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4:15 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.
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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Dems vs. Dems on health bill
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
AMA Opposing Public Option
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Coalition of Outside Groups Drops $2 Million on Health Care Ads
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.
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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.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Von Brunn: “Obama Was Created by Jews”
Discussion: The New Republic and Salon
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Von Brunn's friend: 'The responsible white separatist community …
Discussion: FrontPage Magazine
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.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Letterman says Palin joke in ‘poor taste’  —  (CNN) - Late night comedian David Letterman, responding to criticism his recent joke about a member of Sarah Palin's family crossed the line, said on his show Wednesday night he is guilty of “poor taste.”  —  But Letterman, who has been a critic …
Josh Rottenberg / EW.com:
David Letterman responds to flap over Sarah Palin jokes
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   protein wisdom rises to the challenge!
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Palin vs. Letterman
Jesse Walker / Reason:
The Brown Scare of '09  —  Greg Sargent's reaction to the murder at the Holocaust Museum yesterday — “it's time to revisit criticism of ‘right-wing extremists’ report” — wasn't atypical.  You could hear the same insta-reaction around the Web, as confirmation bias did its work and two or three crimes …
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Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Is The Right Still “Proud To Be a Right-Wing Extremist”?  —  Back in April and May I wrote a whole series of posts about how the Right was systematically trumping-up a controversy over the Department of Homeland Security Report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
O'Reilly Ignores Holocaust Museum Shooting, Wonders Whether It's Even ‘Newsworthy’  —  Last week, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly went on a tirade against CNN for supposedly failing to cover the shooting of Pvt. William Long, an Army recruiter in Arkansas.  Of course, O'Reilly's claims were blatantly false …
Discussion: Washington Post
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Napolitano: From Dimwit to Visionary
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Times of London:
Foreign Office fury over settlement of Guantánamo Uighurs in Bermuda  —  The British Government responded with ill-disguised fury tonight to the news that four Chinese Uighurs freed from Guantanamo Bay had been flown for resettlement on the Atlantic tourist paradise of Bermuda.
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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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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.
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Associated Press:
Wright says ‘Jews’ keeping him from Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Discussion: Jerusalem Post and On Deadline
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Confrontation Looming  —  There's been a lot of talk …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
How Bipartisan Do You Want?  —  After reading some items from Ezra Klein and David Broder on the subject of bipartisanship and health reform, I think it's worth pointing out that “bipartisan” is a concept that I think looks a bit weird when the underlying numbers are so lopsided.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Ezra Klein:
Should Health Care Reform Be Bipartisan?
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.
New York Times:
Attempt to Open N.Y. State Senate Session Falters  —  ALBANY — The coalition that joined two Democrats with 30 Republicans and took control of the State Senate earlier this week was in danger of collapsing on Thursday as one of the Democrats walked out of the Senate chamber …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Rove: Bush Administration Has ‘No’ Responsibility For Current Budget Deficits  —  Last night on Fox News, former top Bush adviser Karl Rove chastised President Obama for his economic recovery package Congress and passed last February and criticized him for his new proposal to enact “pay as you go” …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Videos Shed New Light on Sotomayor's Positions  —  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, which she attributed to “cultural biases” that are “built into testing.”
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: BitsBlog and Wake up America
 
 
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Regulatory reform
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Michelle Malkin:
Barney Frank has a snit fit
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics panel probes alleged Rangel quid pro quo
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Court says Norm Coleman owes Al Franken $95,000 in legal expenses
Discussion: Salon
New York Post:
RITE IS WRONG FOR SON OF CON
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Iran Awakens Yet Again
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
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: Grist and Coal Tattoo
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Senators fly high on taxpayers' dime