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4:15 PM 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 …
Top Stories from CQ:
Honeymoon Over: It's On Obama's Watch Now
Discussion: Democracy in America
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:   FIRST THOUGHTS: THE RETURN OF ROSS PEROT?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   HE ALMOST MADE IT FIVE MONTHS.... In March, George W. Bush …
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Not Just Walpin - 3 IG Firings Being Questioned  —  Another update: A witness to Walpin-gate.  The Wash. Times isn't buying it.  It is pretty thin gruel.  —  (Just a note — Why are we reading about this in the Chicago Tribune?  Perhaps his local paper doesn't have an Oba-worship problem?)
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Secret letter ‘proves Mousavi won poll’  —  They were handing out the photocopies by the thousand under the plane trees in the centre of the boulevard, single sheets of paper grabbed by the opposition supporters who are now wearing black for the 15 Iranians who have been killed in Tehran …
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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 …
Ezra Klein:
Health Care Reform in Danger  —  Health reform is, I think it fair to say, in danger right now.  The news out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee was bad.  The Congressional Budget Office had scored a partial bill and the result was a total fiasco.
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Can Stop ObamaCare
The Huffington Post:
Daschle Urges Obama To Drop Federal Public Health Care Plan  —  The man once slated to head Barack Obama's health care system overhaul is now coming out against one of the chief components of that effort.  —  Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said on Wednesday that the Obama White House …
Discussion: The Plum Line, Daily Kos and The Note
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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.
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rejects DNA access claim  —  CORRECTION 3:50 p.m.: The paragraph describing the Court's ruling in Yeager v. U.S. was in error as published.  F. Scott Yeager has not been convicted of any crime.  See the UPDATE below, at the end of that paragraph.  —  Splitting 5-4, the Supreme Court …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Olive Garden pulls Letterman ads  —  Following a week of back and forth between CBS late night comic David Letterman and Sarah Palin over a crude joke he told about the Alaska Republican governor's daughter, the Olive Garden restaurant says it is cancelling all of its scheduled ads on Letterman's “Late Show” for the rest of the year.
Discussion: Don Surber and Gateway Pundit
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
PETA Says No More Fly-Killing, Sends Obama a Humane Fly Catcher  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:  —  PETA has a few words for President Obama: Brush, don't kill.  —  After the President very publically swatted and then killed a fly during an interview with CNBC yesterday …
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Associated Press:
PETA wishes Obama hadn't swatted that fly
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Shawna Flavell / The PETA Files:
Obama and the Fly
Discussion: Pharyngula
Patrick Gavin / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Froomkin out at Washington Post (UPDATED)  —  In a move sure to ignite the left-wing blogosphere, washingtonpost.com columnist Dan Froomkin (author of the “White House Watch” blog) has been let go by the news organization, POLITICO hears.  In so many words, Froomkin was told that his blog had essentially run its course.
Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
Global Insurance Fraud By North Korea Outlined  —  Government Has Collected Millions Of Dollars on Large, Suspicious Claims  —  For Kim Jong Il's birthday, North Korean insurance managers prepared a special gift.  —  In Singapore, they stuffed $20 million in cash into two heavy-duty bags and sent them …
Discussion: News Desk and Gawker
City Room:
Jet Lands at Newark With Dead Pilot  —  A Continental Airlines jetliner carrying 247 passengers landed in Newark shortly before noon on Thursday, after the flight's captain died midflight.  —  Two first officers took control of the plane, a Boeing 777, after the captain, who was 61 years old …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
In a Staff Shuffle, Signs of Obama's Direction on Mideast  —  WASHINGTON — So now Dennis B. Ross, the Obama administration's senior Iran policy maker, less than three months into his State Department job, is moving to the White House, administration officials say.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Only a Hint of Roosevelt in Financial Overhaul  —  Three quarters of a century ago, President Franklin Roosevelt earned the undying enmity of Wall Street when he used his enormous popularity to push through a series of radical regulatory reforms that completely changed the norms of the financial industry.
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 …
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 Swamp, The Politico and Althouse
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Most Important Number in Politics Today  —  Seventy-two percent.  —  That's the number of people in the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll who say that President Obama inherited the “current economic conditions” gripping the country as compared to just 14 percent who said the situation was the result mostly of his policies.
Discussion: msnbc.com
James Osborne / Fox News:
Pentagon Exam Calls Protests ‘Low-Level Terrorism,’ Angering Activists  —  A written exam administered by the Pentagon labels “protests” as a form of “low-level terrorism” — enraging civil liberties advocates and activist groups who say it shows blatant disregard of the First Amendment.
Discussion: Islam In Action and The Plum Line
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.
Discussion: Bob McCarty Writes
 
 
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