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6:50 PM ET, June 25, 2010

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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.
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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 …
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.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Toilet Training.  —  Dave Weigel is leaving The Washington Post over private e-mails mocking conservative figures.  I find it really extraordinary that a news organization would let such a talented reporter go not because of any kind of professional misconduct but because someone leaked private correspondence …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
An Unhappy Day At The Washington Post  —  But also sort of a happy day at The Washington Post, for the dwindling band of writers and editors there who value such old-fashioned traits as temperance in the expression of personal views; forthrightness; and fairness.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Second Thoughts on Dave Weigel  —  A couple of people I know and respect have told me that my criticism of Dave Weigel is misplaced; that he tries harder than I thought to be a fair reporter; that he makes mistakes, but everyone makes mistakes.  And they've provided me with examples of his good reporting.
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.
The Atlantic Online:
The Post Shouldn't Have Fired Dave Weigel  —  The Washington Post should not have fired Dave Weigel for his leaked Journolist comments, period.  —  In hiring Weigel, the Post knew it was bringing on board someone with a style of journalism — and it definitely is journalism …
Discussion: Guardian and Balloon Juice
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Defending Dave Weigel  —  Washington Post reporter/blogger Dave Weigel, who is tasked with covering conservatives, has come under fire in the past several days for derisive comments he's made about some conservatives on the liberal listserv JournoList.  You could read more background on the story here.
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? .............
Discussion: Hot Air
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Weigel quits & #8211; and a debate begins
Discussion: Big Journalism and alicublog
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
If Weigel Had to Go, What Other MSM Figures Wrote Terrible Things on Journo-List?
Discussion: Riehl World View
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Another Head for the Right and the Left
Discussion: The Impolitic and Eschaton
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Weigel seen at Huffington Post office
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Endorses Op-Ed Comparing Obama To Hitler, Suggesting BP Escrow Fund Could Lead To Nazi-Like Dictatorship  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  On Friday, Sarah Palin took to Twitter to direct her followers to read a recent op-ed from conservative columnist Thomas Sowell that compares President Obama …
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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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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Democrats See Signs of Hope in Job Trends
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.
The Huffington Post:
Michael Hastings, Rolling Stone's McChrystal Profiler, Says Troops Are Happy That General Was Ousted  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The Rolling Stone correspondent whose profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal upended America's Afghan war leadership says that soldiers on the ground are happy …
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Mayhill Fowler / The Huffington Post:
Seduction and Betrayal: McChrystal and the Misapprehension of Journalism
Discussion: Swampland and Matthew Yglesias
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.
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.
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.
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Jewish Clergy Group: Elena Kagan Isn't ‘Kosher’ to Serve on Supreme Court  —  (CNSNews.com) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is “not kosher”—meaning she is not fit to serve on the court—according to more than 850 Orthodox members of the Rabbinical Alliance of America.
New York Times:
Obama Arrives in Toronto for Summit Meetings  —  TORONTO — President Obama arrived here Friday for back-to-back meetings of world leaders that will test international unity on how to restore global economic growth.  —  After landing, Mr. Obama quickly boarded a helicopter for a G-8 meeting in Muskoka …
Discussion: The Page and Indecision Forever
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.
Discussion: The New Republic
 
 
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