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12:45 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.
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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 …
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 …
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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 …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin center of attention at big GOP dinner  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Newt Gingrich was the keynote speaker at Monday night's fundraising dinner for the Senate and House Republican campaign committees, but it was Sarah Palin who stole the show.  —  The Alaska governor's last-minute appearance …
Fox News:
Gingrich Tells GOP Obama Has ‘Already Failed’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and MyDD
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: Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein
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Eric Dash / New York Times:
Treasury Lets 10 Big Banks Start to Repay Bailout Money
Discussion: Gothamist
FinancialStability.gov:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2009
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 …
Discussion: The Politico and Salon
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Material Support on the Ropes?
Discussion: Power Line and TigerHawk
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?
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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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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Seminal and TPMDC
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New York Times:
G.O.P. Regains 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 …
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City Room:
Republicans Seize Control of State Senate
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
TURNCOATS ARE REVOLTING  —  Meet the two Democratic turncoats …
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.
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 …
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Obama invokes Jesus more than Bush  —  He's done it while talking about abortion and the Middle East, even the economy.  The references serve at once as an affirmation of his faith and a rebuke against a rumor that persists for some to this day.  —  As president, Barack Obama …
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Michael Falcone / The Politico:
States say to feds: Get off our turf
Discussion: HotMES
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 …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
62% Say Obama Should Not Meet With Iran Until It Stops Nuclear Weapons Program  —  Sixty-two percent (62%) of U.S. voters say Iran should be required to stop developing its nuclear weapons capabilities before a meeting is allowed between the Iranian president and the president of the United States …
Lisa DePaulo / Men's Fashion, Men's Clothing …:
The Chairman Speaks  —  Barney Frank on how we got into this mess, what he thinks of Arlen Specter, and the difference between secrecy and hypocrisy  —  He's not a small-talk kind of guy.  There's not even a hello or a handshake when I walk in.  There is no acknowledgment of any kind.
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
 
 
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
O'Reilly defends torture: 'Look, if it were illegal, Bush and Cheney …
Washington Times:
Carving up Jerusalem  —  Obama signals major policy shift on Israel
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Mondoweiss
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Fight over public plan intensifies
Discussion: Wonk Room and MSNBC
The Hill:
Cantor complains Pelosi refuses to meet with him
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
A Failure of Regulation, Not Capitalism
Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
Biden gaffe: New rail tunnel being built for cars?
Discussion: Politics Daily and Michelle Malkin
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U.N. environment chief urges global ban on plastic bags
Paul / Power Line:
Putting words in Obama's mouth
Discussion: The American Scene and The Corner