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11:45 AM ET, June 10, 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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Jim Treacher / Jim Treacher's Blog …:
IT MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST IDEA FOR DAVID LETTERMAN TO JOKE ABOUT UNDERAGE GIRLS BEING RAPED  —  Look out, Guy Cimbalo.  There's a new thuglike misogynist creep in town:  —  Before I continue, I'll pause for a moment so you can catch your breath and ease that stitch in your side.  —  Ready?
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.
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:   Letterman Fallout  —  Cynn, in comments, and Alicublog …
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
THE INAPPROPRIATE LAUGHS KEEP ON COMIN'!  Following on the …
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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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: MR. DEEDS  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Palau to Take Chinese Guantánamo Detainees  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has won an agreement to transfer up to 17 Chinese Muslims from the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to Palau, a sparsely populated archipelago in the North Pacific, according to a statement released …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Limbaugh, Gingrich, Cheney Seen as Speaking for GOP  —  Obama overwhelmingly seen as main person who speaks for Democrats  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Asked to name the “main person who speaks for the Republican Party today,” Republicans across the country are most likely to name three men: Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and Dick Cheney.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Coach Obama: Shape up now  —  President Barack Obama eats his vegetables and exercises every day — and he really wants you to do the same.  —  From the White House garden to his picks for top health jobs, Obama is telling America's McDonald's-loving, couch-dwelling, doctor-phobic populace that things are about to change.
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Democrats Nearing Consensus on Health Plan  —  WASHINGTON — A broad consensus on the contours of legislation to remake the nation's health care system appeared to be developing among Democratic leaders on Tuesday as three House committee chairmen outlined a bill generally similar to one being written in the Senate.
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House Dems show first draft of health reform bill
Discussion: The Politico and The Foundry
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Kennedy may not return this month
Charles Krauthammer / New York Post:
HOW FOX NEWS OPENED AMERICA  —  The following is excerpted from Charles Krauthammer's remarks upon receiving the 2009 Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism, named for The Post's late edit orial-page editor, yesterday in Washing ton.  —  AT a time when awards in the humanities …
Sam / Sky News:
Peter Allen, in Paris  —  Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on the Air France flight which crashed with the loss of 228 lives, it has emerged.  —  French secret servicemen established the connection while working through the list of those who boarded the doomed Airbus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 31 May.
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Fox News:
Two Air France Passenger Names Probed for Terror Links
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Rasmussen Reports:
45% Say Cancel Rest of Stimulus Spending  —  Forty-five percent (45%) of Americans say the rest of the new government spending authorized in the $787-billion economic stimulus plan should now be canceled.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 36% disagree and 20% are not sure.
Alice Olins / Times of London:
Michelle Obama's Abbey outfit: stacked like a wedding cake - but nice colours  —  Wow, look at her go.  Michelle Obama, who was in London on a short sightseeing trip with her daughters, didn't let the small issue of a failing government stand in the way of her sunny style.
Discussion: Don Surber
New York Times:
Feeling Slighted, Rich Patron Led Albany Revolt  —  ALBANY — In early spring, Tom Golisano went to Albany from his home in Rochester to meet with Malcolm A. Smith, then the Senate majority leader.  —  Mr. Golisano, a billionaire business executive, had spent heavily to help Mr. Smith …
David Squires / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Rev. Wright says he doesn't regret severed relationship with president  —  HAMPTON - - The Rev. Jeremiah Wright says he does not feel any regrets over his severed relationship with President Barack Obama, a former member of the Chicago church in which Wright was the longtime pastor.
Lee E. Ohanian / Forbes:
The $787 Billion Mistake  —  Current economic indicators suggest that our economic crisis will hit bottom soon and that the U.S. will be poised for economic recovery.  There are many signs pointing to an economy that shows significant signs of improvement.  —  Employment loss is slowing considerably …
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Obama's hit — and big miss  —  Plus: U2, Depeche Mode and one “wise Latina”  —  Barack Obama was elected to do exactly what he did last week at Cairo University — to open a dialogue with the Muslim world.  Or at least that was why I, for one, voted for him, contributed to his campaign, and continue to support him.
Quinnipiac University:
Christie Has 10-Point Likely Voter Lead In New Jersey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Corzine Approval Drops To New Low  —  Fresh from his Republican primary victory, former federal prosecutor Christopher Christie leads Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine 50 - 40 percent among likely voters …
Sean O'Neill / Times of London:
London's Metropolitan Police accused of waterboarding suspects  —  Crime Central: official responses |  Cannabis case led to claims |  Waterboarding: torture without a trace |  Enfield police get new commander |  Andy Hayman  —  Metropolitan Police officers subjected suspects to waterboarding …
 
 
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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Chrysler and Fiat make it official
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Howard Arenstein / CBS News:
Some Israelis Insulted By Obama Picture
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
Uncertainty in Law Circles Over New Rules for Judges
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Coburn Claims “VA Is Not Up to the Level of Health Care of the Rest …
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Joe Flint / Company Town:
News Corp. in talks to unload Weekly Standard to Anschutz
Michael O'Hanlon / Washington Post:
Obama's Pentagon Budget: Not Enough for Defense
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Salaries Safe, Bonuses Hit
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
CIA Stance On Torture Tape Docs Suggests Obama's New Open Government …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Lawsuits Force Disclosures by C.I.A.
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