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4:50 AM ET, June 14, 2010


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James Risen / New York Times:
U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama golfs for four hours in sweltering heat  —  President Barack Obama spent four hours on the golf course Sunday in temperatures that peaked in the low 90s.  —  The White House pool reported that they left Andrews Air Force Base as it started to rain after 4 p.m.
Discussion: Don Surber
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Obama Tells Politico the Oil Spill is Like 9-11... Then Goes Golfing for 4 Hours  —  Barack Obama told The Politico this morning that the Gulf oil spill was like 9-11.  —  Then he went golfing for 4 hours.  —  Fore!  —  The Hill reported: … Leadership.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Michelle Malkin
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner on National Review Online:
Sarah Palin, Forbesian — By: Jay Nordlinger  —  A few days ago, I did a post in which I linked to an article about Sarah Palin.  The article was published shortly after Palin was nominated for vice president.  My purpose in citing the article was to say something about Palin and Israel.
Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
Sarah Palin lines up UK trip - and a visit to Lady Thatcher  —  Controversial US politician Sarah Palin could soon be on her way to Britain to boost her hopes of challenging Barack Obama in the 2012 US presidential election.  —  Her representatives approached Margaret Thatcher to ask …
New York Times:
Vote Widens Divide Between Flemish- and French-Speaking Regions  —  BRUSSELS — The move to break up Belgium gathered pace on Sunday as a separatist won an emphatic election victory in Flanders, the more prosperous Dutch-speaking region of the divided nation.
Belgians vote in poll dominated by separatism
Discussion: The Reaction
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner: Lift the Cap  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner on This Week today said he's now in favor of lifting the cap on BP's liability in the Gulf oil spill.  Though currently law makes BP responsible for cleaning up the actual oil, it limits its liability to $75 million.
Erika Lovley / Politico Live's Blog:
Boehner to Hoyer: Stop Blaming Bush
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Students Instructed to Chant “I Am an Obama Scholar” (Video)  —  What is with these leftists?  —  Students are directed to chant “I am an Obama scholar.”  —  From Tom Ficklin in New Haven  —  Via P/Oed Patriot:  —  Obviously, that separation of church and state rule only applies to Christianity.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Isn't It Ironic?  —  It's funny how things work out sometimes.  —  The two men running the White House have very different relationships with the press; one is warm and one is frosty.  —  One's relationship is more JFK, and one's has self-pitying echoes of Nixon.
New York Times:
The President's Moment
Discussion: and Don Surber
Los Angeles Times:
Obama wants BP escrow fund for spill damage  —  As more oil washes ashore, a letter from 54 senators calls for the company to set aside $20 billion.  —  Reporting from Washington and Atlanta — In an effort to seize greater control of the gulf oil catastrophe, President Obama is prepared …
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Abbas to Obama: I'm against lifting the Gaza naval blockade