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1:10 AM ET, June 12, 2009


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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.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Was James Von Brunn a Right-Winger?  —  Ben Smith, noting that James Von Brunn might potentially have considered targeting The Weekly Standard, writes: … I'm not sure what he's talking about here.  First, the “conventional political classification” is a rubric that accounts for extremists …
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 …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Latest Right-Wing Meme: Von Brunn's A Lefty  —  It's hardly been 24 hours since James Von Brunn allegedly walked into the Holocaust Museum and shot museum guard Stephen Johns.  But already conservatives from Rush Limbaugh to Red State have started advancing their latest up-is-down meme …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Blood for Blood. Ashes for Ashes.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Salon
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Von Brunn: “Obama Was Created by Jews”
Discussion: The New Republic
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
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Boor and a Coward  —  Smug, hip David Letterman offered a smirky non-apology about his ongoing class and sexist slurs against the Palins, his apparent social inferiors.  “We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Wag the Blog: Palin vs Letterman
Discussion: Associated Press
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
protein wisdom rises to the challenge!
Discussion: The Other McCain
Chastity Bono — Becoming a Man  —  Chastity Bono, civil rights advocate, journalist, author and musician, is in the early stages of changing his gender — transitioning from female to male, TMZ has learned.  —  Bono, the child of legendary entertainers Sonny and Cher, began the process earlier this year …
Discussion: The Jawa Report, BitsBlog and #gay
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Chastity Bono is changing gender from female to male … Cher is about to get a new son.  —  Chastity Bono, the celebrity offspring of the singer and late husband Sonny Bono, is changing gender from female to male, her publicist told the Daily News on Thursday.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Gawker
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.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Open Left and Hullabaloo
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 …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Palestinian family kills 15-yr-old son  —  Article's topics: Palestinians, Israel, Torture  —  In the first incident of its kind, a Palestinian family has killed its 15-year-old son in the West Bank after accusing him of “collaboration” with Israel.  —  Raed Wael Sawalha's body …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The Daley Gator
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.
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.
CBS News:
Senate Passes Landmark Anti-Smoking Bill  —  Legislation Gives FDA Sweeping Controls Over Production, Sale And Marketing Of Tobacco Products  —  (CBS/AP) Congress struck the government's strongest anti-smoking blow in decades Thursday with a Senate vote to give regulators new power …
Duff Wilson / New York Times:
Senate Votes for F.D.A. Rules on Tobacco
Discussion: DailyFinance and The Caucus
Right Wing News:
The Top 40 Conservative Blogs For 2009 (Version 2.0) … The RWN Website of the Day is:
Discussion: The TrogloPundit and TigerHawk
Harvard University Gazette:
Martha Minow named dean of Harvard Law School  —  Martha Minow, the Jeremiah Smith, Jr., Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will become the dean of the Faculty of Law on July 1, President Drew Faust announced today (June 11).  —  A member of the Law School faculty since 1981 …
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Uighurs Released to Bermuda All Trained at Terrorist Camp in Tora Bora  —  It turns out Palau is not the only resort island willing to take the Uighurs detained at Guantanamo.  The Obama administration has transferred four Uighurs to Bermuda, which is, of course, much closer to the continental U.S. than Palau.
‘Bloke Coke’ cleared from Venezuelan shop shelves... by order of the government  —  Coke Zero has been successful elsewhere in the world since its launch  —  Venezuela has banned the sale of the calorie-free Coke Zero, calling it harmful to people's well-being.
Calculated Risk:
Fed: Household Net Worth Off $14 Trillion  —  The Fed released the Q1 2009 Flow of Funds report today: Flow of Funds.  —  According the Fed, household net worth is now off $14 Trillion from the peak in 2007.  —  Click on graph for larger image in new window.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
US government seeks to rein in executive pay  —  Democrats want to push administration on US corporate pay strategies  — American International Group, Inc. - , Bank of America Corporation - , Citigroup, Inc.  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is taking a half-step toward taming U.S. executive pay.
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