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12:40 PM ET, June 11, 2009

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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.
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
AMA Opposing Public Option  —  I've been touting the inclusion of a robust public health insurance option as the best tool in our quiver for improving the efficiency of our health care system—slowing the growth in costs without reducing growth in quality.  Needless to say …
The Huffington Post:
American Medical Association Trying To Torpedo Health Care Reform Again
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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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.
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.
Debbie Schlussel:
So What if Holocaust Museum Shooter is White Christian: We Know Who Crescented, er . . . Created This Atmosphere; 9/11 Truther  —  Much is being made by Muslims and their many defenders on the left—and the ignoramus “conservatives” at Hot Air (who lecture us that hate has no ideological bounds …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:   Von Brunn's friend: 'The responsible white separatist community …
CNN:   Obama urges vigilance against prejudice
Kathy Shaidle / Examiner:
Holocaust Museum shooter von Brunn a 9/11 ‘truther’ …
Andy Ostroy / The Huffington Post:
The Holocaust Museum Shooting: Another Right-Wing Psycho Turns to Murder.
Discussion: American Power
Josh Rottenberg / EW.com:
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.
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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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Letterman says Palin joke in ‘poor taste’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Letterman On “Slut” Remark: “I Kinda Like That Joke”
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Aging man, 62, jokes about girl, 14 (Letterman on Willow Palin) update
Fox News:
Letterman Stops Short of Apologizing for Off-Color Jokes About …
Discussion: Say Anything
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Palin vs. Letterman
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.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dem mutiny on climate bill grows, says Peterson  —  More and more Democrats are ready to vote against Speaker Nancy Pelosi's climate change bill, according to a congressional committee chairman who opposes his leader.  —  The House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) …
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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.
Discussion: YID With LID, RedState and Nice Deb
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Getting to Bipartisan Health-Care Reform
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Roseanne Barr Denounces Obama On Leftist Radio Program  —  NO HOLDS BARR-ED  —  Roseanne: 'Everybody's On The (Obama) Kool-Aid'  —  Now that he's in office, should dedicated Obamists support the president even as key campaign promises are broken and empty rhetoric becomes the order of the day?
Discussion: Wake up America
Haaretz:
Netanyahu's speech: Yes to road map, no to settlement freeze  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will announce in his foreign policy speech scheduled for Sunday the adoption of the road map and the “two-state solution” for settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, according to sources close to the prime minister.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Confrontation Looming  —  There's been a lot of talk …
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Videos Reveal Sotomayor's Positions on Affirmative Action and Other Issues  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor once described herself as “a product of affirmative action” who was admitted to two Ivy League schools despite scoring lower on standardized tests than many classmates …
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 …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Iran Awakens Yet Again  —  TEHRAN — They're calling it the “green tsunami,” a transformative wave unfurling down the broad avenues of the Iranian capital.  Call it what you will, but the city is agog at the campaign of Mir Hussein Moussavi, the reformist candidate seeking …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
 
 
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Discussion: The New Republic
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Pelosi loses up to $1 million on AIG investment
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Go with the Flow  —  This story from Le Journal de Montréal …
Washington Post:
Obama Is Right to Allow Mountaintop Removal Mining
Discussion: Coal Tattoo and Grist
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Stimulus Winner Is Ford (Sorry, G.M.)
Jennifer Liberto / CNNMoney.com:
E-mail shows Fed strong-armed BofA
Discussion: Hot Air and DailyFinance
Associated Press:
WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun
Discussion: Free exchange and rubber hose
 Earlier Items: 
Kristina Wong / Political Punch:
White House Refusal to Answer Question on Terrorist Prompts Senate Skirmish
Discussion: The Hill, pandagon.net and Hot Air
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Senators fly high on taxpayers' dime
Discussion: HotMES
Scott / Power Line:
Paul Rahe: Obama's gestures