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2:05 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.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Blogs of War and TPMDC
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.
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 …
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.
Scott / Power Line:
Speaking of Gangster Government
Discussion: The Anchoress and Gateway Pundit
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Congressman Loses Cool To Students With A Flip Cam, But Comes Out The Hero?
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Next on ‘When Congressmen Attack’ …
Discussion: the chetson firm, pllc and Hot Air
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Discussion: CNN
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 …
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?  —  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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Afghan Minerals News: Less Than Meets The Eye?
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
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.
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%).
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) …
TRENDING: Bush daughter ‘glad’ Obama health care passed
Discussion: Mediaite
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Angle: Reid ‘waterboarded’ economy  —  Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle said Monday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has “waterboarded” the economy.  —  Speaking during an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Angle said that her powerful Democratic opponent has “truly failed,” especially when it comes to the economy.
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.
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
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 …
New York Post:
‘King’ of Israel  —  By REBECCA HARSHBARGER in NY and S.A. MILLER in DC  —  Rep. Pete King says President Obama's weak Mideast policy is forcing House Democrats to make the difficult choice of either supporting Obama or supporting Israel.  —  “I hope they put our relationship with Israel above …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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.
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Alabama Tea Partier Defends ‘Gather Your Armies’ TV Ad (VIDEO)
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Kim Hart / The Politico:
Apple secrecy is bitter fruit on Hill
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Anti-War Kooks Turn On Obama, Chant: “Obama You Pr*ck, You Lied …
David Weigel / Right Now:
‘Gather your armies’
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Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Boring Politics, Please
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New Rules on Changes to Benefits
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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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ariz. targets ‘anchor baby’ citizenship
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
The Independent:
Suicide watchman saves scores at death spot
Gabriel Schoenfeld / Weekly Standard:
After Eric Holder Gets Pushed Under the Bus
Discussion: Commentary
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
How to Think About Oil Spills
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Obama Tells Politico the Oil Spill is Like 9-11... Then Goes Golfing for 4 Hours