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9:40 AM ET, June 12, 2009


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: NOW inducts Letterman into its “Media Hall of Shame”  —  Credit where credit's due. … People on Twitter are grumbling about that last paragraph but (a) given how peeved the sisterhood will be that they're defending Palin, surely you won't begrudge NOW some sort of ass-covering knock …
NOW's Media Hall of Shame:
Letterman “Jokes” About Palin's Daughter  —  Offender: David Letterman on “Late Show with David Letterman”  —  The Offense: Late night TV host David Letterman “joked” that during their recent trip to New York, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter “was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez” during a Yankees baseball game.
Discussion: Moe Lane and Don Surber
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Wag the Blog: Palin vs Letterman
Discussion: Macsmind and Associated Press
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Boor and a Coward  —  Smug, hip David Letterman offered …
Washington Post:
Obama Gives Up on Resettling Cleared Guantanamo Detainees in U.S., Officials Say  —  Administration Gives Up on Bringing Cleared Inmates to U.S., Officials Say  —  The Obama administration has all but abandoned plans to allow Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release to live …
Ezra Klein:
Has Kent Conrad Solved the Public Plan Problem?  An Interview.  —  (Earlier today, Sen. Kent Conrad, the North Dakota Democrat who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, introduced a “potential compromise” on the public plan: A system of federally-chartered co-ops that could offer …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Hate  —  Back in April, there was a huge fuss over an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security warning that current conditions resemble those in the early 1990s — a time marked by an upsurge of right-wing extremism that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing.
PFAW Calls for DHS to Publish “Rightwing Extremism” Report  —  In the wake of the murder of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas and Stephen T. Johns at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan called for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) …
Halimah Abdullah / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Senators who opposed tobacco bill received top dollar from industry  —  WASHINGTON — Among the 17 senators who voted against allowing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco are some of the top recipients of campaign contributions from the tobacco industry …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Barack Obama Surveys the World  —  “And the Spirit of God hovered upon the face of the waters”  —  When President Obama returned from his first European trip, I observed that while over there he had been “acting the philosopher-king who hovers above the fray mediating” between America and the world.
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Blaming the Guy Who Came Before Doesn't Work Long  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama struggles to turn around the moribund economy and confront multiple international issues, he wastes few opportunities to remind the country that the problems are not of his making.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems brace for CBO score  —  Senate Democrats are bracing for what they expect will be a huge price tag connected with revamping the nation's healthcare system.  —  The soon-to-be-delivered estimate on Democratic healthcare reform proposals is expected to be so expensive that lawmakers …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama cronyism: Going after AmeriCorps IG on behalf of contributor  —  David Freddoso tried to explain that the only change Barack Obama would bring to the Beltway would be an introduction of the Chicago Machine politics that made him successful to the Beltway.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Dr. Biden's debut  —  Jill Biden was standing in a brilliant aqua dress inside a packed Gotham Hall in Manhattan one evening last week, waiting to address hundreds of people at an awards ceremony for a leading gay and lesbian organization.  —  One by one, they approached her.  —  Some just wanted to say hello.
Discussion: The Page
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.
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
As Iran Votes, Talk of a Sea Change  —  Women voting at a Tehran mosque.  Iranians went to the polls Friday after an unusually intense presidential campaign.  More Photos >  —  TEHRAN — Iranians went to the polls Friday to elect a new president after an unusually intense campaign which saw …
New York Times:
Abuse Photos Part of Agreement on Military Spending  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators reached tentative agreement on Thursday on a $105.9 billion spending measure that would provide money for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through September but would drop a ban …
Discussion: Salon, SCOTUSblog and The Note
Michael Lea / Daily Mail:
Calls for Red Cross symbol to be axed over links to the Crusades  —  A Labour minister has sparked controversy by claiming that an alternative symbol is needed for the Red Cross because of the logo's supposed links to the Crusades.  —  Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant … Blog:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN TOWH HALL MEETING ON HEALTH CARE  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Green Bay.  (Applause.)  It's good to see you.  Thank you.  It is great to be back in Green Bay.  (Applause.)  We are hoping that both the Packers and the Bears do better this year.  (Applause.)
Discussion: Washington Post
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Associated Press:
Afghan violence at worst since '01
Discussion: Donklephant
WHO declares swine flu pandemic
Discussion: Liberal Values and Truthdig
James Rosen / Fox News:
Exclusive: North Korea to Match U.N. Resolution With New Nuclear Test
Discussion: Hot Air and The American Pundit
Calculated Risk:
Fed: Household Net Worth Off $14 Trillion
Alan Cullison / Wall Street Journal:
Russians Outfox U.S. in Latest Great Game
Discussion: Danger Room
 Earlier Items: 
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
No. 2 House Republican compares Obama to Putin
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Palestinian family kills 15-yr-old son
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Shane Goldmacher / Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger threatens to shut down state government
Discussion: ParaPundit and Clusterstock