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3:35 AM ET, June 15, 2010

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Rep. Bob Etheridge / Etheridge:
Etheridge Statement on Viral Video  —  Washington, DC, Jun 14 - U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) released the following statement on the viral video which appeared on the internet today:  —  “I have seen the video posted on several blogs.  I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dems defend Etheridge, attack Breitbart  —  Bob Etheridge's abject apology for roughing up an anonymous conservative videographer is being accompanied by a defense of the congressman from national Democrats.  —  “Motives matter, and I think you can see who was behind this,” said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse just now.
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 …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Congressman Loses Cool To Students With A Flip Cam, But Comes Out The Hero?
David Weigel / Right Now:
Who TMZ'd Rep. Bob Etheridge?
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 …
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Because There Are No Racists...  From Iowa congressman Steve King:
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Rep. Steve King, Raising Questions of Favoritism, Calls for Obama's …
Discussion: Salon and The Political Carnival
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
GOP congressman: Obama ‘favors the black person’
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN:
McMaster to endorse Haley  —  (CNN) - South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley will pick up a major endorsement Tuesday from one of her former rivals in the Republican primary - Attorney General Henry McMaster.  —  McMaster campaign manager Trey Walker told CNN that the attorney general plans …
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
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Rasmussen Reports:
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Dems tout breakthrough on bill  —  House Democrats have reached an agreement with the National Rifle Association on campaign-finance legislation that would roll back the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, removing a major obstacle on the bill, according to House sources.
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Yet Again the NRA Sells Out Freedom to the Democrats … There are few organizations purportedly on the side of freedom that aggravate me more than the National Rifle Association.  —  In fact, these days I cringe when I see good conservatives with their lifetime member sticker from the NRA on the back of their cars.
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and American Power
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.
Jason R. Latham / Las Vegas News …:
Hosts Mangle Angle's ‘FOX & Friends’ Debut  —  Inaccuracies Tar GOP Nominee's National Debut  —  LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid may not need to spend millions of dollars to marginalize his opponent in the U.S. Senate race.  —  He can just let “FOX & Friends” handle it.
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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.
CNN:
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.
Dave Zirin / NPR:
The Nation: Why the Far Right Hates Soccer  —  Every World Cup, it arrives like clockwork.  As sure as the ultimate soccer spectacle brings guaranteed adrenaline and agony to fans across the United States, it also drives the right-wing noise machine utterly insane.
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 …
The Caucus:
F.B.I. Releases Files on Edward M. Kennedy  —  After two brothers fell to assassins' bullets, Senator Edward M. Kennedy received repeated threats that he, too, would meet the same fate, according to thousands of pages of documents released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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ABCNEWS:
‘Target #3’: Ted Kennedy's Death Threats
Discussion: The Politico
Associated Press:
UC Irvine suspends Muslim student group for disrupting Israeli ambassador's talk  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A University of California, Irvine, disciplinary committee ruled that a Muslim student group should be suspended for at least a year because of a protest that disrupted a talk …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Atlas Shrugs
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: The Page
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:
Glenn D. Rudebusch / FRBSF:
The Fed's Exit Strategy for Monetary Policy … To many observers, the Federal Reserve's extraordinary policy actions during the recent crisis averted a financial Armageddon and curtailed the depth and duration of the recession (Rudebusch 2009).  To combat panic and dislocation in financial markets …
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 …
Neil Sears / Daily Mail:
Parents of twins mauled by fox gets police guard after web attacks by animal rights activists  —  The family whose babies were savaged by a fox in their cots are being given police protection over fears of an attack by animal rights activists.  —  Nine-month-old twins Lola and Isabella Koupparis …
Discussion: Moonbattery and JammieWearingFool
Agence France Presse:
Barcelona plans Islamic veil ban  —  Barcelona plans to be the first large city in Spain to ban the use of the full-face Islamic veil in public buildings, its mayor announced Monday.  —  Jordi Hereu said he will sign a decree which will apply in all public spaces such as the city hall and municipal covered markets and creches.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Anti-Obama ad: ‘Gather your armies’  —  Alabama Republican congressional candidate Rick Barber is encouraging his fellow tea party activists to “gather your armies” against President Barack Obama — with a campaign ad that twice shows a hand fidgeting next to a Revolutionary War-era pistol.
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
9/11 families' fury as Obama compares BP oil spill to Twin Towers attack  —  British families of 9/11 victims described Barack Obama as ‘cruel’ yesterday for comparing the terrorist outrage to the BP oil spill.  —  The U.S. president said there were ‘echoes’ between the Gulf of Mexico disaster …
Tiffany Craig / KHOU-TV:
BP phone operator says calls from concerned citizens fall on deaf ears  —  FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas—A contracted operator with BP said calls from concerned citizens are falling on deaf ears.  —  For this story, we'll refer to her as “Janice.”  —  Janice told 11 News she's one of 100 operators at the BP Call Center in West Houston.
 
 
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