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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, 3,000 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
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 …
Associated Press:
Incumbent Lincoln wins runoff over Halter
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and msnbc.com
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: Ballot Box and NewsBusters.org
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
GOP Voters Pick Fiorina in Calif. Senate Primary
Discussion: American Power
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Lincoln holds on, GOP women soar
Discussion: The Nation and CNN
kaus.sitebuilder.completecampaigns.com:
Concession Statement  —  Mickey Kaus claimed a form of victory Tuesday night after he apparently drew more than 5% of the Democratic primary vote against three-term incumbent Barbara Boxer:  —  STATEMENT OF MICKEY KAUS  —  I congratulate Senator Boxer on her primary victory.
Discussion: Soccer Dad and Moe Lane
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Gene Maddaus / LA Daily:
Bold Prediction: Mickey Kaus Will Poll in the High Single Digits
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid's battle plan against Sharron Angle: Paint her as whackjob
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Five ways Harry Reid might go after Sharron Angle
Discussion: The New Republic and Gawker
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 …
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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.
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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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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The Hill:
Will anyone replace her?  —  In the end, Helen Thomas got the last laugh.  Before anybody could throw her out of the White House briefing room, she denied them the pleasure by walking out on her own.  —  Thomas herself couldn't defend her latest comments about Israel — and she didn't try.
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Chris Frates / Reuters:
Lobbyists get exclusive W.H. invite
Discussion: PolitiPage.com
CNN:
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
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Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Rep. Inglis Heads Toward Defeat
Discussion: Time, Swampland and Weekly Standard
Susan Ferriss / Capitol Alert:
Parties talk about lawsuit challenging ‘open’ primary victory  —  Disgruntled California voters have blown up their election system by approving Proposition 14, which tosses out the current political party-based primary system in all but presidential races.  —  With 48 percent …
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Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
Bowen: ‘Army of lawyers’ at the ready if Prop 14 passes
Discussion: Ballot Access News
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.
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Charlie Crist Has Small Lead Over Marco Rubio in Florida Senate Race  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who switched from Republican to independent, holds a small 37 percent to 33 percent lead over Republican Marco Rubio in his bid to win the state's Senate seat, with Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek trailing …
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
 
 
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