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3:30 PM ET, June 11, 2009

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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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Dems vs. Dems on health bill  —  President Barack Obama's plan for a government health insurance program has touched off an increasingly fierce Democratic civil war on Capitol Hill, as liberals fearful about squandering the chance to achieve that goal are taking aggressive steps to keep moderates in line.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
AMA Opposing Public Option
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Coalition of Outside Groups Drops $2 Million on Health Care Ads
The Huffington Post:
Pelosi: Health Care Reform Can't Pass Without Public Option
Discussion: The Note
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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Washington Post:
Grief, Shock After a ‘Gentle Giant’ Loses His Life in the Line of Duty  —  Colleagues called Stephen T. Johns “Big John,” for he was well over 6 feet tall.  But mostly friends recalled the security guard's constant courtesy and friendliness.  —  “A soft-spoken, gentle giant,” said Milton Talley …
Washington Post:
A Suspect's Long History of Hate, and Signs of Strain  —  James W. von Brunn was growing despondent.  —  John de Nugent, an acquaintance who describes himself as a white separatist, noticed the change when they last spoke two weeks ago.  —  “He said his Social Security had been cut and that he was barely making it,” de Nugent said.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
WHAT IF VON BRUNN HAD BEEN A MUSLIM?  —  I think Paul Campos' response to the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum yesterday is worth pondering. … There's been a startling trend of fringe right violence recently, from Richard Poplawski to Scott Roeder and now James Von Brunn.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Von Brunn's friend: 'The responsible white separatist community …
Discussion: American Power
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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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Letterman says Palin joke in ‘poor taste’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Palin vs. Letterman
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 …
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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 …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Napolitano: From Dimwit to Visionary
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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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.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Rove: Bush Administration Has ‘No’ Responsibility For Current Budget Deficits  —  Last night on Fox News, former top Bush adviser Karl Rove chastised President Obama for his economic recovery package Congress and passed last February and criticized him for his new proposal to enact “pay as you go” …
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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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Haaretz:
Netanyahu's speech: Yes to road map, no to settlement freeze  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will announce in his foreign policy speech scheduled for Sunday the adoption of the road map and the “two-state solution” for settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, according to sources close to the prime minister.
Discussion: Jerusalem Post and On Deadline
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Confrontation Looming  —  There's been a lot of talk …
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.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dem mutiny on climate bill grows, says Peterson  —  More and more Democrats are ready to vote against Speaker Nancy Pelosi's climate change bill, according to a congressional committee chairman who opposes his leader.  —  The House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) …
New York Times:
Republicans Open Senate Session, but Key Democrat Walks Out  —  ALBANY — Thirty Republicans and two Democrats who have sided with them began an unusual 11 a.m. session in the State Senate Thursday morning after other Senate Democrats failed in a court bid to stop the gathering.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Videos Shed New Light on Sotomayor's Positions  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor once described herself as “a product of affirmative action” who was admitted to two Ivy League schools despite scoring lower on standardized tests than many classmates, which she attributed to “cultural biases” that are “built into testing.”
New York Post:
RITE IS WRONG FOR SON OF CON  —  BIGS LET RICH CROOK HOLD BAR MITZVAH IN JAIL  —  Who needs the Waldorf?  —  A wealthy inmate was allowed to host a lavish bar mitzvah behind bars for his son at the downtown lockup known as the Tombs, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Roseanne Barr Denounces Obama On Leftist Radio Program  —  NO HOLDS BARR-ED  —  Roseanne: 'Everybody's On The (Obama) Kool-Aid'  —  Now that he's in office, should dedicated Obamists support the president even as key campaign promises are broken and empty rhetoric becomes the order of the day?
Discussion: Wake up America
Karim Sadjadpour / Foreign Policy:
Why Iran '09 Could Be Like Florida '00  —  This week's Iranian election has all the trappings of an American-style competition, with none of the results.  —  Americans can be forgiven for being a bit confused about the upcoming Iranian elections.  While four years ago Secretary …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Iran Awakens Yet Again  —  TEHRAN — They're calling it the “green tsunami,” a transformative wave unfurling down the broad avenues of the Iranian capital.  Call it what you will, but the city is agog at the campaign of Mir Hussein Moussavi, the reformist candidate seeking …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
 
 
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
O'Reilly Ignores Holocaust Museum Shooting, Wonders Whether It's Even ‘Newsworthy’
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 Earlier Items: 
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics panel probes alleged Rangel quid pro quo
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / TwinCities.com:
Court says Norm Coleman owes Al Franken $95,000 in legal expenses
Discussion: Salon
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Go with the Flow  —  This story from Le Journal de Montréal …
Discussion: Say Anything
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Senators fly high on taxpayers' dime