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12:35 PM ET, June 17, 2010

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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 …
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Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Morning Bell: An Offer BP Couldn't Refuse  —  On October 13, 2008, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson summoned the CEOs of the nation's largest banks into a gilded conference room at the Treasury Department just a stone's throw away from the White House.  Each CEO was then handed a one-page document …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Say What?  GOPers Slam White House Over BP Gulf Spill Fund  —  BP is ponying up $20 billion for Gulf Spill oil damages.  And quite a few Republicans don't like it one bit.  —  The Obama administration and BP seem to have come to a solution on paying for damages from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner distances himself from Barton's ‘shakedown’ comment
Discussion: The Plum Line
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” …
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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.
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 …
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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 / thedanashow.wordpress.com:
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.
CNN:
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 …
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.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   Sen. Lincoln trails big in Arkansas
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 …
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James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Oil spill: David Cameron confronts Barack Obama in battle to protect BP
Ann Gerhart / Washington Post:   BP chairman talks about the ‘small people,’ further angering gulf
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.
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Angle Raising $100K Per Day
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Associated Press:
AP-GfK poll shows gains for health care overhaul  —  WASHINGTON - The patient is alive and kicking.  A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds public support for President Barack Obama's new health care law has risen to its highest point.  —  The nation remains divided, with 45 percent in favor …
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Washington Post:
Most Americans back new Arizona law, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds
BBC:
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
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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.
Quinnipiac University:
New Jersey Voters Split On Christie As Leader Or Bully, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Oppose Many Budget-Cutting Ideas  —  New Jersey voters give Gov. Christopher Christie a split 44 - 43 percent job approval rating and 44 percent describe him as a “leader,” while 43 percent call him a …
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Economy, Oil Spill Rank as Most Important Problems  —  Spike for “disaster response” mentions is second only to that for “terrorism” after 9/11  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has catapulted “natural disaster response and relief” …
Discussion: The Hill and Real Clear Politics
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.
Wall Street Journal:
End Is Seen to Free Checking  —  Bank of America Corp. and other banks are preparing new fees on basic banking services as they try to replace revenue lost to regulatory rules, in a push that is expected to spell an end to free checking accounts for many Americans.
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
 
 
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Senate energy meeting at White House next week …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Courtney Schlisserman / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Rose Last Week
Financial Times:
Reining in Europe's deficits is first step
Wall Street Journal:
The President's Animosities  —  Since when was the American idea us versus them?
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
New Questions on Blumenthal's View of Military Service
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
Ohio Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy (D-umbass) claims to voted …
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Red ink, not oil, is the best focus for Obama
Discussion: Commentary
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Boring Speech Policy
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Robert Skidelsky / Financial Times:
Once again we must ask: ‘Who governs?’