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9:55 AM ET, June 15, 2010


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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 …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Video shames Etheridge, galvanizes Republicans  —  In a frame from the video, Etheridge holds the young man by the neck and demands to know who he is and the young man asks him to let him go.  —  The video was harsh.  There was U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, a grandfather with a nice-guy reputation, fuming on a Washington sidewalk.
Scott / Power Line:
Etheridge the Unready — and his enablers  —  Watching the video below in this post at Andrew Breitbart's Big Government site yesterday, my first thought was that there is something wrong with Rep. Bob Etheridge.  He was set off by the question asked on the street outside a Nancy Pelosi fundraiser …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dems defend Etheridge, attack Breitbart
Rep. Bob Etheridge / Etheridge:
Etheridge Statement on Viral Video
Political Correction RSS:
Steve King: Obama Favors The “Black Person” By Default  —  1 hour and 40 minutes ago — Walid Zafar  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appeared on the G. Gordon Liddy Show this morning to discuss Arizona's controversial immigration law and accused Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Because There Are No Racists...  From Iowa congressman Steve King:
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Angle works to soothe nervous GOP  —  Sharron Angle is coming to Washington for two days of meetings designed to reassure worried Republican leaders that she will not let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid define her as an eccentric right-wing extremist before her campaign against Reid even gets off the ground.
Discussion: Guardian and Wall Street Journal
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Ensign to present Angle to GOP senators
Discussion: USA Today, The Eye, TPMDC and The Politico
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
‘The Accidental Politician’ — By: Robert Costa
Discussion: The New Republic
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama to Nevada for Harry Reid in July
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
Hans A. von Spakovsky / The Corner on National …:
The DISCLOSE Act and the NRA: Some Bad News — By: Hans A. von Spakovsky  —  Just as opposition was building in the House to the unconstitutional and burdensome DISCLOSE Act, which is intended to help Democrats in the November election by stifling the political speech of corporations …
Discussion: Washington Wire and RedState
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Yet Again the NRA Sells Out Freedom to the Democrats
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.
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.
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.
New York Times:
Setbacks Cloud U.S. Plans to Get Out of Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — Six months after President Obama decided to send more forces to Afghanistan, the halting progress in the war has crystallized longstanding tensions within the government over the viability of his plan to turn around the country and begin pulling out by July 2011.
Washington Post:
Concern on Capitol Hill about Afghanistan war grows
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Clinton finally ahead of Obama in popularity  —  It's about two years too late, but Hillary Clinton has finally pulled ahead of Barack Obama.  —  By any measure — favorability ratings or job approval — Americans by a sizable margin have warmer views of the secretary of state than they do of the president.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Meg Whitman Was Accused of Shoving eBay Employee  —  SAN FRANCISCO — During her 10 years as chief executive of eBay, Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor of California, was known as a demanding leader who did not hesitate to express displeasure with employees who failed to live up to her standards.
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.
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus, Pileus and The Page
Armed pair held at Central Command base  —  MacDill Air Force Base, Florida (CNN) — A heavily armed man and woman were in custody Monday after trying to enter the Air Force base that houses the headquarters for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan without authorization, an Air Force spokeswoman said.
David Muir / ABCNEWS:
Jindal Orders Barrier Wall Off Gulf Shore  —  Louisiana Gov. Takes Matters Into Own Hands, But Will BP Foot the Bill?  —  Eight weeks into the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of the Mexico, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has told the National Guard that there's no time left to wait for BP …
Ace /
The Real Reason the Right Doesn't Like Soccer Bonus: Stuff White People Say They Like  —  NPR thinks it knows the answer.  Not really a surprise; it's their same answer for everything about the right: Racism. … Wow, for this automatic writing NPR pays people.  —  Here's a less hacky explanation.
Dave McNary / Variety:
Cameras role on ‘Atlas’  —  Production ends 30-year trek to bring pic to screen  —  The long-brewing feature version of author Ayn Rand's “Atlas Shrugged” has begun shooting in Los Angeles as a $5 million indie produced by John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Paypal Called, Paypal Caved  —  Paypal backed down.  Excelsior!  —  As many of you know, on Friday of last week, my paypal account was “restricted.”  After a recent review of my account they said, “it has been determined” that I was “currently in violation of PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy.
Michelle Malkin:
TN Dem attacks female Republicans: “You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women.”  —  When liberals can't handle GOP women, they infantilize, sexualize, demonize, and dehumanize them.  I diagnosed the Four Stages of Conservative Female Abuse a few years ago.  Here's how I described the 4th Stage:
American arrested searching for Osama bin Laden  —  Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — A 52-year-old American citizen who said he was searching for Osama bin Laden was detained in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan this week, Pakistani police said Tuesday.  —  The Californian named Gary …
Discussion: Wonkette
Reuel Marc Gerecht / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Iran's Revolution Enters Year 2  —  IN 1985 — when no case officer could even dream of widespread pro-democracy demonstrations in Tehran like those that occurred a year ago this week — I first arrived on the Iran desk in the C.I.A.'s Directorate of Operations.
Discussion: Swampland and Commentary
the CNN Wires / CNN:
Proposed Arizona law denies citizenship to kids of illegal immigrants  —  (CNN) — A proposed Arizona law would deny birth certificates to children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents.  —  The bill comes on the heels of Arizona passing the nation's toughest immigration law.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Candidates in final stage to replace Bennett  —  Businessman Tim Bridgewater (R) emerged from the Utah Republican convention as the front-runner to succeed the vanquished Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), but he's got to get through the GOP primary first.  —  “There's no question Tim came …
Discussion: CNN
The Politico:
Amos slated to lead Marine Corps  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates has recommended that Gen. James Amos will be the next commandant of the Marine Corps, POLITICO has learned.  Lt. Gen. Joseph Dunford has been recommended to be assistant commandant.  —  President Obama has not yet nominated …
Patrick Gavin / On Media's Blog:
The revolving door swings again  —  It raised plenty of eyebrows when Linda Douglass, a one-time journalist for ABC, CBS and National Journal, joined the Obama administration ... only to rejoin the ranks of journalism last week with a gig at the Atlantic (POLITICO, itself, has wrestled with this revolving door issue).
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Waxman puts Big Oil on trial
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
BP to defend spill as Obama pitches “greener” U.S.
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Page
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck's paranoid thriller, “The Overton Window”
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
The oil spill isn't Obama's Katrina
Discussion: RedState, New York Times and FrumForum
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Clock ticking on energy-bill hopes
Discussion: New York Magazine
Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
Myths about the teacher layoff crisis
Discussion: Swampland
Washington Post:
Lawmakers accuse BP of ‘shortcuts’
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Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
9/11 families' fury as Obama compares BP oil spill to Twin Towers attack
Associated Press:
UC Irvine suspends Muslim student group for disrupting Israeli ambassador's talk
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Atlas Shrugs
McMaster to endorse Haley
Arthur Herman / New York Post:
The new threat to America: NATO
Kate Connolly / Guardian:
German government close to collapse
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Anti-Obama ad: ‘Gather your armies’