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9:55 AM ET, June 13, 2010


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama to demand third-party panel for BP payouts  —  President Barack Obama plans to use a meeting with BP executives this week to demand that they create and fund an escrow account and accept an independent panel to handle damage claims by individuals and businesses hurt by the Gulf disaster …
Discussion: CNN and The Page
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama pleads for $50 billion in state, local aid  —  President Obama urged reluctant lawmakers Saturday to quickly approve nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments, saying the money is needed to avoid “massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters” and to support the still-fragile economic recovery.
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Newly released Kagan papers show a flair for the political
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 911 no mosque movement), preventing it from making its way to those in pursuit of truth.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
“I am a Muslim,” Obama Tells Egyptian Foreign Minister Gheit Islamic Coup on the White House … Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said he had a one-on-one meeting with Obama, in which President Obama told him that he was still a Muslim, the son of a Muslim father …
Discussion: Doug Ross and The Right Scoop
Associated Press:
Goalkeeper blunder hands U.S. precious point vs. England  —  RUSTENBURG, South Africa — England's players couldn't get off the field fast enough.  The Americans lingered to savor the night.  —  They walked to the end of Royal Bafokeng Stadium where thousands of red, white and blue-clad fans …
Times of London:
Revealed: Japan's bribes on whaling  —  A SUNDAY TIMES investigation has exposed Japan for bribing small nations with cash and prostitutes to gain their support for the mass slaughter of whales.  —  The undercover investigation found officials from six countries were willing to consider selling …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Days After BP Denies Blocking The Media From Covering The Spill, Reporter Is Harrassed On A Public Beach  —  In response to numerous media reports that BP has been blocking journalists from covering the oil spill and speaking with clean-up workers, BP CEO Doug Suttles issued a letter …
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 …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Obama faces rare defeat on health help for jobless  —  WASHINGTON - If Chuck Lacasse had gotten his pink slip four days earlier, Uncle Sam would have covered most of his family's health insurance while he looked for a new job.  —  But Congress allowed emergency health care assistance …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Demystifying Charter Cities  —  Sebastian Mallaby has a good piece in the Atlantic on Paul Romer and the idea of “charter cities”—places that would be administered by credible developed democracies but inhabited by migrants from poor countries—that I recommend to one and all.
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 …
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:   Nikki Haley and Rand Paul Races: Where Have All the Reporters Gone?
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Courage to Leave  —  There is no good news coming out of the depressing and endless war in Afghanistan.  There once was merit to our incursion there, but that was long ago.  Now we're just going through the tragic motions, flailing at this and that, with no real strategy or decent end in sight.
Investor's Business Daily:
Administration: 51% Of Companies' Health Plans Won't Pass Muster  —  Internal White House documents reveal that 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage by 2013 due to ObamaCare.  That numbers soars to 66% for small-business employers.
Discussion: and Betsy's Page
Investor's Business Daily:
Keep Your Health Plan Under Overhaul?  Probably Not, Gov't Analysis Concludes
Paul Gillespie / The Irish Times:
Merkel has depleted her capital of trust within EU  —  Jürgen Habermas, who receives the Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin next week, is Germany's foremost philosopher and critical theorist.  His lifelong work on language, communicative reason and discourse in the public sphere …
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Gregory Sullivan / Pajamas Media:
BREAKING: Coast Guard Head Was Informed of Maine Oil Boom on 5/21.
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Fox News:
NAACP Urges Hallmark to Pull ‘Racist’ Card From Shelves
Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:
Campaigns react to Jerry Brown comparing Whitman to Goebbels
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
State Wants to Borrow From Pension Fund, to Pay the Fund