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11:40 AM ET, June 17, 2010


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David Weigel / Right Now:
Tea partyers push back against ‘The Rise of the New Right’ with boycott  —  Tea party groups are reacting strongly and negatively to MSNBC's documentary “The Rise of the New Right,” hosted by Chris Matthews.  Yesterday, FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey expressed personal disgust with Matthews …
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Chris Matthews' Documentary ‘Rise of the New Right’: A Curveball From the Left  —  If MSNBC was looking to officially become the cable channel of the far left, it may have finally succeeded Wednesday night with the airing of Chris Matthews' documentary, “The Rise of The New Right.”
Dana Loesch /
The Playboy Article on the Tea Party  —  I can't wait to tell my Baptist mother that her daughter is in Playboy.  —  This month's issue of Playboy features an interesting article on the tea party movement and in particular, focuses on a particular group of activists, myself included.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:   Chris Matthews: ‘Rise Of The New Right’ …
Language guru: Obama speech too ‘professorial’  —  (CNN) — President Obama's speech on the gulf oil disaster may have gone over the heads of many in his audience, according to an analysis of the 18-minute talk released Wednesday.  —  Tuesday night's speech from the Oval Office of the White House …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Great National Tragedy is ... The Escrow Account?  —  Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), ranking member of the House Energy committee, where BP's CEO is testifying today, just said: “It is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown …
Discussion: TPMDC, Washington Monthly and RSC
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
BP chief faces Congress  —  After almost 60 days of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and a critical White House meeting Wednesday, Tony Hayward, the embattled chief executive of BP, headed to Capitol Hill Thursday for what many expected to be a public flogging.  —  But instead he got an apology.
Discussion: The Swamp
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Morning Bell: An Offer BP Couldn't Refuse
BP CEO Tony Hayward faces grilling as oil continues to spew
Discussion: This Just In
James Quinn / Telegraph:
BP oil spill: Tony Hayward ‘will be spliced and diced’ by US politicians
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Pollster Scott Rasmussen's numbers are firing up Republicans and Democrats  —  ASBURY PARK, N.J. — Here is a fun fact for those in the political polling orthodoxy who liken Scott Rasmussen to a conjurer of Republican-friendly numbers: He works above a paranormal bookstore crowded with Ouija boards and psychics on the Jersey Shore.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arkansas Senate  —  Arkansas Senate: Boozman (R) 61%, Lincoln (D) 32%  —  Republican John Boozman now holds a near two-to-one lead over Democratic incumbent Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas' U.S. Senate race, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state.
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun:
Armed revolt part of Sharron Angle's rhetoric  —  Candidate says trouble is brewing, but she believes in ballot box  —  Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, as she leaves the Republican party policy luncheon.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Angle Raising $100K Per Day  —  Ex-NV Assemb.  Sharron Angle (R) is raising more than $100K a day online since winning the right to face Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid, according to data kept on her website.  —  Since Angle won the nomination June 8, Angle has raised $843K online in just 8 days and change.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Keith Olbermann / Daily Kos:
Check, Please  —  I was checking in tonight to see what was new, came across a diary trashing first me and my colleague Rachel, and scrolled through it shaking my head, sadly, until I got to one comment that leaped off the page. … “Can't verify”... “haven't checked” …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Checks Out Of Daily Kos After Criticism From Left
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and
Puppy thrown at German biker gang  —  A German student “mooned” a group of Hell's Angels and hurled a puppy at them before escaping on a stolen bulldozer, police have said.  —  The man drove up to a Hell's Angels clubhouse near Munich, wearing only a pair of shorts and carrying a puppy.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Bullied into a £13bn cave-in: Obama forces BP to set up huge compensation fund for U.S. oil spill victims - and British pensioners will pick up the bill  —  The crisis engulfing BP plumbed new depths last night as President Obama bullied the company into depositing £13.5billion …
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Oil spill: David Cameron confronts Barack Obama in battle to protect BP
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Illinois Race, a Teaching Career Is Questioned  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, a Republican candidate for the United States Senate, has often reminisced about his time as a teacher.  —  On the floor of the House, in campaign commercials and during interviews …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New RNC ad: How many rounds did you golf while the oil was leaking, champ?  —  A snappy montage illustrating Obama's “bloodless quality” and “emotional detachment” from the spill, as rabidly right-wing NYT columnist Maureen Dowd put it this morning.  Sad to say, I don't think this meme's …
Washington Times:
Walpin-gate swings wide open  —  Two big new twists on anniversary of IG firing  —  One year to the day after illegally firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin, the Obama administration is scrambling to ward off further embarrassments related to the case.
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Robert Skidelsky / Financial Times:
Once again we must ask: ‘Who governs?’  —  In 1974, Edward Heath asked: “Who governs - government or trade unions?”  Five years later British voters delivered a final verdict by electing Margaret Thatcher.  The equivalent today would be: “Who governs - government or financial markets?”
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Can Republicans Take Back the House?  —  Editor's Note: These days the best D.C. parlor game is guessing November's House results.  We've recently made our own contribution, with a district-by-district analysis that projects—as of early June—a Republican net gain of 32 seats.
More Than 90 Banks Miss TARP Payments  —  More than 90 U.S. banks and thrifts missed making a May 17 payment to the U.S. government under its main bank bailout program, signaling a rising number of lenders are struggling to meet their obligations.  —  The statistics, compiled by SNL Financial …
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Brown says he won't back carbon fees  —  But may support a comprehensive energy proposal  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Scott Brown, a freshman Republican from Massachusetts who has sided with Democrats on several key votes, said after meeting briefly with President Obama yesterday …
Discussion: RedState
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
House Democrats set to retire aren't paying their party's dues  —  House Democratic leaders want a going-away present from the members who are leaving Congress next year — their committee dues.  —  A dozen retiring House Democrats have racked up almost $2 million in outstanding balances …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Red ink, not oil, is the best focus for Obama  —  Far be it from me to tell the crew of public relations officials who now occupy those West Wing offices as a reward for running one of the best presidential campaigns anyone has ever seen, but . . .  If there is any value in President Obama's knocking himself …
Discussion: Commentary
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Ohio Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy (D-umbass) claims to voted …
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End Is Seen to Free Checking
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Congress members overseeing firms involved in gulf spill held oil, gas stock
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