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3:35 PM ET, June 11, 2010

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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Sources: Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN Next Week  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
White House denies Kristol flotilla investigation claim  —  The White House is sharply denying a claim by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol that “the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Prune and Grow  —  Sixteen months ago, Congress passed a stimulus package that will end up costing each average taxpayer $7,798.  Economists were divided then about whether this spending was worth it, and they are just as divided now.  —  The president's economists ran the numbers through …
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
One of my favorite David Brooks columns  —  Here is one excerpt: … Read the whole thing.  Just about every paragraph is excerpt-worthy, for instance: … There are, of course, ways to explain these other histories.  Monetary policies, interest rates, and exchange rates were all different in many of these studied cases.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Free exchange:
David Brooks doesn't inspire confidence
J. Taylor Rushing / Ballot Box:
Sen. Bennet: I knew White House urged Romanoff not to run  —  Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said Thursday he was aware that the White House urged Andrew Romanoff not to challenge him in a primary.  —  Bennet told The Hill that he knew beforehand that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Admiral Allen on Maine Boom, Tony Hayward, and How the Official …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Obama White House cavalier toward technology policies aimed …
Discussion: Hot Air
Doug Sovern / Sovern Nation:
Run Jerry Run  —  I ran into Jerry Brown the other day.  Or, rather, he ran into me.  Literally.  —  I was out for a bike ride in the Oakland hills and stopped at Redwood Regional Park to fill up my water bottle.  Suddenly, up jogs Jerry, in his sweats, chugging along the trail.
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First Read / msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Pelosi on the midterms
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Brown: Whitman is like Goebbels for having political ambitions, or something
Discussion: Sovern Nation
Associated Press:
New Kagan Files Handed Over to Congress  —  Papers from a New Set of Documents on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Shed Light on Her Views toward Religious Expression  —  (AP) Memos turned over to Congress Friday show Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan at times took a broad view …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Kagan Took Broad View of Religious Freedom
Discussion: CNN
Mike Mokrzycki / The Numbers:   Kagan's Support in Line With Previous Successful Nominees
Mike Allen / The Politico:
‘Saint Sarah’ on Newsweek cover — Eric Cantor unveils new message in Detroit today — Roger Simon returns — Linda Douglass to Atlantic Media — World Cup kickoff, 10 a.m.  —  MORNING JOE is live on the beach in Pensacola, Fla., ahead of President Obama's Monday visit.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: We'll stop blaming Bush when problems go away  —  Democrats will keep blaming George W. Bush until the problems from his administration end, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  —  In an interview with MSNBC, Pelosi said congressional Democrats feel justified in blaming the Bush administration …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Pelosi demands BP end dividends
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
THE HEARTBREAKING TRUCE  —  I received an astonishing email today from a concerned friend who has been very influential in the fight to end the scourge of abortion.  —  Apparently, a 2012 Republican presidential prospect in an interview with a reporter has made the suggestion that the next President …
John O'Connor / The State:
GOP rebukes Knotts for Haley slur  —  Lexington County Republicans voted to rebuke state Sen. Jake Knotts and ask him to resign his office after he used a racial slur last week against state Rep. Nikki Haley.  —  Both lawmakers are from Lexington County and the dispute was a feud between old guard Knotts …
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Hill
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
S.C. Rep. Knotts asked to resign
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The myth of Iran's ‘isolation’  —  In announcing the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran, President Obama stressed not once but twice Iran's increasing “isolation” from the world.  This claim is not surprising considering that after 16 months of an …
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D'Arcy Doran / Agence France Presse:
Iran's Ahmadinejad says Israel is ‘doomed’
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Roger Simon makes his return  —  Since last Oct. 9, POLITICO readers have endured a hardship: the absence of Roger Simon's columns.  Happily, that ends today and Simon's POLITICO family is delighted to welcome him back.  —  The return of Ask Dr. Politics!  —  Q: Where have you been?  It's been months.
Discussion: NPR Topics and The Awl
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Exposure lifts 3 GOP presidential prospects: Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich  —  Meet Iowa's most popular 2012 GOP presidential prospects: Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.  —  Others though, aren't as popular.  —  That means if Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels …
Philip Shenon / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Manhunt  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Anxious that Wikileaks may be on the verge of publishing a batch of secret State Department cables, investigators are desperately searching for founder Julian Assange.  Philip Shenon reports.  —  Pentagon investigators are trying to determine …
Joe Kovacs / WorldNetDaily:
Hawaii elections clerk: Obama not born here  —  Official who oversaw ballots in 2008 race says hospital birth certificate non-existent  —  A college instructor who worked as a senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu in 2008 is making the stunning claim Barack Obama …
Michael A. Cohen / The New Republic:
All Silent on the Lefty Front  —  Why haven't progressives mounted more of a challenge to the war in Afghanistan?  —  Earlier this month, the Pentagon released a 151-page report outlining the increasingly grim situation in Afghanistan.  The paper highlighted the Afghan government …
Discussion: Abu Muqawama
Dawn Johnsen / Washington Post:
Restoring leadership and integrity to the Office of Legal Counsel  —  In 2004, the leak of a controversial memo on the use of torture catapulted the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel into the spotlight.  Fallout and debate continue, including in the context of my nomination — withdrawn this spring — to head this office.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Brown Defends Vote To Block The EPA From Regulating Carbon By Calling It ‘A Non-Governmental Agency’  —  Yesterday, the Senate voted 53-47 to block Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) resolution that would have stripped the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its power to regulate carbon emissions.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
An Early Campaign Gaffe Makes a Non-Issue Big  —  You can parse a voting record.  Flip-flops — political ones — are fair game.  But don't talk about a woman's hair.  —  In one of those classic campaign gaffes, Carly Fiorina, the Republican nominee for the Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer …
Ben Herzon / Macroadvisers:
The Chances of a “Double-Dip” are Essentially Nil  —  The Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research has yet to call an official end to the recession that began in December of 2007, but most forecasters (and at least one outspoken member of the Committee …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Billions for ‘green jobs,’ whatever they are  —  Buried deep inside a federal newsletter on March 16 was something called a “notice of solicitation of comments” from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor.  —  “BLS is responsible for developing and implementing the collection …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Panel commissioned by Barney Frank recommends nearly $1T in defense cuts  —  A panel commissioned by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is recommending nearly $1 trillion in cuts to the Pentagon's budget over the next 10 years.  —  The Sustainable Defense Task Force, a commission of scholars …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Rdan / Angry Bear:
We learn why they hate social security  —  Lifted from an e-mail from coberly  —  We learn why they hate social security:  —  NCPSSM e-mail (update)  —  Apparently, these are the “good-old days” our nation's fiscal hawks relish.  The Peterson Foundation's David Walker co-hosted CNBC's Squawk Box …
Discussion: naked capitalism
Paul Krugman:
Dealing With Chermany  —  So here's where we are: China has done nothing to change its policy of massive currency manipulation, and its exports are surging.  Meanwhile, Europe is going wild for fiscal austerity.  Angela Merkel says that budget cuts will make Germany more competitive — but competitive against whom, exactly?
Michael Smerconish / Washington Post:
On cable TV and talk radio, a push toward polarization  —  Any conversation about political polarization would be incomplete without a look at the media's role in shaping opinions.  From my view on the front lines, I have seen a rapid escalation of extreme dialogue — sadly, something sure to guarantee high ratings.
 
 
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Shame on WSJ and NYT for ignoring Salon's Arlington Cemetery reporting
Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times:
Millionaires make a comeback  —  Although hit hard during …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Administration Hardens Stance Against Leaks to Press
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The Long War Journal:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Retail sales fall but consumer sentiment strong
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Obama, Dems can't put blame genie back in the bottle
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
James Carville Bashes Fareed Zakaria: ‘I Wanted to Hit Him With a Football Bat’
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