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10:40 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?
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
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.
Charles Cooper / CBS News:
Palin's ‘Rashomon moment’  —  Judging from the media's attention to her every move since the November presidential election, Sarah Palin may very well rank as the most fascinating contemporary American politician this side of Barack Obama.  —  But in the latest chapter of Sarah Watch …
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
THE INAPPROPRIATE LAUGHS KEEP ON COMIN'!  Following on the conservative War on Letterman, we have an interesting new angle from the formerly sane Jim Treacher.  It seems Letterman made a joke about Palin's visit to Yankee Stadium, where “her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:   Letterman Fallout  —  Cynn, in comments, and Alicublog …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For U.S., a Sea of Perilous Red Ink, Years in the Making  —  There are two basic truths about the enormous deficits that the federal government will run in the coming years.  —  The first is that President Obama's agenda, ambitious as it may be, is responsible for only a sliver of the deficits …
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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.
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Mix Signals on Deficit
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
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.
Discussion: The Caucus and Crooks and Liars
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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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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 …
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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
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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Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Salaries Safe, Bonuses Hit  —  Obama Drops Tough Plan on Bank Compensation; 10 Lenders Repay Bailout Cash  —  The Obama administration is dropping its plan to cap salaries at firms receiving government bailout money, leaving them subject to congressionally imposed limits on bonuses, according to people familiar with the matter.
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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.
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 …
Joe Flint / Company Town:
News Corp. in talks to unload Weekly Standard to Anschutz  —  News Corp. is near a deal to sell its right-wing political magazine, the Weekly Standard, to conservative media mogul Philip Anschutz, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  Launched in 1995 and edited by William Kristol …
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. may sell Weekly Standard to Anschutz
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber and Power Line
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.
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 and JammieWearingFool
 
 
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