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1:15 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Taylor Marsh and BBC
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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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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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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.
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 …
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Reuters:
Clinton breaks her elbow, to undergo surgery
Discussion: BBC and Newsweek Blogs
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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Daniel Dombey / Financial Times:
Clinton clashes with Israelis over settlers  —  Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, clashed face to face with her Israeli counterpart on Wednesday as the two countries remained at loggerheads over the expansion of settlements in occupied territory.  —  In what appeared …
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Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Remarks With Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and The Cable
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 …
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
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
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Overwhelming majority oppose preventive detention without charges  —  A new NYT/CBS News poll just released today asked a question designed to test support for Obama's proposal to indefinitely detain Guantanamo detainees without charges — and it found overwhelming opposition to that plan (click to enlarge):
Discussion: FAIR
Patrick Disney / niacINsight:
Post-Election Iran as it Develops  —  12:43 pm: Thanks to Jill at PSR, a tweeted translation of Mousavi's statement to supporters early afternoon today: … 12:12 pm: Basij scared and cover their faces  —  The Basij have now begun to cover their faces, whereas previously they hadn't.
 
 
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Bipartisan group wants reconciliation off table
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Demands Answers on Voter Intimidation Case Dismissal
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