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9:20 AM ET, June 15, 2010


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Rep. Bob Etheridge gets vicious in viral video — but who filmed it and why?  —  So, what really happened when Rep. Bob Etheridge ran into a couple of self-described “students” on the streets of D.C. last week?  The video confrontation between the obscure seven-term North Carolina Dem …
Scott / Power Line:
Etheridge the Unready — and his enablers  —  Watching the video below in this post at Andrew Breitbart's Big Government site yesterday, my first thought was that there is something wrong with Rep. Bob Etheridge.  He was set off by the question asked on the street outside a Nancy Pelosi fundraiser …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Video shames Etheridge, galvanizes Republicans  —  In a frame from the video, Etheridge holds the young man by the neck and demands to know who he is and the young man asks him to let him go.  —  The video was harsh.  There was U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, a grandfather with a nice-guy reputation, fuming on a Washington sidewalk.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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
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:
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Ensign to present Angle to GOP senators  —  In her first chance to make a personal impression on Republican senators who she wants to sit alongside next year, Nevada hopeful Sharron Angle is scheduled to speak to them at lunch Tuesday in the U.S. Capitol, a spokesman said.
Discussion: USA Today, The Eye, TPMDC and The Politico
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Angle works to soothe nervous GOP
Discussion: Guardian and Wall Street Journal
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
‘The Accidental Politician’ — By: Robert Costa
Discussion: The New Republic
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama to Nevada for Harry Reid in July
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
I admit it: I was wrong to have supported Barack Obama  —  In three and a half years of blogging, this has been my single most unpopular post.  There's little point, I know, in reminding readers that my support for Barack Obama was qualified; that I simultaneously endorsed GOP Congressional candidates …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Yet Again the NRA Sells Out Freedom to the Democrats … There are few organizations purportedly on the side of freedom that aggravate me more than the National Rifle Association.  —  In fact, these days I cringe when I see good conservatives with their lifetime member sticker from the NRA on the back of their cars.
New York Times:
Setbacks Cloud U.S. Plans to Get Out of Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — Six months after President Obama decided to send more forces to Afghanistan, the halting progress in the war has crystallized longstanding tensions within the government over the viability of his plan to turn around the country and begin pulling out by July 2011.
Washington Post:
Concern on Capitol Hill about Afghanistan war grows
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Efforts to Repel Gulf Oil Spill Are Described as Chaotic  —  GRAND ISLE, La. — Deano Bonano, the emergency preparedness director for Jefferson Parish, marched from a motor home being used as a command center to an office across the street filled with BP officials.  —  It was late May.
McMaster to endorse Haley  —  (CNN) - South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley will pick up a major endorsement Tuesday from one of her former rivals in the Republican primary - Attorney General Henry McMaster.  —  McMaster campaign manager Trey Walker told CNN that the attorney general plans …
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
South Carolina voter: I voted for Alvin Greene because ... his name reminded me of Al Green  —  It's as good a theory as any other.  Two things here.  First, I'm happy to announce that I'll be a candidate for U.S. Senator from New York this year under my new legal name, Harrison Forde.
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.
David Muir / ABCNEWS:
Jindal Orders Barrier Wall Off Gulf Shore  —  Louisiana Gov. Takes Matters Into Own Hands, But Will BP Foot the Bill?  —  Eight weeks into the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of the Mexico, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has told the National Guard that there's no time left to wait for BP …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Will Take to Oval Office With a Familiar Theme  —  WASHINGTON — The venue says it all.  By choosing to speak to the nation on Tuesday night for the first time from the Oval Office, where his predecessors have spoken of wars and disasters, President Obama is conveying the gravity of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus, Pileus and The Page
Ace /
The Real Reason the Right Doesn't Like Soccer Bonus: Stuff White People Say They Like  —  NPR thinks it knows the answer.  Not really a surprise; it's their same answer for everything about the right: Racism. … Wow, for this automatic writing NPR pays people.  —  Here's a less hacky explanation.
Armed pair held at Central Command base  —  MacDill Air Force Base, Florida (CNN) — A heavily armed man and woman were in custody Monday after trying to enter the Air Force base that houses the headquarters for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan without authorization, an Air Force spokeswoman said.
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.
Mara Liasson / NPR:
NPR Poll Shows Tough Road Ahead For Democrats  —  A new public opinion survey for NPR shows just how difficult it will be for Democrats to avoid big losses in the House this November.  —  Democrat Stan Greenberg and Republican Glen Bolger conducted the first public battleground poll of this election cycle.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Candidates in final stage to replace Bennett  —  Businessman Tim Bridgewater (R) emerged from the Utah Republican convention as the front-runner to succeed the vanquished Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), but he's got to get through the GOP primary first.  —  “There's no question Tim came …
Discussion: CNN
Michelle Malkin:
TN Dem attacks female Republicans: “You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women.”  —  When liberals can't handle GOP women, they infantilize, sexualize, demonize, and dehumanize them.  I diagnosed the Four Stages of Conservative Female Abuse a few years ago.  Here's how I described the 4th Stage:
The Politico:
Amos slated to lead Marine Corps  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates has recommended that Gen. James Amos will be the next commandant of the Marine Corps, POLITICO has learned.  Lt. Gen. Joseph Dunford has been recommended to be assistant commandant.  —  President Obama has not yet nominated …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Clinton finally ahead of Obama in popularity  —  It's about two years too late, but Hillary Clinton has finally pulled ahead of Barack Obama.  —  By any measure — favorability ratings or job approval — Americans by a sizable margin have warmer views of the secretary of state than they do of the president.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck's paranoid thriller, “The Overton Window”  —  Threshold.  321 pp.  $26  —  The success of Glenn Beck's novel, “The Overton Window,” will be measured not by its literary value (none), or its contribution to the thriller genre (small), or the money it rakes in (considerable) …
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
The oil spill isn't Obama's Katrina
Discussion: RedState, New York Times and FrumForum
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Clock ticking on energy-bill hopes
Discussion: New York Magazine
Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
Myths about the teacher layoff crisis
Discussion: Swampland
Washington Post:
Lawmakers accuse BP of ‘shortcuts’
the CNN Wires / CNN:
Proposed Arizona law denies citizenship to kids of illegal immigrants
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Paypal Called, Paypal Caved
Patrick Gavin / On Media's Blog:
The revolving door swings again
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Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
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Agence France Presse:
Barcelona plans Islamic veil ban
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
UC Irvine suspends Muslim student group for disrupting Israeli ambassador's talk
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Atlas Shrugs
Arthur Herman / New York Post:
The new threat to America: NATO
Kate Connolly / Guardian:
German government close to collapse
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Anti-Obama ad: ‘Gather your armies’
Neil Sears / Daily Mail:
Parents of twins mauled by fox gets police guard after web attacks …
Discussion: Moonbattery