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1:45 PM ET, June 9, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Sotomayor hearing date set for July 13
Discussion: The Note
Michael Falcone / The Politico:
States say to feds: Get off our turf
Discussion: HotMES
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 …
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Annals of religion  —  And the Muslim attack comes roaring back from the political fringe today with a Washington Times op-ed by Frank Gaffney that concedes while he isn't — “necessarily” — a Muslim, there is a valid Hitler comparison to make:  —  This is not to say, necessarily …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Material Support on the Ropes?
Discussion: Power Line and TigerHawk
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Who's The Bound Man?
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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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Health reform bill lacks details  —  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee will release a much anticipated draft of health care reform this afternoon, but the most contentious issues, like the public insurance option and employer mandate, will be left out of the bill for now …
Discussion: Daily Kos, TPMDC and The Seminal
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
O'Reilly defends torture: ‘Look, if it were illegal, Bush and Cheney would have been arrested.’  —  Fox News's Bill O'Reilly has always been one of the most outspoken defenders of torture, declaring there's “certainly no proof” that “mistreatment” ever happened at Guantanamo, and insisting it's …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Daily Kos
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Guantanamo Detainee Transferred To New York For Trial
Caitlin Taylor / Political Punch:
Gitmo Detainee Brought to NYC for Trial
Discussion: Associated Press, Hot Air and Gothamist
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 and Ezra Klein
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
For a 2012 Contender, Some Advantages in Leaving Office  —  WASHINGTON — When Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota announced last week that he would not seek re-election next year - a decision widely seen in political circles as clearing the way for a presidential run in 2012 …
Bruce Falconer / MoJo Sections:
Kabul's K Street Project  —  Help!  I'm being outgunned on K Street!  That's the message Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States is sending home, according to an internal government memo (PDF) obtained by Mother Jones.  His complaint signals that Kabul's man in Washington has learned …
 
 
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
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Washington Times:
Carving up Jerusalem  —  Obama signals major policy shift on Israel
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Mondoweiss
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Fight over public plan intensifies
Discussion: Wonk Room and MSNBC
The Hill:
Cantor complains Pelosi refuses to meet with him
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
Biden gaffe: New rail tunnel being built for cars?
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