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NYT names new public editor and it’s a famous namesake in journalism history: Arthur Brisbane. During the first decades of the 20th century, Arthur Brisbane was one of William Randolph Hearst’s top editors and columnists. The current Brisbane was one of two execs in line to head Knight Ridder before it was sold to McClatchy.
As world watches: 85 Senators sign on to AIPAC letter backing Israeli action vs. Gaza flotilla…. Double standard alert: Marty Peretz, bigoted against Muslims and Arabs, condemns Helen Thomas heartily.
TPM: Tea partiers to Obama: lay off BP! … For a chuckle: Here’s GOP tea party fave Sharon Angle’s first ad vs. Harry Reid, an attack ad attacking him for attacking her. Love that music.
MSNBC’s Contessa Brewers this afternoon equates GOPers backing BP, and Tony Hayward going yachting, with Obama playing golf–even sponsors a poll on it.
In a free speech vs. national security case, U.S. Supreme Court today upheld a federal law that makes it a crime to provide “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations, even if the help takes the form of training for peacefully resolving conflicts.
Andrew Sullivan and others hit Utah’s attoreny general for tweeting firing squad execution of prisoner.
Even as many in middle, and on right (e.g. Ross Douthat) wonder why "liberal" pundits are criticizing Obama, Glenn Greenwald wonders why so many continue to back him on certain key issues. … Once relatively sane Michael Barone (he wrote for me at a magazine years ago) calls Obama a thug and backs Joe Barton on BP.