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12:55 PM ET, June 19, 2010

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Mortimer B. Zuckerman / US News:
Mort Zuckerman: World Sees Obama as Incompetent and Amateur  —  The president is well-intentioned but can't walk the walk on the world stage  —  President Obama came into office as the heir to a great foreign policy legacy enjoyed by every recent U.S. president.  Why?
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Rand Paul Feels Sorry For Barton, While Limbaugh Doubles Down On Barton's ‘Shakedown’ Claims  —  While Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) has been mostly lampooned for apologizing to BP for the White House's alleged “shakedown” of the company to create a $20 billion escrow fund, some conservatives have been willing to defend the congressman.
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Molly Hooper / The Hill:
Top Republican joins chorus calling for Rep. Barton to step aside
Discussion: The Fix
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: ‘America will be watching’ to see if GOP will cooperate  —  President Barack Obama went on the attack against Republicans on Saturday, accusing the GOP of obstructing a litany of his legislative priorities in Congress.  —  The president struck a decidedly partisan note in his address …
Martin Rogers / Yahoo! Sports:
Source: FIFA may sit Slovenia-U.S. referee  —  Follow Martin Rogers on Twitter at @mrogersyahoo  —  JOHANNESBURG - The referee who disallowed a potential game-winning goal for the United States will face an expedited performance review from FIFA and is likely to be excluded from the rest of the World Cup, according to a FIFA source.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
What Ever Happened to Ann Coulter?  —  Remember Ann Coulter?  Seems like just yesterday she was Queen of the Right, the whole political world hanging on her every bile-laced tirade.  Yet she's all but disappeared.  —  Not that she isn't trying.  She's still got her weekly column over at Human Events …
Mariah Blake / Washington Monthly:
Revisionaries  —  How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids' textbooks.  —  Don McLeroy is a balding, paunchy man with a thick broom-handle mustache who lives in a rambling two-story brick home in a suburb near Bryan, Texas.  When he greeted me at the door one evening last October …
Discussion: Think Progress
WCBS-TV:
NYC Going After Teen ‘Sexting’ — In The Home  —  Dept. Of Education Targets Sexually Explicit Text Messaging Outside Of School Hours With Up To 90-Day Suspension  —  NYCLU Slams Idea, Says It's A Violation Of Freedom Of Expression  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Parents and schools struggle with the role technology plays in kids' lives.
BBC:
Tea and coffee ‘protect hearts’  —  Drinking several cups of tea or coffee a day appears to protect against heart disease, a 13-year-long study from the Netherlands has found.  —  It adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting health benefits from the most popular hot drinks.
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
Obama Jokes About Biden's “Big F-ing Deal” Comment  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - Trumpeting the 10,000th road project funded by his Recovery Act, President Obama borrowed two of three words made famous in March by Vice President Biden.  —  This is a “big....deal,” said Mr. Obama …
Breitbart.tv:
WATCH ALAN SIMPSON SCHOOL A LEFTY  —  Alan Simpson, co-chair of the White House Debt Commission, provides a full and frank engagement with an activist questioning him on the proposed reforms of the Social Security system.  He doesn't duck.  He doesn't hide.  He doesn't grab the guy around the wrist or neck.
Detroit News:
Detroit schools president: Health woes caused ‘poor judgment’  —  Detroit —One day after facing accusations of fondling himself, Detroit Public Schools President Otis Mathis wrote a letter to colleagues today blaming “ongoing health problems” for his “poor judgment.”
Discussion: theblogprof and Gateway Pundit
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Republicans Blocking Progress  —  The President calls on Republicans in Congress to put scoring political points aside, and instead to focus on solving the problems facing the nation.  At the time of this address, the Republican leadership is blocking progress on a bill to boost the economy …
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
On Father's Day, hypocrites are all in the family  —  Family, marriage and the contribution of fathers come together as topics for reflection on Father's Day.  So I'd like to know why Barack Obama, a husband and a father in a family structure that encompasses bonds deemed essential to our society …
New York Times:
Kagan's E-Mail at Clinton White House Reveals a Blunt, Savvy Legal Adviser  —  WASHINGTON — An enormous trove of e-mail messages from Elena Kagan's years in the Clinton White House released late Friday afternoon offered glimpses of a savvy, sharp-elbowed and sometimes salty-tongued lawyer …
Discussion: The Politico, The BLT and TPMDC
CNN:
Official: Justice Department plans to sue over Arizona law  —  (CNN) — Obama administration lawyers are planning to file a legal challenge to a controversial Arizona immigration law within a month, according to a senior administration official.  —  The Justice Department would not confirm the claim …
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New York Times:
A Tricky Balance for Oil-State Politicians  —  WASHINGTON — The outburst by Representative Joe L. Barton of Texas in support of BP underscored the potential peril for lawmakers forced to respond to crises involving industries vital to their regions, and whose bountiful donations finance their political campaigns.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and The Spot
JammieWearingFool:
Hundreds of Construction Workers Forced Into Unpaid Leave to Accommodate Obama Photo Op  —  A regular man of the people.  —  H/T.  —  Linked at Instapundit.  Thanks!  —  Labels: Barack Obama
Michael Barone / Beltway Confidential:
They don't like the dog food  —  William Galston, than whom there is no better thinker among Democrats today, has been reading the same polls as his Brookings colleague E. J. Dionne, but takes a much harsher view of what Democrats can do.  “In a blogpost on The New Republic website headlined …
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Excess Supply  —  In our normal, microeconomic world it is not a big deal when excess demand emerges in one market and excess supply emerges in another—it is, in fact, a good thing, because it induces shifts in production that make the structure …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Cade Metz / The Register:
Police probe Facebook chief over ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being investigated by Pakistani police under a section of the penal code that makes blasphemy against Muhammad punishable by death.  —  BBC Urdu reports — according to a Google Translation …
 
 
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Stephen Gordon / Worthwhile Canadian Initiative:
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
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Fox News:
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Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
The Stealth Attack on America's Best-Loved Program
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Franken launches full-throated attack on ‘conservative activism’ on courts
Discussion: Crooks and Liars