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2:33 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.
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.
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
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.”
Matt Hadro / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC's Schultz Asks When Obama Will ‘Become a Dictator’ on Gulf Cleanup
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”
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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
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 …
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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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 …
David K. L I / New York Post:
Bank babe busts out big guns  —  Too-hot-to-bank stunner Debrahlee Lorenzana is pulling out the heavy artillery, hiring media-savvy feminist lawyer Gloria Allred and a high-powered New York attorney after The Post ripped into the beauty yesterday.  —  Allred — whose other high-profile clients include …
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.
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.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP health care repeal vote fails  —  A Republican effort to repeal the individual mandate in the Democrats' health care overhaul failed Tuesday afternoon on a largely partisan vote.  —  Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee, called for the repeal under a …
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Barone / Beltway Confidential:
The price of perpetual adolescence  —  An article in the New York Times examines the trend toward prolonged adolescence.  It notes that an increasing percentage of people in their twenties are living with their parents, and that's with pre-recession data; presumably it's higher today.
Discussion: EconLog, Instapundit and Jezebel
CREW:
CREW ASKS SOUTH CAROLINA AG TO INVESTIGATE WHETHER ALVIN GREENE WAS INDUCED TO RUN AND FILES COMPLAINT WITH FEC  —  15 Jun 2010 // Washington, D.C. - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), took two significant actions against the questionable Democratic candidate for South Carolina Senate, Alvin Greene.
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Prop. 8 judge wants a discussion of ‘choice’ in sexual orientation  —  Closing arguments in the constitutionality case are due Wednesday.  Lawyers have been told to address specific issues.  —  Reporting from San Francisco — A federal judge who will decide the constitutionality …
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Awl
San Francisco Chronicle:
M&R: BART spending $800K to define three words  —  Believe it or not, BART is spending $800,000 to come up with a definition of just what constitutes a “major service change.”  —  Most of us would simply reach for a dictionary, but BART has to make the feds happy, and that means a three-month process that includes:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
Nick Collins / Telegraph:
Winston Churchill's cigar airbrushed from picture  —  A photograph of Winston Churchill giving his victory salute has been airbrushed to remove his signature cigar.  —  In the well-known original image, Churchill makes a “V” shaped symbol with his fingers - while gripping a cigar in the corner of his mouth.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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