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8:50 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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PostPartisan:
Isn't there some room for Helen Thomas?  —  Columnist Helen Thomas, a trailblazer for women journalists and one of the few in the White House press corps who courageously questioned President Bush and other officials in his administration on war, torture and U.S. policy toward Israel, announced her retirement Monday.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat, 6/7: Obama Kicks Ass.  But Whose Ass?  —  1. “Whose ass to kick.”  The phrase that will resonate tomorrow.  President Obama said it during an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer in re, his consultations with smart people about the oil spill, and what he hop[ed to learn from them.
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and The Monkey Cage
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Our hard-core, adversarial press corps  —  On Friday, CNN's Ed Henry posted a series of giggly, adolescent updates on his Twitter feed, describing the events that took place at a “beach” party thrown by Joe Biden, at the Vice President's mansion, for various “reporters” and White House officials.
The Hill:
Helen Thomas retires after fallout from controversial Israel remarks
The Huffington Post:
Helen Thomas Retirement Leaves ‘Significant’ Void: Anti-War Voices Fret
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NewsBusters.org
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House is directing agencies to cut budgets
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
The Huffington Post:
White House Endorses Unlimited Liability Cap For Oil Spillers
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Biden Beach Party
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Helen Thomas ‘Scandal’ — By: Jonah Goldberg
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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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama Seeking “Ass To Kick” Over Oil Spill  —  “I don't sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”...  More >>  —  Political Videos
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 …
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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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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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 …
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
GOP's Nikki Haley: Breaking Through Barriers in South Carolina Governor's Race  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. - As the front-runner in Tuesday's Republican gubernatorial primary, 38-year-old Nikki Haley is writing the most improbable political success story of 2010.  In a state defined by church …
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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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
Kasie Hunt / Reuters:
GOP bad dream: Birther on ticket  —  California Republicans optimistic about their prospects in November could find themselves with a bit of a problem after the votes are counted in Tuesday's primaries - a statewide ticket with the so-called “Birther Queen” as one of their candidates.
Frank James / NPR Blogs:
Vietnam, Not Afghanistan, Still Longest War: Holbrooke  —  Richard Holbrooke.  (Alex Wong / Getty Images)  —  Afghanistan hasn't become the U.S.' longest war; Vietnam still is, according to someone who should know, Richard Holbrooke, the Obama Administration's special representative …
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Derrick Crowe / The Huffington Post:   On Afghanistan, We Know a Distraction When We See It
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 …
Discussion: Right Wing News, Cafe Hayek and EconLog
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
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 40 Best Conservative Blogs For 2010 (Version 2.0)  —  It's time for me to rank my favorite blogs for the 2nd quarter of 2010.  Do keep in mind that as the quarter has progressed, some blogs have, of course, moved up and others have dropped, based on how often I visit them, how much I like what I see when I get there, how often...
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP puts health reform on ballot in push to turn out conservatives  —  Republicans are banking that anti-health reform ballot initiatives will give them a significant edge in the November midterm elections.  —  The debate on the measures, which will be voted on in a half-dozen states …
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
California's Unpopular Politicians  —  We'd never done a public poll in California before last week and the thing I found most remarkable was how much voters in the state hate all of their politicians.  —  Arnold Schwarzenegger of course is the least popular Governor in the country with a 20/64 approval rating.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
 
 
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New York Times:
Rate of Oil Leak, Still Not Clear, Puts Doubt on BP
Discussion: Time and The Page
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Voters Favor Congressional Newcomers Over Incumbents
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
Washington Post:
Reports at BP over years find history of problems
Discussion: msnbc.com and Prairie Weather
Wayne Slater / Dallas Morning News:
GOP consultant in Arizona pulls strings to get Green Party on Texas ballot
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Baucus: Senate close on extenders
Discussion: MLive.com
Mike Kelly / NorthJersey.com:
On this ground, zero tolerance
Discussion: Salon and Unqualified Offerings
Eliot A. Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
With Friends Like the United States . . .
 Earlier Items: 
WOOD-TV:
Student sitting behind Obama was asleep
Jim Douglas / WFAA-TV:
Worker killed when natural gas pipeline explodes in fireball
Discussion: Raw Story, NPR Blogs and Clusterstock
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Hitch-22  —  This is an excerpt from Christopher Hitchens' new memoir, Hitch-22.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FishbowlDC
Farhad Pouladi / Agence France Presse:
Iran Red Crescent to send two aid ships to Gaza
Roger Ebert / Roger Ebert's Journal:
How do they get to be that way?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and driftglass
The Huffington Post:
Move On, MoveOn!
Discussion: The Hankster
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Arrest made in Stupak death threat
Discussion: CNN