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6:30 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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Mike Allen / The Politico:   Last night's takeaway: The limits of the left …
Opinionator:
Where Did All the Angry Voters Go?  —  Gail Collins: David …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Lauren Beckham Falcone / Boston Herald:
Sarah Palin (DD-Alaska)?  —  Hey Sarah Palin, I can see your cleavage from my house!  —  Alaska's former governor sported more Northern Exposure than usual at the Belmont Stakes race this weekend, sending the blogosphere into a tizzy, wondering whether Palin is exercising a woman's right to (bigger) boobs.
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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 …
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 …
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Another Winner on Tuesday: The Palin Endorsement
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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Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Surprise SC Senate candidate has charge pending
Seanna Adcox / Associated Press:
Who's the Mystery Man Who Won in S.C.?
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Gateway Pundit and The Eye
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
U.N. Security Council Passes New Sanctions Against Iran  —  UNITED NATIONS — The United States, moving firmly away from the Obama administration's previous emphasis on wooing Iran, pushed through a new round of United Nations sanctions against the nation on Wednesday, taking aim at its military …
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Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
Indispensable  —  Michael Oren, a 55-year-old U.S.-born historian …
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama on Iran vote: “Actions do have consequences”
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
U.N. vote on Iran sanctions not a clear-cut win for Obama
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 …
The Fix:
John Cornyn: I won't be talking policy with Sharron Angle  —  National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn on Wednesday downplayed the importance of new Nevada Senate nominee Sharron Angle's conservative issue positions, saying the race will continue to be a “referendum” on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Discussion: Guardian
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The Note:
Cornyn: ‘Solidly Behind’ Angle in Nevada; Won't Talk Policy with Candidate
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
TPMDC:
Reid Opponent Embraces Patriot Group That Warns Of ‘Giant Concentration Camps’
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
The Spill, The Scandal and the President  —  The inside story of how Obama failed to crack down on the corruption of the Bush years - and let the world's most dangerous oil company get away with murder  —  On May 27th, more than a month into the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history …
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CNN:
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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Blake / CNN:
Why Obama doesn't dare become the angry black man  —  (CNN) — Here's proof that President Obama has indeed ushered in a new era in race relations.  —  Who would have ever expected some white Americans to demand that an African-American man show more rage?
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.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Apple's Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed  —  Apple has suffered another embarrassment.  A security breach has exposed iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top politicians.  They—and every other buyer of the wireless-enabled tablet—could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking.
Discussion: Bits, Boing Boing and Emptywheel
Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
Woman caught having sex in park, charged with adultery - in New York  —  A woman arrested for public lewdness for allegedly having sex in a park is facing a surprising additional charge: cheating on her husband.  —  No, this wasn't in a Muslim country far away, it is happening in New York.
Discussion: Althouse and JammieWearingFool
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Barrett strikes first on TV in South Carolina runoff  —  Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Despite pressure from national Republicans, Gresham Barrett vowed Wednesday to remain in the runoff race against Nikki Haley for South Carolina's GOP gubernatorial nomination.
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: The Impolitic and Marbury
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 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: Open mic catches Fiorina dig at Boxer  —  (CNN) - Newly-minted U.S. Senate Republican nominee Carly Fiorina added her name Wednesday to the annals of unfortunate politicians caught by an open mic.  —  Waiting to be interviewed by affiliate KXTV Wednesday morning …
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.
 
 
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Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Which Dems Are Backing Murkowski's Attack on Carbon Regs?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Life is a Series of Bailouts, and Then You Die
Discussion: Ezra Klein and American Prospect
ABCNEWS:
Schwarzenegger: ‘We Sprint Through the Finish Line’
David Weigel / Right Now:
Plenty of hype, but a bad night for Orly Taitz and other birthers
Ashley Hayes / CNN:
Executioner: Firing squad is ‘justice’
Discussion: Law Blog
Joseph Pisani / CNBC:
Teens Face Worst Summer Job Market in 41 Years
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Crist leads in Florida Senate race
Discussion: CNN
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner to Obama: Find some ‘ass to kick’ on the budget deficit
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Republican says GOP has 50/50 chance of winning back House
CNN:
‘Casino Jack’ leaves prison for halfway house
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Gawker
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Team Obama to Abbas: “direct talks”
Discussion: CNN, Israel Matzav and The Swamp
Kytja Weir / Washington Examiner:
Metrobus driver that punched McGruff the Crime Dog rehired
Todd J. Zywicki / Washington Times:
Why aren't banks lending?
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
American Jewish community ends support of Turkish interests on Hill