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3:40 PM ET, June 18, 2011

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
2 Top Lawyers Lost to Obama in Libya War Policy Debate  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama rejects top lawyers' legal views on Libya  —  (updated below)  —  The growing controversy over President Obama's illegal waging of war in Libya got much bigger last night with Charlie Savage's New York Times scoop.  He reveals that top administration lawyers — Attorney General Eric Holder …
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George W. Obama and the OLC  —  Charlie Savage writes that President Obama took the unusual step of overruling the head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel and the top counsel for the Defense Department in order to conclude that the U.S.'s participation in the war in Libya did not amount to …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama Ignored Advice of Top Legal Advisors, OLC in Waging War in Libya  —  Loading ordinance on an F-16 headed for Libya (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Katherine Windish)  —  We now have an innovation in executive power.  During the Bush Administration, mid-level functionaries …
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Can This Presidency Be Saved?  —  Can the Obama Presidency still be saved?
Laura / barackobama.com:
A NEW APPROACH TO FACEBOOK AND TWITTER  —  Starting today, you'll notice something new about President Obama's Facebook page and his Twitter account, @BarackObama.  —  Obama for America staff will now be managing both accounts, posting daily updates from the campaign trail, from Washington, and everywhere in between.
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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Barack Obama to Start Tweeting From @BarackObama Account
A.Killough / CNN:
Bachmann: Schools should teach intelligent design  —  New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann explained her skepticism of evolution on Friday and said students should be taught the theory of intelligent design.  —  Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota …
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Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Refuses To Sign Pro-Life Pledge
Discussion: The Mahablog, Hot Air and FrumForum
New York Times:
A Watchdog Professor, Now Defending Himself  —  For the last two years, David Protess, a renowned journalist and professor who spent three decades fighting to prove the innocence of others, has been locked in a battle to do the same for himself.  It hasn't gone as well.
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Fake Identities Were Used on Twitter in Effort to Get Information on Weiner  —  At least three months before the revelation that former Representative Anthony D. Weiner was sending lewd messages and photos to women online, a small group of self-described conservatives was monitoring his exchanges with women on Twitter.
WVLT-TV:
Judge has harsh words for Mom before sentencing her for spanking her kid … CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CBS) — A judge in Corpus Christi, Texas had some harsh words for a mother charged with spanking her own child before sentencing her to probation.  —  “You don't spank children today,” said Judge Jose Longoria.
Ina Jaffe / NPR:
Liberal Bloggers: Obama ‘Not Our Boyfriend Anymore’ … President Obama took his licks from progressives who are meeting in Minneapolis at the Netroots Nation Convention, the annual gathering of liberal bloggers and other social media activists.  —  The panel that drew one of the biggest crowds …
Marc Thiessen / The Enterprise Blog:
The New York Post Outdoes Itself  —  The New York Post is famous for its page one headlines, such as the classic “Headless Body in Topless Bar” and the understated “UN Meets” (with a photo of weasels sitting in the French and German chairs of the UN Security Council before the Iraq war).
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Boeing  —  Uncharacteristically, the President is silent in a key labor dispute.  —  Did you hear what President Obama said about the National Labor Relations Board's complaint against Boeing Co.?  We didn't either.  —  Mr. Obama has been touting his plan to double …
Brian Bolduc / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Know Much About History  —  The popular historian David McCullough says textbooks have become ‘so politically correct as to be comic.’ Meanwhile, the likes of Thomas Edison get little attention.  —  Boston  —  'We're raising young people who are, by and large, historically illiterate …
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
A Good Day to Play Golf and Talk Politics  —  Philip Scott Andrews/The New York Times  —  President Obama and the House speaker, John A. Boehner, playing golf at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Saturday. … It's over!  Mr. Obama's motorcade pulled out of Andrews and is heading back to the White House.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Changing Tides: Research Center Under Fire for ‘Adjusted’ Sea-Level Data  —  Is climate change raising sea levels, as Al Gore has argued — or are climate scientists doctoring the data?  —  The University of Colorado's Sea Level Research Group decided in May to add 0.3 millimeters …
Frazier Moore / Associated Press:
Bristol Palin calls her ex ‘the gnat’ in new book  —  NEW YORK - Bristol Palin writes in her new book of losing her virginity to boyfriend Levi Johnston on a camping trip after getting drunk for the first time on too many wine coolers.  —  She awoke in her tent, alone …
 
 
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So long Weiner, what a ‘sorry’ excuse
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