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1:30 PM 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?
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
Letterman Fallout  —  Cynn, in comments, and Alicublog, via link, seem to think that my “joke” about Letterman from last night is somehow inappropriate.  I want to stress to you scum-sucking morons that I don't care whether Letterman and his writers thought he was addressing the presence …
Discussion: alicublog and TBogg
Jim Treacher / The Greenroom:
It Might Not Be the Best Idea for David Letterman to Joke …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
America's Sea of Red Ink Was 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 …
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.
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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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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Patrick Ottenhoff / The Electoral Map:
Virginia Primary Map: Creigh Sweeps from Clarendon to Coal Country
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Donkeylicious
Mark Murray / MSNBC:   FIRST THOUGHTS: MR. DEEDS  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro
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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Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Report: Obama Unloads Uighurs to Palau at $12 Million a Pop
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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 …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Too True, Too True  —  Charles Krauthammer on what Fox News Channel …
Discussion: Think Progress
Howard Arenstein / CBS News:
Some Israelis Insulted By Obama Picture  —  Israeli TV newscasters Tuesday night interpreted a photo taken Monday in the Oval Office of President Obama talking on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an “insult” to Israel.  —  They saw the incident as somewhat akin …
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.
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Lee E. Ohanian / Forbes:
The $787 Billion Mistake  —  Current economic indicators suggest …
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 Farley / American Prospect:
TAIL ATTEMPTS TO WAG DOG.  —  Now this is fascinating: … This puts to test the notion that Israel is a major strategic asset for the United States, rather than a strategic liability.  I have never been particularly convinced by the “Israel as asset” notion; it seems to me that underwriting …
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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.
Discussion: BBC, New York Post, Hot Air and lgf 2.0
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Fox News:
Two Air France Passenger Names Probed for Terror Links
Discussion: The Jawa Report and BLACKFIVE
Scott / Power Line:
Do you recall what was revealed?  —  In my tentative notes on Barack Obama's speech to “the Muslim world” in Cairol last week, I observed that in significant respects Obama appeared to address Muslims from inside a Muslim perspective.  —  Thus his address to the “ummah” …
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Camille Paglia / Salon:   Obama's hit — and big miss
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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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Six Top Republicans Obama Listens To  —  Regardless of whether the President's bipartisan outreach is producing legislative results, there is a handful of conservatives and Republicans that the president and his White House team respect.  By respect, I mean, quite simply …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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 Pundit & Pundette
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 …
Arthur B. Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
Get Ready for Inflation and Higher Interest Rates  —  The unprecedented expansion of the money supply could make the '70s look benign.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Rahm Emanuel was only giving voice to widespread political wisdom when he said that a crisis should never be “wasted.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Coburn Claims “VA Is Not Up to the Level of Health Care of the Rest of the Country,” Ignoring Clear Evidence of Its Quality  —  On CSPAN this morning, Senator Tom Coburn made the case against a government-run insurance plan on the strange grounds that a government-run health care delivery system would be ineffective.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Obama Names Overseer to Set Pay at Rescued Companies  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday appointed a compensation czar who will have broad discretion to set the pay for 175 top executives at seven of the nation's largest companies, which received hundreds of billions of dollars in federal assistance to survive.
 
 
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