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2:40 PM ET, June 12, 2009


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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.
Think Progress:
Angered By His Holocaust Museum Shooting Coverage, The Far Right Goes After Shepard Smith  —  On Wednesday, Fox News' Shepard Smith responded to the tragic shooting at the Holocaust Museum by a white supremacist by saying that it was time to re-think the Homeland Security report on right-wing extremism that conservatives disparaged.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
About That DHS Report  —  Balko doesn't approve of the partisan spin …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What's behind Obama's sudden attempt to fire the AmeriCorps inspector general?  —  Some strange and potentially suspicious events tonight concerning the Obama White House and the AmeriCorps program.  I've been told that on Wednesday night the AmeriCorps inspector general, Gerald Walpin …
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's Americorps scandal — and the First Lady's meddling  —  President Obama is hoping you won't notice his abrupt change of inspectors general over at Americorps, the government-run, taxpayer-subsidized “community service” boondoggle (which Republicans helped expand as part …
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Letterman ‘not cool or funny’  —  The weeklong feud between late-night's David Letterman and last-year's Sarah Palin came in for a landing this morning on the Today show, where Matt Lauer interviewed the Alaska governor.about the comedian's lines of attack.
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: NOW inducts Letterman into its “Media Hall of Shame”
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 …
Mike Murphy / Time:
The Ice Age Cometh  —  Despairing Republican friends have been asking me what I think we should do to rebuild the GOP and begin our certain and inevitable comeback.  My answer disappoints them: “Build an ark.”  —  I say this because I've made a career out of counting votes …
Discussion: The New Republic and The Fix
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Obama defends DOMA in federal court.  Says banning gay marriage is good for the federal budget.  Invokes incest and marrying children.  —  Joe and I have been trying since last night to get a copy of the government's brief just filed in this case.  This is not the GLAD case that we've written …
Linda Deutsch / Associated Press:
DOJ moves to dismiss first fed gay marriage case
The Huffington Post:
Right-Wing Neocons Rooting For Ahmadinejad Win  —  American neoconservatives have often used the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to bolster their case for aggressive action against Iran.  So the assumption might be that they would be rooting for Iranians to take care of the problem themselves …
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.
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 …
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.
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Netanyahu yields on Palestinian sovereignty  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a major shift, will accept the notion of a Palestinian state — a policy pushed by the Obama administration but resisted until now by Mr. Netanyahu, Israeli officials and Americans briefed on the Israeli leader's thinking said.
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Economics of the HDMI Cable Ripoff  —  I just bought a blu-ray player.  (Actually my 10 and 7-year old bought it as a birthday gift for my wife; alas, neither they nor she were fooled for long, but I digress.)  To get the best performance you need an HDMI cable which must be purchased separately …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Insta-Hack Watch  —  He's up to his partisan shenanigans again.  He must know that the huge deficits projected in the future have virtually nothing to do with Obama's proposals on healthcare or energy.  They are a function of inherited entitlement spending, the legacy of two open-ended wars …
The Daily Beast:
Happy Birthday, Dad  —  Blogs and Stories  —  On George H.W. Bush's 85th birthday—which he'll celebrate by skydiving—former President George W. Bush shares a personal written tribute from son to father, 43 to 41.  —  Exactly 10 years ago, coinciding with former president George H.W. Bush's 75th birthday …
Jeff Gottlieb / Los Angeles Times:
Congresswoman's abandoned house angers neighbors  —  Laura Richardson's former home in Sacramento's upscale Curtis Park neighborhood is in disrepair.  Residents say they have appealed to her and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi without success.  —  Reporting from Sacramento …
Wall Street Journal:
A Daring Trade Has Wall Street Seething  —  Texas Brokerage Firm Outwits the Big Banks in a Mortgage-Related Deal, and Now It's War  —  A canny trade by a small brokerage firm in two markets at the heart of the financial crisis has left some of the biggest players on Wall Street crying foul.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
What Judith Warner Left Out  —  Reading Judith Warner's column this morning on the recent upsurge in hate crimes, I was struck by what she left out.  Two weeks ago, a Muslim extremist shot two soldiers, killing one, outside a recruiting station in Arkansas.
Discussion: New York Times
Bradley Graham / Washington Post:
Decline and Fall  —  Face time with the president is political gold in Washington, so Donald Rumsfeld moved quickly after taking charge at the Pentagon to secure weekly private meetings with President George W. Bush.  Now, nearly six years and many meetings later, the defense secretary arrived …
Discussion: SWJ Blog and FishBowlDC
Peter Spiegel / Wall Street Journal:
Commander Maps New Course in Afghan War  —  U.S. Gen. McChrystal Departs From Special-Ops World With Focus on Diplomacy; 'Decapitation Strategies Don't Work'  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley McChrystal, in his first interview since being named the U.S. commander in Afghanistan …
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 …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Boehner: Republicans ‘took it in the shorts with Bush-Cheney.’  —  In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) pinned the blame for his party's current failures on the Bush presidency: … Boehner has only to blame to himself.
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