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6:20 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.  But...as is always the case, there is more to the story.  —  The democratization of communications technology (flip cams, home editing suites and YouTube) …
WTVD-TV:
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Rep. Etheridge assaults student on street; Update …
Ben Shapiro / Big Government:   Bob Etheridge's Criminal Assault
David Weigel / Right Now:
Bob Etheridge apologizes for reaction to students with camera
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and Moe Lane
James Risen / New York Times:
U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches 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 …
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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?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Afghan Minerals News: Less Than Meets The Eye?
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.
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Best Picture to Come From the World Cup  —  I am no big fan of soccer, but the whole World Cup extravaganza, angry-bee-swarm horns and all, will be worth it for having produced this photo:  —  Of course it is Barack Obama's instantaneous reaction, to David Beckham's instantaneous reaction …
Discussion: Swampland
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.
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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.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: South Dakota House of Representatives
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
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Free exchange:   Shouting fire amid a flood
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 …
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.
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
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gulf fuels new energy-bill push  —  President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies plan a major new push for a broad global warming bill, fueled in part by public outrage over the BP disaster, according to top aides.  —  Joel Benenson, a pollster for the Democratic National Committee …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama seeks to whip up support for energy legislation on back of spill
Discussion: The Swamp, CNN, The Politico and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
ABCNEWS:
‘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: CNN and The Politico
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) …
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 and AMERICAblog Gay
Reuters:
Iranian aid ships head for Gaza  —  Source: Reuters  —  * First ship left Iran Sunday, another leaves this week  —  * Iran says will continue until Gaza blockade lifted  —  * 100,000 Iranians volunteer to crew ships - report  —  Iran is sending aid ships to blockaded Gaza …
 
 
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Crocker: 'I'm Very Much Okay With' U.S.-Taliban Talks, 'We're …
Mark Schlueb / Orlando Sentinel:
Brew-ha-ha? Tea Party could help Grayson win re-election
Discussion: Politics Daily and Don Surber
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Rep. Steve King, Raising Questions of Favoritism, Calls for Obama's …
Lawrence Solomon / National Post:
The IPCC consensus on climate change was phoney, says IPCC insider
ABCNEWS:
Security of U.S. Passports Called Into Question
Mike Mandel / Mandel on Innovation and Growth:
The Debt Crisis and the Human Genome
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Oddly Unpopular in Former Slave States
Discussion: Washington Monthly and RedState
Courier-Journal:
Paul's medical practice in good standing
New York Post:
‘King’ of Israel  —  By REBECCA HARSHBARGER in NY and S.A. MILLER in DC
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WH Takes Cues from Liberal Think Tank on Spill
Discussion: Townhall.com and Weasel Zippers