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1:00 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 …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Boost: New Poll Shows 76% Support For Choice Of Public Plan  —  New poll numbers from NBC/Wall Street Journal produce two major and potentially conflicting story lines when it comes to the Obama administration's efforts for a health care overhaul.  On the one hand, the American public …
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.
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE RETURN OF ROSS PEROT?
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Washington Times:
A witness to Walpin-gate  —  The White House excuse for firing an IG falls flat  —  The belated White House explanation for firing the AmeriCorps inspector general doesn't ring true.  —  The White House claims Inspector General Gerald Walpin was effectively away without leave …
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?)
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama has fired 2 IGs in 2 weeks, leashed another
Discussion: Moonbattery and Obi's Sister
Los Angeles Times:
Dispute grows over TARP chief's powers
Discussion: Political Punch
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
White House refuses to answer Senate questions on AmeriCorps IG firing
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 …
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Day of Mourning, Protests, Called by Mousavi on Thursday  —  Mir-Hosain Mousavi, who maintains he won last Friday's presidential election despite official assertions that he lost 2 to 1 to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is calling for another rally Thursday, this time in part to honor the persons killed …
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presstv.ir:
Iran clerics schedule pro-Mousavi rally
Discussion: BBC, Politics Daily and Guardian
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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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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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.
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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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: The Awl
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rejects DNA access claim  —  Splitting 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an individual whose criminal conviction has become final does not have a constitutional right to gain access to evidence so that it can be subjected to DNA testing to try to prove innocence.
Discussion: The Agitator
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.
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: Commentary and Outside The Beltway
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Bipartisan group wants reconciliation off table
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Patrick Disney / niacINsight:
Post-Election Iran as it Develops
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Secret letter ‘proves Mousavi won poll’
Discussion: JustOneMinute and BBC
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: No Dent In Obama's Popularity
Discussion: Democracy in America
Gateway Pundit:
Noted Iranian Activist Kianoosh Sanjari: “The People of Iran …
Discussion: Hot Air
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