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1:15 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.
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Fox News:
Petraeus Slumps Over Desk During Senate Hearing  —  Gen. David Petraeus can be seen slumping over a table during testimony before a Senate panel on June 15 in Washington.  (FNC)  —  Gen. David Petraeus explained that he must have gotten “dehydrated” after he appeared to pass out in the middle …
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:
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 …
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Gen. Petraeus passes out during Senate testimony, says he was ‘dehydrated’
Washington Post:
Gen. Petraeus falls ill, prompts adjournment of Senate hearing
The Note:
Petraeus Passes Out During Testimony
Discussion: Mediaite and Wonkette
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.
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gqrr.com:
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
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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Raleigh News & Observer:
Video shames Etheridge, galvanizes Republicans
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Dem says votes lacking to include climate change in energy bill  —  There aren't enough votes to include climate change rules in a Senate energy bill, a top Democrat said Tuesday.  —  Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), a senior member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pence: Obama exploiting spill to push climate change legislation
Discussion: The Politico
Laura Ingraham:
Obama fundraises off of the Gulf
Discussion: IMAO, Cubachi, Hot Air and Political Punch
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.
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
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ABCNEWS:
Obama to Ensure BP Pays as Top Execs Get Grilled
canada.com:
Obama to name oil recovery ‘czar’ in first Oval Office address
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 …
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 …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
White House moves to keep employers from dropping insurance
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Pentagon: Kirk mixed politics with military duty  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Pentagon said Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk has been cautioned twice for improperly mingling politics with his military service, but Kirk's campaign denied any improper conduct Tuesday.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KIRK'S PROBLEMS GET A LITTLE WORSE.... Republican Senate candidate …
Discussion: Clout St and Chicago Tribune
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck's paranoid thriller, “The Overton Window”  —  THE OVERTON WINDOW by Glenn Beck 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 …
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.
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Justin Elliott / TPMDC:
Sharron Angle Left Far-Right Third Party For Electoral Expedience, Members Say
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.
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.
David Weigel / Right Now:
Grover Norquist joins GOProud  —  Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has joined the advisory council of GOProud, the gay Republican group that recently — and unfortunately — drew attention when it was alternately derided and defended from the stage of CPAC.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
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.
CNN:
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: Weekly Standard and The Eye
CNN:
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 …
People-Press.org:
Public Remains of Two Minds on Energy Policy  —  With the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico now nearly two months old, the public is sending mixed signals about U.S. energy policy.  Despite the growing damage from the Gulf oil leak, the public generally favors continuing to drill for oil and gas in U.S. waters.
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 …
 
 
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Myths about the teacher layoff crisis
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the CNN Wires / CNN:
Proposed Arizona law denies citizenship to kids of illegal immigrants