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10:30 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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Wag the Blog: Palin vs Letterman
Discussion: Macsmind
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) …
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 …
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Uighurs Released to Bermuda All Trained at Terrorist Camp in Tora Bora
Discussion: Political Punch and Power Line
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 …
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.
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 …
Duff Wilson / New York Times:
Senate Votes for F.D.A. Rules on Tobacco
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama cronyism: Going after AmeriCorps IG on behalf of contributor; Update: A Michelle Obama connection?  —  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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What's behind Obama's sudden attempt to fire the AmeriCorps inspector general?
Discussion: Fox News and Gateway Pundit
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 …
News: News blog:
Iranian elections: live
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.
John Cook / Gawker:
Andrew Breitbart: Holocaust Museum Killer Was a ‘Multiculturalist’  —  Former Drudge alter ego Andrew Breitbart thinks James von Brunn was a “multiculturalist just like the black studies and the lesbian studies majors on college campuses.”  How do we know?  He left us an enraged voicemail!
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Talking Points Memo
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weekly Standard may have been shooter target
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
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 …
David Neumark / Wall Street Journal:
Delay the Minimum-Wage Hike  —  A recession is the worst time to raise the cost of low-skilled employment.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Despite severe economic difficulties confronting businesses, and soaring unemployment among youths and minorities, the federal minimum wage is slated to increase to $7.25 in July from $6.55 today.
Discussion: Clusterstock and EconLog
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Boehner: ‘Digging Ourselves Out of a Deep Hole’  —  House GOP leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, invited me to his “smoke-filled room” in the Capitol this  —  afternoon.  —  Offering me a Diet Coke and pulling out a Camel 99 for himself, he spent the next
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
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Mike Murphy / Time:
The Ice Age Cometh
Discussion: MSNBC and The Fix
Wall Street Journal:
Tax Man's Target: The Mobile Phone
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and DailyFinance
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
A.I.G. Balks at Claims From Jet Ditching in Hudson
Discussion: Law Blog and Clusterstock Blog:
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
Afghan violence at worst since '01
Discussion: Donklephant
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Caitlin Taylor / Political Punch:
Rev. Wright: I Meant to Say “Zionists” …