Should they succeed, tens of millions of Americans …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Health reform bill lacks details  —  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee will release a much anticipated draft of health care reform this afternoon, but the most contentious issues, like the public insurance option and employer mandate, will be left out of the bill for now …
Ezra Klein:
Health Reform for Beginners: The Difference Between Socialized Medicine, Single-Payer Health Care, and What We'll Be Getting  —  I've been meaning to write this post for some time.  The words “socialized medicine” and"single-payer health care" get thrown around with such gleeful abandon …
Media Matters for America:
O'Reilly and Fox News will have more right-wing violence to answer for  —  If Fox News is going to continue to traffic in hateful, vigilante-style rhetoric, then folks at Fox News, as well as their apologists in the GOP Noise Machine, are going to have to come up with better talking points …
Discussion: News Hounds and AMERICAblog News
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL): I Told China Not To Believe U.S. Budget Numbers  —  Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) now appears to have taken a bold step in the debate over the budget deficit: Openly telling a foreign government not to trust the administration in Washington.  —  The Straits Times reports …
Associated Press:
North Korea would use nuclear weapons in a ‘merciless offensive’  —  North Korea today said it would use nuclear weapons in a “merciless offensive” if provoked — its latest bellicose rhetoric apparently aimed at deterring any international punishment for its recent atomic test blast.
On Deadline:
Judge kills suit claiming ‘crunchberrries’ aren't real fruit  —  This tale of an attempted cereal killing comes to you courtesy of the legal blog Lowering the Bar.  —  A federal judge in California has dismissed a complaint filed by a San Diego woman who had bought “Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries” …
Discussion: Moonbattery
Mallory Factor / Fox News:
Biden Mistakenly Claims New Hudson River Tunnel Project Will Accomodate Cars  —  Vice President Biden, on a conference call Monday with reporters, claimed that the planned Hudson River tunnel between New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan would provide a much-anticipated route for automobiles.
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Martinez predicts Sotomayor will be confirmed  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Following a one-on-one meeting with Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida predicted the Supreme Court nominee will confirmed by the Senate.  —  “I would expect that she would be confirmed with pretty good numbers,” he told reporters.
 
 
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Hans A. Von Spakovsky / Wall Street Journal:
Holder Winks at Voter Intimidation
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Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
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Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
'It's time to enshrine Hank Paulson as national hero' WTF?
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Frank Schaeffer / The Huffington Post:
Dr. Tiller, Murder, Domestic Terrorism and the Republican Right
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 Earlier Items: 
Emptywheel:
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
O'Reilly defends torture: 'Look, if it were illegal, Bush and Cheney …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Rasmussen Reports:
62% Say Obama Should Not Meet With Iran Until It Stops Nuclear Weapons Program
Washington Times:
Carving up Jerusalem  —  Obama signals major policy shift on Israel
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Israel Matzav
Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
Obama Tells American Businesses to Drop Dead: Kevin Hassett
Discussion: Gateway Pundit