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11:00 AM ET, June 18, 2009

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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.
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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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HE ALMOST MADE IT FIVE MONTHS.... In March, George W. Bush had a chance to criticize his successor, but he took a pass.  “I'm not going to spend my time criticizing him,” Bush said.  “There are plenty of critics in the arena.  He deserves my silence.”  —  It was a good move.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Hope and change: New WSJ poll shows America souring on Obamanomics?
Top Stories from CQ:
Honeymoon Over: It's On Obama's Watch Now
Discussion: Democracy in America and Bloomberg
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
U.S. Struggling for Right Response to Iran  —  Obama Seeks Way to Acknowledge Protesters Without Alienating Ayatollah  —  The political unrest in Iran presents the Obama administration with a dilemma: keep quiet to pursue a nuclear deal with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader …
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John Kerry / New York Times:
With Iran, Think Before You Speak  —  THE grass-roots protests that have engulfed Iran since its presidential election last week have grabbed America's attention and captured headlines — unfortunately, so has the clamor from neoconservatives urging President Obama to denounce the voting …
gary's choices:
Is this another Iranian revolution?
Discussion: Time and TPMCafe
Chicago Tribune:
Senator questions firing of 3 inspectors general  —  Removal of 2 inspectors general prompts questions  —  WASHINGTON - — He was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government's multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation's financial system.
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Not Just Walpin - 3 IG Firings Being Questioned  —  (Just a note — Why are we reading about this in the Chicago Tribune?  Perhaps his local paper doesn't have an Oba-worship problem?)  Just a thought.  —  Update: Moe Lane with a little more background.  —  This is interesting.
Los Angeles Times:   Dispute grows over TARP chief's powers
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.
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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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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.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Manu Raju / The Politico:
John Ensign resigns leadership post  —  The departure of Ensign — a one-time rising star with his eye on the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 — creates a domino effect in the GOP hierarchy.  —  Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), currently the vice chairman of the conference …
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Politics in Minnesota:
Two sources: Supreme Court ruling on U.S. Senate race to arrive tomorrow!  —  PIM has now heard from two sources on different sides of the Minnesota U.S. Senate race recount scene that the final Minnesota Supreme Court ruling is expected to arrive tomorrow, Thursday, June 18th.
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 …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Months After Ted Stevens Debacle, Justice Department Corruption Unit in Disarray  —  Two months after prosecutors abandoned the criminal conviction of former senator Ted Stevens, the Justice Department unit that polices public corruption remains in chaos, coping with newly discovered evidence …
Discussion: Law Blog
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Demands Answers on Voter Intimidation Case Dismissal  —  As was commented upon here at CONTENTIONS, and widely reported and remarked upon elsewhere, the Obama Justice Department took the unusual action last month of dismissing a default judgment …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Bailout Costs vs Big Historical Events  —  It is exceedingly difficult to convey exactly how much we are spending on all these bailouts.  Whenever I start talking trillions (versus mere billions), I get puzzled looks from people.  Humans have a hard time conceptualizing any number that large.
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: QandO and Blue Crab Boulevard
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iran election turnouts exceeded 100% in 30 towns, website reports  —  At least 200 polling stations across Iran had participation rates of 95% or above, say sources of centrist Auyandeh site  —  Turnouts of more than 100% were recorded in at least 30 Iranian towns in last week's disputed …
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: Wizbang, Tim Blair and The Swamp
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Remarks With Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman  —  Treaty Room  —  Washington, DC  —  SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon.  It is my pleasure to welcome Foreign Minister Lieberman to the State Department today for his first official visit to Washington in his new role.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and The Cable
 
 
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David Smith / Guardian:
One in four South African men admits rape
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Gateway Pundit:
Noted Iranian Activist Kianoosh Sanjari: “The People of Iran …
Discussion: Hot Air
Carmen Gentile / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Cuban spies' shortwave radios go undetected
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Is Obama giving federal agencies a right they already have?
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Ed Whelan / Bench Memos:
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Discussion: Power Line
Conor Clarke / Atlantic Correspondents:
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Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Crying To God For Freedom
Discussion: The Moderate Voice