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10:40 AM ET, June 16, 2010

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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
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.
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.
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.
John / Power Line:
Obama's Long Nose  —  I read President Obama's Oval Office speech at an airport gate rather than seeing it on television, so I might have misjudged its impact.  But it struck me as uninspiring at best.  Obama has been behind the curve ever since the Deepwater Horizon exploded …
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Estimates of Oil Flow Jump Higher  —  A government panel on Tuesday released yet another estimate of the amount of oil flowing from BP's damaged well, declaring that as much as 60,000 barrels a day could be spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.  —  That is roughly 2.5 million gallons of oil a day …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Oval Office Speech, Seen From Beijing  —  I couldn't see this real-time in China, so I've just now read the speech and watched an online replay.  I have deliberately not yet read or listened to any on-line commentary.  Thus my untutored reaction from the other side of the world is: Sigh.
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 …
New York Times:
From the Oval Office  —  Americans have been anxiously waiting …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Steve / The Left Coaster:
Jumping the Shark  —  Barack Obama set a challenge for himself tonight.
Discussion: The Politico, Gallup, Firedoglake and CNN
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Olby, Matthews, Fineman Notice That Obama's Rhetoric Is Kind of Nebulous
The Atlantic Online:   Obama Goes Small
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
President Obama's Oval Office Address: First Thoughts
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Sharron Angle needs time to prepare for media's questions, says senior Republican  —  The top Senate Republican campaign strategist promised Tuesday that reporters would have “complete access” to Sharron Angle, the GOP nominee in Nevada, “in a few weeks,” but not now.
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Associated Press:
Nevada candidate Angle left GOP in Reagan years
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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.
Discussion: Telegraph
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: EconLog and Pajamas Media
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 …
Discussion: The Buzz
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
New York Senate Approves No-Fault Divorce  —  ALBANY — The State Senate on Tuesday, clearing aside decades of opposition, put New York on a course to adopt no-fault divorce — the last state to do so.  It approved legislation that would permit couples to separate by mutual consent …
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Housing starts drop to five-month low in May  —  (Reuters) - Housing starts fell more than expected in May to their lowest level in five months, a government report showed on Wednesday, as a popular homebuyer tax credit that had buoyed construction activity over the past two months expired.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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.
Discussion: CitizenTube and The Agitator
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty sets up state PACs in Iowa and New Hampshire  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) established political action committees (PACs) on Wednesday in the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire to aid candidates for state office.  —  The PACs are just the latest sign …
Discussion: CNN, Des Moines Register and TPMDC
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
Arizona Republic:
Arizonans should watch closely  —  The same complaint echoes through California and Arizona: Elected officials are too partisan, too ideologically rigid and not pragmatic enough.  —  Last week, California voters approved a radical solution.  Proposition 14 amends the state constitution to create an “open primary” system.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
It Begins... Obama Gives Major Swath of Arizona Back to Mexico (Video)  —  The federal government is now telling American citizens to stay out of three southern Arizona counties.  —  It is too dangerous because of armed smugglers from Mexico.  —  Patch Adams posted this today:
 
 
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