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11:40 PM ET, June 9, 2009

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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Letterman Top Ten: Palin has a “slutty flight attendant look”; Audio: “Pathetic,” says Palin  —  I bet Ashley Herzog's bummed he didn't pull this a day earlier, huh?  It would have made a sweet addition to her latest column.  The best part: Letterman wondering why Slutty Flight Attendant didn't stop by the show.
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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 …
Daniel Terrapin / Conservatives4Palin.com:
David Letterman is a Sexist Pervert; UPDATE: Gov. Palin Responds; Treacher Smackdown  —  Scroll down for updates  —  While counting down “The Top Ten Highlights Of Sarah Palin's Trip To New York” on the Late Show, David Letterman thought it would be funny to use crude and sexist terms to describe an accomplished governor.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Letterman: Palin Updated Her “Slutty Flight Attendant” Look In NY  —  While reading his top ten list Monday night, “Late Show” host David Letterman said Gov. Sarah Palin bought makeup from Bloomingdale's to update her “slutty flight attendant” look.  Palin was in New York over the weekend.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Deeds Surges to Stunning Win in Va.  —  Running with the least money and fewest ties to vote-rich Northern Virginia, State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds has won the three-way Democratic primary for governor, paving the way for a rematch with Republican Bob McDonnell in the fall.
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Wall Street Journal:
Making Failure an Option  —  As some banks leave the TARP, what to do about Citigroup?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The Hotel Geithner — a.k.a. the Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP — is poised to set up its checkout desk this week.  Big banks that have successfully raised capital …
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The Politico:
Biden pushes envelope with praise  —  Vice President Joe Biden offered an exuberant endorsement of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor at a White House event Tuesday - but some legal analysts believe he went too far by suggesting she would rule in favor of police if confirmed.
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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 …
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Exchange of the Day  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) was interviewed last night by Sean Hannity on Fox News:  —  Palin: We are the only state with a negative tax rate where we don't have any income, sales or property tax statewide, and yes we have a share of our oil resource revenue that goes back to the people that own the resources.
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Akmuckraker / The Mudflats:
Governor Palin?  We Can Still Hear You Up Here...  There were several things that jumped out at Alaskans from the Hannity/Palin interview that taped on Sunday and aired the following night on Fox.  First was the gooey missive on how great it is that Alaskans own the resources of the state …
Discussion: Think Progress
CNN:
Voight on Obama: The president is a ‘false prophet’  —  • President Obama  —  The hope of the Republican Party: A combo ticket with Jon Voight and Sarah Palin...the combined intellect and spiritual resonance of a newt...all designed to lead us out of darkness.  —  Ruth, Orlando
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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
McConnell ‘really enjoyed’ …
Discussion: The Swamp
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court clears Chrysler sale, without dissent  —  UPDATE 8:29 p.m. Word was circulating in Washington and New York Tuesday night that the Chrysler deal could be wrapped up as early as Wednesday morning, with the electronic transfer of funds to pay Chrysler for most of its existing assets.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Blue Dogs Backsliding On Anti-Health Care Reform Backsliding  —  Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) is “unwavering” in her opposition to a Blue Dog Coalition health care position issued late last week, she said Tuesday.  The Blue Dogs, a caucus of conservative Democrats, issued a set of principles opposing …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Open Left and The Mahablog
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL): I Told China Not To Believe U.S. Budget Numbers  —  Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) now appears to have taken a bold step in the debate over the budget deficit: Openly telling a foreign government not to trust the administration in Washington.  —  The Straits Times reports …
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Third of Republicans view party unfavorably  —  WASHINGTON — In thinking about the Republican Party's troubles, consider this: One-third of Republicans now say they have an unfavorable opinion of their party.  —  There's no such dyspepsia among Democrats.  Just 4% have an unfavorable view of their party.
Von / Obsidian Wings:
Let it come down … Possibly the baddest few lines of script and stage direction in Shakespeare's plays, and here I've gone and appropriated it for a boring post on President Obama's looming budget deficits.  * This is reason no. 502 why the internet sucks.
Associated Press:
North Korea would use nuclear weapons in a ‘merciless offensive’  —  North Korea today said it would use nuclear weapons in a “merciless offensive” if provoked — its latest bellicose rhetoric apparently aimed at deterring any international punishment for its recent atomic test blast.
Media Matters for America:
O'Reilly and Fox News will have more right-wing violence to answer for  —  If Fox News is going to continue to traffic in hateful, vigilante-style rhetoric, then folks at Fox News, as well as their apologists in the GOP Noise Machine, are going to have to come up with better talking points …
Discussion: News Hounds and AMERICAblog News
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
Return of the Once-Rare Beaver?  Not in My Yard.  —  CONCORD, Mass. — The dozens of public works officials, municipal engineers, conservation agents and others who crowded into a meeting room here one recent morning needed help.  Property in their towns was flooding, they said.  Culverts were clogged.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Moe Lane
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 …
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
House plan seeks to pull car sales out of doldrums  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - With auto sales in the doldrums, the House was considering a plan Tuesday to provide vouchers of up to $4,500 for consumers who turn in their gas-guzzling cars and trucks for more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
Ezra Klein:
Health Reform for Beginners: The Difference Between Socialized Medicine, Single-Payer Health Care, and What We'll Be Getting  —  I've been meaning to write this post for some time.  The words “socialized medicine” and"single-payer health care" get thrown around with such gleeful abandon …
Newsweek:
The Top of the Class  —  The complete list of the 1,500 top U.S. high schools  —  Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement, Intl.  Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors.
 
 
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