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9:50 AM ET, June 11, 2009


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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 …
NY Daily News:
Holocaust Museum shooter James Von Brunn's ex-wife says his racism ‘ate him alive’  —  BY RICH SCHAPIRO IN NEW YORK AND JAMES GORDON MEEK IN ANNAPOLIS, MD.  —  He was a twisted kook with a toxic hatred for Jews and blacks who vowed to go out “with his boots on.”
Kathy Shaidle / Examiner:
Holocaust Museum shooter von Brunn a 9/11 ‘truther’ who hated ‘neo-cons’, Bush, McCain  —  The man accused of opening fire at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC on June 10, James W. von Brunn, left a trail of unhinged writings around the internet.  —  The anti-semitism of von Brunn …
TSO / This ain't Hell, but you can see it from here:
Vindication  —  For the lame brained, this is not meant to be funny, but rather to make a point.  Hope you get the point. … BH: [A researcher] Hey man  —  ME: Wassup dude?  —  BH: You tracking the Holocaust Memorial shooting?  —  ME: Yeah, horrible.  —  BH: Yeah.
Michelle Malkin:
Shooting at National Holocaust Museum Updated: Museum guard dies …
Debbi Wilgoren / Washington Post:
3 People Shot at U.S. Holocaust Museum
Andy Ostroy / The Huffington Post:   The Holocaust Museum Shooting: Another Right-Wing Psycho Turns to Murder.
Noam Cohen / The Lede:
Traces of Gunman's Online Life Begin to Vanish
Discussion: USA Today and #gay
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 …
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.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How to Stop Socialized Health Care
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Liberty Papers
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Obama Administration Eyes Health Care in Green Bay as Possible Model
Discussion: The Note, JSOnline, The Page and Ezra Klein
Josh Rottenberg /
David Letterman responds to flap over Sarah Palin jokes  —  Taping tonight's episode of The Late Show, David Letterman took a few minutes to respond to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who called him “pathetic” in a radio interview after he made her and her family the butt of a recent Top 10 list.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Letterman comments on Palin stirring comments  —  Blogs are on fire over David Letterman comments on CBS' “Late Show” on Monday night about Sarah Palin, the Republican Governor of Alaska who ran for vice president last year.  —  Letterman devoted his top ten list to her visit to New York and included this …
Discussion: Tim Blair and Riehl World View
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Aging man, 62, jokes about girl, 14 (Letterman on Willow Palin) update
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:   Top Ten Possible Letterman Reactions to Fallout Over Willow Palin Rape ‘Joke’
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Exclusive: Miss California Carrie Prejean Loses Her Crown  —  Less than a month after being told by Donald Trump that she can keep her Miss California crown, Carrie Prejean was fired on Wednesday, has learned exclusively.  —  K2 Productions, the independent producers …
Carrie Prejean — Fired!
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THE OUTRAGEOUS SPENDING IS BECOMING A PROBLEM FOR OBAMA?  Well, there's the poll showing a sizable plurality in favor of cancelling the stimulus spending.  And there's the dead-even generic Congressional ballot.  —  But the biggest indicator is that Obama's …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Miranda Rights for Terrorists  —  When 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was captured on March 1, 2003, he was not cooperative.  “I'll talk to you guys after I get to New York and see my lawyer,” he said, according to former CIA Director George Tenet.  —  Of course, KSM did not get a …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Miranda Warnings for Terrorists — Thank Sen. McCain
Discussion: Weekly Standard and TigerHawk
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Down on Their Own Party  —  Almost 4 out of 10 Republicans have unfavorable image of their party  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Almost 4 out of 10 (38%) Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have an unfavorable opinion of their own party, while just 7% of Democrats …
Financial Times:
US bond yields spark concern  —  By Michael Mackenzie and Kiran Stacey in New York and David Oakley in London  —  US long-term interest rates continued to push psychologically important levels on Thursday morning as investors worried about the level of national debt and whether …
Scott / Power Line:
Paul Rahe: Obama's gestures  —  Paul Rahe is the learned professor of history at Hillsdale College and author of the three-volume study Republics Ancient and Modern.  Professor Rahe's Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect has just been published.
Discussion: The New Criterion
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Warren: Banks Returning Money Are Still Part of A Troubled Industry  —  I can't imagine the thinking behind this.  We lend them the money and then let them pay it back - before we've fixed the problems that lead to the crash in the first place?  And it won't do much for consumers, since half of them are investment banks.
Discussion: New York Times and Fortune
The Top 10 Most Absurd Time Covers of The Past 40 Years  —  From William Randolph Hearst's ginned up hysterical stories about marijuana to the “10-cent plague” comic book scare of the 1950s to The New York Times warning of “cocaine-crazed Negroes” raping white women across the Southern countryside …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Moe Lane
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dem mutiny on climate bill grows, says Peterson
Kristina Wong / Political Punch:
White House Refusal to Answer Question on Terrorist Prompts Senate Skirmish
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Senators fly high on taxpayers' dime
Discussion: HotMES
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Roseanne Barr Denounces Obama On Leftist Radio Program
Kbh /
Ten more things about the official Kennedy-Dodd health care bill
Discussion: Hot Air
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama takes healthcare push on the road
Discussion: The Politico
Mara Schiavocampo / MSNBC:
Homegrown hate groups increase in number
Discussion: Politics Daily and TBogg
John R. Bolton / Washington Times:
Obama continues Bush's 2nd term — badly
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Rod Nickel / Reuters:
Canada frosts the most widespread in recent memory
Discussion: and HazZzMat
New York Times:
U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Is Given More Leeway
Discussion: Defense Tech and The Page
Matt Finkelstein / Media Matters Action Network:
Will Republicans Admit That Their Partisan Outrage Over The DHS Report …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
In Wake Of D.C. Shooting, Whither GOP Reps Pushing “Birther” Bill?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Christopher Barron / The Huffington Post:
Concealed Carry: If You're Interested in Preventing Hate Crimes …
Discussion: This ain't Hell … and GayPatriot