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5:30 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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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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:   Last night's takeaway: The limits of the left …
The Huffington Post:
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The loss of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
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
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 and The Eye
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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TPMDC:
Reid Opponent Embraces Patriot Group That Warns Of ‘Giant Concentration Camps’
Opinionator:
Where Did All the Angry Voters Go?  —  Gail Collins: David …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Justin Elliott / TPMDC:
FLASHBACK: GOPer Angle Spoke Out Against Fluoride In Water Supply
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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Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Another Winner on Tuesday: The Palin Endorsement
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
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 …
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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.
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.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Mondoweiss
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.
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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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.
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Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
The Spill, The Scandal and the President
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.
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.
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
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.
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Team Obama to Abbas: “direct talks”  —  If you want to boil down to a single talking point the Obama administration message to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who meets with President Barack Obama at the White House today, one Washington Middle East hand summarized it as: “direct talks, direct talks, direct talks.”
Discussion: CNN, The Swamp and Israel Matzav
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?
 
 
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Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
Woman caught having sex in park, charged with adultery - in New York
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Ashley Hayes / CNN:
Executioner: Death by firing squad is ‘100 percent justice’
Discussion: Law Blog
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
William Galston / The New Republic:
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 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Abramoff transferred from prison to halfway house
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Gawker
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
CA Voters Nix Baby Step on Public Financing, Pass Game-Changing Primary System
Kytja Weir / Washington Examiner:
Metrobus driver that punched McGruff the Crime Dog rehired
Todd J. Zywicki / Washington Times:
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Eli Lake / Washington Times:
American Jewish community ends support of Turkish interests on Hill