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12:20 AM ET, June 15, 2010


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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.
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.
David Weigel / Right Now:
Who TMZ'd Rep. Bob Etheridge?
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 …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Because There Are No Racists...  From Iowa congressman Steve King: … As Media Matters notes, Eric Holder said no such thing: … Now you don't have to agree with that statement—but on the basic facts, King is simply wrong.  More to the point, the charge that SoandSo is “favoring blacks” is not some new evolved tactic.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
GOP congressman: Obama ‘favors the black person’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Rep. Steve King, Raising Questions of Favoritism, Calls for Obama's …
Discussion: The Political Carnival and Salon
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.
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.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Yet Again the NRA Sells Out Freedom to the Democrats … There are few organizations purportedly on the side of freedom that aggravate me more than the National Rifle Association.  —  In fact, these days I cringe when I see good conservatives with their lifetime member sticker from the NRA on the back of their cars.
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.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Best Picture to Come From the World Cup
Discussion: Swampland
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.
McMaster to endorse Haley
Discussion: The Politico
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: South Dakota House of Representatives
Discussion: Power Line
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Meg Whitman Was Accused of Shoving eBay Employee  —  SAN FRANCISCO — During her 10 years as chief executive of eBay, Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor of California, was known as a demanding leader who did not hesitate to express displeasure with employees who failed to live up to her standards.
Dave McNary / Variety:
Cameras role on ‘Atlas’  —  Production ends 30-year trek to bring pic to screen  —  The long-brewing feature version of author Ayn Rand's “Atlas Shrugged” has begun shooting in Los Angeles as a $5 million indie produced by John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow.
Arthur Herman / New York Post:
The new threat to America: NATO  —  It's not just the euro (and with it the European Union) that's in danger of sinking out of sight.  So, too, is NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  Unless the United States takes a long, hard look at its connections with this Cold War relic, we may find ourselves caught in the undertow.
Bret Stephens / Commentary:   Iran Cannot Be Contained
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.
David Muir / ABCNEWS:
Jindal Orders Barrier Wall Off Gulf Shore  —  Louisiana Gov. Takes Matters Into Own Hands, But Will BP Foot the Bill?  —  Eight weeks into the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of the Mexico, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has told the National Guard that there's no time left to wait for BP …
Armed pair held at Central Command base  —  MacDill Air Force Base, Florida (CNN) — A heavily armed man and woman were in custody Monday after trying to enter the Air Force base that houses the headquarters for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan without authorization, an Air Force spokeswoman said.
Michelle Malkin:
TN Dem attacks female Republicans: “You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women.”  —  When liberals can't handle GOP women, they infantilize, sexualize, demonize, and dehumanize them.  I diagnosed the Four Stages of Conservative Female Abuse a few years ago.  Here's how I described the 4th Stage:
The Politico:
Amos slated to lead Marine Corps  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates has recommended that Gen. James Amos will be the next commandant of the Marine Corps, POLITICO has learned.  Lt. Gen. Joseph Dunford has been recommended to be assistant commandant.  —  President Obama has not yet nominated …
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 …
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 …
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Mineral Wealth Estimate Excites Afghan Officials
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 and JammieWearingFool
I admit it: I was wrong to have supported Barack Obama  —  In three and a half years of blogging, this has been my single most unpopular post.  There's little point, I know, in reminding readers that my support for Barack Obama was qualified; that I simultaneously endorsed GOP Congressional candidates …
Discussion: Hot Air and American Power
Tiffany Craig / KHOU-TV:
BP phone operator says calls from concerned citizens fall on deaf ears  —  FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas—A contracted operator with BP said calls from concerned citizens are falling on deaf ears.  —  For this story, we'll refer to her as “Janice.”  —  Janice told 11 News she's one of 100 operators at the BP Call Center in West Houston.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Anti-Obama ad: ‘Gather your armies’  —  Alabama Republican congressional candidate Rick Barber is encouraging his fellow tea party activists to “gather your armies” against President Barack Obama — with a campaign ad that twice shows a hand fidgeting next to a Revolutionary War-era pistol.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Kate Connolly / Guardian:
German government close to collapse  —  • German coalition faces trouble on several fronts  —  • Election of new president could prove to be catalyst  —  German chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition government looked to be close to collapse today …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Andrew Napolitano Comes to Fox Business Network
Discussion: Rumproast and Mediaite
Catherine Reagor / Arizona Republic:
Arizona immigration law may increase Phoenix foreclosures
Discussion: Think Progress and Right Wing News
The Note:
Senate Dems Letter to BP Asking for $20 Billion Escrow Account
Lawrence Solomon / National Post:
The IPCC consensus on climate change was phoney, says IPCC insider
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Economy Act of 1933  —  From Mike Tomasky's excellent article …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Security of U.S. Passports Called Into Question
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Mike Mandel / Mandel on Innovation and Growth:
The Debt Crisis and the Human Genome
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Discussion: The Politico
Mitch Moxley / The Atlantic Online:
Rent a White Guy
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Washington Post:
After delays, U.S. begins to tap foreign aid for gulf oil spill
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Hot Air and
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Oddly Unpopular in Former Slave States
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Near-Record 49% Say Democratic Party “Too Liberal”