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9:20 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
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 …
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 …
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” …
Discussion: Wonkette and Balloon Juice
The Politico:
Barton retracts apology to BP
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker demands Barton step down from top committee spot
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Top Corporate Donor to Barton Is Partner of BP on Deepwater Horizon
Daniel Foster / The Corner on National Review Online:
GOP Leaders Respond to Barton Comments — By: Daniel Foster
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
NRSC: Keep cool on camera  —  After the second clip in a week hit the web showing a confrontation between a Democratic political campaign and a person shooting video, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a memo to its campaigns Thursday reminding them to be sure staffers don't become …
Discussion: Marathon Pundit and Moe Lane
Larry O'Connor / Big Government:
Giannoulias Campaign Aide Manhandles Videographer
Discussion: Hot Air
David Rogers / The Politico:
Budget crisis freezes Senate  —  Washington's summer budget crisis got only hotter Thursday as the Senate drifted toward weekend deadlines with both parties talking past one another on how to restore jobless benefits for a swelling tide of workers and avoid major disruptions in Medicare payments to physicians.
Discussion: The Note and Liberal Values
Washington Post:
Jobs bill blocked in Senate
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Rockefeller: Abandon climate legislation for now
Discussion: Coal Tattoo
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
Wayne Washington / The State:
Greene will be Democrats' U.S. Senate nominee
Discussion: The Politico, Time, Raw Story and Swampland
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Olbermann leaves Daily Kos  —  Keith Olbermann announced Wednesday night that he will cease blogging for the liberal Daily Kos over a comment directed at the MSNBC host's coverage.  —  Olbermann and some of his MSNBC colleagues surprised their left-leaning fans on Tuesday with eviscerating critiques …
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
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 …
Poll shows Etheridge trailing after video  —  RALEIGH (WTVD) — Days after North Carolina Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) was seen in a video confrontation with a man with a camera on a Washington street, a new poll seems to indicate the incident has damaged him with voters.
Bniolet / Raleigh News & Observer:
Wrenn says NRCC knows: Who are you?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Right Now
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 …
Curtis Brainard / CJR:
BP, Government Still Thwarting Press Access  —  Despite promises to facilitate oil spill coverage, limited transparency persists in the Gulf  —  Despite repeated promises to improve transparency, BP, the United States government, and their contractors are still inhibiting the media's ability …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama pushes world leaders on economic reforms ahead of G-20  —  President Barack Obama pushed world leaders to act to “safeguard and strengthen” a global economic recovery when they meet next week in Toronto.  —  The president laid out his top global economic priorities …
Discussion: CNN
The Huffington Post:
White House Flip Flops On Reining In CEO Pay  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The White House is intervening at the last minute to come to the defense of multinational corporations in the unfolding conference committee negotiations over Wall Street reform.  —  A measure that had been generally agreed …
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
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Pelosi yanks campaign finance bill  —  Following a rebellion by two important factions of rank-and-file House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has pulled a campaign-finance bill opposed by a broad coalition of special interest groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Hilary Stout / New York Times:
A Best Friend?  You Must Be Kidding  —  FROM the time they met in kindergarten until they were 15, Robin Shreeves and her friend Penny were inseparable.  They rode bikes, played kickball in the street, swam all summer long and listened to Andy Gibb, the Bay City Rollers and Shaun Cassidy on the stereo.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama's Twist of BP's Arm Stirs Debate on Frequent Tactic  —  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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Utah Executes Murderer by Firing Squad  —  DENVER — A five-member firing squad at the Utah State Prison took aim and fired .30-caliber bullets at a target pinned on the chest of Ronnie Lee Gardner, a convicted murderer, just after midnight on Friday.  He was pronounced dead at 12:20 a.m. Mountain Time …
Discussion: The BLT
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Breakup  —  Did Obama just dump his best friend on Wall Street?
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Obama must keep to his Afghanistan deadline
Robert J. McCarthy / Buffalo News:
Cuomo brushes aside Lazio's claims
Discussion: Capital Tonight
Arizona governor: Government planning to sue over immigration law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Obama Effect
Discussion: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and Don Surber

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