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11:50 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 …
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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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin center of attention at big GOP dinner
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Obama invokes Jesus more than Bush
Discussion: The Foundry, Time and HotMES
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
States say to feds: Get off our turf
Discussion: HotMES
Fox News:
Gingrich Tells GOP Obama Has ‘Already Failed’
Discussion: Think Progress, Bloomberg and MyDD
Gateway Pundit:
Newt Gingrich: “Bowing To the Saudi King Is Not An Energy Policy” …
Discussion: Right Wing News and GOP 12
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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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
TURNCOATS ARE REVOLTING  —  Meet the two Democratic turncoats …
New York Post:
STATE SENATE'S GONE COUP-KOO
Discussion: City Room, JammieWearingFool and MSNBC
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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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
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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 …
Frank J. Gaffney Jr / Washington Times:
GAFFNEY: America's first Muslim president?  —  Obama aligns with the policies of Shariah-adherents  —  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.
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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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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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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Melissa Clouthier / Columns:
What Really Happens With Government Run Health Care
Washington Post:
Primary Hinges On Voter Turnout  —  Democrats Hoping To Be Governor Going Full Throttle  —  Virginia voters go to the polls today to select the Democratic standard-bearer for governor against Republican Robert F. McDonnell, an outcome that is likely to rest with a few hundred thousand voters …
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Washington Post:
Severe Thunderstorms Hit as Polls Open in Va.
Discussion: TPMDC and Democratic Strategist
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
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 …
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
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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Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
A Failure of Regulation, Not Capitalism
New York Times:
Poll Finds Lukewarm Support for Bloomberg
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Gothamist
Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
Biden gaffe: New rail tunnel being built for cars?
Discussion: Politics Daily and Michelle Malkin
New York Times:
Huge Campaign Rallies Snarl Tehran
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Chuck Todd to Write Book about Current Administration
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Iranian weapons getting through to Taliban
Agence France Presse:
China airs fears on US debt, dollar: lawmaker
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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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