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7:10 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.
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. is always the case, there is more to the story.  —  The democratization of communications technology (flip cams, home editing suites and YouTube) …
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Video: Etheridge expounds on virtues of civic engagement in politics …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Say what? Afghanistan has $1 trillion in untapped mineral resources?
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.
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.
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%).
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
‘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: The Politico
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.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WH Takes Cues from Liberal Think Tank on Spill  —  If you want to see where President Barack Obama's response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster is heading, try following the urgings of the Center for American Progress.  —  The liberal think tank with close White House ties appears …
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
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
Paul Singer / Roll Call:
Pelosi Paying $18K a Month for New San Francisco Office  —  Last fall, Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved her district office into the new federal building in San Francisco.  The move quadrupled the rent she pays, and her new $18,736 monthly bill is almost double the next-highest rental paid by a Member of the House.
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The Note:
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The Hill:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Oddly Unpopular in Former Slave States
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New York Post:
‘King’ of Israel  —  By REBECCA HARSHBARGER in NY and S.A. MILLER in DC
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Scott Gottlieb / New York Post:
You're losing your plan  —  Late last week saw the first leaks …