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9:20 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 …
Discussion: Bench Memos and The Debate Link
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.
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal and Gawker
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 …
Robert Harding / the albany project:
Senate Coup: Smith Says Its Illegal, Republicans Say Its Historic
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and PoliGazette
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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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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
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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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James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Sotomayor is remembered as a zealous prosecutor
Discussion: The Agitator
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.
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Tony Mauro / The BLT:
Justice Ginsburg Stays Chrysler Sale — For Now
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Althouse
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Matthew J. Lee / Boston Globe:
Globe's largest union rejects cuts
Discussion: First Draft
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Death Penalty Case Reveals the Blemishes in Alabama's Courts
James Osborne / Fox News:
Clinton Invites Controversial Muslim Leader on Conference Call
Discussion: RedState
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
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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
Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
Lebanon  —  Happy news from Lebanon, and Tony Badran's analysis is, as always, excellent.
BBC:
Swedish pirates capture EU seat