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9:55 PM ET, June 14, 2010


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Mike Flynn / Big Government:
Long Hot Summer Begins: Congressman Attacks Student  —  Maybe it is my Catholic upbringing, but I've always been cursed with a bit too much empathy.  It is often difficult to witness people bearing the full weight of the consequences of their decisions, even when it is richly deserved.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dems defend Etheridge, attack Breitbart  —  Bob Etheridge's abject apology for roughing up an anonymous conservative videographer is being accompanied by a defense of the congressman from national Democrats.  —  “Motives matter, and I think you can see who was behind this,” said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse just now.
Rep. Bob Etheridge / Etheridge:
Etheridge Statement on Viral Video  —  Washington, DC, Jun 14 - U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) released the following statement on the viral video which appeared on the internet today:  —  “I have seen the video posted on several blogs.  I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Congressman Loses Cool To Students With A Flip Cam, But Comes Out The Hero?  —  No he's not a hero.  He's a jerk. is always the case, there is more to the story.  —  The democratization of communications technology (flip cams, home editing suites and YouTube) …
David Weigel / Right Now:
Who TMZ'd Rep. Bob Etheridge?  —  Last week Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.), who's seen as a safe bet for re-election this year despite representing a somewhat conservative (Cook R+2) district, ran into two self-described students with video cameras outside of a fundraiser.
Ben Shapiro / Big Government:   Bob Etheridge's Criminal Assault
Political Correction RSS:
Steve King: Obama Favors The “Black Person” By Default  —  1 hour and 40 minutes ago — Walid Zafar  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appeared on the G. Gordon Liddy Show this morning to discuss Arizona's controversial immigration law and accused Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Because There Are No Racists...  From Iowa congressman Steve King: … As Media Matters notes, Eric Holder said no such thing: … Now you don't have to agree with that statement—but on the basic facts, King is simply wrong.  More to the point, the charge that SoandSo is “favoring blacks” is not some new evolved tactic.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
GOP congressman: Obama ‘favors the black person’  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) leveled a somewhat startling charge against President Barack Obama on Monday, saying the president instinctively “favors the black person.”  —  King made the comments during an appearance on the G. Gordon Liddy radio show.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jason R. Latham / Las Vegas News …:
Hosts Mangle Angle's ‘FOX & Friends’ Debut  —  Inaccuracies Tar GOP Nominee's National Debut  —  LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid may not need to spend millions of dollars to marginalize his opponent in the U.S. Senate race.  —  He can just let “FOX & Friends” handle it.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: South Carolina Governor  —  South Carolina Governor: Haley (R) 55% Sheheen (D) 34%  —  State Representative Nikki Haley is running stronger than her Republican Primary runoff opponent in the general election for South Carolina's first open gubernatorial race since 1994.
McMaster to endorse Haley
Discussion: The Politico
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: South Dakota House of Representatives
Discussion: Power Line
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Meg Whitman Was Accused of Shoving eBay Employee  —  SAN FRANCISCO — During her 10 years as chief executive of eBay, Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor of California, was known as a demanding leader who did not hesitate to express displeasure with employees who failed to live up to her standards.
Dave Zirin / NPR:
The Nation: Why the Far Right Hates Soccer  —  Every World Cup, it arrives like clockwork.  As sure as the ultimate soccer spectacle brings guaranteed adrenaline and agony to fans across the United States, it also drives the right-wing noise machine utterly insane.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Best Picture to Come From the World Cup
Discussion: Swampland
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Dems tout breakthrough on bill  —  House Democrats have reached an agreement with the National Rifle Association on campaign-finance legislation that would roll back the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, removing a major obstacle on the bill, according to House sources.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Yet Again the NRA Sells Out Freedom to the Democrats
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Mineral Miracle?  Or a Massive Information Operation?  —  Were it not for the byline of James Risen, a New York Times reporter currently in a legal battle with the Obama administration over the identity of his sources, a second read of his blockbuster A1 story this morning …
Arthur Herman / New York Post:
The new threat to America: NATO  —  It's not just the euro (and with it the European Union) that's in danger of sinking out of sight.  So, too, is NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  Unless the United States takes a long, hard look at its connections with this Cold War relic, we may find ourselves caught in the undertow.
Bret Stephens / Commentary:   Iran Cannot Be Contained
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bush's daughter Barbara ‘glad’ ObamaCare passed: Health care ‘should be a right for everyone.’  —  Yesterday, President Bush's 28-year old daughter Barbara was named Fox News Sunday's “Power Player of the Week” for her work as co-founder of Global Health Corps, a group of young professionals promoting global health equality.
Neil Sears / Daily Mail:
Parents of twins mauled by fox gets police guard after web attacks by animal rights activists  —  The family whose babies were savaged by a fox in their cots are being given police protection over fears of an attack by animal rights activists.  —  Nine-month-old twins Lola and Isabella Koupparis …
Discussion: Moonbattery and JammieWearingFool
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Near-Record 49% Say Democratic Party “Too Liberal”  —  More Americans than in 2009 say Republican Party's views are about right  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the past two years, Americans have become increasingly likely to describe the Democratic Party's views as “too liberal” (49%), and less likely to say its views are “about right” (38%).
Glenn D. Rudebusch / FRBSF:
The Fed's Exit Strategy for Monetary Policy … To many observers, the Federal Reserve's extraordinary policy actions during the recent crisis averted a financial Armageddon and curtailed the depth and duration of the recession (Rudebusch 2009).  To combat panic and dislocation in financial markets …
Mitch Moxley / The Atlantic Online:
Rent a White Guy  —  Confessions of a fake businessman from Beijing  —  NOT LONG AGO I was offered work as a quality-control expert with an American company in China I'd never heard of.  No experience necessary—which was good, because I had none.  I'd be paid $1,000 for a week …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Tiffany Craig / KHOU-TV:
BP phone operator says calls from concerned citizens fall on deaf ears  —  FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas—A contracted operator with BP said calls from concerned citizens are falling on deaf ears.  —  For this story, we'll refer to her as “Janice.”  —  Janice told 11 News she's one of 100 operators at the BP Call Center in West Houston.
Kate Connolly / Guardian:
German government close to collapse  —  • German coalition faces trouble on several fronts  —  • Election of new president could prove to be catalyst  —  German chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition government looked to be close to collapse today …
Dave McNary / Variety:
Cameras role on ‘Atlas’  —  Production ends 30-year trek to bring pic to screen  —  The long-brewing feature version of author Ayn Rand's “Atlas Shrugged” has begun shooting in Los Angeles as a $5 million indie produced by John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Rep. Steve King, Raising Questions of Favoritism, Calls for Obama's Aunt to Testify About Being Granted Asylum  —  Congressman Steve King, an Iowa Republican, today requested that President Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, testify before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship …
Discussion: The Political Carnival and Salon
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