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6:30 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 …
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.
MyFox New York:
Gunman Kills Guard at U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Von Brunn: “Obama Was Created by Jews”
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Coalition of Outside Groups Drops $2 Million on Health Care Ads
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Dems vs. Dems on health bill
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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Nick Sabloff / The Huffington Post:
Letterman Responds To Palin Over Jokes (VIDEO)  —  David Letterman responded to Sarah Palin on his show Wednesday night after the Alaska governor slammed the “Late Show” host for a series of jokes he made about her and her family Monday.  Palin accused Letterman of making “disgusting” and …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Hot Air
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   protein wisdom rises to the challenge!
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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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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CNN:
Senate passes bill regulating tobacco products
Discussion: JoeTrippi.com
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Bill Gives FDA Broad Powers to Regulate Tobacco
Discussion: The BLT
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:   Rev. Wright: I meant ‘Zionists’
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
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.
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.
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: News Hounds
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
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
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.
 
 
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