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1:20 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 …
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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.
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
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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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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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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Scott / Power Line:
Do you recall what was revealed?
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
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: Fox News, BBC, New York Post, Hot Air and lgf 2.0
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.
 
 
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