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1:15 AM ET, June 9, 2010


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
White House official: ‘Organized labor just flushed $10 million down the toilet’  —  A senior White House official just called me with a very pointed message for the administration's sometime allies in organized labor, who invested heavily in beating Blanche Lincoln, Obama's candidate, in Arkanas.
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Blanche Lincoln wins Arkansas Senate race; Nikki Haley in SC runoff  —  Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln won renomination tonight, beating Lt. Gov. Bill Halter — and the national labor unions that had spent millions on his behalf — in a remarkable result that provided a counter-weight to the anti-incumbent trend nationally.
David Catanese / The Politico:
Lincoln fends off Halter in Ark.  —  Sen. Blanche Lincoln beat back a ferocious Democratic challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in Tuesday's Arkansas runoff, holding off the hard-charging lieutenant governor whose campaign became a priority for unions and the progressive movement.
Yahoo! News:
Primary elections live blog: SC, AR, NV, CA  —  (This is a live blog of tonight's primary election results, with special emphasis on the races in South Carolina, Arkansas, Nevada and California.  For a primer on why those are the states to watch, read Holly Bailey here.)
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Lincoln wins Arkansas runoff
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Stephanie Simon / Washington Wire:
Halter Complains It Was Hard to Vote in Garland Co., Ark.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Daily Kos
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Filing from the new C-SPAN Digital Bus: Sen. Lincoln headed …
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
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Whitman and Fiorina Win in California  —  WASHINGTON — Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, who ascended to the top of the business world before turning to politics, prevailed in their respective battles for the G.O.P. nominations for the U.S. Senate and Governor in California, setting the stage for costly general election fights this fall.
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
GOP Voters Pick Fiorina in Calif. Senate Primary  —  California Republicans elected former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer this November.  —  The Associated Press declared Fiorina the winner in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary with just 10% of precincts reporting.
Discussion: American Power
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
Joshua Teitelbaum / Guardian:   Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel | Joshua Teitelbaum
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.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Clinton Woos a Leftist President
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
New York Times:
Turkey Goes From Pliable Ally to Thorn for U.S.
Discussion: The Foundry
Incumbent congressman headed for runoff  —  Inglis must now face a runoff.  —  (CNN) - Rep. Bob Inglis, R-South Carolina, failed to win Tuesday's primary and now must compete in the June 22nd runoff, the Associated Press projects.  —  With 96 percent of the precincts reporting …
Discussion: The Politico
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Rep. Inglis Heads Toward Defeat
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid's battle plan against Sharron Angle: Paint her as whackjob  —  Harry Reid's political operation in Nevada is quietly assembling a battle plan to take on Tea Partyer Sharron Angle in the general election, presuming she beats Sue Lowden in today's GOP primary.
Discussion: TPMDC
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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: GayPatriot and The New Republic
Ezra Klein:
The government's crummy computers  —  The news in Peter Orszag's speech this morning is that the White House is “asking each agency to develop a list of their bottom 5 percent performing discretionary programs” in order to make cuts more obvious.  On the one hand, reducing inefficient spending is good.
Discussion: The White House
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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
Felix Salmon:
How to solve the fiscal dilemma
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Skelton: Voters don't care about gays in the military
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Former Manager of Iowa Slaughterhouse Is Acquitted of Labor Charges
Discussion: Law Blog
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Ax may fall on tax break for mortgages
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Inexplicable Jewish Role in the Liberalism-Terrorism Axis.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Three Chinese ‘shot by N Korea’
Discussion: Public Secrets
The Daily Caller:
QUIZ: Who said it — Democratic leaders or Communist Party USA?
Discussion: Nice Deb
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 19% See White House Job Offers As Anything Unusual
James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
The Perils of Studying Economics
John Tierney / New York Times:
Daring to Discuss Women in Science