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4:20 PM ET, June 15, 2010

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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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Gen. David Petraeus Falls Ill During Senate Hearing  —  Moments ago, Gen. Petraeus seems to have fallen ill during questioning from Sen. John McCain at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.  He was able to walk off on his own, but the hearing was recessed until further notice.  Here's the video:
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Apres Moi, Le Semi-Automatic?
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:   Angle raised possibility of armed rebellion
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 …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: South Carolina Senate  —  South Carolina Senate: DeMint 58%, Greene 21%  —  While South Carolina Democrats fret over how an unemployed political unknown with a felony charge hanging over him won their party's Senate nomination, the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
Fox News:
Clyburn Claims ‘Hacking’ Behind Greene's Surprise Win in S.C. Senate Race
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!
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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Reliable Source:
Rep. Bob Etheridge gets vicious in viral video — but who filmed it and why?  —  So, what really happened when Rep. Bob Etheridge ran into a couple of self-described “students” on the streets of D.C. last week?  The video confrontation between the obscure seven-term North Carolina Dem …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Washington Post Watches Bob Etheridge and Yawns
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.
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Will Take to Oval Office With a Familiar Theme  —  WASHINGTON — The venue says it all.  By choosing to speak to the nation on Tuesday night for the first time from the Oval Office, where his predecessors have spoken of wars and disasters, President Obama is conveying the gravity of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama: Our response unprecedented
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum  —  * Commentators will understandably ask …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Illinois Senate Poll  —  There can't be another Senate race in the country where voters are as unimpressed with their choices as Illinois.  Our newest poll in the state finds the unpopular Mark Kirk and the unpopular Alexi Giannoulias combining for a paltry 61% of the vote with 14% of voters …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, TPMDC and Daily Kos
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KIRK'S PROBLEMS GET A LITTLE WORSE.... Republican Senate candidate …
Discussion: Clout St, Chicago Tribune and Daily Kos
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Pentagon: Kirk mixed politics with military duty
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 …
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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Obama May Go ‘Middle Big’ in BP Address  —  I'm pulling this out of last night's Night Beat with a bit of augmentation.  —  Aside from regulation, a strong confrontational tone against BP, and an acknowledgment of reality, the White House is remaining mum on whether the President will use …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
White House moves to keep employers from dropping insurance
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 …
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs, Instapundit and Althouse
David Weigel / Right Now:
Grover Norquist joins GOProud  —  Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has joined the advisory council of GOProud, the gay Republican group that recently — and unfortunately — drew attention when it was alternately derided and defended from the stage of CPAC.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, The Page and Hot Air
 
 
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Whitman pumps in cash, tops $90M
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San Francisco Chronicle:
M&R: BART spending $800K to define three words
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Aharding / CNN:
Whitman donates another $20 million to campaign
Ted Marmor / The Huffington Post:
A Brief History of Attacks on Social Security
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
Nick Collins / Telegraph:
Winston Churchill's cigar airbrushed from picture
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Graham would back S.C. election probe
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Dem says votes lacking to include climate change in energy bill
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 Earlier Items: 
Guardian:
Bloody Sunday report: killings ‘unjustifiable’
Michelle Malkin:
Another day, another Waxman inquisition
Discussion: The Politico and Taylor Marsh
Jeremy Scahill / The Nation:
Is Blackwater's Erik Prince Moving to the United Arab Emirates?
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Recipe for disaster: When the media's big story spills over from day to day
Discussion: First Draft
Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
Myths about the teacher layoff crisis
Discussion: Swampland and Betsy's Page
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
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