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1:50 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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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 …
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.
Scott / Power Line:
Speaking of Gangster Government
Discussion: The Anchoress and Gateway Pundit
David Snider / Breitbart.tv:
CONGRESSMAN ASSAULTS STUDENT ON WASHINGTON SIDEWALK
Discussion: CNN
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
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 …
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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 …
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Afghanistan's mineral find and the Washington clock  —  The Pentagon is highlighting a new U.S. Geological Survey estimate that Afghanistan may be sitting on a trillion dollars' worth of mineral wealth, the New York Times reports.  —  “An internal Pentagon memo ... states that Afghanistan …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Afghan Minerals News: Less Than Meets The Eye?
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%).
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
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Dave Zirin / NPR:
The Nation: Why the Far Right Hates Soccer
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.
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.
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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
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 …
Bloomberg:
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.
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) …
The Independent:
Suicide watchman saves scores at death spot  —  A former life insurance salesman has “sold life” to scores of people trying to end it all at Australia's most notorious suicide spot.  —  In nearly 50 years Don Ritchie, 84, has saved at least 160 people at The Gap, a rocky cliff at the entrance …
Paul Krugman:
The Bad Logic Of Fiscal Austerity  —  So, one more time: here's an attempt to put together some key arguments about why the rush to fiscal austerity is deeply misguided.  —  Let me start with the budget arithmetic, borrowing an approach from Brad DeLong.  Consider the long-run budget implications …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Fellow journalists let Helen Thomas down by not reining her in  —  There she goes again.  —  That was the eye-rolling reaction in the White House pressroom when Helen Thomas would go off on one of her rants about the Middle East.  She had been there for so long, was so admired by female journalists …
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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com
 
 
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
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
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WH Takes Cues from Liberal Think Tank on Spill
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Anti-War Kooks Turn On Obama, Chant: “Obama You Pr*ck, You Lied …
David Weigel / Right Now:
‘Gather your armies’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonkette
Michael J. Totten:
War and History, Ancient and Modern
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Washington Post:
For-profit colleges draw attention from regulators and millions of students
Discussion: The Atlantic Online, Eduwonk and Gawker
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Boring Politics, Please
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
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, Wonkette and The Caucus
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ariz. targets ‘anchor baby’ citizenship
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
CNN:
TRENDING: Bush daughter ‘glad’ Obama health care passed
Gabriel Schoenfeld / Weekly Standard:
After Eric Holder Gets Pushed Under the Bus
Discussion: Commentary
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Piers Morgan to replace Larry King in CNN deal
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Gawker
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Obama Tells Politico the Oil Spill is Like 9-11... Then Goes Golfing for 4 Hours