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4:45 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.
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
South Carolina voter: I voted for Alvin Greene because ... his name reminded me of Al Green  —  It's as good a theory as any other.  Two things here.  First, I'm happy to announce that I'll be a candidate for U.S. Senator from New York this year under my new legal name, Harrison Forde.
Fox News:
Clyburn Claims ‘Hacking’ Behind Greene's Surprise Win in S.C. Senate Race
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
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 …
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Gen. Petraeus passes out during Senate testimony, says he was ‘dehydrated’
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?
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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New York Post:
Obama's 9/11 envy  —  President Obama doesn't like the fact that the Gulf oil spill reminds people of Hurricane Katrina, since the public response to that catastrophe hastened the decline of his predecessor's standing.  He'd prefer that the American people be reminded of something else …
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama: Our response unprecedented
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
canada.com:
Obama to name oil recovery ‘czar’ in first Oval Office address
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Dem says votes lacking to include climate change in energy bill
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
Marc Ambinder / msnbc.com:
Will Obama ‘go big’ in primetime speech?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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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Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Pentagon: Kirk mixed politics with military duty
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KIRK'S PROBLEMS GET A LITTLE WORSE.... Republican Senate candidate …
Discussion: Clout St, Chicago Tribune and Daily Kos
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: The Politico and Taylor Marsh
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Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Oil Execs: Don't Blame Us, Blame BP!
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 …
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: The Page, Ben Smith's Blog and Hot Air
Nick Collins / Telegraph:
Winston Churchill's cigar airbrushed from picture  —  A photograph of Winston Churchill giving his victory salute has been airbrushed to remove his signature cigar.  —  In the well-known original image, Churchill makes a “V” shaped symbol with his fingers - while gripping a cigar in the corner of his mouth.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
 
 
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David Roberts / Grist:
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Gerrymandering and the Senate
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Tom Shales / Washington Post:
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New York Times:
The Unemployed Held Hostage
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