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10:25 AM ET, June 8, 2010

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Washington Post:
Voters' support for members of Congress is at an all-time low, poll finds  —  As voters head to the polls Tuesday for a crucial set of primary elections, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds antipathy toward their elected officials rising and anti-incumbent sentiment at an all-time high.
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Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Tuesday targets: Nine races to watch  —  South Carolina's freak show politics, the progressive left's Arkansas muscle flexing, the astounding and obscene amount of statewide election spending in California — at least $120 million-plus and rising — all of it is part of Tuesday's dramatic primary election narrative.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Filing from the new C-SPAN Digital Bus: Sen. Lincoln headed for big loss — Keil turns purple — Merry Strasmas: Strasburg, the $15m man, starts for Nats tonight  —  SIREN : Top Arkansas sources tell us the state's political establishment expects Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
GOP's Nikki Haley: Breaking Through Barriers in South Carolina Governor's Race
Carl M. Cannon / Politics Daily:
Primary Voters in 11 States Will Shape the Midterm Ballot
FamousDC:
WHITE HOUSE GONE WILD: Shirtless Favreau And Vietor's Sunday/Funday Beer Pong Match  —  Suns out, guns out...  It's going to take more than a little oil and a brittle economy to keep these White House staffers down...or their shirts on.  Check out White House spokesman Tommy Vietor …
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The Huffington Post:
Helen Thomas Retirement Leaves ‘Significant’ Void: Anti-War Voices Fret
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NewsBusters.org
Daniel B. Klein / Wall Street Journal:
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?  —  Self-identified liberals and Democrats do badly on questions of basic economics.  —  Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians?  According to a Zogby International survey that I write …
William Shawcross / Jerusalem Post:
An irrational, obscene hatred  —  Israel is a cartoon villain, beyond sympathy, beyond even redemption.  What is shocking - and frightening - is that the narrative the world accepts is always that of Israel as the evildoer.  —  Talkbacks (1)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat
Discussion: Biased BBC
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Scott / Power Line:
The gathering storm, cont'd  —  William Shawcross is the son of Winston Churchill's lawyer, the prominent former Nuremberg prosecutor and Labor MP Sir Hartley Shawcross.  He thus provides something of a living link to Churchill whom we are especially proud to claim as a friend of our site.
Discussion: New York Post
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The ties that bind.  Remember Rahm Emanuel's rent-free D.C. apartment?  The owner: A BP adviser  —  In case you were tempted to buy the faux Washington outrage at BP and its gulf oil spill in recent days, here's a story that reveals a little-known corporate political connection and the quiet …
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Jennifer Bendery / CQ Politics:
OFA Looks to Boost Democratic Candidates in Midterms
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Fox News:
Van der Sloot Confesses to Killing in Peru  —  June 5: Joran van der Sloot is escorted by Peruvian police as he arrives at their offices in Lima.  —  Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, long the prime suspect in U.S. teen Natalee Holloway's 2005 disappearance in Aruba, has confessed to killing …
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House is directing agencies to cut budgets  —  The White House is directing agencies to develop plans for trimming at least 5 percent from their budgets by identifying programs that do little to advance their missions or President Obama's agenda.  —  The request, made amid rising public anxiety …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House wants federal agencies to cut spending by 5 percent
Discussion: PolitiPage.com and The Politico
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Americans Rate Obama 7 Points Worse on Spill Than Overall  —  By party, Democrats' support falls off the most  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — By a six-point margin, more Americans disapprove than approve of President Barack Obama's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Discussion: National Review
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Voters Favor Congressional Newcomers Over Incumbents
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Richard Greener / The Huffington Post:
Helen Thomas Is Out Of Work - Good Thing We've Got A “Free” Press Here  —  Good thing we've got a “free” press here.  —  Helen Thomas is out of work.  She's an old lady.  She bad-mouthed Israel and the Jews.  She's out of work.  —  Pat Buchanan is still working.
Discussion: Mondoweiss
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Abe Selig / Jerusalem Post:
Ideas for ‘reverse flotillas’ gain steam  —  Israeli groups mull sailing toward Turkey to “remind the world of Turkish hypocrisy.”  —  Talkbacks (17)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds
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New York Times:
Rate of Oil Leak, Still Not Clear, Puts Doubt on BP  —  Staring day after day at images of oil billowing from an undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico, many Americans are struggling to make sense of the numbers.  —  On Monday, BP said a cap was capturing 11,000 barrels of oil a day from the well.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Time, The Page and Corrente
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Left to Obama: We're not happy  —  And like Obama's critics on the right, many progressives seized on the administration's response to the Gulf oil spill to vent their larger frustrations.  —  “We thought that an election was victory.  We forgot that candidates don't deliver change …
Discussion: Power Line and Top of the Ticket
Washington Post:
Reports at BP over years find history of problems  —  A series of internal investigations over the past decade warned senior BP managers that the oil company repeatedly disregarded safety and environmental rules and risked a serious accident if it did not change its ways.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Our hard-core, adversarial press corps  —  On Friday, CNN's Ed Henry posted a series of giggly, adolescent updates on his Twitter feed, describing the events that took place at a “beach” party thrown by Joe Biden, at the Vice President's mansion, for various “reporters” and White House officials.
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Wach Fox / Midlands Connect:
Haley accuser's polygraph results inconclusive  —  COLUMBIA — Just one day before the polls open across the state, one of the men claiming he had an affair with GOP candidate Nikki Haley sat down Monday to back up his claim.  Lobbyist Larry Marchant took a polygraph test at his attorney's office in downtown Columbia.
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Mysterious Billboard Puts Obama's Face on $100,000,000,000,000 Bill, Asks: ‘But Who Will Pay the Piper?’  —  (CNSNews.com) - Thanks to an advertiser who wishes to remain anonymous, cars and trucks on Arizona Highway 260 in East Central Arizona are driving by a billboard advertisement that recently went up …
Washington Post:
Marriage equality for all couples  —  Nearly a century after the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed that “marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man.’ ” That 1967 case, Loving v. Virginia, ended bans on interracial marriage in the 16 states that still had such laws.
Discussion: PR Newswire and Wonk Room
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
‘A Very Deep Hole’  —  I know the president has a lot on his mind, but the No. 1 problem facing the U.S. continues to fester, and that problem is unemployment.  —  The jobs report for May, released on Friday by the Labor Department, was grim.  President Obama tried to put the best face on it …
Discussion: The Hill and Eschaton
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Move On, MoveOn!
Discussion: The Hankster