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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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Politics Daily
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 …
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:
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: Gallup, The Politico, Firedoglake and CNN
The Atlantic Online:   Obama Goes Small
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
President Obama's Oval Office Address: First Thoughts
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’
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Al Gore had affair with Larry David's ex-wife, 'An Inconvenient …
Discussion: Don Surber, neo-neocon and Althouse
Manu Raju / The Politico:
GOP senators wary of Angle's views  —  Sharron Angle may quickly find that some of her more controversial views won't fly in the Senate GOP Conference if she becomes Nevada's next senator - even with some of the most conservative Republicans in the upper chamber.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Sharron Angle needs time to prepare for media's questions, says senior Republican
Associated Press:
Nevada candidate Angle left GOP in Reagan years
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 4 Order Security Breach Exposes Personal Information … The Fantastic Roadtrip-a-Matic: Now Even More Fantastic  —  The Fantastic Roadtrip-a-Matic is 20 ready-to-ride roadtrips, steeped in everything from hiking and biking, to backroads and underground railroads, to foodies and photogenic elk.
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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
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
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty sets up state PACs in Iowa and New Hampshire  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) established PACs on Wednesday in the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire to aid candidates for state office.  —  The PACs are just some of the latest signs that the Minnesota Republican …
Discussion: CNN and Des Moines Register
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:
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.
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
Extreme Makeover  —  President Barack Obama's point-man for his latest approach to the Muslim world is John Brennan, the White House's counterterrorism czar, recently described by the Washington Post as one of the president's most trusted advisers.  Two weeks ago Brennan explained …
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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