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2:10 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
AFL to White House: 'Labor isn't an arm of the Democratic Party'
The Huffington Post:
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The loss of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Lincoln's surprise
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Kos / Daily Kos:
AR-Sen: postscript  —  Jed already has a good take on the race …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Primaries  —  It's always dangerous to try to sum up a bunch …
John Fritze / USA Today:
Bill Clinton calls Blanche Lincoln ‘Comeback Kid’
Discussion: The Note
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The June 8 elections: A verdict on incumbents, unions, and Democrats
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Blanche Lincoln's Stunning Survival
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 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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Was Israel A Mistake?  —  So far, no luck on anti-Zionist columnists.
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Team Obama to Abbas: “direct talks”
Discussion: The Swamp and CNN
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Barrett stays in, doesn't attack
Discussion: Swampland
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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Justin Elliott / TPMDC:
FLASHBACK: GOPer Angle Spoke Out Against Fluoride In Water Supply
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
This is the Sound of Hope Dying  —  Yesterday afternoon, Lindsay Graham confirmed that he's bailing from efforts to pass a climate change bill.  The odds weren't looking good for this legislation, but now they're hard to distinguish from zero.  And the news gets worse after the midterms.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Grist
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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, The Page and NRSC
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.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
CA Voters Nix Baby Step on Public Financing, Pass Game-Changing Primary System  —  On June 8, California voters turned down campaign-finance reform but embraced an unusual new primary system.  The results last night were a mixed bag.  The biggest disappointment is that Prop.
Discussion: LA Daily and Ballot Access News
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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.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Looking ahead: Fiorina vs. Boxer  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and GOP candidate Carly Fiorina have already started sharply attacking each other and offering a preview of what could become one of the most compelling Senate races in the country this fall.
Discussion: The Page
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
The GOP Is Blowing It  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Republicans …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Daily Beast
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Afghanistan Strategy Focuses on Civilian Effort  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The prospect of a robust military push in Kandahar Province, which had been widely expected to begin this month, has evolved into a strategy that puts civilian reconstruction efforts first and relegates military action to a supportive role.
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msnbc.com:   4 GIs die as chopper is felled in Afghanistan
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.
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.
Todd J. Zywicki / Washington Times:
Why aren't banks lending?  —  Because bureaucrats and politicians won't let them  —  Despite constant urging by Washington for banks to increase their lending, credit conditions remain tight.  Small-business lending continues to lag, and credit card issuers have slashed credit lines and canceled thousands of accounts.
 
 
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Alan Gomez / USA Today:
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Discussion: Classical Values
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David Weigel / Right Now:
Jim DeMint gets the kind of opponent candidates dream about
Discussion: National Review
Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
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Discussion: Eunomia and RealClearWorld
The Hill:
Will anyone replace her?  —  In the end, Helen Thomas got the last laugh.
Discussion: Reuters and PolitiPage.com