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10:55 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 …
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:
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 …
New York Post:
STATE SENATE'S GONE COUP-KOO
Discussion: MSNBC and JammieWearingFool
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
TURNCOATS ARE REVOLTING  —  Meet the two Democratic turncoats …
Discussion: Raw Story and JammieWearingFool
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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Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Obama invokes Jesus more than Bush
Discussion: The Foundry, Time and HotMES
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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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.
Washington Post:
Severe Thunderstorms Hit as Polls Open in Va.  —  Polls opened at 6 this morning for Virginia's Democratic primary, just as severe thunderstorms descended on parts of the region.  Initial turnout was low for what analysts say is a wide-open, three-way race for the gubernatorial nomination, as well as other state and local contests.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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Steve Chaggaris / CBS News:
Politics Today: Obama To Talk “Paygo”
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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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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David B. Wilkerson / MarketWatch:
Boston Globe union rejects contract offer  —  CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — The largest union representing employees of the Boston Globe narrowly rejected management's final contract offer Monday, possibly setting the stage for the closure of the embattled newspaper.
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 …
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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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Creating Possibilities in Cairo
Discussion: Commentary, normblog and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Finance Reforms Pared Back
Discussion: Clusterstock and ProPublica
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 …
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 …
André Aciman / New York Times:
The Exodus Obama Forgot to Mention  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA'S speech to the Islamic world was a groundbreaking event.  Never before has a young, dynamic American president, beloved both by his countrymen and the nations of the world, extended so timely and eager a hand to a part of the globe that …
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.
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 …
 
 
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James Osborne / Fox News:
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Iranians Voice Discontent in Massive Street Rally
Discussion: Informed Comment
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Sarkozy entertains Michelle and the girls after Obama heads home
Paul / Power Line:
Putting words in Obama's mouth
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