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11:05 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 …
Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Say what?  Afghanistan has $1 trillion in untapped mineral resources?  —  I'll get to the main point in a little bit, but bear with me for a second ... A series of recent news stories has deeply damaged the Obama administration's case for continued patience with U.S.-led counterinsurgency campaign …
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 …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Rep. Etheridge assaults student on street; Update: Video restored  —  Meet Congressman Bob Etheridge, Democrat from North Carolina's Second CD.  Rep. Etheridge doesn't much like people asking him whether he supports Barack Obama's agenda, as a student camera crew on the street discovered …
Scott / Power Line:
Speaking of Gangster Government  —  Big Government reports on Democrat Congressman Bod Etheridge (D-NC2), who recently attended a fundraiser headlined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  He was asked by some students on the street whether he supported the “Obama Agenda.”  He didn't take it well.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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%).
The Politico:
Obama: Gulf spill ‘echoes 9/11’
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama golfs for four hours in sweltering heat
Discussion: Don Surber and Gateway Pundit
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Energy plans taking shape as fight to craft oil legislation looms large  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) pledge to bring energy legislation to the floor this summer is intensifying political jockeying among senators for their favorite plans — and spurring a furious push …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
American Crossroads attacks Harry Reid in new ads
Maggie Haberman / Maggie Haberman's Blog:
Angle to Monday Meeting tomorrow
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Fellow journalists let Helen Thomas down by not reining her in  —  There she goes again.  —  That was the eye-rolling reaction in the White House pressroom when Helen Thomas would go off on one of her rants about the Middle East.  She had been there for so long, was so admired by female journalists …
Jon Ward / Washington Post:
Why we'll miss Helen Thomas
Fannie-Freddie Fix at $160 Billion With $1 Trillion Worst Case  —  The cost of fixing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage companies that last year bought or guaranteed three-quarters of all U.S. home loans, will be at least $160 billion and could grow to as much as $1 trillion after the biggest bailout in American history.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Olson surprises many conservatives by seeking to overturn gay-marriage ban  —  Cocktails had been served on the terrace, the ubiquitous Washington buffet of tenderloin and salmon consumed, and the gay law students settled in to hear from the famed legal mind who is leading the battle to make sure …
Discussion: Law Blog, AMERICAblog Gay and The Page
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
White House Withheld Report From Top Intel Officers  —  The White House has withheld a key report, which maps out a strategy for fixing the troubled Director of National Intelligence, from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  The classified report, “Study of the Mission …
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
TRENDING: Bush daughter ‘glad’ Obama health care passed  —  Barbara Bush with her father, former President George W. Bush, in 2008.  —  (CNN) - One of the daughters of former President George W. Bush isn't following the Republican Party line when it comes to the issue of the health care legislation …
Washington Post:
Lawmakers' committee assignments and industry investments overlap  —  Rep. Ron Paul is captivated by gold.  Over the past two decades, he has written books about the virtues of gold-backed currency.  He has made uncounted speeches about the precious metal.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
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John Harwood / The Caucus:
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Heidi Noonan / Fox News:
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Top of the ballot: Dems see ‘offensive opportunities’
Scott Gottlieb / New York Post:
You're losing your plan  —  Late last week saw the first leaks …
The Independent:
Suicide watchman saves scores at death spot
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As businesses collapse, claimants still waiting for checks from BP
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Gabriel Schoenfeld / Weekly Standard:
After Eric Holder Gets Pushed Under the Bus
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New York Times:
Israel Backs Panel to Examine Raid
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Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Piers Morgan to replace Larry King in CNN deal
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Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
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