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7:40 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.
Etheridge apologizes for on-camera confrontation  —  RALEIGH (WTVD) — North Carolina Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) apologized Monday after a conservative blogger posted video on YouTube showing him in a confrontation with men carrying cameras on a Washington D.C. street.
Ben Shapiro / Big Government:   Bob Etheridge's Criminal Assault
David Weigel / Right Now:
Bob Etheridge apologizes for reaction to students with camera
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.
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 …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
GOP congressman: Obama ‘favors the black person’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Rep. Steve King, Raising Questions of Favoritism, Calls for Obama's …
Discussion: The Political Carnival and Salon
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
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 …
Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Say what? Afghanistan has $1 trillion in untapped mineral resources?
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.
Rasmussen Reports:   Election 2010: South Dakota House of Representatives
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%).
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.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WH Takes Cues from Liberal Think Tank on Spill  —  If you want to see where President Barack Obama's response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster is heading, try following the urgings of the Center for American Progress.  —  The liberal think tank with close White House ties appears …
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama kicks off Gulf tour
Discussion: The Hill, The Swamp, CNN and Daily Kos
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
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
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 …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Rawl to protest Greene victory  —  South Carolina Democratic candidate Vic Rawl announced Monday he'll lodge a protest against the June 8 primary vote that handed the little-known Alvin Greene the Democratic nomination for Senate.  —  Citing a “cloud” hanging over the result …
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 …
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.
‘Target #3’: Ted Kennedy's Death Threats  —  FBI Documents Show Senator Sent Threats After Mary Jo Kopechne Death in 1969  —  The late Sen. Ted Kennedy — the sole surviving Kennedy brother after the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy — received numerous death threats himself …
Discussion: The Politico
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  Helen Thomas Retires After Inflammatory Comments About Israel; Should Government Subsidize Media Outlets?  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: As we survey the media landscape …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Wonk Room
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Catherine Reagor / Arizona Republic:
Arizona immigration law may increase Phoenix foreclosures
Discussion: Think Progress and Right Wing News
The Hill:
Exclusive: House ethics office asks lobbyists for info on lawmakers
Lawrence Solomon / National Post:
The IPCC consensus on climate change was phoney, says IPCC insider
Security of U.S. Passports Called Into Question
Mike Mandel / Mandel on Innovation and Growth:
The Debt Crisis and the Human Genome
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Oddly Unpopular in Former Slave States
Discussion: Washington Monthly and RedState
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New York Post:
‘King’ of Israel  —  By REBECCA HARSHBARGER in NY and S.A. MILLER in DC
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Scott Gottlieb / New York Post:
You're losing your plan  —  Late last week saw the first leaks …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Olson surprises many conservatives by seeking to overturn gay-marriage ban
Discussion: Law Blog, AMERICAblog Gay and The Page