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9:40 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 …
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.
The Politico:
Obama: Gulf spill ‘echoes 9/11’  —  Sounding reflective as he heads into a bruising electoral season, President Barack Obama told POLITICO columnist Roger Simon that the Gulf disaster “echoes 9/11” because it will change the nation's psyche for years to come.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama golfs for four hours in sweltering heat  —  President Barack Obama spent four hours on the golf course Sunday in temperatures that peaked in the low 90s.  —  The White House pool reported that they left Andrews Air Force Base as it started to rain after 4 p.m.
Discussion: Don Surber and 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%).
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
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: AMERICAblog Gay and The Page
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
How to Think About Oil Spills  —  The perils of overreaction.  —  T  —  his article needs to begin with a big mea culpa.  In the April 26 edition of The Weekly Standard (which went to press on April 16), I wrote: “Improvements in drilling technology have greatly reduced the risk of the kind …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Students Instructed to Chant “I Am an Obama Scholar” (Video)  —  What is with these leftists?  —  Students are directed to chant “I am an Obama scholar.”  —  From Tom Ficklin in New Haven  —  Via P/Oed Patriot:  —  Obviously, that separation of church and state rule only applies to Christianity.
New York Times:
Vote Widens Divide Between Flemish- and French-Speaking Regions  —  BRUSSELS — The move to break up Belgium gathered pace on Sunday as a separatist won an emphatic election victory in Flanders, the more prosperous Dutch-speaking region of the divided nation.
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
White House Withheld Report From Top Intel Officers
Jon Ward / Washington Post:
Why we'll miss Helen Thomas
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Weekly Standard:
A Period of Consequences  —  Our dangerous Iran policy.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Commentary
Los Angeles Times:
Obama wants BP escrow fund for spill damage
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner: Lift the Cap
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Times of London:
Defence chief to be axed
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