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11:45 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 …
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 …
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; Update: YouTube didn't pull video  —  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 …
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
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.
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%).
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Obama Tells Politico the Oil Spill is Like 9-11... Then Goes Golfing for 4 Hours  —  Barack Obama told The Politico this morning that the Gulf oil spill was like 9-11.  —  Then he went golfing for 4 hours.  —  Fore!  —  The Hill reported: … Leadership.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama golfs for four hours in sweltering heat
The Politico:
Obama: Gulf spill ‘echoes 9/11’
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
American Crossroads attacks Harry Reid in new ads  —  1. American Crossroads, a conservative outside organization, is launching television ads today that take Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to task for the economic stimulus package passed by Congress last year.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Energy plans taking shape as fight to craft oil legislation looms large
John Harwood / The Caucus:
Criticism Flowing Like Oil, but Obama's Rating Is Steady  —  Oil has gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for eight weeks now — and sent a bipartisan wave of criticism crashing into the White House.  —  Allies and adversaries have accused President Obama of reacting too slowly, deferring too much to BP …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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
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
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.
Scott Gottlieb / New York Post:
You're losing your plan  —  Late last week saw the first leaks of the administration's draft regulations for imple menting the ObamaCare law — and everything is playing out just as the critics warned.  —  The 3,000-odd pages of legislation left most of the really important (and controversial) …
Maggie Haberman / Maggie Haberman's Blog:
Cuomo's numbers slip a bit, to a mere 30-point lead  —  The latest Siena Research Institute poll shows that, as expected, Andrew Cuomo's numbers have taken a bit of a dip since he finally emerged as a gubernatorial candidate - most notable among independent voters.
Discussion: CNN
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Paul Singer / Roll Call:
Pelosi Paying $18K a Month for New San Francisco Office
Discussion: Hot Air, The Caucus and Wonkette
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Government Takes On Journalism's Next Chapter
Washington Post:
Obama to demand vast fund from BP for victims' claims
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ariz. targets ‘anchor baby’ citizenship
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Top of the ballot: Dems see ‘offensive opportunities’
The Independent:
Suicide watchman saves scores at death spot
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 Earlier Items: 
Gabriel Schoenfeld / Weekly Standard:
After Eric Holder Gets Pushed Under the Bus
Discussion: Commentary
New York Times:
Israel Backs Panel to Examine Raid
Discussion: Think Progress
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Piers Morgan to replace Larry King in CNN deal
Discussion: and Gawker
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
White House Withheld Report From Top Intel Officers
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
How to Think About Oil Spills
Los Angeles Times:
Obama wants BP escrow fund for spill damage
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner on National Review Online:
Sarah Palin, Forbesian — By: Jay Nordlinger