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11:00 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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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 …
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.
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Lincoln's surprise  —  A jubilant Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) celebrates her surprise primary victory last night. … From NBC's Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg  —  *** Lincoln's surprise: So what was the most surprising story of the night …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
AFL to White House: 'Labor isn't an arm of the Democratic Party'  —  The major labor federation AFL-CIO took sharp objection tonight to a White House official's assessment that they'd “flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet” in the “pointless exercise” …
The Huffington Post:
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The loss of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in the Arkansas Senate Democratic primary runoff election resulted in a rare outburst of intense, sometimes nasty, griping between the White House and the organized labor community on Tuesday night.  —  Shortly after Sen. Blanche Lincoln …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Blanche Lincoln won
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The June 8 elections: A verdict on incumbents, unions, and Democrats
Jae C. Hong / Newsweek:
Sex Change  —  In an election season marked by voters' desire …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kos / Daily Kos:   AR-Sen: postscript  —  Jed already has a good take on the race …
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 …
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Washington Post:
A resilient Iran shields itself from pressure by building alliances
Discussion: Commentary
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Five ways Harry Reid might go after Sharron Angle
Discussion: TPMDC, The New Republic and Gawker
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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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Obama seeks to reshape intel operations with choice of Clapper
Chris Frates / Reuters:
Lobbyists get exclusive W.H. invite
Discussion: PolitiPage.com
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.
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 …
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Looking ahead: Fiorina vs. Boxer
Discussion: The Page
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.
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 …
Discussion: Samizdata.net
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and ATTACKERMAN
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.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
NATO Helicopter Shot Down in Helmand Province  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents shot down a NATO helicopter in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing four United States soldiers on board, according to Afghan and NATO officials.  —  The helicopter was shot down while it was providing support …
Discussion: NPR Blogs
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Afghanistan Strategy Shifts to Focus on Civilian Effort
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Nikki Haley Can't Avoid Runoff in South Carolina  —  Updated 10:54 p.m. Eastern Time  —  South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley easily outdistanced three competitors in the GOP primary today - but she did not meet the threshold needed to avoid a runoff.
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CNN:
Incumbent congressman headed for runoff
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Keeping Politics Safe for the Rich  —  In a burst of judicial activism, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upended the gubernatorial race in Arizona, cutting off matching funds to candidates participating in the state's public campaign finance system.  Suddenly, three candidates, including Gov. Jan Brewer …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Wire:
‘Birther’ Advocate Orly Taitz Loses Bid in California  —  Among the most curious what-if scenarios in Tuesday night's primary was the possibility that Orly Taitz, widely known as the Birther Queen, might win the Republican primary for secretary of state in California.  —  It wasn't even close.
Discussion: The Awl
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Legacy for One Billionaire: Death, but No Taxes  —  A Texas pipeline tycoon who died two months ago may become the first American billionaire allowed to pass his fortune to his children and grandchildren tax-free.  —  Dan L. Duncan, a soft-spoken farm boy who started with $10,000 and two propane trucks …
 
 
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