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4:30 PM ET, June 12, 2010

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Caroline Glick:
YouTube silences Latma, removes We Con the World  —  As Israel went offline for the Jewish sabbath, YouTube removed most versions of Latma's hit parody song We Con the World.  If you try to access the song on YouTube you receive the notification:  —  This video is no longer available due …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Inevitable: YouTube pulls “We Con the World” video; Update: Video rehosted  —  What happens when a song parody skewering a politically-correct target reaches viral stage on YouTube?  Caroline Glick gives us the answer: … As Glick notes, it's not the first time that YouTube has come …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama to POLITICO: Some in Congress hypocritical on spill  —  President Barack Obama said Friday that some members of Congress are being hypocritical when it comes to blaming the White House for its handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  —  In an interview with POLITICO …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Enviros give Obama a pass on spill  —  Last week, it seemed, environmentalists were finally ready to let loose on President Barack Obama over the Gulf oil spill.  —  Actress Q'orianka Kilcher chained herself to the White House fence while her mother slathered the “Pocahontas” star in black paint meant to look like oozing crude.
Discussion: Instapundit and JammieWearingFool
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Obama: GOP to blame for spill, because if I had tried to prevent it, which I didn't, they would have stopped me  —  In an interview with Politico's Roger Simon, President Obama says Republicans share blame for the Gulf oil spill because they would have objected if, months ago, before the spill …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
S.C. Strikes Again  —  Alvin Greene filed for our sins.  —  Greene, an unemployed 32-year-old, is currently the most famous Democratic candidate in South Carolina.  He just won the nomination to run against Senator Jim DeMint in November, overcoming major obstacles such as not having campaign staff …
Discussion: Mediaite and Ballot Access News
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Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Nikki Haley and Rand Paul Races: Where Have All the Reporters Gone?  —  On the cusp of her historic landslide victory in the South Carolina GOP gubernatorial primary, Nikki Haley swooped into Hartsville last Saturday afternoon.  More than 100 Tea Party activists waited in the scorching heat …
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Karzai Is Said to Doubt West Can Defeat Taliban  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Two senior Afghan officials were showing President Hamid Karzai the evidence of the spectacular rocket attack on a nationwide peace conference earlier this month when Mr. Karzai told them that he believed the Taliban were not responsible.
Hugh Tomlinson / Times of London:
Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites  —  Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran's nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal.  —  In the week that the UN Security Council imposed …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
‘Tea party’ candidates hurt by lack of organization in movement  —  The polls hadn't even closed Tuesday when “tea party” activists in Nevada started sniping at one another over whether Sharron Angle, the soon-to-be Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, was the best candidate to bring down Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid.
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Investor's Business Daily:
Keep Your Health Plan Under Overhaul?  Probably Not, Gov't Analysis Concludes  —  Internal administration documents reveal that up to 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage because of ObamaCare.  —  Small firms will be even likelier to lose existing plans.
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Jason Blevins / Denver Post:
Raft guide arrested after helping stranded rafter on Clear Creek  —  Clear Creek sheriff's deputies on Thursday arrested a rafting guide for swimming to a stranded young rafter who had tumbled from his boat on Clear Creek.  —  Ryan Daniel Snodgrass, a 28-year-old guide with Arkansas Valley …
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
State Wants to Borrow From Pension Fund, to Pay the Fund  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson and legislative leaders have tentatively agreed to allow the state and municipalities to borrow nearly $6 billion to help them make their required annual payments to the state pension fund.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Paypal Cuts Off Atlas: Truth is the New Hate Speech  —  The little money that Atlas generates (I have no large donors) is about to be cut off.  Apparently the jihad is hard at work trying to kill free speech (and the bus ads and the 9111 no mosque movement) from making its way to those in pursuit of truth.
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Fair Pay for Doctors  —  With doctors facing deep cuts in their reimbursements from Medicare unless Congress acts to correct long-standing problems, the President calls on Senate Republicans to stop blocking the remedy and pledges to work toward a permanent solution.
Discussion: Politics Daily and New York Times
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COMING TO TERMS WITH A ‘DEBILITATING ENERGY STALEMATE’.... With oil continuing to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, the need for the United States to reevaluate its approach to energy policy has become especially acute of late.  As we saw this week on the vote on a scheme to strip the EPA of its power …
New York Times:
Flash Floods Sweep Through Arkansas Camps  —  LODI, Ark. — At least 16 people were killed and dozens more were unaccounted for after flash floods raged through campgrounds in western Arkansas early Friday morning.  —  As many as 300 people, including families with vehicles and off-road backpackers …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Boehner: Dems busy with ‘backroom deals’ so they don't have to pass budget
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Iran and the ‘Freedom Recession’
Discussion: Swampland and Commentary
Reuters:
Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote
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Steven Pinker / New York Times:
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
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