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10:50 AM ET, June 17, 2010


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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.
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.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Eye
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
51% in New Jersey Approve of Governor's Performance
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 Quinn / Telegraph:
BP oil spill: Tony Hayward ‘will be spliced and diced’ by US politicians
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Oil spill: David Cameron confronts Barack Obama in battle to protect BP
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  —  After taking heat from some of his liberal fans on Twitter over his strong criticism of Pres. Barack Obama's Oval Office speech Tuesday, Keith Olbermann stopped into another of his new media stomping grounds to find more of the same.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and
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.
Bizarre getaway as student hurls puppy 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.
Puppy thrown at German biker gang
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
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 …
New York Times:
Israel to Ease Gaza Land Blockade  —  JERUSALEM — Weeks after its commandos killed nine people aboard an aid flotilla trying to breach its blockade of Gaza, Israel on Thursday announced what it called a liberalization of the three-year-old restrictions, promising to ease the importation …
Janine Zacharia / Washington Post:
Israel announces easing of Gaza Strip blockade
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Washington Post:
Congress members overseeing firms involved in gulf spill held oil, gas stock  —  Nearly 30 members of the congressional committees overseeing oil and gas companies held personal assets in the industry totaling $9 million to $14.5 million late last year.  That included at least $400,000 …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Greene win clears one hurdle  —  The South Carolina State Election Commission will not investigate Democrat Alvin Greene's controversial victory in last week's Senate primary.  —  “The state election commission sees no reason to initiate an investigation into our voting system,” Chris Whitmire …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
BRIAN TAMANAHA: Wake Up, Fellow Law Professors, to the Casualties of Our Enterprise. … Just casualties of the recession?  Or more signs of a bursting bubble?  The only positive angle I can contribute is this: With a college degree now functioning, essentially, the way a high-school diploma used to …
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?”
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Boring Speech Policy  —  On Monday night in Ohio, a 62-foot-tall statue of Jesus got hit by lightning and burned to the ground.  (The adult bookstore across the street was unscathed.)  Less than 12 hours later, Gen. David Petraeus — who is not God, although certain members of Congress …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The U.S. Department of Labor:
‘Terror cameras’ to be covered up  —  Bags are to be put over scores of surveillance cameras in parts of Birmingham with large Muslim populations, after local objections.  —  Safer Birmingham Partnerships (SBP) said 218 cameras had been installed, mainly in the Washwood Heath and Sparkbrook districts.
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Gonzalo Lira: What do BP and the Banks Have In Common? …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
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