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8:05 AM ET, June 18, 2009

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New York Times:
Obama Poll Sees Doubt on Budget and Health Care  —  A substantial majority of Americans say President Obama has not developed a strategy to deal with the budget deficit, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, which also found that support for his plans to overhaul health care …
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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Public Wary of Deficit, Economic Intervention  —  WASHINGTON — After a fairly smooth opening, President Barack Obama faces new concerns among the American public about the budget deficit and government intervention in the economy as he works to enact ambitious health and energy legislation …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Just Tell the World, ‘Go Hang’  —  Events in Iran catch President Obama flat-footed.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  “Wading into Iranian politics, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday there appeared to be few policy differences between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and rival Mirhossein Mousavi,” Reuters reports.
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Charles J. Brown / Undiplomatic:
Obama on Iran, McCain on His High Horse  —  Here's Obama's response to events in Iran.  As Spencer Ackerman notes, just about pitch-perfect:  —  Now look at what John McCain said in contrast: … Take a moment to think about how the current government in Iran is going to react to this …
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Kirit Radia / ABCNEWS:
Hillary Clinton Fractures Her Elbow  —  The Secretary of State will undergo surgery to repair the damage next week  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fell down on her way to the White House late Wednesday afternoon, fracturing her right elbow, her Counselor and Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills …
Discussion: The Politico and TalkLeft
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Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton Fractures Elbow in Fall  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton fractured her right elbow during a fall Wednesday, her chief of staff said.  —  Clinton was on her way to the White House when she fell and injured her elbow, chief of staff Cheryl Mills said in a statement released late Wednesday.
Discussion: The Confluence and MyDD
Christopher Beam / Slate:
Why are Iranian police markings written in English?  —  Post-election protests continued in Tehran for the fifth day on Wednesday.  In many photos, riot police wear uniforms with the English word police on them.  Ambulances, too, bear the word ambulance in English.
Drudge Report:
ABC REFUSES OPPOSITION ADS DURING WHITE HOUSE SPECIAL  —  ABC is refusing to air paid ads during its White House health care presentation, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, including a paid-for alternative viewpoint!  —  The development comes a day after the network denied a request …
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Paul Bedard / US News:
Washington Whispers  —  Home > Nation & World > Washington Whispers
Discussion: RedState
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Outcry on Federal Same-Sex Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — The package of domestic partnership benefits that President Obama established for federal workers on Wednesday drew the loudest protests from some of those it was intended to help, gay men and lesbians who criticized the move as too timid.
Discussion: The Politico
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Out of Washington, Edwards Finds Worries Remain  —  John Edwards says he has few illusions.  He knows the picture many Americans hold of him is not a pretty one.  He also knows that even before he was engulfed in tabloid scandal, his electoral appeal had limits.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Barney Frank throws us under the bus.  Lauds incest brief.  Says language was appropriate.  —  Well, it seems a trip to the Oval Office is all openly gay congressman Barney Frank needs to stab his community in the back.  After criticizing the DOJ's anti-gay DOMA brief this morning …
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Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Barney Frank rips prez's ‘big mistake’
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Bachmann Boasts About Breaking The Law: I'm Refusing To Fill Out The Census  —  Next year, the 2010 Census will be sent to every American household, as required by the U.S. Constitution.  The far right has issued dire warnings of the Census; on a May 29th episode of Bill Bennett's radio show …
Discussion: Alas, a blog, TPMDC and Daily Kos
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Crying To God For Freedom  —  They may not have any cell-phones; or news.  They may be being squeezed off the web.  But they have their voices.  Through the darkness of the night, in the face of great force, sustained by unimaginable courage: listen to the audacity of hope:  —  God bless them.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Cindy Moelis / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
President Obama Announces Appointments to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships  —  Washington, DC - Today, President Obama appointed 28 members to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.  This accomplished group of citizens representing a broad range of backgrounds …
Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
Healthcare CEOs Shoot Themselves in the Foot  —  Yesterday the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations decided to investigate the practice of recission.  This is when you pay your premiums for years to a healthcare insurer, then get sick, and then have your insurance cancelled.
Conor Clarke / Atlantic Correspondents:
An Interview With Paul Samuelson, Part One  —  I've spent the last six months, off and on, trying to interview Paul Samuelson.  Samuelson has a long list of accomplishments — A John Bates Clark Medal, a Nobel Prize — that I won't try to recap here.  But by most accounts he is responsible …
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog
Joseph Curl / Press Association:
Bush takes swipes at Obama policies  —  Defends interrogations  —  Former President George W. Bush fired a salvo at President Obama on Wednesday, asserting his administration's interrogation policies were within the law, declaring the private sector not government will fix the economy and rejecting the nationalization of health care.
Discussion: Wolf Howling, Gawker and Gateway Pundit
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report on Bush Interrogation Policy ‘Weeks’ From Release, Holder Says  —  Probe Is Focused On Interrogation Program's Approval  —  A Justice Department report focusing on possible ethics violations by Bush administration lawyers who approved waterboarding of terrorism suspects is still …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Democratic Senate Primary  —  Pennsylvania Senate Primary: Specter 51% Sestak 32%  —  Senator Arlen Specter leads Congressman Joe Sestak by 19 percentage points in an early look at the 2010 Democratic Senatorial Primary in Pennsylvania.
Ian Cobain / Guardian:
Blair knew of secret policy on torture  —  Letter reveals former PM was aware of guidance to UK agents  —  Tony Blair was aware of the ­existence of a secret interrogation policy which ­effectively led to British citizens, and others, being ­tortured during ­counter-terrorism investigations, the Guardian can reveal.
Shawna Flavell / The PETA Files:
Obama and the Fly  —  Well, I guess it can't be said that President Obama wouldn't hurt a fly.  The commander in chief was recently pestered by a fly during an interview.  He swatted at the insect and killed the little guy instantly.  —  Believe it or not, we've actually been contacted …
Discussion: Tim Blair and The Swamp
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Clerics May Be Key to Outcome of Unrest  —  With Iran's political establishment at war with itself, a central question lurking behind the postelection tumult is which side the country's highly influential clerics will back.  —  So far the mullahs — a potentially critical swing vote …
Discussion: Enduring America and FP Passport
Ed Whelan / Bench Memos:
Judge Sotomayor and the Belizean Grove  —  As the New York Times reported yesterday, Judge Sotomayor has informed the Senate that (in NYT's phrasing) the Belizean Grove, the “all-female networking club” she belongs to, “did not discriminate in an inappropriate way.”
Discussion: Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
‘Public Option’: Son of Medicaid  —  Lard atop lard that only a politician or bureaucrat could love.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In his speech on health care to the American Medical Association, President Obama explained why the U.S. has “failed” (yet again) to provide comprehensive reform that “covers everyone.”
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
White House refuses to answer Senate questions on AmeriCorps IG firing  —  Norman Eisen, the White House Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, met with investigators on the staff of Republican Sen. Charles Grassley at Grassley's offices Wednesday morning.
Washington Examiner:
Weekly Standard sold to Washington Examiner parent company  —  Clarity Media Group CEO Ryan McKibben announced today that the company had acquired The Weekly Standard magazine, which he characterized as “one of the most highly respected publications of public policy and political commentary in America.”
 
 
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CNN:
New honors for CNN's Crowley
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Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
IRAN AND THE VEIL.  —  Photo from Tehran by Farhad Rajabali, via Flickr
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blog:
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