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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?
Discussion: alicublog
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 / Riehl World View:
Letterman On Palin's Daughter  —  Update: Geez, it was the 14 year-old daughter Willow at the game.  Poorly researched and thought out inappropriate joke, or is Letterman even more of a pig for using it?  —  Update 2: Palin responds on radio.  Calls it “pathetic”.  —  Short clip below.
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 …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Most don't know who speaks for GOP  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans, out of power and divided over how to get it back, are finding even the most basic questions hard to answer.  —  Here's one: Who speaks for the GOP?  —  The question flummoxes most Americans, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds …
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.
Charles Cooper / CBS News:
Palin's ‘Rashomon moment’
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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Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
McAuliffe: ‘I gave it all I had’  —  ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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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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 …
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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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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.
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Nine Banks to Repay TARP Money  —  At Least $50 Billion in U.S. Bailout Funds Is Expected to Be Recovered With Unexpected Speed  —  The Treasury Department expects an initial payback from the nation's largest banks of at least $50 billion in bailout funds, according to people familiar with the matter …
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Waseem Ahmad Shah / dawn.com:
Rampaging militants kill 11, injure 50 in Peshawar hotel  —  PESHAWAR: A huge explosion ripped through the sole five-star hotel of the Frontier province's metropolis on Tuesday evening, killing 11 people.  A foreign national was among the dead.  —  More than 50 people, including foreigners, were injured.
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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.
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 …
Mallory Factor / Fox News:
U.S. Lawmakers Feud Over Legislation Banning Release of ‘Torture’ Photos  —  Two senators who added an amendment to a war spending bill that prohibits the release of so-called “torture” photos are threatening a filibuster if House Democrats strip out the provision.  —  FOXNews.com
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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 …
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
Christopher Neefus / CNSNews:
Katie Couric Tells Princeton Grads to Avoid ‘Nastiness,’ Then Takes Swipes at Sarah Palin, Carrie Prejean  —  (CNSNews.com) - CBS News Anchor Katie Couric told Princeton's graduating seniors last week that they should avoid “nastiness” and then mocked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin …
Discussion: theblogprof and Babalú Blog
Chip Johnson / San Francisco Chronicle:
Budget woes have Oakland mulling bankruptcy  —  Even though city officials would prefer to avoid a public conversation, behind closed doors the Oakland City Council has discussed filing for bankruptcy protection in the midst of a $100 million budget deficit.
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.
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Murdered Doctor's Abortion Clinic Shuttered  —  The Wichita abortion clinic run by a doctor who was shot and killed will remain closed permanently, his family said on Tuesday.  —  Dr. George R. Tiller's clinic was one of the few in the country to provide abortions to women late in their pregnancies …
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Roxana Hegeman / Associated Press:   Slain Kansas abortion provider's clinic to close
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.
New York Times:
Poll Finds Paterson Deeply Unpopular  —  Fourteen months after being elevated to the governor's job, David A. Paterson is deeply unpopular among New Yorkers, who doubt his ability to grapple with the state's increasingly bleak economic situation, according to a poll by The New York Times, Cornell University and NY1 News.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Lawsuits Force Disclosures by C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — So far, President Obama has managed to curb Congressional calls for a national commission to investigate Bush administration detention policies.  But Mr. Obama cannot control the courts, and lawsuits are turning out to be the force driving disclosures about brutal interrogations.
Discussion: Emptywheel
 
 
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