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7:40 AM ET, June 17, 2010

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Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews: ‘Rise Of The New Right’ Special Will ‘Scare The Heck Out’ Of Liberals (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  MSNBC host Chris Matthews says he is sure his new special, “Rise of the New Right” — which airs tonight at 7PM — will stir people up, no matter where they fall on the political spectrum.
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Rasmussen Reports:
51% in New Jersey Approve of Governor's Performance  —  Most New Jersey voters still approve of the job that Governor Chris Christie is doing, and he earns solid support for his handling of the state's contentious budget situation.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Armey: Avoid ‘tea party’ label, MSNBC
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Telegraph and Power Line
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Dickensian Moment of the Day  —  BP's Chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg …
Discussion: Associated Press and Firedoglake
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 …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Can The One Drop the Buzzer-Beating No. 23 Act?
Paul Begala / The Daily Beast:
Nothing But Net  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Obama entered …
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 …
Discussion: lse.ac.uk and Hotline On Call
Boston Globe:
Amy Bishop charged with murder for 1986 shooting of brother  —  CANTON — Amy Bishop has been charged with murder for the 1986 shotgun slaying of her 18-year-old brother in their Braintree home, Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating said this afternoon.
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 …
BBC:
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.
The Huffington Post:
Jobs Bill Bombs In Senate, 45-52  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Deficit concerns trumped jobless aid in the Senate Wednesday as a key vote on a bill to reauthorize several expired programs, including extended unemployment benefits, failed 45-52, with 12 Democrats voting against it.
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?”
KWTX-TV:
Gulf Oil Spill, Day 57: House: BP Cut Corners; Pickens: Investigation Can Wait … More revelations emerged Monday about BP's cost and safety decisions during the days leading up to the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.  —  The disclosures are from internal documents released by a House committee.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
It's Too Early for Christie, but Americans Are Yearning for His Style  —  It seems like every week or so, you see blogs and Twitter comments in the vein of, “Hey, did you see this great speech by Chris Christie?”  —  And they're not actually great speeches, at least not the way we've …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
CHANGE!  53 Days Later Obama Administration Decides to Accept Dutch Offer to Help With Spill  —  Remember: The Gulf Oil Spill Is Like 9-11  —  Three days after the Gulf oil rig explosion, the Netherlands offered to send in oil skimmers to pump oil off of the surface of the ocean.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Banished by the FBI  —  This kind of stuff has become so commonplace in the post-9/11 world that we hardly even notice it anymore, but the case of Yahya Wehelie is really just outrageous beyond belief.  Keep in mind as you read that he's a U.S. citizen born and raised in Virginia:
Discussion: The Agonist
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Twitterati report: Syria trip mixes work with play  —  The State Department's two leading Twitterati, Special Advisor on Innovation Alec J. Ross (@alecjross) and Policy Planning staffer Jared Cohen (@jaredcohen), are in Syria this week leading a delegation of tech companies hoping to …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
O'Reilly Pwns Palin  —  A moment of truth on the Factor: … He clearly realizes what a total farce she is - and he slowly dismantles her mindless partisanship by the end of the segment.  Good for O'Reilly.  Particularly good for exposing just how little this phony knows about energy policy, her alleged expertise.
David E. Bernstein / Cato Unbound:
Context Matters: A Better Libertarian Approach to Antidiscrimination Law  —  Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul, a Republican with libertarian leanings, recently questioned the provision of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that bans discrimination in restaurants, hotels, and other businesses.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Barbour Is Concerned That Escrow Account Will Cut Into BP's Profits: ‘It Bothers Me’  —  The Obama administration announced this week that it wants BP to transfer “substantial” funds to an escrow account overseen by an independent third party that will handle claims from individuals …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brady leads Quinn, but margin reduced  —  Bill Brady is still favored to become the most obscure big state Governor in the country this fall, as he leads Pat Quinn 34-30 despite 56% of Illinois voters having no opinion about him.  But Quinn has reduced what was a 10 point deficit now to 4 points …
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
Couragecampaign / Prop 8 Trial Tracker:
Liveblogging Closing Arguments: Part IV  —  The last thread was getting a bit long so here is a new one.  —  Cooper: Only 16 states had a prohibition against inter-racial marriage.  They actually made people have illegitimate children.  The purpose of marriage is to have legit children.
Anthony H. Cordesman / csis.org:
Realism in Afghanistan: Rethinking an Uncertain Case for the War  —  There is nothing more tragic than watching beautiful theories being assaulted by gangs of ugly facts.  It is time, however, to be far more realistic about the war in Afghanistan.  It may well still be winnable …
Stephen Holden / New York Times:
June 28, 1969: Turning Point in Gay Rights History  —  “The average homosexual, if there be such, is promiscuous.  He is not interested in, nor capable of, a lasting relationship like that of a heterosexual marriage.”  —  So declared Mike Wallace in authoritative voice-of-God tones in …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Imposes New Penalties on Iran  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, seeking to build on the momentum of the Iran resolution passed last week by the United Nations, announced Wednesday that it had imposed sanctions on dozens of Iranian firms and individuals with links to the country's nuclear and missile programs.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The golf card  —  Two vacations and a bunch of parties as well.  Works from 9:30 to 3:00-ish 5 days a week.  He does not like to work very hard.  —  The GOP is really plumbing the depths of stupid.  Keep it up, morons.  The latest poll has America down on the GOP, and stunts like this will keep that negative momentum going down.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
 
 
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jon Stewart on Obama's executive power record
New York Times:
No Price to Pay for Torture
Discussion: The Huffington Post
CQ Politics:
GOP Criticizes Withdrawal Plan as Undermining Afghanistan Efforts
Ezra Klein:
Research desk answers: How to raise $100 billion from a financial transactions tax
Discussion: New Deal 2.0 and Rortybomb
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Can Dino Rossi Put Senate Republicans Over the Top?
Van Helsing / Moonbattery:
Winston Churchill's Cigar Goes Down the Memory Hole
Fox News:
Obama Draws Bipartisan Criticism for Using Oil Spill to Push Energy Policy
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economic Scene: In Cap and Trade, a Risk of Acknowledging Costs
Pamela Geller / Big Journalism:
Pay Pal's Jihad Against Journalistic Liberty and Freedom of Thought
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
Lenders go after money lost in foreclosures
Wall Street Journal:
Guns and Free Speech
Mac McClelland / Mother Jones:
More Dirty Details From My BP Mole