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11:50 PM ET, June 8, 2010


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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Blanche Lincoln, Bill Halter battle in Arkansas runoff race  —  Sen. Blanche Lincoln and and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter battled in a nip and tuck Democratic runoff in Arkansas as she sought to avoid the distinction of being the third Senator defeated in an intraparty fight so far this year.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Guide to Biggest Primary Day of the Year (So Far)  —  WASHINGTON — Of all the incumbents on the ballot across the nation Tuesday, of all the establishment figures whose careers are on the line in this midterm election year, there is no bigger target than Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader.
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus and Truthdig
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Meaning Of Arkansas, Regardless Of The Winner  —  It's a funny habit we political pundits have.  If, say, 3000 votes separate a winner from a loser, we forget that a small shift in some part of a state could have swung those votes the other way, and we tend to massively over-interpret the meaning of the tiniest of margins.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Filing from the new C-SPAN Digital Bus: Sen. Lincoln headed …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Lincoln Wins Close Primary in Arkansas
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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
Anne Bayefsky / Weekly Standard:
Syrian Rep Promotes Blood Libel at UN Human Rights Council  —  Meeting today in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council heard the following statement from the Syrian representative, First Secretary Rania Al Rifaiy: “ a state that is built on hatred...Let me quote a song that a group …
Discussion: RubinReports and Weasel Zippers
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Awesome: Israeli students trying to organize flotilla to Turkey
New York Times:
Turkey Goes From Pliable Ally to Thorn for U.S.
Discussion: The Foundry
Joshua Teitelbaum / Guardian:   Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel | Joshua Teitelbaum
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
We Don't Need Clint Eastwood  —  It's now come to this.  —  In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, President Obama said this: … This burst of a**-kicking anger comes after the White House leaked to the media that: … And this, in turn, came after Senior White House aide David Axelrod told Bloomberg …
Ezra Klein:
The government's crummy computers
Discussion: The White House
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Less Talkin', More Kickin'  —  50 days in, and we've just learned another shocking revelation concerning the Obama administration's response to the Gulf oil spill.  In an interview aired this morning, President Obama admitted that he hasn't met with or spoken directly to BP's CEO Tony Hayward.
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 …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
You Got Played  —  Now that Helen Hitler Thomas has been forcibly retired, more video of the interview miraculously has become available for viewing:  —  Here's the “appalling” transcript: … Clearly, this woman is evil beyond words.  The way she smiled at those Jewish kids while giving …
David Seifman / NY Post:
Bill Clinton calls La. senator ‘sinner’ in fundraising letter  —  Former President Clinton has sent out a fundraising letter on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee under his own name warning that Republicans are trying to “derail' President Obama's agenda.  —  Not much unexpected there.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
More on Mitch Daniels' Proposed “Truce” on Social Issues  —  Mitch Daniels told THE WEEKLY STANDARD's Andy Ferguson that the next president “would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues.  We're going to just have to agree to get along for a little while,” until economic issues are resolved.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Mitch Daniels Makes the Rounds
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
Jawa Exclusive: NJ Jihadist Carlos Almonte hated Jews too, was “Death to all Juice” guy (Bumped - *Sticky)  —  .......................Scroll down for newer posts.....................  This weekend the FBI picked up two New Jersey men at JFK airport who were intending to find their way to Somalia to train in Al-Shabaab terror camps.
Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
Bowen: ‘Army of lawyers’ at the ready if Prop 14 passes  —  Secretary of State Debra Bowen said today there will be an “army of lawyers” looking at the constitutionality of Proposition 14 if the measure is approved today.  —  Under the “top two” primary system, candidates of all party affiliations would run on one primary ballot.
Discussion: Ballot Access News
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Obama can't explain why he hasn't spoken to BP's CEO  —  More fun from this morning's exercise in ass-kicking on “Today”.  Skip ahead to 2:36 for the key bit.  The One's logic, such as it is, is that it's not worth talking to Tony Hayward because he'll only end up giving him the runaround …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Spill reveals Obama's lack of executive experience
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
ROSIE O'DONNELL: CALLS FOR ‘COMMUNISM’ IN AMERICA TO CONFISCATE CORPORATE ASSETS  —  “Call it Socialism, call it Communism, call it whatever you want.... Seize their assets.  Take over BP!”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
Gregory Sullivan / Pajamas Media:
Miles of Oil Containment Boom Sit in Warehouse, Waiting for BP or U.S. to Use  —  An enterprising businessman put his factory in overdrive, figuring the country needed his product and his workers needed overtime.  He's making enough to stem the shortage.  Why is everyone ignoring him?
Alaska senator moves to strip EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski vowed Tuesday to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to impose new limits on the emission of greenhouse gases.  —  Washington (CNN) - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski vowed Tuesday …
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Skelton: Voters don't care about gays in the military  —  House Armed Services Committee chairman Ike Skelton said Tuesday that his constituents aren't interested one way or the other in the congressional drive to repeal the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, but he's going to keep opposing it anyway.
Jeffrey Sachs / Financial Times:
Time to plan for post-Keynesian era  —  Mainstream Keynesian economics is facing its last hurrah.  The global fiscal stimulus championed last year by the Obama administration is coming undone, repudiated by the same Group of 20 that endorsed it last year.  Now, against a backdrop …
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Rep. Inglis Heads Toward Defeat  —  U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R., S.C.) is poised to become the latest incumbent to be ousted in a primary contest.  He trails a distant second in the Republican primary in South Carolina's fourth district.  —  A June 22 runoff for Inglis against his nearest challenger …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
John Tierney / New York Times:
Daring to Discuss Women in Science  —  The House of Representatives has passed what I like to think of as Larry's Law.  The official title of this legislation is “Fulfilling the potential of women in academic science and engineering,” but nothing did more to empower its advocates …
David Weigel / Right Now:
A gay marriage GOP spat in Virginia  —  Virginia Republicans are voting today on their candidate to oppose Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), choosing between former FCC lawyer Matthew Berry and Iraq War veteran Patrick Murray.  Some conservatives are crying foul at a last-minute assault from Murray …
Discussion: The New Republic and GayPatriot
Analysis: U.N. rebukes of Israel permitted in U.S. policy shift  —  (Reuters) - Under President Barack Obama, the United States no longer provides Israel with automatic support at the United Nations where the Jewish state faces a constant barrage of criticism and condemnation.
Discussion: Doug Ross and Weasel Zippers
Linda Carroll /
Yes, Seinfeld, gay guys are thinner  —  But lesbians are heavier than heterosexual women  —  In a famous episode of “Seinfeld,” Jerry complains that people constantly assume he's gay because he's single, obsessively neat — and thin.  As it turns out, at least part of that punchline may be anchored in fact.
Felix Salmon:
How to solve the fiscal dilemma  —  How should governments deal with enormous budget deficits?  In Europe, the playbook seems to be clear: announce enormous budget cuts (see Germany, UK) only to be told that they're still not big enough.  —  Jeff Sachs today has a slightly different idea.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rangel on Obama WH response in Gulf: Clueless  —  Kerry Picket scores a scoop at the Washington Times today with audio of an impromptu interview conducted with Charles Rangel last week on the Gulf oil spill.  Kerry must have caught Rangel in a particularly frustrated mood …
Discussion: Washington Times
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Ax may fall on tax break for mortgages  —  The popular tax break for mortgage interest, once considered untouchable, is falling under the scrutiny of policymakers and economic experts seeking ways to close huge deficits.  —  Although Congress last year rejected the White House's proposed cut …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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Lynnley Browning / New York Times:
Switzerland Rejects Deal to Share Banking Data
Discussion: Law Blog and Clusterstock
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
VA-05: GOPers Await Fate In A Race At The Heart Of Midterm Elections
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Breaking Barriers, Dirty Stuff in South Carolina
Max Brantley / ArkansasTimes:
Garland County cluster#@%*
Discussion: Firedoglake and The BRAD BLOG
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Inexplicable Jewish Role in the Liberalism-Terrorism Axis.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
The Daily Caller:
QUIZ: Who said it — Democratic leaders or Communist Party USA?
Discussion: Nice Deb
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James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
The Perils of Studying Economics
Paul Bedard / US News:
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Sharon Roffe-Ofir / Ynetnews:
Leftist Tali Fahima converts to Islam
Discussion: The Jawa Report and NewsReal Blog