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1:25 PM 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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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.
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 …
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.
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: Don Surber and Telegraph
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 …
New York Times:
At Meeting, Obama Setting Terms for BP Claims Fund  —  The latest on President Obama, his administration and other news from Washington and around the nation.  Join the discussion.  —  Enlarge This Image  —  The chairman of BP's board, Carl-Henric Svanberg, will be told at the meeting …
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: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
The Huffington Post:
Obama's Oil Spill Speech: What Was The Point?
Discussion: RedState and The Confluence
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's speech: There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Riehl World View
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Obama Oil Spill Speech Reax: Epic Fail
Discussion: Right Wing News and Pajamas Media
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Mr. President: If we can put a man on the moon...
Discussion: RedState
New York Post:
A great big gusher of presidential goo
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: MSNBC hosts dump on Obama's speech
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
President Obama's Oval Office Address on the BP Oil Spill …
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Obama's Disappointing Spill Speech
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 …
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.
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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 …
Michaela Martens / The Hill:
Liberal group puts pressure on Graham on climate change bill  —  A faith-based liberal group is spending six figures on a new ad to pressure Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on climate change.  —  Amid the push for lawmakers to pass some form of clean energy and climate legislation …
Discussion: The Politico
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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.
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
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Newsweek:
Obama Chickens Out on Energy  —  Is Obama keeping his promises?  View the photo gallery.  —  In his address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, President Obama eloquently laid out the case that we have failed to confront our dependence on fossil fuels, and that now is the time for us to do so.
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Spencer Platt / Newsweek:
Obama's Curiously Flat Gulf Speech
Washington Post:
BP agrees to $20B escrow account to handle claims  —  BP and the Obama administration have reached a tentative agreement under which the oil company will place $20 billion in an escrow account to pay claims stemming from the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a White House official said.
The Center for Public Integrity:
Congress Releases Personal Investments Today  —  Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and at least three other federal lawmakers have sold their holdings in companies tied to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Center for Public Integrity learned ahead of today's disclosure of 2009 personal financial records by all members of Congress.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit and TigerHawk
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
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
FNM, FRE to Be Delisted From New York Stock Exchange  —  This morning, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ordered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprises that support the housing market, to delist “their common and preferred stock from the New York Stock Exchange and any other national securities exchange.”
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Tea Party group backing Sen. Murkowski opponent  —  The Tea Party Express is backing attorney Joe Miller in his primary challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).  —  The group also said it's committing significant financial resources to the race.  —  “The total expenditures …
Discussion: CNN
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: Moonbattery, EconLog and Pajamas Media
 
 
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