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8:05 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.
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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.
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Whitman and Fiorina Win in California  —  WASHINGTON — Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, who ascended to the top of the business world before turning to politics, prevailed on Tuesday in their respective battles for the Republican nominations for the United States Senate and governor in California …
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.
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 …
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.)
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 and Truthdig
CNN:
Incumbent congressman headed for runoff
Discussion: The Politico
Associated Press:
Incumbent Lincoln wins runoff over Halter
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and msnbc.com
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Rep. Inglis Heads Toward Defeat
Discussion: Time, Swampland and Weekly Standard
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Lincoln holds on, GOP women soar
Discussion: The Nation and CNN
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
GOP Voters Pick Fiorina in Calif. Senate Primary
Discussion: American Power
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Lincoln wins Arkansas runoff
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, Hot Air and Daily Kos
Chris Frates / Reuters:
Lobbyists get kid-glove treatment  —  President Barack Obama has publicly railed against Wall Street lobbyists for months, even going to Manhattan to ask their corporate masters to call off the attack dogs.  —  Privately, though, his administration invited some of the same lobbyists to join …
Discussion: PolitiPage.com
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The Hill:   Will anyone replace her?  —  In the end, Helen Thomas got the last laugh.
Ezra Klein:
The government's crummy computers
Discussion: The White House
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 …
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Joshua Teitelbaum / Guardian:   Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel | Joshua Teitelbaum
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
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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: “Israel...is a state that is built on hatred...Let me quote a song that a group …
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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.
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.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Atlas Shrugs
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.
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid's battle plan against Sharron Angle: Paint her as whackjob
Discussion: Washington Post and The Confluence
David Weigel / Right Now:
A gay marriage GOP spat in Virginia
CNN:
Alaska senator moves to strip EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases
Discussion: The Politico
Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
Bowen: ‘Army of lawyers’ at the ready if Prop 14 passes
Discussion: Ballot Access News
Felix Salmon:
How to solve the fiscal dilemma
 Earlier Items: 
Gregory Sullivan / Pajamas Media:
Miles of Oil Containment Boom Sit in Warehouse, Waiting for BP or U.S. to Use
Jeffrey Sachs / Financial Times:
Time to plan for post-Keynesian era
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