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6:25 AM ET, June 9, 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 …
New York Times:
Republicans Regain Control of New York State Senate  —  ALBANY — The Democrats' tenuous control of the New York State Senate abruptly collapsed on Monday, throwing the Legislature into chaos with just two weeks remaining in its session.  —  Two dissident Democrats, who had been secretly strategizing …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Robert Harding / the albany project:
Senate Coup: Smith Says Its Illegal, Republicans Say Its Historic
Discussion: PoliGazette
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.
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.
New York Times:
Supreme Court Delays Sale of Chrysler to Fiat
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
Justice Ginsburg Stays Chrysler Sale — For Now
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Althouse
Paul / Power Line:
Leveling the playing field  —  On Saturday, our friend Ed Whelan provided the identity of a previously anonymous blogger who has been attacking his work in rather nasty fashion.  That blogger, who went by the unoriginal and pretentious name “publius,” turned out to be a law professor at South Texas College of Law named John Blevins.
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.
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Palin makes little splash at dinner  —  Ending weeks of she-said, they-said drama, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin turned in a cameo appearance at the gala fundraising dinner for her party's House and Senate candidates in Washington Monday night.  —  But in spite of all the back-and-forth between …
Drudge Report:
‘TOLD YA SO’  —  Sarah Palin hits FOXNEWS tonight for the big 'Told Ya …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Gingrich camp: Plagiarism claim ‘silly’
Discussion: The Note
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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Blue Dogs Backsliding On Health Care  —  Conservative House Democrats agreed to a set of health care principles late last week that angered advocates of a overhaul of the health care system.  —  The Blue Dog Coalition issued a statement that said it would only support the public health care option …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, D-Day and Daily Kos
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.
Paul / Power Line:
Putting words in Obama's mouth  —  President Obama's Cairo speech has drawn lots of criticism, some of it quite harsh.  Anne Bayefsky's post today on The Corner is among the harshest I've seen.  —  Obama deserves some of the criticism he has received.  However, some of it is, I think, wide of the mark.
Discussion: The American Scene
The Corner:
Re: The Cairo Speech
Discussion: The American Scene
Kate Thayer / The Chronicle:
Hastert's son announces run for Congress, wants to be part of ‘next generation of leadership’  —  ELBURN - Ethan Hastert has announced he'll run for his father's old seat in Congress.  —  Hastert, 31, said Monday that he's forming a committee to begin his campaign and fundraising for the 14th District Congressional seat.
Elise Labott / CNN:
Clinton orders review of State Department security  —  CNN State Department Producer  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she has ordered a review of security and vetting procedures that let a State Department employee suspected of spying for Cuba slip through the cracks.
Discussion: The Foundry
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Sarkozy entertains Michelle and the girls after Obama heads home  —  Blog: Obama keeps his distance in France  —  He failed to persuade Barack Obama to socialise with him, but Nicolas Sarkozy enjoyed a consolation prize yesterday: lunch with the President's wife Michelle and their children.
Matthew J. Lee / Boston Globe:
Globe's largest union rejects cuts  —  Daniel Totten, president of the Boston Newspaper Guild, left, and Scott Steeves, vice president of the Boston Newspapers Guild, walking out of the Boston Globe before announcing the Boston Newspaper Guild vote to reject a package of major concessions …
Discussion: First Draft
The Anchoress:
One of THOSE round-ups  —  Yes, this is going to be one of THOSE round-ups, where I clear off all my open tabs of things I just read, and pass them off to you; covering everything from my personal stuff to a video recommendation or two.  —  Fluff: Ann Althouse is running the inevitable captioning thread on this picture.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and alicublog
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.
Discussion: the albany project
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Very Old Quote of the Day  —  Here's a line allegedly from Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws that I've only ever actually seen quoted in other works: … I'm not sure this means American liberty is doomed, but I think it would be hard to deny that the corrupting influence …
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iranians Voice Discontent in Massive Street Rally  —  TEHRAN — Tens of thousands of demonstrators formed a 12-mile human chain across Iran's capital city Monday, chanting for change, in scenes reminiscent of the 1979 revolution.  —  The crowd had come out in support of Mir Hossein Mousavi …
Discussion: Informed Comment
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Discussion: Daily Kos, TPMDC and Think Progress
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Conor Clarke / Atlantic Correspondents:
Is the Huffington Post Killing the New York Times and the Washington Post?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias