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7:55 PM ET, June 15, 2010

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Star:
Exclusive: Al Gore Cheats with Larry David's Ex  —  Al Gore's split from wife Tipper after 40 years of marriage was a shock to everyone who thought theirs was the ideal marriage.  Now Star can exclusively reveal that the former Vice President was having an affair with Larry David's ex-wife — for the past two years!
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Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Al Gore had affair with Larry David's ex-wife, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ producer Laurie David: report  —  Al Gore's surprising split from wife Tipper was prompted by an affair he was having with Larry David's environmental activist wife, Star magazine claims.
The Huffington Post:
Laurie David: Al Gore Affair Story Is ‘Completely Untrue’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Laurie David told the Huffington Post on Tuesday that a tabloid report that she is having an affair with Al Gore is an absolute lie.  —  “The story is completely untrue,” David told Huffington Post.
Ezra Klein / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle floated possibility of armed insurrection  —  Here's another one that could be tough for Sharron Angle to explain away: In an interview in January, Angle appeared to float the possibility of armed insurrection if “this Congress keeps going the way it is.”  —  I'm not kidding.
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Justin Elliott / TPMDC:
Sharron Angle Left Far-Right Third Party For Electoral Expedience, Members Say  —  The key to understanding Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle may be the fact that she has not always been a Republican.  —  For at least six years in the 1990s before she held state-level elective office …
Aharding / CNN:
Reid's Senate challenger visits Capitol
Discussion: The Note
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Apres Moi, Le Semi-Automatic?
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:   Angle raised possibility of armed rebellion
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Petraeus briefly collapses at Senate hearing on Afghanistan  —  Gen. David Petraeus, the head of Central Command, briefly collapsed at a Senate Armed Services hearing on progress in Afghanistan.  —  Petraeus was about to answer a question when he went silent and passed out in front of the microphone.
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Fox News:
Petraeus Slumps Over Desk During Senate Hearing  —  Gen. David Petraeus can be seen slumping over a table during testimony before a Senate panel on June 15 in Washington.  (FNC)  —  Gen. David Petraeus explained that he must have gotten “dehydrated” after he appeared to pass out in the middle …
Mara Liasson / NPR:
NPR Poll Shows Tough Road Ahead For Democrats  —  A new public opinion survey for NPR shows just how difficult it will be for Democrats to avoid big losses in the House this November.  —  Democrat Stan Greenberg and Republican Glen Bolger conducted the first public battleground poll of this election cycle.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Rep. Bob Etheridge should be arrested for assault  —  Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) was walking on a public sidewalk last week when he was politely asked a question by someone holding a camera, and this is what happened:  —  That's a clear case of assault and battery (the unedited video from the first camera is here).
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
'My best description of this video is that Rep. Etheridge acted 'manly.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
CREW:
CREW ASKS SOUTH CAROLINA AG TO INVESTIGATE WHETHER ALVIN GREENE WAS INDUCED TO RUN AND FILES COMPLAINT WITH FEC  —  15 Jun 2010 // Washington, D.C. - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), took two significant actions against the questionable Democratic candidate for South Carolina Senate, Alvin Greene.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Appoints Lawyer to Overhaul Oil Drilling Agency  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will use his first Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday night to make the case for a comprehensive energy bill that would reduce the nation's dependence on oil, and he will name a former Justice …
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David K. L I / New York Post:
Bank babe busts out big guns  —  Too-hot-to-bank stunner Debrahlee Lorenzana is pulling out the heavy artillery, hiring media-savvy feminist lawyer Gloria Allred and a high-powered New York attorney after The Post ripped into the beauty yesterday.  —  Allred — whose other high-profile clients include …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Dem says votes lacking to include climate change in energy bill  —  There aren't enough votes to include climate change rules in a Senate energy bill, a top Democrat said Tuesday.  —  Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), a senior member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …
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Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Lieberman: Pay $1 a day for climate
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Marc Ambinder / msnbc.com:
Will Obama ‘go big’ in primetime speech?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rasmussen Reports:
66% of Voters Are Angry At The Media  —  Sixty-six percent (66%) of U.S. voters describe themselves as at least somewhat angry at the media, including 33% who are Very Angry.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 31% say they are not angry at the media …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Fallout from the Spill  —  Our new Louisiana poll has a lot of data points to show how unhappy voters in the state are with Barack Obama's handling of the oil spill but one perhaps sums it up better than anything else- a majority of voters there think George W. Bush did a better job with Katrina than Obama's done dealing with the spill.
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Efforts to Repel Gulf Oil Spill Are Described as Chaotic  —  GRAND ISLE, La. — Deano Bonano, the emergency preparedness director for Jefferson Parish, marched from a motor home being used as a command center to an office across the street filled with BP officials.  —  It was late May.
Ezra Klein:
They can pry the NRA's donor list from its cold, dead hands  —  Quick back story: A few months back, the Supreme Court hands down the Citizens United case, which gives corporations the right to spend as much as they want, at any point they want, in elections.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Dems face backlash from liberal groups over NRA deal
Discussion: USA Today
CNN:
Haley's path to Christianity leaves some evangelicals uneasy  —  In the wake of Nikki Haley's swift rise, her religious journey has become an increasingly common topic of discussion in churches, at community gatherings and online.  —  (CNN) - Whispers about Nikki Haley's Sikh heritage burst …
Michelle Malkin:
Another day, another Waxman inquisition  —  Henry Waxman, the Witch Hunter of Capitol Hill, is in nirvana today — lining up all the oil execs for one of his trademark public floggings: … Waxman's underlying, longtime agenda: War on Big Oil. … Silly companies.  There's no appeasing Torquemada.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP health care repeal vote fails  —  A Republican effort to repeal the individual mandate in the Democrats' health care overhaul failed Tuesday afternoon on a largely partisan vote.  —  Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee, called for the repeal under a …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   House GOP to force vote to nix individual mandate from health reform
Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Steve King Suggests Illegal Immigrants Can Be Spotted By Their Shoes Or A “Sixth Sense”  —  2 hours and 59 minutes ago — Matt Finkelstein  —  Last night, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) took to the House floor to defend Arizona's new anti-immigration law against concerns that it will lead to racial profiling.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Have Republicans Already Blown Their Chance to Recapture The Senate?  —  With nearly five months to go until Election Day, Republican hopes of retaking the Senate have dimmed and they're privately lamenting their lost opportunity.  Until just a few weeks ago, Republicans considered winning …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
NY Daily News:
Gary Brooks Faulkner is ‘dying’ and likely wanted to kill Osama bin Laden ‘for his country’: sister  —  The Rocky Mountain Rambo who was caught in Pakistan hunting for Osama Bin Laden has one thing in common with his prey - bad kidneys.  —  Gary Brooks Faulkner “is dying,” his sister, Deanna Faulkner said Tuesday.
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Prop. 8 judge wants a discussion of ‘choice’ in sexual orientation  —  Closing arguments in the constitutionality case are due Wednesday.  Lawyers have been told to address specific issues.  —  Reporting from San Francisco — A federal judge who will decide the constitutionality …
Discussion: Politics Daily, NPR and The Awl
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck's paranoid thriller, “The Overton Window”  —  THE OVERTON WINDOW by Glenn Beck Threshold.  321 pp.  $26 The success of Glenn Beck's novel, “The Overton Window,” will be measured not by its literary value (none), or its contribution to the thriller genre (small), or the money it rakes in …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
More college-educated jump tracks to become skilled manual laborers  —  Armed with a bachelor's degree in theology from Notre Dame, Adam Osielski was pondering a route well traveled: law school.  —  He watched his friends work long hours as paralegals while studying law and weighed the all-encompassing commitment.
 
 
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