Quick Takes

By Dan Froomkin
11:15 AM ET, 06/11/2009

Here is President Obama's statement in response to yesterday's shooting: "I am shocked and saddened by today's shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms. No American institution is more important to this effort than the Holocaust Museum, and no act of violence will diminish our determination to honor those who were lost by building a more peaceful and tolerant world. Today, we have lost a courageous security guard who stood watch at this place of solemn remembrance. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this painful time."

Aluf Benn and Barak Ravid write for Haaretz that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "will announce in his foreign policy speech scheduled for Sunday the adoption of the road map and the 'two-state solution' for settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, according to sources close to the prime minister." That's one step closer to Obama's view. But, Haaretz adds: "Sources close to the prime minister said Netanyahu will not announce during his speech a freeze on construction in the settlements, as the United States has insisted Israel must do."

David Cho, Zachary A. Goldfarb and Tomoeh Murakami Tse write in The Washington Post: "The Obama administration named a 'compensation czar' yesterday to set salaries and bonuses at some of the biggest firms at the heart of the economic crisis, as part of a broader government campaign to reshape pay practices across corporate America." Also yesterday, "officials proposed two pieces of legislation that separately empower shareholders and the Securities and Exchange Commission to exercise more oversight over executive compensation at all publicly traded firms."

Reuters reports: "Barack Obama has presented a fresh understanding of Islam not shown by predecessors, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in his first interview since the U.S. president addressed the Muslim world from Cairo."

Najmeh Bozorghmehr, Anna Fifield and Roula Khalaf write in the Financial Times: "Suddenly, the image of America is shifting. No longer can the US be simply dismissed as the evil superpower bent on remoulding the Middle East in its own image and threatening its enemies into submission. From Tehran to Cairo, people are starting to believe that befriending the US is not as poisonous a prospect as it has been."

Kenneth P. Vogel writes for Politico: "The White House has refused a request from Sen. Chuck Grassley for all the exemptions it's granted to President Barack Obama's ethics policy. And that's got the Iowa Republican on a mission to make public every ethics waiver and recusal issued to administration officials."

Greg Sargent blogs that "Dick Cheney Practically Destroyed The GOP, But Still Won't Go Away."

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