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11:05 AM ET, June 8, 2010

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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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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.) …
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
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
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.
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Richard Greener / The Huffington Post:
Helen Thomas Is Out Of Work - Good Thing We've Got A “Free” Press Here
Discussion: Mondoweiss
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 …
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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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 …
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Jennifer Bendery / CQ Politics:
OFA Looks to Boost Democratic Candidates in Midterms
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
Discussion: Biased BBC
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Scott / Power Line:
The gathering storm, cont'd
Discussion: New York Post
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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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
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 …
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: Daily Kos, Time, The Page and Corrente
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Beltway Confidential
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.
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: The Hill and Eschaton
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
Wach Fox / Midlands Connect:
Haley accuser's polygraph results inconclusive  —  COLUMBIA — Just one day before the polls open across the state, one of the men claiming he had an affair with GOP candidate Nikki Haley sat down Monday to back up his claim.  Lobbyist Larry Marchant took a polygraph test at his attorney's office in downtown Columbia.
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Poizner, Whitman spar in final round of campaign  —  Democrats are generally on the sidelines while it's a fight to the finish for Republicans in top races.  —  The long, contentious and extraordinarily expensive California primary campaign came to a close Monday with a flurry …
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.
Discussion: PR Newswire and Wonk Room
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.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Republicans put 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 …
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 …
 
 
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FishbowlDC
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat, 6/7: Obama Kicks Ass. But Whose Ass?
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
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The Huffington Post:
Move On, MoveOn!
Discussion: The Hankster