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10:10 AM 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 …
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.
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 …
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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 …
New York Post:
STATE SENATE'S GONE COUP-KOO
Discussion: MSNBC and JammieWearingFool
NY Daily News:
GOP coup in Albany: Senators Hiram Monserrate and Pedro Espada …
Discussion: RedState
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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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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TalkLeft
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Bloomberg:
U.S. Said to Plan Approval Today for 10 Banks to Repay TARP  —  The Treasury is preparing to announce today it will let 10 banks buy back government shares, people familiar with the matter said, signaling confidence some of the largest U.S. lenders won't again need a taxpayer rescue.
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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.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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% …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Just 42% of GM Owners Likely to Buy GM Again
Discussion: BizzyBlog, Polimom, Too and Hot Air
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 …
Grace Chung / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.N. environment chief urges global ban on plastic bags  —  WASHINGTON — Single-use plastic bags, a staple of American life, have got to go, the United Nations' top environmental official said Monday.  —  Although recycling bags is on the rise in the United States, an estimated 90 billion thin bags a year …
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
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The Corner:
Re: The Cairo Speech
Discussion: The American Scene
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Boston Globe Union Rejects Deal on Pay Cuts  —  BOSTON — After weeks of labor tension and 12 hours of suspenseful voting, members of the Newspaper Guild at The Boston Globe narrowly rejected a proposed package of wage and compensation cuts.  As a result, the newspaper's owner …
Steve Chaggaris / CBS News:
Politics Today: Obama To Talk “Paygo”  —  Politics Today is CBSNews.com's inside look at the key stories driving the day in Politics, written by CBS News Political Director Steve Chaggaris:  —  **President Obama to talk “paygo” today...  **First Gitmo detainee to U.S...
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Fault Lines Emerge as Financial Players Try to Influence Regulatory Overhaul  —  As the Obama administration prepares to unveil plans for overhauling financial regulation, potentially addressing such diverse issues as credit card lending and global economic threats, a multifront war is brewing.
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 …
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.
U.S. Federal Election Commission:
2008 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN FINANCIAL ACTIVITY SUMMARIZED: RECEIPTS NEARLY DOUBLE 2004 TOTAL  —  WASHINGTON - Financial activity of 2008 presidential candidates and national party convention committees increased 80% in receipts over the 2004 presidential election, totaling more than $1.8 billion …
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.
 
 
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CNN:
More bodies found from Air France crash
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and #gay
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
White House Cites Progress on Economy Under Plan
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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James Osborne / Fox News:
Clinton Invites Controversial Muslim Leader on Conference Call
Discussion: RedState
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Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iranians Voice Discontent in Massive Street Rally
Discussion: Informed Comment
The Anchoress:
One of THOSE round-ups
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and alicublog
Elise Labott / CNN:
Clinton orders review of State Department security
Discussion: The Foundry
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
Evan Thomas: Obama Is a ‘Brave,’ ‘Great Teacher’ Who ‘Stands Above’ Us All
Discussion: Once Upon a Time and Wonk Room
Duncan Campbell / Guardian:
The genteel face of neo-fascism
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias