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9:45 AM ET, June 8, 2010

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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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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat, 6/7: Obama Kicks Ass. But Whose Ass?
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and The Monkey Cage
The Huffington Post:
Helen Thomas Retirement Leaves ‘Significant’ Void: Anti-War Voices Fret
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NewsBusters.org
The Huffington Post:
White House Endorses Unlimited Liability Cap For Oil Spillers
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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
Carl M. Cannon / Politics Daily:
Primary Voters in 11 States Will Shape the Midterm Ballot
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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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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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 …
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: 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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House wants federal agencies to cut spending by five percent  —  The Obama administration is asking federal agencies to identify how to trim five percent of their budgets, a top official will say Tuesday.  —  Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …
Discussion: PolitiPage.com and The Politico
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House is directing agencies to cut budgets
Discussion: Reuters and The Page
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
Bill Bradley / Vanity Fair:
America's War in Afghanistan Now Officially Longer than Vietnam  —  the war in Afghanistan has lasted 104 months, surpassing Vietnam as the longest war in American history.  American forces invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Kabul fell that November, and America's attention shifted to the war in Iraq.
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Frank James / NPR Blogs:
Vietnam, Not Afghanistan, Still Longest War: Holbrooke
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Pentagon opposes popular legislation to rename Department of the Navy  —  The Pentagon is opposing a popular provision that would change the name of the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and the Marine Corps.  —  The provision, which Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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
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 …
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Rangel on WH faith in BP: They don't have the slightest clue  —  The BP oil spill continues to deluge the gulf coast regions of the United States, and the Obama administration is feeling heat from those he could usually count on to stand by him.  Democratic strategist James Carville railed …
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: Time, The Page and Corrente
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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