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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 …
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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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
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Left to Obama: We're not happy
Discussion: Power Line and Top of the Ticket
Ezra Klein:
Anti-incumbent, pro-party primaries
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The sad farewell of Helen Thomas  —  Afew months ago, White House reporters settled on a system for preserving the sanctity of Helen Thomas's front-row-center seat in the briefing room.  On those frequent occasions when the 89-year-old legend didn't show up for a briefing …
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
What Helen Thomas missed  —  Ah, another teachable moment!  —  This one comes to us from Helen Thomas, the longtime White House reporter and columnist who announced her retirement on Monday.  Thomas, of Lebanese ancestry and almost 90, has never been shy about her anti-Israel views …
Richard Greener / The Huffington Post:
Helen Thomas Is Out Of Work - Good Thing We've Got A “Free” Press Here
Discussion: Mondoweiss
CNN:
Obama looking for ‘whose ass to kick’  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama bluntly defended his administration's response to the undersea gusher fouling the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, telling an interviewer he has met with experts to learn “whose ass to kick.”
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msnbc.com:
Obama: I would've fired BP chief by now  —  Ex-EPA lawyer brands oil company as ‘recurring environmental criminal’  —  msnbc.com staff and news service reports  —  President Barack Obama would have fired BP's CEO Tony Hayward over controversial comments downplaying the Gulf oil spill — if the executive had been working for him.
Washington Post:
Reports at BP over years find history of problems
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Rockefeller may back Murkowski plan to block EPA climate rules
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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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.
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Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
GOP's Nikki Haley: Breaking Through Barriers in South Carolina Governor's Race
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Health law could ban low-cost plans  —  Part of the health care overhaul due to kick in this September could strip more than 1 million people of their insurance coverage, violating a key goal of President Barack Obama's reforms.  —  Under the provision, insurance companies will no longer …
Nolongerfamous / 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 …
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
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William Shawcross / Jerusalem Post:
An irrational, obscene hatred
Discussion: Biased BBC
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Voters Favor Congressional Newcomers Over Incumbents
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Pelosi blames GOP for nation's ills  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking to a friendly audience of progressive activists, was ready to cast blame for the country's troubles Tuesday morning.  —  She blamed the exploding national debt on the Bush administration and said Democrats' push …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: North Carolina Senate  —  North Carolina Senate: Burr Still Leads Both Democratic Challengers  —  Incumbent Republican Richard Burr continues to hold a modest double-digit lead over both his Democratic challengers in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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: Don Surber, The Hill and Eschaton
Mike Kelly / NorthJersey.com:
On this ground, zero tolerance  —  Some of the protesters, above, at Ground Zero on Sunday carried placards decrying plans for a mosque two blocks away.  At right, Richie Mitzner of Fort Lee boasted of being a ‘proud American infidel.’  —  He was not joking.
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: RaceWire, Daily Kos, Time, The Page and Corrente
WOOD-TV:
Student sitting behind Obama was asleep  —  Watch video for more  —  KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - One of the Kalamazoo Central students — who was seated behind keynote speaker President Barack Obama during Monday night's commencement ceremony — fell asleep.
 
 
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
America's Future Now: The Surliest Conference In America
Discussion: TalkLeft
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Albany Passes Big Health Cuts in Emergency Bill
Discussion: Gothamist and The Daily Politics
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Poizner, Whitman spar in final round of campaign
Ynetnews:
Hamas refuses to allow aid supplies into Gaza
Abe Selig / Jerusalem Post:
Ideas for ‘reverse flotillas’ gain steam
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Yoav Zitun / Ynetnews:
Spanish pride parade doesn't want Israelis
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Pentagon opposes popular legislation to rename Department of the Navy
Discussion: Politics Daily
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Rangel on WH faith in BP: They don't have the slightest clue
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Republicans put health reform on ballot in push to turn out conservatives
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Baucus: Senate close on extenders
Discussion: CNN and MLive.com