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3:31 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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Whitman and Fiorina Win in California; Lincoln Prevails in Arkansas  —  Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, prevailed in her Senate primary.  Meg Whitman, another former businesswoman, won the nomination for governor.
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.)
Stephanie Simon / Washington Wire:
Halter Complains It Was Hard to Vote in Garland Co., Ark.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Daily Kos
David Catanese / The Politico:
Lincoln fends off Halter in Ark.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Lincoln wins Arkansas runoff
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Daily Kos
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Awesome: Israeli students trying to organize flotilla to Turkey  —  Why not?  Relations between Israel and Turkey are doomed as long as Erdogan and his merry band of Islamists are in charge, so there's really nothing to lose with a provocation in reverse.  Assuming this comes off …
Discussion: Telegraph and The Jawa Report
Abe Selig / Jerusalem Post:
Ideas for ‘reverse flotillas’ gain steam
Discussion: Commentary, Tim Blair, Wizbang and Nice Deb
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  —  QUITO, Ecuador - Venturing into one of Latin America's less friendly capitals, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared on Tuesday that the Obama administration was intent on having better relationships in this region, even with leftist governments …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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: The Politico, CNN, The Caucus and Truthdig
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid's battle plan against Sharron Angle: Paint her as whackjob
Discussion: TPMDC
Linda Rogers / PolitiCal:
Carly Fiorina wins GOP Senate nomination [Updated]  —  Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina will be the Republican Party nominee in the November race against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.  —  Fiorina was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's primary election …
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
GOP Voters Pick Fiorina in Calif. Senate Primary
Discussion: American Power
James Antle / Guardian:
Middle men to lose out in US primaries | James Antle
Discussion: BBC
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.
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: Swampland and Weekly Standard
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 …
New York Times:
Turkey Goes From Pliable Ally to Thorn for U.S.  —  ANKARA, Turkey — For decades, Turkey was one of the United States' most pliable allies, a strategic border state on the edge of the Middle East that reliably followed American policy.  But recently, it has asserted a new approach in the region …
Discussion: The Foundry and Slate
Joshua Teitelbaum / Guardian:   Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel | Joshua Teitelbaum
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.
Gregory Sullivan / Pajamas Media:
Miles of Oil Containment Boom Sit in Warehouse, Waiting for BP or U.S. to Use  —  An enterprising businessman put his factory in overdrive, figuring the country needed his product and his workers needed overtime.  He's making enough to stem the shortage.  Why is everyone ignoring him?
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
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
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 …
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: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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.
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 …
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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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Obama can't explain why he hasn't spoken to BP's CEO
Ezra Klein:
The government's crummy computers
Discussion: The White House
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rangel on Obama WH response in Gulf: Clueless
Discussion: Washington Times
 Earlier Items: 
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Ax may fall on tax break for mortgages
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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
James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
The Perils of Studying Economics
John Tierney / New York Times:
Daring to Discuss Women in Science