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12:05 PM ET, June 15, 2010


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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:
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Gen. Petraeus passes out during Senate testimony, says he was ‘dehydrated’  —  Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, passed out briefly this morning while testifying before the Senate Armed Services committee.  —  Petraeus slumped over in mid-sentence while answering a question from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Petraeus Appears to Faint During Senate Testimony  —  WASHINGTON — The commander of American forces in the Middle East.  Gen. David H. Petraeus, appeared to faint briefly during an intense period of questioning Tuesday by senators concerning whether the military can fulfill President Obama's orders …
The Note:
Petraeus Passes Out During Testimony
Discussion: Mediaite
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 Congressional Battleground Poll  —  Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Public Opinion Strategies  —  National Public Radio  —  US Politics … Executive Summary  —  Democrats in the most hotly contested Congressional districts face a daunting environment in 2010.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
NPR generic Congressional poll in 70 districts put GOP up by 8  —  The big news from this NPR poll is that the 70 most competitive races in the House this year comprises 10 Republican seats and 60 Democratic seats.  That speaks to both the size of the current majority of 77 seats (255-178) …
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 …
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 …
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.
Reliable Source:
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.
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.
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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Obama May Go ‘Middle Big’ in BP Address  —  I'm pulling this out of last night's Night Beat with a bit of augmentation.  —  Aside from regulation, a strong confrontational tone against BP, and an acknowledgment of reality, the White House is remaining mum on whether the President will use …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
White House moves to keep employers from dropping insurance
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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: Politics Daily, CNN, Pileus and The Page
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum  —  * Commentators will understandably ask …
Wall Street Journal:
Lobbyists Can't Reach Lawmakers  —  Wall Street Finds It Hard to Reach Lawmakers to Lobby on Financial Overhaul  —  Wall Street's lobbying army is marching around Washington in a push to shape the final financial-overhaul bill.  But it has gotten harder to get through the door with some lawmakers.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Eye
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Recipe for disaster: When the media's big story spills over from day to day  —  Do you think you have seen that gull before?  You don't suppose the TV news folks are recycling oily birds from the Exxon Valdez disaster, do you?  Or that they have video files bulging with stock pathetic pelicans, glum inky crabs and sad-sack oysters?
Discussion: First Draft
Luca Di Leo / Real Time Economics:
Oil Spill May End Up Lifting GDP Slightly  —  The continuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could end up adding a bit of growth to the U.S. economy as the huge cleanup efforts in some ways outweigh negative factors, analysts at J.P. Morgan Chase said.  —  Underlining that gross domestic product measures …
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
Documents Detail Risky Decisions Before BP Well Blowout  —  Internal BP documents, including an e-mail message calling the well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon a “nightmare,” show a pattern of risky choices made to save time and money in the weeks before the disastrous April 20 blowout …
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Ease Deportation Rule in Minor Drug Cases  —  WASHINGTON — Immigrants who are legally in the United States need not be automatically deported for minor drug offenses, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a unanimous decision.  —  Lower courts had said that Jose Angel Carachuri-Rosendo …
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
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: CNN, Wall Street Journal and Guardian
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
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Santorum plans fourth Iowa trip  —  Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will travel to Iowa next week to speak at a lunch event at the Iowa Republican Party's convention.  —  It will be the Republican's fourth trip to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state …
Discussion: Des Moines Register and CNN
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
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″.
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.
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Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: On the Actual Ideology …
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Derrick Henry / Media Decoder:
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New York Times:
The Unemployed Held Hostage
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Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
As Mess Is Sent to Landfills, Officials Worry About Safety
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The oil spill isn't Obama's Katrina
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Myths about the teacher layoff crisis
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