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11:15 AM ET, June 16, 2010

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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 …
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The White House:
Remarks by the President to the Nation on the BP Oil Spill Oval Office  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good evening.  As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges.  At home, our top priority is to recover and rebuild from a recession that has touched the lives of nearly every American.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama's Oil Spill Speech: Running On Empty  —  On Twitter, here was my insta-reaction to Obama's oil spill address from the Oval Office: … Unfair?  Maybe!  I mean, compared to Sarah Palin's (literally) incomprehensible burbling on Bill O'Reilly's show afterward it was a model of straight talk and reassurance.
John / Power Line:
Obama's Long Nose  —  I read President Obama's Oval Office speech at an airport gate rather than seeing it on television, so I might have misjudged its impact.  But it struck me as uninspiring at best.  Obama has been behind the curve ever since the Deepwater Horizon exploded …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Oval Office Speech, Seen From Beijing  —  I couldn't see this real-time in China, so I've just now read the speech and watched an online replay.  I have deliberately not yet read or listened to any on-line commentary.  Thus my untutored reaction from the other side of the world is: Sigh.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Confluence
Ezra Klein:
Where have we heard this before?  —  The elements of Barack Obama's speech tonight that were specifically newsworthy were also broadly-expected: A liability fund that BP will pay into and that a third-party will distribute.  A “long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan.”  Both ideas sound good.
Janet Daley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
British media fall out of love with Obama  —  The BBC reports of Barack Obama's speech last night are about as derisive as it would be possible to be about someone you were describing only a few months ago as the incarnation of Hope and Optimism.  Yes indeed, the romance is over.
Discussion: Telegraph
New York Times:
Obama, in Speech on Spill, Calls on Americans to Reduce Oil Dependence  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama summoned Americans on Tuesday to a “national mission” to move away from reliance on oil and develop alternative sources of energy, casting the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico …
Steve / The Left Coaster:
Jumping the Shark  —  Barack Obama set a challenge for himself tonight.
Discussion: Gallup, The Politico, Firedoglake and CNN
New York Times:
From the Oval Office  —  Americans have been anxiously waiting …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
New York Post:
A great big gusher of presidential goo
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Olby, Matthews, Fineman Notice That Obama's Rhetoric Is Kind of Nebulous
The Atlantic Online:   Obama Goes Small
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
President Obama's Oval Office Address: First Thoughts
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Sharron Angle needs time to prepare for media's questions, says senior Republican  —  The top Senate Republican campaign strategist promised Tuesday that reporters would have “complete access” to Sharron Angle, the GOP nominee in Nevada, “in a few weeks,” but not now.
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Associated Press:
Nevada candidate Angle left GOP in Reagan years
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
8 House members investigated over fundraisers held near financial reform vote  —  The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating eight lawmakers who held fundraisers within 48 hours of a major House vote on a Wall Street reform bill or received substantial donations from business people …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Estimates of Oil Flow Jump Higher  —  A government panel on Tuesday released yet another estimate of the amount of oil flowing from BP's damaged well, declaring that as much as 60,000 barrels a day could be spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.  —  That is roughly 2.5 million gallons of oil a day …
KOMO News:
Seattle officer punches girl in face during jaywalking stop  —  SEATTLE — Seattle police are investigating what they call an assault of an officer in South Seattle.  —  However, a police officer is seen punching a 17-year-old girl in the face during the incident captured by a video camera on Monday.
Jason Groves / Daily Mail:
Nightmare vision for Europe as EU chief warns ‘democracy could disappear’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal  —  Democracy could ‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken to tackle the debt crisis, the head of the European Commission has warned.
Discussion: EconLog and Pajamas Media
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dems flirt with backing Crist  —  The emergence of a politically unknown billionaire self-funder in the Florida Senate race is prompting top Democrats in the state to say publicly what some have been whispering for weeks: If Jeff Greene, who got rich betting on the collapse of the housing market …
Discussion: The Buzz
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Poll: Enthusiasm dips for Democratic voters  —  USA TODAY's Susan Page mentioned findings from a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll in today's analysis of President Obama's Oval Office address, including a widening “enthusiasm gap” between Democrats and Republicans looking at the November elections.
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
Extreme Makeover  —  President Barack Obama's point-man for his latest approach to the Muslim world is John Brennan, the White House's counterterrorism czar, recently described by the Washington Post as one of the president's most trusted advisers.  Two weeks ago Brennan explained …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Letter From Istanbul  —  Turkey is a country that had me at hello.  I like the people, the culture, the food and, most of all, the idea of modern Turkey — the idea of a country at the hinge of Europe and the Middle East that manages to be at once modern, secular, Muslim, democratic …
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Housing starts drop to five-month low in May  —  (Reuters) - Housing starts fell more than expected in May to their lowest level in five months, a government report showed on Wednesday, as a popular homebuyer tax credit that had buoyed construction activity over the past two months expired.
Discussion: The Other McCain
The Right Scoop:
More straight talk from Chris Christie - The day of reckoning is here  —  Dude, this guy needs no explanation because he does it so well himself.  I'll be honest, I can't get enough of Christie.  I need this guy to be president right freaking now!!!!  It's painful to hear such great words coming …
Discussion: Instapundit and TigerHawk
Donald J. Boudreaux / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Puzzling complexity  —  Imagine a jigsaw puzzle of 1 billion pieces.  They are scattered randomly across a pasture that is 1 million miles square.  If someone assigns you the task of finding all these pieces, how would you do so?  —  One option is to search for each of these billion pieces by yourself.
Arizona Republic:
Arizonans should watch closely  —  The same complaint echoes through California and Arizona: Elected officials are too partisan, too ideologically rigid and not pragmatic enough.  —  Last week, California voters approved a radical solution.  Proposition 14 amends the state constitution to create an “open primary” system.
 
 
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