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9:55 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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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.
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.
Discussion: neo-neocon, Don Surber and Althouse
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Oval Office Speech, Obama Presses BP on Compensation  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama summoned Americans on Tuesday to a “national mission” to move away from reliance on oil and develop alternative sources of energy, demanding that Congress move quickly to overcome “a lack of political courage and candor.”
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New York Times:
Obama's First Oval Office Address  —  A text of President Obama's prepared remarks on Tuesday on the Gulf Coast oil spill, as released by the White House:  —  Good evening.  As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges.  At home, our top priority is to recover and rebuild …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Senior White House Officials Preview Tonight's Obama Speech on the BP Disaster
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Reaction to President Obama's Speech
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama lays out Gulf “battle plan”
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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Aharding / CNN:
Reid's Senate challenger visits Capitol
Discussion: The Note
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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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.
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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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
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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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 …
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
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.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
MSNBC Trashes Obama's Address: Compared To Carter, “I Don't Sense Executive Command”  —  Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Howard Fineman react to President Obama's Oval Office Address on the oil spill.  Here are the highlights of what the trio said: Olbermann: “It was a great speech …
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 …
Bruce Bawer / Pajamas Media:
I've Become an Enemy of the People for Speaking the Truth About Islam  —  I've now been singled out, in a report commissioned and funded by the government of Norway, as a perpetrator of Islamophobia.  Am I about to be hauled into court?  —  When it comes to the right to speak one's mind about Islam …
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
The Economics of Libertarianism, Revealed  —  It is both the best and worst of times for libertarians.  On the plus side, real, live politicians who might conceivably get elected call themselves libertarians.  On the negative side, true libertarians have lost their ancient luxury of being able …
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 …
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, The Awl and NPR
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: The Hill
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Mitch Daniels is dead serious about his ‘truce’  —  I got a call this morning from Indiana Governor and rumored presidential candidate Mitch Daniels.  In my column yesterday on his remarks about a “truce” on social issues, I left the door open to the possibility that the Governor's remarks may not have been a “rhetorical misstep.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hot Air and Huck PAC
Michael Barone / Beltway Confidential:
The price of perpetual adolescence  —  An article in the New York Times examines the trend toward prolonged adolescence.  It notes that an increasing percentage of people in their twenties are living with their parents, and that's with pre-recession data; presumably it's higher today.
Discussion: EconLog and Jezebel
The Atlantic Online:
Obama Goes Small  —  Quick impression: the president went a good way toward reasserting that he is in charge and BP is trouble.  The no-nonsense tone, martial imagery ("battle plan"), the three-part plan, the identification of a bad guy (BP's CEO) who is going to be dealt with sternly …
Al Gore / Al's Journal:
Stop Censoring News From The Gulf  —  These reports are deeply disturbing: “When the operators of Southern Seaplane in Belle Chasse, La., called the local Coast Guard-Federal Aviation Administration command center for permission to fly over restricted airspace in Gulf of Mexico …
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.
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.
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.
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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CNN:
Obama speech to detail oil spill response, call for energy reform
Discussion: The Politico
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
MSNBC Gives Lawrence O'Donnell 10 p.m. Show
Doug Kendall / The Huffington Post:
President Washington Would Have Squashed Rick Barber Like a Grape
Discussion: Nitpicker
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Behind the scenes, a flurry of Obama administration activity …
Stéphane Hessel / The Huffington Post:
Gaza Flotilla: Global Citizens Must Respond Where Governments Have Failed
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP rep. asks BP chief to resign
Discussion: CNN
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Discussion: Ballot Box, NewsBusters.org and TPMDC
San Francisco Chronicle:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Pentagon: Kirk mixed politics with military duty