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MSNBC Trashes Obama's Address: Compared To Carter, “I Don't Sense Executive Command”  —  Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Howard Fineman react to President Obama's Oval Office Address on the oil spill.  Here are the highlights of what the trio said: Olbermann: “It was a great speech …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama's Oil Spill Speech: Running On Empty  —  On Twitter, here was my insta-reaction to Obama's oil spill address from the Oval Office: … Unfair?  Maybe!  I mean, compared to Sarah Palin's (literally) incomprehensible burbling on Bill O'Reilly's show afterward it was a model of straight talk and reassurance.
The White House:
Remarks by the President to the Nation on the BP Oil Spill Oval Office  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good evening.  As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges.  At home, our top priority is to recover and rebuild from a recession that has touched the lives of nearly every American.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Can The One Drop the Buzzer-Beating No. 23 Act?  —  Of the many exciting things about Barack Obama's election, one was the anticipation of a bracing dose of normality in the White House.  —  America had been trapped for eight years with the Clintons' marital dysfunction disastrously shaping national events …
Janet Daley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
British media fall out of love with Obama  —  The BBC reports of Barack Obama's speech last night are about as derisive as it would be possible to be about someone you were describing only a few months ago as the incarnation of Hope and Optimism.  Yes indeed, the romance is over.
Discussion: Don Surber and Telegraph
John / Power Line:
Obama's Long Nose  —  I read President Obama's Oval Office speech at an airport gate rather than seeing it on television, so I might have misjudged its impact.  But it struck me as uninspiring at best.  Obama has been behind the curve ever since the Deepwater Horizon exploded …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Oval Office Speech, Seen From Beijing  —  I couldn't see this real-time in China, so I've just now read the speech and watched an online replay.  I have deliberately not yet read or listened to any on-line commentary.  Thus my untutored reaction from the other side of the world is: Sigh.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
Ezra Klein:
Where have we heard this before?  —  The elements of Barack Obama's speech tonight that were specifically newsworthy were also broadly-expected: A liability fund that BP will pay into and that a third-party will distribute.  A “long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan.”  Both ideas sound good.
The Huffington Post:
Obama's Oil Spill Speech: What Was The Point?  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  President Barack Obama took to the Oval Office to address a nation worried to death over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a location used so much more often by Saturday Night Live than by actual presidents …
Discussion: RedState and The Confluence
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:   Mr. President: If we can put a man on the moon...
Spencer Platt / Newsweek:
Obama's Curiously Flat Gulf Speech
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: MSNBC hosts dump on Obama's speech
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
New York Post:
A great big gusher of presidential goo
New York Times:
Obama, in Speech on Spill, Calls on Americans to Reduce Oil Dependence
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Barack Obama Embraces His Inner Jimmy Carter
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat: Clapper to Get a Recess Appointment?  —  Good evening.  —  1. Be aware: the White House has a strategy here for getting climate change legislation passed.  It's called “getting to conference.”  That is, the Senate needs to pass a bill this year.
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
GOP senators wary of Angle's views
Associated Press:
Nevada candidate Angle left GOP in Reagan years
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
8 House members investigated over fundraisers held near financial reform vote  —  The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating eight lawmakers who held fundraisers within 48 hours of a major House vote on a Wall Street reform bill or received substantial donations from business people …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Estimates of Oil Flow Jump Higher  —  A government panel on Tuesday released yet another estimate of the amount of oil flowing from BP's damaged well, declaring that as much as 60,000 barrels a day could be spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.  —  That is roughly 2.5 million gallons of oil a day …
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Los Angeles Times:
Oil spill could be up to 60,000 barrels a day
Discussion: The Swamp and Mediaite
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Debbie Schlussel Experience Part 2: The Fixation  —  Imagine, if you will, that you're a normal person and then one day a quasi-famous mentally ill blogger becomes fixated on you the way Gollum was fixated on the Ring.  Even though she hasn't been setting the world on fire lately …
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Poll: Enthusiasm dips for Democratic voters  —  USA TODAY's Susan Page mentioned findings from a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll in today's analysis of President Obama's Oval Office address, including a widening “enthusiasm gap” between Democrats and Republicans looking at the November elections.
KOMO News:
Seattle officer punches girl in face during jaywalking stop  —  SEATTLE — Seattle police are investigating what they call an assault of an officer in South Seattle.  —  However, a police officer is seen punching a 17-year-old girl in the face during the incident captured by a video camera on Monday.
Jason Groves / Daily Mail:
Nightmare vision for Europe as EU chief warns ‘democracy could disappear’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal  —  Democracy could ‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken to tackle the debt crisis, the head of the European Commission has warned.
Discussion: Moonbattery, EconLog and Pajamas Media
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dems flirt with backing Crist  —  The emergence of a politically unknown billionaire self-funder in the Florida Senate race is prompting top Democrats in the state to say publicly what some have been whispering for weeks: If Jeff Greene, who got rich betting on the collapse of the housing market …
Discussion: The Fix, Yahoo! News and The Buzz
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick / Congress Blog:
Outlaw the burning of the American flag  —  On Monday, folks across America gathered together to celebrate our national flag.  For 233 years now, the Stars and Stripes has been a unique symbol of freedom and democracy across the globe - the representation of all we are and all that we stand for.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
Extreme Makeover  —  President Barack Obama's point-man for his latest approach to the Muslim world is John Brennan, the White House's counterterrorism czar, recently described by the Washington Post as one of the president's most trusted advisers.  Two weeks ago Brennan explained …
The Right Scoop:
More straight talk from Chris Christie - The day of reckoning is here  —  Dude, this guy needs no explanation because he does it so well himself.  I'll be honest, I can't get enough of Christie.  I need this guy to be president right freaking now!!!!  It's painful to hear such great words coming …
Discussion: Instapundit and TigerHawk
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
Government to the Economic Rescue  —  Historians will look back at this time and say the three-pronged strategy of TARP, fiscal stimulus and bank stress testing kept us out of the abyss.  —  Those of us who don't live in caves are constantly bombarded with poll results—on just about every subject.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr / The Politico:
Gulf crisis represents an opportunity  —  As I listened to President Barack Obama last night, I was heartened to hear him say that there are efforts that should capture up to 90 percent of the oil leaking out of the well.  This is until the company finishes drilling a relief well later …
Discussion: CNN
Donald J. Boudreaux / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Puzzling complexity  —  Imagine a jigsaw puzzle of 1 billion pieces.  They are scattered randomly across a pasture that is 1 million miles square.  If someone assigns you the task of finding all these pieces, how would you do so?  —  One option is to search for each of these billion pieces by yourself.
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Pawlenty's PAC to aid Iowa Republicans  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has established political action committees to help him raise money for candidates this year in Iowa and New Hampshire, expected to hold the first 2012 presidential nominating contests.  —  The move by Pawlenty …
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box, The Caucus and TPMDC
 
 
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