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9:25 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.”
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.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
A Suspect's Long History of Hate, and Signs of Strain
Discussion: Associated Press
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
White supremacist kills guard at Holocaust Museum
Discussion: Washington Times, CNN and Balloon Juice
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   In Wake Of D.C. Shooting, Whither GOP Reps Pushing “Birther” Bill?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
von Brunn a ‘Birther’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonkette
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Letterman: When I joked about Palin's daughter having sex, I meant Bristol, not Willow  —  A sneak preview of tonight's monologue from EW.  He wasn't joking about her 14-year-old daughter being a prostitute, silly.  He was joking about her 18-year-old daughter being a prostitute.  Perfectly legal.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Aging man, 62, jokes about girl, 14 (Letterman on Willow Palin) update  —  (UPDATE: This item has been updated below.)  —  Maybe it's just the tempting ratings window of no longer going up against NBC's Juggernaut Jay and being the also-ran of late-night television.
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:   Top Ten Possible Letterman Reactions to Fallout Over Willow Palin Rape ‘Joke’
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
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Obama Administration Eyes Health Care in Green Bay as Possible Model
Discussion: The Note, JSOnline and The Page
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How to Stop Socialized Health Care
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Liberty Papers
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: TigerHawk
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Happy Hour Roundup: Pelosi To Slap Down Detainee Photo Release Ban
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and Salon
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Flashback: Obama Said Terrorists Shouldn't Get Miranda Rights
Discussion: The Anchoress
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 …
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 …
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!
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 …
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
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Discussion: Hot Air
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama takes healthcare push on the road
Discussion: The Politico
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Homegrown hate groups increase in number
Discussion: Politics Daily and TBogg
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U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Is Given More Leeway
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Matt Finkelstein / Media Matters Action Network:
Will Republicans Admit That Their Partisan Outrage Over The DHS Report …
Christopher Barron / The Huffington Post:
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