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12:10 AM ET, June 11, 2010

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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Boehner: Government—i.e. Taxpayers—Should Help Pay For Oil Spill  —  Congressional Democrats and the White House are toying with different ways to force BP to cover the costs of damages from the Gulf oil spill.  But they face stiff opposition from industry...and it seems leading Republicans.
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Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Boehner: Bush tax cuts didn't lead to the deficit  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday defended tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush, saying they did not lead to the deficit that currently confronts the country.  —  “It's not the marginal tax rates …
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Confluence
Eden Stiffman / The Hill:
Boehner presents Obama with letter from economists underscoring GOP points
Discussion: The Politico, Reuters and CNN
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
Editor Tina Brown Slams Female GOP Primary Winners: These ‘Wingnuts’ Are a ‘Blow to Feminism’  —  Former New Yorker editor Tina Brown appeared on Thursday's Good Morning America to deride the mostly Republican women who won primaries on Tuesday as “wingnuts” and to sneer that they represent a “blow to feminism.”
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TigerHawk:
Sarah Palin's breasts  —  Sarah Palin's breasts are suddenly the objects of great interest on the left, not because of their obvious appeal, but as an opportunity to accuse her of having enhanced them with implants.  This controversy follows an earlier obsession with Sarah Palin's medical care …
Cas / Cassy Fiano:
Fascist feminism strikes again: victorious conservative women are “a blow to feminism”  —  One would think that feminists would rejoice to see women victorious in political elections.  But today's feminism is not after equality; the movement has been hijacked by rabid fascist feminists.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clyburn says S.C. Dem Senate candidate a ‘plant’; calls for probe  —  The man nominated as Democrats' candidate for Senate in South Carolina might have been a “plant,” a high-ranking Democrat suggested Thursday.  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) called for in South Carolina …
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David Weigel / Right Now:
DeMint: No, we didn't ‘plant’ Alvin Greene
Discussion: THEROOT.COM
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SENATE REJECTS ‘BIG OIL BAILOUT’ — BARELY.... The very idea was absurd.  The government is going to have regulate carbon emissions to combat global warming, and if Congress refuses to act, the Environmental Protection Agency can use the Clean Air Act to move forward.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Murkowski's amendment to stop EPA from regulating greenhouse gases fails, 47/53
Discussion: The Greenroom, MyDD, The Note and Swampland
Ezra Klein:
Murkowski resolution fails, 47 to 53
Discussion: ScienceInsider
ABCNEWS:
Oil Spill Invades EPA Debate
Discussion: The Politico, NRDC and Coal Tattoo
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Goat spears Rep. Weiner, draws blood  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) was injured by a mohair goat on Thursday during a press conference to highlight subsidies to the mohair industry.  —  The goat nicked Weiner's right hand with one of its pointy, foot-long horns, hard enough to draw blood.
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Shocking Video: Gaza O Gaza!  —  Muslim propaganda video.  —  h/t Star
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
SHOCKING VIDEO: Muslim Propaganda: Gaza oh Gaza
Gstasiewicz / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Obtains New FBI Documents Regarding ACORN Voter Fraud Investigation  —  Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) …
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Matthew Vadum / The Daily Caller:
ACORN employees tell FBI of deliberate election fraud, according to new documents
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TigerHawk
The Politico:
Are Obama staffers overexposed?  —  When two White House aides last weekend stripped off their shirts for an afternoon of drinking with friends at a Georgetown bar, there was widespread agreement that it exposed something — beyond the pectorals of speechwriter Jon Favreau and press aide Tommy Vietor …
Discussion: TalkLeft and First Draft
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House officials make nice with labor  —  In a private meeting currently under way with labor leaders, top White House officials are working hard to smooth over tensions in the wake of an anonymous administration official's claim that unions had flushed $10 million down the toilet in Arkansas …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gibbs ducks when pressed about Obama-Hayward meeting
Discussion: The Swamp and Shakesville
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up in 2012 contests  —  Barack Obama leads all of his potential Republican opponents in hypothetical 2012 match ups, and it's becoming increasingly clear from this monthly poll that there are two tiers of GOP candidates when it comes to electability.  —  Polling close to Obama are Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Hot Air
Leo Standora / NY Daily News:
My mic was on?  Senate hopeful Fiorina mocks Barbara Boxer's hair, moans about Fox's Sean Hannity  —  Carly Fiorina spent her first day as California's Republican U.S. Senate candidate with one of her custom shoes planted firmly in her mouth.  —  Unaware of an open mic before a television interview …
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Salon:
Top Arlington officials expected to be fired  —  After Salon's yearlong investigation into Arlington's scandals, Army secretary expected to announce overhaul  —  A year-long investigation by Salon.com into the questionable management at Arlington National Cemetery is coming to a head today …
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Daniels Truce — By: Ramesh Ponnuru  —  From Andrew Ferguson's excellent profile of Mitch Daniels: … A lot of people will cheer that statement: Truces are usually popular, and most people see the economic issues as more important than the social ones at this moment.  But I'm not sure how a truce would work.
Discussion: alicublog
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Gabriel Beltrone / Ben Smith's Blog:
Perkins calls Daniels' truce ‘astonishing’
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senators fret over Big 12 collapse, explore options  —  Plains state senators fretted Thursday over a major impending realignment in college football's major conferences.  —  Lawmakers representing states with universities in the Big 12 conference urged against moves that would break up the conference …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Dems' tough new immigration pitch  —  Long pilloried for being soft on illegal immigration, top Democratic officials have concluded there's only one way they can hope to pass a comprehensive immigration bill:  —  Talk more like Republicans.  —  They're seizing on the work …
Chad Tucker / MyFOX8.com:
VIDEO: Man Punched During Protest Against Government Bailouts  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. - A protest in Greensboro turned violent Tuesday when a former candidate for Congress and NC Senate was punched in the face.  —  Nathan Tabor, a business owner and head of the Forsyth County Republican Party …
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: Radical Union Organizer-Black Liberation Activist Slugs …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Democratic Party and Blanche Lincoln  —  The run-off between Democratic Senate incumbent Blanche Lincoln and challenger Bill Halter, which culminated on Tuesday night in Lincoln's narrow victory, brightly illuminates what the Democratic Party establishment is.
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A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Don't count Lincoln out  —  There are, thank goodness …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Nikki Haley and the New Racial Face of the South  —  Blogs and Stories  —  I do wonder, sometimes, whether America's toxic black-white history and its legacy create a need for a “third way”—for emblems of the Other that are not part of the toxic mix, especially in the South.
New York Times:
New Estimates Double Rate of Oil That Flowed Into Gulf  —  A government panel on Thursday doubled its estimate of the amount of oil that had gushed for weeks from the out-of-control BP well even before the latest attempt to cap it.  —  The new calculation suggested that an amount of oil equivalent …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Cato scholar jokes about using undocumented immigrants to soak up oil: 'they're very absorbent.'  —  Michael Cannon, a health policy expert for Cato, the libertarian think tank founded by Charles Koch of the oil conglomerate Koch Industries, took to Twitter today to trade jokes about the oil spill.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Tony Judt / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Talking About Israel, Without the Clichés  —  THE Israeli raid on the Free Gaza flotilla has generated an outpouring of clichés from the usual suspects.  It is almost impossible to discuss the Middle East without resorting to tired accusations and ritual defenses …
 
 
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Lisa Riley Roche / Deseret News:
Sen. Bob Bennett will endorse Tim Bridgewater in GOP primary race to replace him
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Fix
Mary Pat Flaherty / Washington Post:
400 drunken-driving convictions in D.C. based on flawed test, official says
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hit & Run
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
U.S. China Policy Frustrates Senators
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Al Gore / The Huffington Post:
Humble Oil Predicts the Future in 1962 Ad
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Republicans play a different game —  why Murkowski tilts at windmills
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
For Kicks: The New Obama Music Video
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Chicago Sun Times:
New military heat for Mark Kirk
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gallup:
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Lisa Wangsness / Boston Globe:
Firestorm over column on gays in Catholic paper
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Bush makes another “Inaugural Address”
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Trouble With Voting ‘Present’
Discussion: Big Hollywood and The Caucus