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7:40 PM ET, June 11, 2009

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weekly Standard may have been shooter target  —  FBI agents visited the offices of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine yesterday after a shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum and told employees they'd found the magazine's address  —  A senior Standard staffer confirmed the visit but declined to discuss it in detail.
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Was James Von Brunn a Right-Winger?  —  Ben Smith, noting that James Von Brunn might potentially have considered targeting The Weekly Standard, writes: … I'm not sure what he's talking about here.  First, the “conventional political classification” is a rubric that accounts for extremists …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
WHAT IF VON BRUNN HAD BEEN A MUSLIM?
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Von Brunn: “Obama Was Created by Jews”
Discussion: The New Republic
CBS News:
Von Brunn Charged In Holocaust Museum Slay
Discussion: ReligionDispatches
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Doctors' Group Opposes Public Insurance Plan  —  WASHINGTON — As the health care debate heats up, the American Medical Association is letting Congress know that it will oppose creation of a government-sponsored insurance plan, which President Obama and many other Democrats see as an essential element …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How to Stop Socialized Health Care  —  Five arguments Republicans must make.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It was a sobering breakfast with one of the smartest Republicans on Capitol Hill.  We can fix a lot of bad stuff President Barack Obama might do, he told me.
John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
What If Israel Strikes Iran?  —  The mullahs would retaliate.  But things would be much worse if they had the bomb.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Whatever the outcome of Iran's presidential election tomorrow, negotiations will not soon — if ever — put an end to its nuclear threat.
Don Surber:
Why the left ridicules women  —  Too many American liberals cannot handle a strong, good-looking, intelligent, independent woman who disagrees with them — and so they make the crude, cruel and sexist remarks — including those about raping them or their 14-year-old daughters.
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Boor and a Coward  —  Smug, hip David Letterman offered a smirky non-apology about his ongoing class and sexist slurs against the Palins, his apparent social inferiors.  “We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   protein wisdom rises to the challenge!
Nick Sabloff / The Huffington Post:
Letterman Responds To Palin Over Jokes (VIDEO)
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Wag the Blog: Palin vs Letterman
Discussion: Associated Press
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Is The Right Still “Proud To Be a Right-Wing Extremist”?  —  Back in April and May I wrote a whole series of posts about how the Right was systematically trumping-up a controversy over the Department of Homeland Security Report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence …
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Jesse Walker / Reason:
The Brown Scare of '09  —  Greg Sargent's reaction to the murder at the Holocaust Museum yesterday — “it's time to revisit criticism of ‘right-wing extremists’ report” — wasn't atypical.  You could hear the same insta-reaction around the Web, as confirmation bias did its work and two or three crimes …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Napolitano: From Dimwit to Visionary
Caitlin Taylor / Political Punch:
Rev. Wright: I Meant to Say “Zionists” Are Keeping Me from Talking to President Obama — Not Jews  —  In an interview on a liberal satellite radio show, Rev. Jeremiah Wright attempted to clarify his comments to the Newport News, Virginia.  Daily-Press about “them Jews” preventing him from speaking to President Obama.
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Associated Press:
Wright says ‘Jews’ keeping him from Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Times of London:
Foreign Office fury over settlement of Guantánamo Uighurs in Bermuda  —  The British Government responded with ill-disguised fury tonight to the news that four Chinese Uighurs freed from Guantanamo Bay had been flown for resettlement on the Atlantic tourist paradise of Bermuda.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Brits object to Uighur move
TMZ.com:
Chastity Bono — Becoming a Man  —  Chastity Bono, civil rights advocate, journalist, author and musician, is in the early stages of changing his gender — transitioning from female to male, TMZ has learned.  —  Bono, the child of legendary entertainers Sonny and Cher, began the process earlier this year …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Roll Call:
Baucus Aides Warn K Street  —  Top aides to Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) called a last-minute, pre-emptive strike on Wednesday with a group of prominent Democratic lobbyists, warning them to advise their clients not to attend a meeting with Senate Republicans set for Thursday.
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Gorman Gorman / The Note:
Grassley on Schumer Health Care Plan: It's “Obnoxious”
CBS News:
Senate Passes Landmark Anti-Smoking Bill  —  Legislation Gives FDA Sweeping Controls Over Production, Sale And Marketing Of Tobacco Products  —  (CBS/AP) Congress struck the government's strongest anti-smoking blow in decades Thursday with a Senate vote to give regulators new power …
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Duff Wilson / New York Times:
Senate Votes for F.D.A. Rules on Tobacco
Discussion: DailyFinance and The Caucus
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Palestinian family kills 15-yr-old son  —  Article's topics: Palestinians, Israel, Torture  —  In the first incident of its kind, a Palestinian family has killed its 15-year-old son in the West Bank after accusing him of “collaboration” with Israel.  —  Raed Wael Sawalha's body …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
How Bipartisan Do You Want?  —  After reading some items from Ezra Klein and David Broder on the subject of bipartisanship and health reform, I think it's worth pointing out that “bipartisan” is a concept that I think looks a bit weird when the underlying numbers are so lopsided.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Ezra Klein
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Ezra Klein:
Should Health Care Reform Be Bipartisan?
New York Times:
Attempt to Open N.Y. State Senate Session Falters  —  ALBANY — The coalition that joined two Democrats with 30 Republicans and took control of the State Senate earlier this week was in danger of collapsing on Thursday as one of the Democrats walked out of the Senate chamber …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election  —  Virginia Governor: Deeds (D) 47%, McDonnell (R) 41%  —  Newly chosen Democratic gubernatorial nominee R. Creigh Deeds leads his Republican opponent, former Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, by six points in the first poll of Virginia voters released since Tuesday's Democratic primary.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
US government seeks to rein in executive pay  —  Democrats want to push administration on US corporate pay strategies  — American International Group, Inc. - , Bank of America Corporation - , Citigroup, Inc.  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is taking a half-step toward taming U.S. executive pay.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
O'Reilly Ignores Holocaust Museum Shooting, Wonders Whether It's Even ‘Newsworthy’  —  Last week, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly went on a tirade against CNN for supposedly failing to cover the shooting of Pvt. William Long, an Army recruiter in Arkansas.  Of course, O'Reilly's claims were blatantly false …
Discussion: Washington Post and News Hounds
 
 
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