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U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe  —  Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S. combat video and hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records to whistleblower site Wikileaks, Wired.com has learned.
The Hill:
Helen Thomas announces retirement  —  The longtime White House reporter is stepping down after her controversial comments on Israel.  Helen Thomas announced Monday that “she is retiring, effective immediately,” according to a statement from Hearst newspapers.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Helen Thomas ‘Scandal’ — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  I think a lot of people in Washington need to get a grip.  —  For starters, this is a classic gaffe because Helen Thomas accidentally told the truth.  She's wrong on the substance, obviously.  But of course she believes the Israelis should go away.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Helen Thomas Dropped by Her Speakers' Agency
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
With Regrets  —  I concur with the following response from my agent …
Patrick Gavin / On Media's Blog:
Thomas gets dropped by agency
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage  —  BEL AIR, Md. — The reception that Representative Frank Kratovil Jr., a Democrat, received here one night last week as he faced a small group of constituents was far more pleasant than his encounters during a Congressional recess last summer.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When one of the most important e-mail messages of his life landed in his in-box a few years ago, Kord Campbell overlooked it.  —  Not just for a day or two, but 12 days.  He finally saw it while sifting through old messages …
Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
Bernie Madoff, Free at Last  —  In prison he doesn't have to hide his lack of conscience.  In fact, he's a hero for it.  —  Last August, shortly after his arrival at the federal correctional complex in Butner, North Carolina, Bernard L. Madoff was waiting on the evening pill line …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The No-Stimulus Economy  —  If fiscal stimulus is so great, then why hasn't the Obama administration's massive stimulus program helped improve the economy?  Well, via Mark Thoma, the answer is that there hasn't been any net fiscal stimulus, all the Obama administration's efforts plus …
The Politico:
Pols turn on labor unions  —  Spurred by state budget crunches and an angry public mood, Republican and some Democratic leaders are focusing with increasing intensity on public workers and the unions that represent them, casting them as overpaid obstacles to good government and demanding cuts in their often-generous benefits.
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Scott / Power Line:
Hey, union man
Discussion: The Caucus
CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
Can the astonishing popularity of Indiana's penny-pinching governor carry him to the White House in 2012?  —  When Mitch Daniels ran for governor of Indiana in 2004, a friend and videographer got the idea of filming the candidate in vidéo vérité style as he traveled around the state in his Indiana-made RV.
Discussion: Right Now and Des Moines Register
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
More Obama change to believe in: Americans now see him as a partisan Democrat  —  One of the 2007-08 Obama presidential campaign's changes that Americans believed in by the many millions was his oft-repeated promise to work with all sides no matter what and change the harsh political tone of Washington.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Hispanics' Approval of Obama Drops in 2010
Discussion: Politics Daily
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
White House and Allies Set to Build Up Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and his allies, concerned about deep skepticism over his landmark health care overhaul, are orchestrating an elaborate campaign to sell the public on the law, including a new tax-exempt group that will spend millions …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Howard Kurtz on Newsweek bidders, Helen Thomas gaffe, Gore breakup coverage  —  While journalists get into the business for various reasons — vicarious thrills, investigative zeal, outsize ego — ultimately they're at the mercy of the marketplace.  And that marketplace seems to have sent a very discouraging message to Newsweek.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Barack Obama Ignores D-Day Anniversary - Goes to Theatre Party Instead  —  On June 6, 1944, the D-Day invasion of Europe took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.  America lost 2,499 of its finest men that day.  —  (Enterprise News)
El Marco / Looking at the Left:
Stop the Mosque at Ground Zero Rally - Part I  —  New York City, Sunday, June 6, 2010, - by El Marco  —  Pamela Geller, the co-founder of Stop Islamization of America, speaks passionately about jihad, sharia, and why the idea of a mosque in this spot is so wrong.  —  The crowd gathers.
The Atlantic Online:
Also see:  —  Slideshow: “A Google-Eye View of the Newspaper Business”  —  A presentation by the company's chief economist, Hal Varian  —  EVERYONE KNOWS THAT Google is killing the news business.  Few people know how hard Google is trying to bring it back to life, or why the company …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
Hot Men 2010: The Hottest Conservative Men  —  Well, it's that time of year.  —  Primaries, you ask?  Uh, no.  —  Priorities people!  Today is the day when we focus, laser-like, on the hottest conservative men for 2010.  Unlike last year, the judges this year are out and proud and gorgeous in their own right.
Discussion: Wizbang, Sister Toldjah and BLACKFIVE
Jeffrey A. Miron / National Review:
The Tea Party and the Drug War  —  Voter dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats is at historic levels, and the tea-party movement is hoping to play kingmaker in the November elections.  The country's current breed of discontent is ideal for the tea parties, because economic concerns are foremost …
Stephen M. Silverman / People.com:
Elton John Sings at Rush Limbaugh's 4th Wedding  —  Talk about an odd couple: conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh and outspoken gay-marriage advocate Elton John.  —  But, according to a News Corporation (which owns Fox News) wire report, the Rocket Man, 63, serenaded the 400 guests …
La Shawn Barber / Michelle Malkin:
Obama Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Napolitano-Endorsed Immigration Law  —  I'm convinced the federal government has no intention of enforcing immigration laws against illegal aliens from Mexico.  —  But that isn't the worst.  The government wants to give illegal aliens from Mexico amnesty and a “path” to citizenship.
Jonathan Watts / Guardian:
China's ‘cancer villages’ reveal dark side of economic boom  —  Polluting factories in rural communities are forming a deadly toxic cocktail for villagers, leading to surging rates of cancer  —  Zheng Gumei thought she was down with a cold until the doctor told her to wait outside the room so he could talk to her son alone.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple's Magic Trackpad revealed?  —  Of all the surprises we expected to hear about in the WWDC keynote, a multitouch trackpad peripheral didn't exactly pop into our brains.  But — whoomp — here it is.  What we appear to be looking at is a brand new input device that Apple has dreamed …
Discussion: MacRumors and Mashable!
Arthur Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Hikes and the 2011 Economic Collapse  —  Today's corporate profits reflect an income shift into 2010.  These profits will tumble next year, preceded most likely by the stock market.  —  People can change the volume, the location and the composition of their income, and they can do so in response to changes in government policies.
 
 
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