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9:40 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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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.
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?
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.
Charles Cooper / CBS News:
Palin's ‘Rashomon moment’
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Hot Air
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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Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
McAuliffe: ‘I gave it all I had’  —  ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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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
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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Ray Lilley / Associated Press:
Pacific state Palau to take Uighur detainees  —  WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The tropical Pacific island nation of Palau announced Wednesday it will accept up to 17 Chinese Muslims who have languished in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay despite a Pentagon determination that they are not “enemy combatants.”
Discussion: Political Punch, Hot Air and Moe Lane
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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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
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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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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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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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 …
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.
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Terror Suspect Ghailani Brought From Guantanamo Bay to U.S. for Trial  —  Move Is Part of Obama's Plan to Close Prison  —  By Peter Finn, Page A01  —  The Obama administration pressed ahead yesterday with its plans to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, flying a detainee to New York …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
 
 
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Telegraph:
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