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4:05 PM 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.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Anti-Incumbent Rage Bypasses Arkansas  —  WASHINGTON — On a primary election night when the heralded anti-incumbency sentiment was expected to again demonstrate its strength, Senator Blanche Lincoln proved there were clear limits to its power.  —  Virtually written off as a likely victim …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Blanche Lincoln won  —  1. Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln's Democratic runoff victory Tuesday night proved that conventional wisdom is often wrong.  —  Lincoln's political obituary was written in the days after she narrowly bested Lt. Gov. Bill Halter — 44.5 percent to 42.5 percent …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
SEIU officials: Blanche Lincoln should forget about our support in general election  —  In a move that's likely to ratchet up already-white-hot post-Arkansas tensions between organized labor and the White House, officials with the labor powerhouse SEIU are confirming that they are all but certain …
The Huffington Post:
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The loss of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Meaning Of Arkansas, Regardless Of The Winner
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Lincoln's surprise
Discussion: The Plum Line and Ben Smith's Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Was Israel A Mistake?  —  So far, no luck on anti-Zionist columnists.  And being critical of Israel does not mean you're an anti-Zionist.  But a reader did note this 2006 column by Richard Cohen.  Money quote: … I was thinking recently how a Burkean could defend the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.
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Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
Indispensable  —  Michael Oren, a 55-year-old U.S.-born historian of the modern Middle East and the author of two best-selling books, one on the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and another on the United States' 200-year-old experience in the Middle East, renounced his U.S. citizenship at an emotional ceremony …
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
The Alien in the White House  —  The distance between the president and the people is beginning to be revealed.  —  The deepening notes of disenchantment with Barack Obama now issuing from commentators across the political spectrum were predictable.  So, too, were the charges …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin's backing pays off for pals  —  Some of Sarah Palin's riskiest endorsements scored major victories Tuesday for the former Alaska governor, showing off her power in Republican primaries.  —  Palin had four primary endorsements in play - Carly Fiorina, Nikki Haley, Terry Branstad and Cecile Bledsoe …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Barrett stays in, doesn't attack
Discussion: CNN and Swampland
Mother Jones:
Who Is Alvin Greene?  —  An unemployed 32-year-old black Army veteran with no campaign funds, no signs, and no website shocked South Carolina on Tuesday night by winning the Democratic Senate primary to oppose Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).  Alvin Greene, who currently lives in his family's home …
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David Weigel / Right Now:
Jim DeMint gets the kind of opponent candidates dream about
Seanna Adcox / Associated Press:
Who's the Mystery Man Who Won in S.C.?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Ezra Klein:
Lindsey Graham and the failure of the ‘lone Republican’ theory  —  With Lindsey Graham bolting a bill he helped draft, efforts to address climate change in this Congress look likely to fail.  And because the next Congress is likely to have more Republicans, and because the House's approval …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
This is the Sound of Hope Dying
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LINDSEY GRAHAM PULLS AWAY THE FOOTBALL, AGAIN.... For the better part …
Ed Barnes / Fox News:
Reuters Admits Cropping Photos of Ship Clash, Denies Political Motive  —  On the left, the uncropped photo.  On the right, Reuters' released photo.  (Reuters)  —  The British-based Reuters news agency has been stung for the second time by charges that it edited politically sensitive photos in a way that casts Israel in a bad light.
CNN:
TRENDING: Gore daughter separates from husband  —  Karenna Gore Schiff, the oldest daughter of former Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore.  —  (CNN) - Karenna Gore Schiff, the oldest daughter of former Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore, has separated from her husband, Dr. Andrew Schiff …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Another Gore Split: Daughter Karenna
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Vanity Fair and Mediaite
James Craven / The New Britain Herald:
‘Lying face to face’  —  NEW BRITAIN — A member of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's staff, himself a former major and judge advocate in the U.S. Marines, is calling Blumenthal a liar and disgrace to the Marine Corps for representing himself repeatedly as having served in Vietnam.
TPMDC:
Reid Opponent Embraces Patriot Group That Warns Of ‘Giant Concentration Camps’  —  The peculiar ideology of Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada, is perhaps no better illustrated than by her embrace of the patriot group Oath Keepers …
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Justin Elliott / TPMDC:
FLASHBACK: GOPer Angle Spoke Out Against Fluoride In Water Supply
The Hill:
The 25 hardest working lawmakers  —  Senate Finance Committee leaders Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) are the hardest working members of Congress, according to the people who work with them on Capitol Hill — their fellow lawmakers, aides and other officials.
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama on Iran vote: “Actions do have consequences”  —  President Obama this afternoon heralded the “overwhelming” UN Security Council vote on new Iran sanctions, saying the outcome shows that “actions have consequences.”  —  “We know that the Iranian government will not change its behavior overnight …
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Iran sanctions resolution passed at UN, 12-2
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Ben Smith's Blog
Jon A. Krosnick / New York Times:
The Climate Majority  —  ON Thursday, the Senate will vote on a resolution proposed by Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, that would scuttle the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to limit emissions of greenhouse gases by American businesses.  —  Passing the resolution might seem to be exactly what Americans want.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
California Voters Back Election Overhaul  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hoping to fix a system many Californians view as fundamentally broken, voters Tuesday moved to radically alter the way they pick their candidates for state and Congressional offices by eliminating traditional primaries in favor of a new, and largely untested, system.
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
CA Voters Nix Baby Step on Public Financing, Pass Game-Changing Primary System
Discussion: LA Daily and Ballot Access News
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi, the liberal House speaker, is heckled by liberals  —  For 17 months, anger at President Obama and congressional Democrats has been pooling on the left.  On Tuesday morning, it spilled onto the floor of an Omni Shoreham ballroom and splashed all over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
The GOP Is Blowing It  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Republicans are poised for a landslide this fall.  But as Tuesday's primary results show, the party's fetish for ideological purity is hurting their chances of winning elections.  —  For the Republican Party, Tuesday's primaries contain good news and bad news.
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Democrat in Chief?  —  A year and a half after they sat, shivering and awestruck, on a January morning and listened to the sounds of a million cheers careering off the marble walls of the Capitol, the Democrats who work under the dome can feel those same walls closing in fast.
Discussion: Marbury
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
American Jewish community ends support of Turkish interests on Hill  —  In October 2000, the government of Turkey had a problem.  —  House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert had promised to bring a resolution commemorating the Armenian genocide to the floor for a vote, a move that Ankara said would be a slap in the face to a NATO ally.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: With Higher Visibility, Less Disapproval For Gays  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Seventy-seven percent of Americans now say they know someone who is gay or lesbian, a new CBS News poll finds …
Washington Post:
Poll: Many fault federal regulators for Gulf of Mexico oil disaster  —  Just a quarter of Americans back expanding offshore drilling in the wake of the BP oil spill, and most fault federal regulators for the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Todd J. Zywicki / Washington Times:
Why aren't banks lending?  —  Because bureaucrats and politicians won't let them  —  Despite constant urging by Washington for banks to increase their lending, credit conditions remain tight.  Small-business lending continues to lag, and credit card issuers have slashed credit lines and canceled thousands of accounts.
 
 
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Once a government pet, BP now a capitalist tool
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John Blake / CNN:
Why Obama doesn't dare become the angry black man
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Crist leads in Florida Senate race
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner to Obama: Find some ‘ass to kick’ on the budget deficit
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William Galston / The New Republic:
The U.S. Is Not Too Big To Fail
CNN:
Abramoff transferred from prison to halfway house
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Team Obama to Abbas: “direct talks”
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Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
Goo-Goo Genocidaires: The Blood Is Dripping From Their Hands
Discussion: Eunomia, RealClearWorld and Commentary