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9:25 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.
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.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Reaction to President Obama's Speech  —  In the first Oval Office address of his presidency, President Obama pledged to fight the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico “with everything we've got for as long it takes.  We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused.
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 …
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.  After mishandling the federal government's response to BP's negligence, the president's job tonight was to give the public confidence that he and his administration were taking charge of the debacle …
The Atlantic Online:   Obama Goes Small
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Oval Office Speech, Seen From Beijing
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Politics Daily
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
President Obama's Oval Office Address: First Thoughts
Christina Bellantoni / TPM LiveWire:
Obama: 'We Will Fight This Spill With Everything We've Got'
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’
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Al Gore had affair with Larry David's ex-wife, 'An Inconvenient …
Discussion: Don Surber, neo-neocon and Althouse
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
Associated Press:
Nevada candidate Angle left GOP in Reagan years  —  WASHINGTON — Nevada Senate nominee Sharron Angle, a tea party favorite who describes herself as a conservative's conservative, left the Republican Party at the height of the Reagan revolution and became a Democrat for at least several years, government records show.
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Ezra Klein / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle floated possibility of armed insurrection
Eli / Firedoglake:
When Mama Grizzlies Rebut  —  Wow.  Sarah Palin was on Bill O'Reilly to comment on Obama's address tonight, and it's every bit as crazy-stupid as you'd expect - even BillO seemed amazed by her performance.  Just so you know what to expect, this post is kind of a belated DVR-aided liveblog of her appearance …
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.
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
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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
It Begins... Obama Gives Major Swath of Arizona Back to Mexico (Video)  —  The federal government is now telling American citizens to stay out of three southern Arizona counties.  —  It is too dangerous because of armed smugglers from Mexico.  —  Patch Adams posted this today:
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.
Discussion: The Agitator and CitizenTube
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Power Line
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
Andrew Levy / Daily Mail:
Into the jaws of hate: Soldiers' parade marred by Muslim extremists and far-Right  —  Screaming hate and brandishing vile placards, Muslim extremists and far-Right groups clashed yesterday in ugly scenes that marred a parade by soldiers.  —  Around 40 members of a group called Muslims Against the Crusades …
El Marco / Looking at the Left:
Stop the Mosque at Ground Zero - Part II  —  Americans Stand Up Against Radical Islam in New York - We Will Not Submit!  —  On Sunday, June 6th, a multi-ethnic, multi-racial coalition of Americans opposed to Islamic violence and intolerance rallied at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
69 law school deans endorse Kagan in letter to Senate  —  The deans of more than one-third of the nation's law schools have endorsed Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, issuing a public letter that praises her legal analysis, writings, coalition-building skills and “understanding of both doctrine and policy.”
Discussion: The Caucus and Commentary
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
 
 
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