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5:45 AM ET, June 16, 2010

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MSNBC Trashes Obama's Address: Compared To Carter, “I Don't Sense Executive Command”  —  Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Howard Fineman react to President Obama's Oval Office Address on the oil spill.  Here are the highlights of what the trio said: Olbermann: “It was a great speech …
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The White House:
Remarks by the President to the Nation on the BP Oil Spill Oval Office  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good evening.  As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges.  At home, our top priority is to recover and rebuild from a recession that has touched the lives of nearly every American.
Ezra Klein:
Where have we heard this before?  —  The elements of Barack Obama's speech tonight that were specifically newsworthy were also broadly-expected: A liability fund that BP will pay into and that a third-party will distribute.  A “long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan.”  Both ideas sound good.
Discussion: The Reaction
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Reaction to President Obama's Speech  —  In the first Oval Office address of his presidency, President Obama pledged to fight the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico “with everything we've got for as long it takes.  We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused.
New York Times:
Obama, in Speech on Spill, Calls on Americans to Reduce Oil Dependence  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama summoned Americans on Tuesday to a “national mission” to move away from reliance on oil and develop alternative sources of energy, casting the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico …
The Atlantic Online:
Obama Goes Small  —  Quick impression: the president went a good way toward reasserting that he is in charge and BP is trouble.  The no-nonsense tone, martial imagery ("battle plan"), the three-part plan, the identification of a bad guy (BP's CEO) who is going to be dealt with sternly …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
President Obama's Oval Office Address: First Thoughts  —  President Barack Obama delivered his first Oval Office address tonight, speaking for just under 20 minutes about the work his Administration has done and will continue to do to solve what he described as the “worst environment disaster America has ever faced.”
John / Power Line:   Obama's Long Nose
Steve / The Left Coaster:
Jumping the Shark  —  Barack Obama set a challenge for himself tonight.
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Politico and CNN
Christina Bellantoni / TPM LiveWire:
Obama: 'We Will Fight This Spill With Everything We've Got'
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Senior White House Officials Preview Tonight's Obama Speech on the BP Disaster
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama lays out Gulf “battle plan”
Star:
Exclusive: Al Gore Cheats with Larry David's Ex  —  Al Gore's split from wife Tipper after 40 years of marriage was a shock to everyone who thought theirs was the ideal marriage.  Now Star can exclusively reveal that the former Vice President was having an affair with Larry David's ex-wife — for the past two years!
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The Huffington Post:
Laurie David: Al Gore Affair Story Is ‘Completely Untrue’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Laurie David told the Huffington Post on Tuesday that a tabloid report that she is having an affair with Al Gore is an absolute lie.  —  “The story is completely untrue,” David told Huffington Post.
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Al Gore had affair with Larry David's ex-wife, 'An Inconvenient …
Discussion: Don Surber, neo-neocon and Althouse
Ezra Klein / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle floated possibility of armed insurrection  —  Here's another one that could be tough for Sharron Angle to explain away: In an interview in January, Angle appeared to float the possibility of armed insurrection if “this Congress keeps going the way it is.”  —  I'm not kidding.
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Associated Press:
Nevada candidate Angle left GOP in Reagan years
Eli / Firedoglake:
When Mama Grizzlies Rebut  —  Wow.  Sarah Palin was on Bill O'Reilly to comment on Obama's address tonight, and it's every bit as crazy-stupid as you'd expect - even BillO seemed amazed by her performance.  Just so you know what to expect, this post is kind of a belated DVR-aided liveblog of her appearance …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Rep. Bob Etheridge should be arrested for assault  —  Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) was walking on a public sidewalk last week when he was politely asked a question by someone holding a camera, and this is what happened:  —  That's a clear case of assault and battery (the unedited video from the first camera is here).
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
'My best description of this video is that Rep. Etheridge acted 'manly.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Fallout from the Spill  —  Our new Louisiana poll has a lot of data points to show how unhappy voters in the state are with Barack Obama's handling of the oil spill but one perhaps sums it up better than anything else- a majority of voters there think George W. Bush did a better job with Katrina than Obama's done dealing with the spill.
Ezra Klein:
They can pry the NRA's donor list from its cold, dead hands  —  Quick back story: A few months back, the Supreme Court hands down the Citizens United case, which gives corporations the right to spend as much as they want, at any point they want, in elections.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Dems face backlash from liberal groups over NRA deal
Discussion: USA Today
Jason Groves / Daily Mail:
Nightmare vision for Europe as EU chief warns ‘democracy could disappear’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal  —  Democracy could ‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken to tackle the debt crisis, the head of the European Commission has warned.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Gizmodo:
Apple iPhone 4 Pre-Ordering Is a Total Disaster  —  The iPhone 4's first pre-ordering day has been a total disaster.  AT&T's online system has collapsed, there are account security breaches, Apple's online upgrades are down, and stores are now using pen and paper to process sales.  Updating live (14)
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Have Republicans Already Blown Their Chance to Recapture The Senate?  —  With nearly five months to go until Election Day, Republican hopes of retaking the Senate have dimmed and they're privately lamenting their lost opportunity.  Until just a few weeks ago, Republicans considered winning …
El Marco / Looking at the Left:
Stop the Mosque at Ground Zero - Part II  —  Americans Stand Up Against Radical Islam in New York - We Will Not Submit!  —  On Sunday, June 6th, a multi-ethnic, multi-racial coalition of Americans opposed to Islamic violence and intolerance rallied at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Matt Hadro / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC's Schultz Asks When Obama Will ‘Become a Dictator’ on Gulf Cleanup  —  When asked what President Obama needs to do to prove to Americans that his administration is on top of the Gulf cleanup, Ed Schultz pressed that the President needs to call the shots and go “dictator” in his dealings with BP.
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
The Economics of Libertarianism, Revealed  —  It is both the best and worst of times for libertarians.  On the plus side, real, live politicians who might conceivably get elected call themselves libertarians.  On the negative side, true libertarians have lost their ancient luxury of being able …
Yahoo! News:
NYT reporter defends Afghani minerals piece, lashes out at critics  —  New York Times reporter James Risen is fighting back against critics who have cast a skeptical eye on his Page One story yesterday about Afghanistan's mineral deposits.  In an interview with Yahoo! News …
Andrew Levy / Daily Mail:
Into the jaws of hate: Soldiers' parade marred by Muslim extremists and far-Right  —  Screaming hate and brandishing vile placards, Muslim extremists and far-Right groups clashed yesterday in ugly scenes that marred a parade by soldiers.  —  Around 40 members of a group called Muslims Against the Crusades …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
MSNBC Gives Lawrence O'Donnell 10 p.m. Show  —  Developing: MSNBC is giving regular “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” fill-in host Lawrence O'Donnell the 10 p.m. hour, the network says.  —  O'Donnell will start developing the program immediately, though no format, title or start date has been set.
Telegraph:
Bank of England to cap mortgages  —  House buyers could be refused mortgages under new Bank of England powers to be unveiled by George Osborne.  —  The Chancellor will announce that he will hand a host of new controls to the Bank to prevent another financial crisis.
Discussion: Guardian, Finance and naked capitalism
CNN:
Obama names new top drilling regulator  —  Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday appointed Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department watchdog in the Clinton administration, as the new head of a reorganized federal effort to regulate offshore oil drilling.
Discussion: The Politico and Flopping Aces
 
 
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BofA to limit duration of trades with BP
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