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11:15 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Gen. David Petraeus Falls Ill During Senate Hearing  —  Moments ago, Gen. Petraeus seems to have fallen ill during questioning from Sen. John McCain at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.  He was able to walk off on his own, but the hearing was recessed until further notice.  Here's the video:
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.
NPR Poll: Congressional Battleground
Discussion: Hot Air, AmSpecBlog and FiveThirtyEight
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.
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.
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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Sen. Lincoln Considers Two-Year Phase-In of Swaps Spinoff  —  Fresh off her squeaker of a primary, is Sen. Blanche Lincoln caving to banks already?  —  Despite earlier reports of a new day for the embattled Section 716 provision of the Wall Street reform bill, which would force mega-banks …
Phil Mattingly / Bloomberg:
Lincoln Considers Compromise on Swaps-Desk Provision
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
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Next Trick: Live from the Oval Office!
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.
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
‘The Accidental Politician’ — By: Robert Costa  —  Sharron Angle, the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Nevada, visited National Review's offices in New York this afternoon.  A former home-school advocate who calls herself an “accidental politician,” Angle says she's running because it's her “patriotic duty.”
Discussion: and The New Republic
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Angle works to soothe nervous GOP
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Guardian
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
White House moves to keep employers from dropping insurance  —  The White House on Monday outlined broad new rules designed to prevent employers from dropping health insurance benefits for their workers or shifting huge new costs onto them.  —  The regulations empower the administration …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Obama May Go ‘Middle Big’ in BP Address
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Pentagon explains Kirk politicking on active duty  —  The Pentagon today offered details to support its assertion that Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk twice violated military policy by participating in political activities while on active duty — once in 2008 and once in 2009.
Chicago Tribune:
Kirk again challenged over military record
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 …
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck's paranoid thriller, “The Overton Window”  —  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 (considerable) …
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.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and
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 and Gothamist
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
War and Remembrance  —  A father retraces the steps of his son, a gallant Marine who lost his life in the liberation of Iraq.  —  Of all the men I met in Baghdad, Colonel Ali Jafar most looks the part of a senior Iraqi officer.  A large salt-and-pepper mustache lends him authority—as if he needed it at 6′6″.
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.
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Enamored with wind, Obama ignored drilling risks  —  The Minerals Management Service, which is charged with regulating offshore oil drilling, was a deeply troubled agency when Barack Obama inherited it from George W. Bush.  Top MMS officials had been caught drinking, doing drugs and even having sex with oil-industry contacts.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Joseph I. Lieberman / Wall Street Journal:
Who's the Enemy in the War on Terror?  —  The U.S. is at war with violent Islamist extremism, and the Obama administration does moderate Muslims no favor by refusing to recognize this.  —  In the new National Security Strategy released by the White House last month, the Obama administration rightly reaffirms …
Discussion: Commentary
Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
As Mess Is Sent to Landfills, Officials Worry About Safety  —  PORT FOURCHON, La. — Cleanup crews here wear a common uniform of straw hat, white rubber boots and a sheen of sweat as they collect the bedraggled and oil-soaked pompoms that are strung along Fourchon Beach.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Timothy P. Carney / Beltway Confidential:
In defense of the WaPo's Dave Weigel — And our item on his dancing  —  Dave Weigel of the Washington Post writes plenty of stuff I don't agree with, and I think the Post's hiring him to follow conservatives is another symptom of the Left's unhealthy obsession with the Right that allows …
Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
Myths about the teacher layoff crisis  —  By now, you've probably heard about the urgent teacher layoff crisis that threatens public education across America.  Due to shrinking state and local budgets, up to 300,000 teachers could be laid off, with devastating educational consequences for our children, such as burgeoning class sizes.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Swampland
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New York Times:
The Unemployed Held Hostage
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
No Keynesianism in the Berliner Morgenpost
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, Guardian and EconLog
Peter Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
Immigration: What Would Reagan Do?  —  The Gipper repeatedly declared …
BP to defend spill as Obama pitches “greener” U.S.
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The oil spill isn't Obama's Katrina
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Associated Press:
UC Irvine suspends Muslim student group for disrupting Israeli ambassador's talk
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Atlas Shrugs
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