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10:15 AM ET, June 18, 2010


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Who's In Charge?:  Against Gov. Jindal's Wishes, Oil-Sucking Barges Stopped by Coast Guard  —  59 Days Into Oil Crisis, Gulf Coast Governors Say Feds Are Failing Them  —  Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state's oil-soaked waters.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
More Incompetence... Crude-Sucking Barges Ordered By Gov. Jindal Shut Down By Feds  —  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal looks on as barges loaded with vacuums to clean oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill depart a marina in Empire, Louisiana June 17, 2010.  (REUTERS/Lee Celano)
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
BP Oil Spill: Against Gov. Jindal's Wishes, Crude-Sucking Barges …
Utah firing squad death announced on Twitter  —  Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff uses Twitter to get his message out  —  It was a very modern way to announce a very old-fashioned death.  —  Shortly after midnight in the US state of Utah, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff picked up his Apple iPhone …
Ray Sanchez / ABCNEWS:
Utah Firing Squad Executes Convicted Killer  —  Convicted Killer Ronnie Lee Gardner is Executed in the Early Hours of Friday  —  After a quarter of a century on death row, convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed in a barrage of rifle fire Friday morning.
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse and Law Blog
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Utah Executes Murderer by Firing Squad
Discussion: The BLT
Washington Post:
Jobs bill blocked in Senate  —  The Senate effectively rejected a slimmed-down package of jobless benefits and state aid late Thursday, rebuffing President Obama's call for urgent action to bolster the economic recovery.  —  Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
40 SENATE HOOVERS.... It's an election year, and the economy remains …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gallup
David Rogers / The Politico:
Budget crisis freezes Senate
Discussion: The Note and Liberal Values
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Rockefeller: Abandon climate legislation for now
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base  —  FILE: Air traffic controllers from the 37th Operations Support Squadron prepare to navigate F-16 Falcons down the runway on Lackland Air Force Base.  —  A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Republican Backpedals From Apology to BP  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Joe L. Barton had to be truly sorry by the time he apologized for his apology on Thursday.  —  In the four hours between his televised apology to BP — for what he called a $20 billion “shakedown” …
The Politico:
Issa has eye on subpoena team
Discussion: Right Now
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
That '30s Feeling  —  Suddenly, creating jobs is out, inflicting pain is in.  Condemning deficits and refusing to help a still-struggling economy has become the new fashion everywhere, including the United States, where 52 senators voted against extending aid to the unemployed despite …
Larry O'Connor / Big Government:
Giannoulias Campaign Aide Manhandles Videographer  —  More rough tactics were on display last night in Washington DC as a hotheaded campaign workerfor the Alexi Giannoulias campaign for Senator of Illinois confronted a man with a video camera at a fundraising event.
Discussion: Hot Air
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
NRSC: Keep cool on camera
Discussion: Marathon Pundit and Moe Lane
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama and the vision thing  —  Barack Obama doesn't do the mundane.  He was sent to us to do larger things.  You could see that plainly in his Oval Office address on the gulf oil spill.  He could barely get himself through the pedestrian first half: a bit of BP-bashing, a bit of faux-Clintonian …
Jim Meyers /
Inhofe: Obama 'Hasn't Made Good Decision Yet' on Spill  —  Sen. Jim Inhofe tells Newsmax that President Obama “hasn't made a good decision yet” on the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and his Tuesday night speech about the spill was his “worst moment.”
Discussion: The Hill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Inhofe: Senate doesn't have votes to lift drilling moratorium
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Context on Etheridge Poll  —  The right is predictably giddy about a new poll showing Bob Etheridge trailing Renee Ellmers 39-38 for reelection.  —  It reminds me of a poll we did immediately after Joe Wilson's ‘you lie’ incident.  He was trailing challenger Rob Miller 44-43.
Discussion: Ballot Box, National Review and Hot Air
Chris Hayes /
Civitas Flash Poll: Etheridge Grabs Student, Ellmers Grabs Lead
Discussion: Riehl World View and AmSpecBlog
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton should be Obama's vice president  —  Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden should switch jobs.  —  Really.  —  It makes sense for the Democrats, actually.  Clinton has done an incredible job as secretary of state.  First of all, she has worked harder than anyone should ever be expected to.
Globe and Mail:
Margaret Wente  —  After the sensational 2007 murder of Aqsa Parvez, the 16-year-old girl who disobeyed her traditional family, many Muslim girls in Canada discussed the story on Facebook.  “That's my story too,” some of them wrote.  —  This week, Aqsa's father and brother pleaded guilty …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Twists Arms at BP, Setting Off a Debate on Tactics  —  WASHINGTON — First there was General Motors, whose chief executive was summarily dismissed by the White House shortly before the government became the company's majority shareholder.  Chrysler was forced into a merger.
The Huffington Post:
Dale Peterson Cuts The Best Political Endorsement Ad Ever Made (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … Gun-toting enemy of “thugs” Dale Peterson may have finished third in the GOP primary for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner, but he's not done being a YouTube star.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Sharron Angle /
GOP Senate Nominee Sharron Angle Breaks Her Silence … LAS VEGAS - As Sharron Angle greeted supporters at Stoney's Restaurant in Las Vegas, 8 News NOW Reporter Nathan Baca approached her to ask about her Social Security plan.  —  Her website calls for “transitioning out” Social Security and Medicare.
Aharding / CNN:
S.C. Dems keep Greene as Senate nominee  —  Democratic Party officials in South Carolina voted Thursday to uphold the result of their controversial Senate primary.  —  Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Democratic Party officials in South Carolina voted Thursday to uphold the result …
Discussion: The Politico
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Obama Admin. Argues in Court That Individual Mandate Is a Tax  —  In order to protect the new national health care law from legal challenges, the Obama administration has been forced to argue that the individual mandate represents a tax — even though Obama himself argued the exact opposite while campaigning to pass the legislation.
Los Angeles Times:
Oil companies push for status quo on environmental regulations for deep-water drilling rigs  —  The pleas come as the White House Council on Environmental Quality is reviewing whether the federal drilling watchdog has appropriately followed the National Environmental Policy Act.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Trim the ‘Experts,’ Trust the Locals
Discussion: Commentary
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate liberals threaten rebellion on energy bill
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Michael Gerson / Real Clear Politics:
Mitch Daniels, Genial Jeremiah
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Rasmussen Reports:
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Curtis Brainard / CJR:
BP, Government Still Thwarting Press Access
Discussion: protein wisdom
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama pushes world leaders on economic reforms ahead of G-20
Discussion: CNN
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Breakup  —  Did Obama just dump his best friend on Wall Street?
Discussion: New York Magazine and DealBook
Arizona governor: Government planning to sue over immigration law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
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Discussion: Marathon Pundit
The Huffington Post:
Obama Lunches With Progressive Pundits: Maddow, Robinson, Collins
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Olbermann leaves Daily Kos
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Obama Effect
Discussion: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and Don Surber