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3:55 PM ET, June 25, 2010

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Matt Dornic / FishbowlDC:
BREAKING: Weigel Resigns  —  FIRST ON FBDC: FishbowlDC has confirmed that WaPo conservative-beat blogger Dave Weigel has resigned after a slew of his anti-conservative comments and emails surfaced on FishbowlDC and Daily Caller over the past two days.  —  A spokesperson for the Post …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weigel and the Post  —  The current flap over Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel has its roots in a fact that suprised me when I learned of it earlier this year: The Post appears to have hired Weigel, a liberal blogger, under the false impression that he's a conservative.
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
E-mails reveal Post reporter savaging conservatives, rooting for Democrats  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh famously said he hoped President Obama would “fail” in January, 2009.  Almost a year later, when Limbaugh was rushed to the hospital with chest pains, Washington Post reporter David Weigel had a wish of his own.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Culture of Exposure  —  The most interesting part of my job is that I get to observe powerful people at close quarters.  Most people in government, I find, are there because they sincerely want to do good.  But they're also exhausted and frustrated much of the time.
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
WaPo's Weigel Lets Loose With Scathing E-mails on Liberal Listserv  —  FishbowlDC has obtained e-mails written by WaPo's conservative-beat blogger Dave Weigel, that the scribe sent to JournoList, a listserv for liberal journalists.  (Read up on JournoList with Yahoo! News's Michael Calderone's 2009 story that he wrote for Politico).
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
When A Blogger Vents  —  Comments Dave Weigel made on a listserv have been made public.  The most eye-catching one: … He apologizes to his readers and Matt Drudge here.  James Joyner weighs in: … John Cole lays into whoever released the emails.  Liz Mair goes to bat for Dave:
Ezra Klein:
On Journolist, and Dave Weigel  —  I began Journolist in February of 2007.  It was an idea born from disagreement.  Weeks, or maybe months, earlier, I had criticized Time's Joe Klein over some comments he made about the Iraq War.  He e-mailed a long and searching reply, and the subsequent conversation was educational for us both.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weigel resigns  —  YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!  Notch Another VICTORY to DRUDGE!!!!!!!  —  Posted By: YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!  Notch Another VICTORY to DRUDGE!!!!!!!  June 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM  —  Report Abuse  —  Was this a “firing” guised as a Resignation like WaPo alleged about McChrystal? .............
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
If Weigel Had to Go, What Other MSM Figures Wrote Terrible Things on Journo-List?  —  There's word that Dave Weigel has resigned from the Washington Post.  —  I've known Dave Weigel since when he was an intern at USA Today and used to send me e-mails to the Kerry Spot on how I might be overestimating Bush's chances.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
David Weigel quits the Post  —  David Weigel, the Washington Post blogger assigned to cover the conservative beat, resigned Friday following the leak of e-mails he wrote disparaging conservatives.  —  “Dave offered his resignation and we accepted it,” said Kris Coratti, director of communications for the Washington Post.
Discussion: alicublog and Balloon Juice
David Weigel / Right Now:
An apology to my readers  —  I'm a member of an off-the-record list-serv called “Journolist,” founded by my colleague Ezra Klein.  Last Monday, I was deluged with angry e-mail after posting a story about Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) that was linked by the Drudge Report with a headline intimating …
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:   Defending Dave Weigel
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
An Unhappy Day At The Washington Post
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Another Head for the Right and the Left
Discussion: Eschaton
Michael Triplett / Mediaite:
WaPo's Dave Weigel Resigns After More Journolist E-Mails Surface
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
House and Senate in Deal on Financial Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly two years after the American financial system teetered on the verge of collapse, Congressional negotiators reached agreement early Friday to reconcile competing versions of legislation that would transform financial regulation.
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Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
House, Senate leaders finalize details of sweeping financial overhaul  —  Key House and Senate lawmakers agreed on far-reaching new financial rules early Friday after weeks of division, delay and frantic last-minute deal making.  The dawn compromise set up a potential vote in both houses …
Victoria McGrane / Wall Street Journal:
Major Provisions in the Financial Overhaul Bill
Discussion: The New Republic and Gawker
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
The Dodd-Frank Bill.  —  The House-Senate conference committee …
Washington Examiner:
Democrats: Free speech for me, not for thee  —  In March, the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision struck down campaign finance limits on political expression by individuals working through corporations and unions as a violation of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech.
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Gail Russell Chaddock / Christian Science Monitor:
Who's exempted from ‘fix’ for Supreme Court campaign finance ruling?
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In 2010, Conservatives Still Outnumber Moderates, Liberals  —  Last year's increase in conservatism among independents is holding  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Conservatives have maintained their leading position among U.S. ideological groups in the first half of 2010.
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Across From White House, Coffee With Lobbyists  —  WASHINGTON — There are no Secret Service agents posted next to the barista and no presidential seal on the ceiling, but the Caribou Coffee across the street from the White House has become a favorite meeting spot to conduct Obama administration business.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
National Enquirer says it decided not to pay for Gore sex story interview  —  The executive editor of the National Enquirer says that the Oregon masseuse who made a sexual assault allegation against Al Gore asked the tabloid for $1 million but that the Enquirer did not pay her or anyone else in reporting the story.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
New NBC/WSJ Poll: Sarah Palin and George W. Bush Liked By Same Percentage of Americans  —  For a little background on this, let's consult the Balloon Juice Lexicon. … Now for the poll results (PDF).  —  The Quitter:  —  Very Negative/Somewhat Negative - 43%  —  Neutral - 24%
Discussion: Eschaton
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Snowe Urges Stand-Alone Extension of Jobless Benefits  —  After joining with her fellow Republicans to block a bill that would have extended unemployment insurance, Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine urged Democrats on Friday to put forward a separate bill to help people who have exhausted their jobless benefits.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Philosopher disclaims ‘ick factor,’ demands Huckabee apology  —  Chicago philosopher Martha Nussbaum has rejected former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's claim that she's the source of a controversial phrase he used in discussing opposition to same-sex marriage.
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
CBS: Jindal holds up deployment of National Guard to fight spill  —  You know how Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal likes to blame the Federal government for the damage caused by BP's oil spill, arguing that he could have kept all the oil at bay if President Obama had only given him the resources he needed to fight it?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CBS News
Michael Kinsley / The Atlantic Wire:
Why Not Call It ‘Crossfire’?  —  Why can't CNN President Jonathan Klein have the guts just to admit he was wrong and call his new show “Crossfire”?  Or at least to apologize to all the hard-working CNN employees working on Crossfire whom he insulted as he kicked them out the door?  (Not me.
Fox News:
Petraeus to Modify Afghanistan Rules of Engagement, Source Says  —  June 16: U.S. Central Commander Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Armed Services Committee.  (AP)  —  A military source close to Gen. David Petraeus told Fox News …
Jacqui Swift / The Sun:
I like Obama... and he's right to have a go at us for polluting his country  —  THE shocking images of oil-covered wildlife and ruined beaches across the Gulf of Mexico have horrified millions.  —  But passionate green campaigner Sir Paul McCartney believes the environmental disaster …
Jeremy Warner / Telegraph:
Barack Obama is refusing to listen to reason on economic policy  —  President Barack Obama could learn from the old-fashioned German habit of saving money before spending it, argues Jeremy Warner.  —  Rarely has the dismal science of economics inflamed such passions.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
 
 
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