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1:50 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.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
What Judith Warner Left Out
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Letterman ‘not cool or funny’
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
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.
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
About That DHS Report  —  Balko doesn't approve of the partisan spin on the Holocaust Museum shooting:  —  Trying to string together three homicidal incidents out of hundreds from the last few months as evidence of some rising, violent, anti-government movement is just as absurd …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, MyDD and #gay
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats and the Health Tax Taboo  —  The president attacked McCain for proposing a benefits tax.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  To understand why Sen. Max Baucus has taken so long to release his health-care reform, tune in to Oregon radio.  That's where Mr. Baucus's fellow Democrat …
Discussion: Commentary and QandO
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.
New York Times:
Abuse Photos Part of Agreement on Military Spending  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators reached tentative agreement on Thursday on a $105.9 billion spending measure that would provide money for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through September but would drop a ban …
Discussion: Salon, The Caucus, SCOTUSblog and The Note
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Tax Man's Target: The Mobile Phone  —  The use of company-issued mobile phones could trigger new federal income taxes on millions of Americans as a “fringe benefit.”  —  The Internal Revenue Service proposed employers assign 25% of an employee's annual phone expenses as a taxable benefit.
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
Elliott Abrams / New York Times:
Lebanon's Triumph, Iran's Travesty  —  WITH elections in Lebanon and Iran occurring in the same week, it's inevitable that they are viewed as twin tests of efforts to spread democracy to the Muslim world.  Should we celebrate the outcome in Lebanon and push for elections throughout the Middle East …
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Andrew Gelman / The Monkey Cage:
Gay marriage: a tipping point?
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Neuroworld
The Daily Beast:
Happy Birthday, Dad
Peter Spiegel / Wall Street Journal:
Commander Maps New Course in Afghan War
Discussion: Commentary and Truthdig
Jeff Gottlieb / Los Angeles Times:
Congresswoman's abandoned house angers neighbors
The Politico:
Kennedy paid $2M for autobiography
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Insta-Hack Watch  —  He's up to his partisan shenanigans again.
Bradley Graham / Washington Post:
Decline and Fall  —  Face time with the president is political gold …
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin defends massive pipeline project
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Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Economics of the HDMI Cable Ripoff
Discussion: Ezra Klein and MoJo Blog Posts
Hundreds protest Obama's visit
No browser in Windows 7 in EU
Discussion: PoliBlog and Outside The Beltway
David Neumark / Wall Street Journal:
Delay the Minimum-Wage Hike
Discussion: Clusterstock, CARPE DIEM and EconLog
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
A.I.G. Balks at Claims From Jet Ditching in Hudson
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Dr. Biden's debut  —  Jill Biden was standing in a brilliant …
Discussion: The Page