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2:55 PM ET, June 9, 2009


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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.
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: Pajamas Media and Don Surber
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Politico and Salon
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Material Support on the Ropes?
Discussion: Power Line and TigerHawk
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 …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Graham: Hillary opposes release of torture pics
Discussion: The Plum Line
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 …
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Who's The Bound Man?
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 …
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Hot Air and Donklephant
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
For a 2012 Contender, Some Advantages in Leaving Office  —  WASHINGTON — When Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota announced last week that he would not seek re-election next year - a decision widely seen in political circles as clearing the way for a presidential run in 2012 …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
O'Reilly defends torture: ‘Look, if it were illegal, Bush and Cheney would have been arrested.’  —  Fox News's Bill O'Reilly has always been one of the most outspoken defenders of torture, declaring there's “certainly no proof” that “mistreatment” ever happened at Guantanamo, and insisting it's …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Bruce Falconer / MoJo Sections:
Kabul's K Street Project  —  Help!  I'm being outgunned on K Street!  That's the message Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States is sending home, according to an internal government memo (PDF) obtained by Mother Jones.  His complaint signals that Kabul's man in Washington has learned …
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.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Care Spending Disparities Stir a Fight  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama recently summoned aides to the Oval Office to discuss a magazine article investigating why the border town of McAllen, Tex., was the country's most expensive place for health care.
Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
Obama Tells American Businesses to Drop Dead: Kevin Hassett  —  I've finally figured out the Obama economic strategy.  President Barack Obama and his team have been having so much fun wielding dictatorial power while rescuing “failed” firms, that they have developed a scheme to gain the same power over every business.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Quinnipiac University:
Democrat Sink Has Small Edge In Florida Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Tax Break For First-Time Homeowners  —  Democrat Alex Sink holds a 38 - 34 percent lead over Republican Bill McCollum in an early look at the 2010 Florida Governor's race, the first matchup since …
Discussion: MSNBC
Washington Times:
Carving up Jerusalem  —  Obama signals major policy shift on Israel  —  The Obama administration is creeping closer to a move to carve up Jerusalem.  White House ambiguity holds the holy city hostage to Palestinian ambition.  —  Late Friday, the White House released Presidential Determination 2009-19 …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Mondoweiss
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Finance Reforms Pared Back  —  White House to Preserve Regulators but Seek Tougher Rules; Avoiding a Political Battle  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is backing away from seeking a major reduction in the number of agencies overseeing financial markets, people familiar with the matter say …
Kbh /
Understanding the House Democrats' health care bill  —  Yesterday I posted and described the draft Kennedy-Dodd health care bill.  Today I would like to do the same for an outline produced by House Democrats.  —  Here is a three-page outline of “Key Features of the Tri-Committee Health Reform Draft Proposal …
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Leon Panetta Kisses His Credibility Goodbye
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Hastert's son announces House bid
Discussion: CBS News
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Larry Summers on the Left?
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Fight over public plan intensifies
Discussion: Wonk Room and MSNBC
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
States say to feds: Get off our turf
Discussion: HotMES
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Biden gaffe: New rail tunnel being built for cars?