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6:35 PM ET, June 16, 2010

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Can The One Drop the Buzzer-Beating No. 23 Act?  —  Of the many exciting things about Barack Obama's election, one was the anticipation of a bracing dose of normality in the White House.  —  America had been trapped for eight years with the Clintons' marital dysfunction disastrously shaping national events …
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Janet Daley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
British media fall out of love with Obama  —  The BBC reports of Barack Obama's speech last night are about as derisive as it would be possible to be about someone you were describing only a few months ago as the incarnation of Hope and Optimism.  Yes indeed, the romance is over.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama's Oil Spill Speech: Running On Empty  —  On Twitter, here was my insta-reaction to Obama's oil spill address from the Oval Office: … Unfair?  Maybe!  I mean, compared to Sarah Palin's (literally) incomprehensible burbling on Bill O'Reilly's show afterward it was a model of straight talk and reassurance.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
MSNBC Trashes Obama's Address: Compared To Carter, “I Don't Sense Executive Command”
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Morning Bell: A Crisis of Competence
Discussion: Moonbattery
New York Times:
BP Agrees to Create Fund to Pay for Spill  —  WASHINGTON — The White House and BP agreed on Wednesday that the oil giant would create an independent $20 billion fund to pay claims arising from the worst oil spill in American history.  —  Multimedia  —  How does the public ensure …
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Barbour Is Concerned That Escrow Account Will Cut Into BP's Profits: ‘It Bothers Me’  —  The Obama administration announced this week that it wants BP to transfer “substantial” funds to an escrow account overseen by an independent third party that will handle claims from individuals …
The Politico:
BP: We're helping the ‘small people’  —  BP officials have agreed to create a $20 billion escrow fund to pay claims to Gulf residents and businesses - which its chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, referred to as the “small people” hurt by the oil spill.  —  Emerging from a nearly four-hour meeting …
New York Times:
Obama's Remarks on Meeting With BP Officials
Discussion: CNN, BBC and Mediaite
Aharding / CNN:   Scenes from the White House: Obama meets with BP
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
BP meeting underway at White House
Discussion: The Politico and Los Angeles Times
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
O'Reilly Pwns Palin  —  A moment of truth on the Factor: … He clearly realizes what a total farce she is - and he slowly dismantles her mindless partisanship by the end of the segment.  Good for O'Reilly.  Particularly good for exposing just how little this phony knows about energy policy, her alleged expertise.
Robert Costa / National Review:
All about Sharron Angle  —  When Sharron Angle stepped into National Review's boardroom on Monday, she wasn't flanked by a phalanx of aides.  It was just her; her husband, Ted; and a friend.  They sat down, cracked open Diet Cokes, and began to chat.  Sen. Harry Reid, we thought, would be the main topic of conversation.
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The Huffington Post:
Jobs Bill Bombs In Senate, 45-52  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Deficit concerns trumped jobless aid in the Senate Wednesday as a key vote on a bill to reauthorize several expired programs, including extended unemployment benefits, failed 45-52, with 12 Democrats voting against it.
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Boston Globe:
Amy Bishop charged with murder for 1986 shooting of her brother  —  Amy Bishop over the years.  —  By Donovan Slack and Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff  —  CANTON — Amy Bishop has been charged with murder for the 1986 shotgun slaying of her 18-year-old brother in their Braintree home …
Anthony H. Cordesman / csis.org:
Realism in Afghanistan: Rethinking an Uncertain Case for the War  —  There is nothing more tragic than watching beautiful theories being assaulted by gangs of ugly facts.  It is time, however, to be far more realistic about the war in Afghanistan.  It may well still be winnable …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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Mac McClelland / Mother Jones:
More Dirty Details From My BP Mole  —  You know the story: Boy calls girl, girl goes to pick up boy, boy and girl go sit on a beautiful beachside deck to enjoy the night breeze and listen to the waves crash as he tells her a bunch of terrible things that are going on at an oil-spill cleanup site.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
American Man in Limbo on No-Fly List  —  WASHINGTON — As a 26-year-old Muslim American man who spent 18 months in Yemen before heading home to Virginia in early May, Yahya Wehelie caught the attention of the F.B.I. Agents stopped him while he was changing planes in Cairo …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Commentary
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Banished by the FBI  —  This kind of stuff has become …
Discussion: The Agonist
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Debbie Schlussel Experience Part 2: The Fixation  —  Imagine, if you will, that you're a normal person and then one day a quasi-famous mentally ill blogger becomes fixated on you the way Gollum was fixated on the Ring.  Even though she hasn't been setting the world on fire lately …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Dickensian Moment of the Day  —  BP's Chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, explaining to the press why President Obama is frustrated with his company: … Unless the discussion veered off into a direction that was unanticipated — i.e., a mutual cognizance of the struggles that dwarfs …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
BP Chairman: ‘We Care About the Small People’
Discussion: National Review
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
8 House members investigated over fundraisers held near financial reform vote  —  The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating eight lawmakers who held fundraisers within 48 hours of a major House vote on a Wall Street reform bill or received substantial donations from business people …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dems flirt with backing Crist  —  The emergence of a politically unknown billionaire self-funder in the Florida Senate race is prompting top Democrats in the state to say publicly what some have been whispering for weeks: If Jeff Greene, who got rich betting on the collapse of the housing market …
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Poll: Enthusiasm dips for Democratic voters  —  USA TODAY's Susan Page mentioned findings from a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll in today's analysis of President Obama's Oval Office address, including a widening “enthusiasm gap” between Democrats and Republicans looking at the November elections.
Free exchange:
Texas, here we come  —  IN THE ten years I've lived in New York I forgot how to drive.  Lately I've been spending lots of time in Austin, Texas.  Enough so that I've had to start driving again.  When you go many years without driving, it becomes terrifying.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The golf card  —  Two vacations and a bunch of parties as well.  Works from 9:30 to 3:00-ish 5 days a week.  He does not like to work very hard.  —  The GOP is really plumbing the depths of stupid.  Keep it up, morons.  The latest poll has America down on the GOP, and stunts like this will keep that negative momentum going down.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
KOMO News:
Seattle officer punches girl in face during jaywalking stop  —  SEATTLE — Seattle police are investigating what they call an assault of an officer in South Seattle.  —  However, a police officer is seen punching a 17-year-old girl in the face during the incident captured by a video camera on Monday.
The Right Scoop:
More straight talk from Chris Christie - The day of reckoning is here  —  Dude, this guy needs no explanation because he does it so well himself.  I'll be honest, I can't get enough of Christie.  I need this guy to be president right freaking now!!!!  It's painful to hear such great words coming …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dershowitz backs Schakowsky challenger  —  The Harvard Law Professor and Israel hawk Alan Dershowitz is headlining a fundraiser for Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky's Republican challenger, turning that race into (yet another) minor rift in the Israel debate.  —  The candidate, Joel Pollak …
 
 
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Fox News:
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Paul Krugman:
Magical Foreigners, Austerity Edition
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Letter From Istanbul  —  Turkey is a country that had me at hello.