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2:00 PM ET, June 19, 2010

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Mortimer B. Zuckerman / US News:
Mort Zuckerman: World Sees Obama as Incompetent and Amateur  —  The president is well-intentioned but can't walk the walk on the world stage  —  President Obama came into office as the heir to a great foreign policy legacy enjoyed by every recent U.S. president.  Why?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: ‘America will be watching’ to see if GOP will cooperate  —  President Barack Obama went on the attack against Republicans on Saturday, accusing the GOP of obstructing a litany of his legislative priorities in Congress.  —  The president struck a decidedly partisan note in his address …
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Obama Porkway: Road Built With Stimulus Money Will Bear President's Name  —  **Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers  —  I'm only guessing that, when it's completed, Pres. Barack Obama Parkway in Orlando, Florida will lead straight to the Magic Kingdom:
Discussion: Doug Ross
Michael Scott Moore / Spiegel Online:
Will Obama Be the ‘Jimmy Carter of the 21st Century’?
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Mariah Blake / Washington Monthly:
Revisionaries  —  How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids' textbooks.  —  Don McLeroy is a balding, paunchy man with a thick broom-handle mustache who lives in a rambling two-story brick home in a suburb near Bryan, Texas.  When he greeted me at the door one evening last October …
Discussion: Think Progress
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Rand Paul Feels Sorry For Barton, While Limbaugh Doubles Down On Barton's ‘Shakedown’ Claims  —  While Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) has been mostly lampooned for apologizing to BP for the White House's alleged “shakedown” of the company to create a $20 billion escrow fund, some conservatives have been willing to defend the congressman.
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BBC:
Tea and coffee ‘protect hearts’  —  Drinking several cups of tea or coffee a day appears to protect against heart disease, a 13-year-long study from the Netherlands has found.  —  It adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting health benefits from the most popular hot drinks.
Martin Rogers / Yahoo! Sports:
Source: FIFA may sit Slovenia-U.S. referee  —  Follow Martin Rogers on Twitter at @mrogersyahoo  —  JOHANNESBURG - The referee who disallowed a potential game-winning goal for the United States will face an expedited performance review from FIFA and is likely to be excluded from the rest of the World Cup, according to a FIFA source.
pbc.gov.cn:
Further Reform the RMB Exchange Rate Regime and Enhance the RMB Exchange Rate Flexibility  —  In view of the recent economic situation and financial market developments at home and abroad, and the balance of payments (BOP) situation in China, the People's Bank of China has decided to proceed further …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
What Ever Happened to Ann Coulter?  —  Remember Ann Coulter?  Seems like just yesterday she was Queen of the Right, the whole political world hanging on her every bile-laced tirade.  Yet she's all but disappeared.  —  Not that she isn't trying.  She's still got her weekly column over at Human Events …
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
Obama Jokes About Biden's “Big F-ing Deal” Comment  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - Trumpeting the 10,000th road project funded by his Recovery Act, President Obama borrowed two of three words made famous in March by Vice President Biden.  —  This is a “big....deal,” said Mr. Obama …
WCBS-TV:
NYC Going After Teen ‘Sexting’ — In The Home  —  Dept. Of Education Targets Sexually Explicit Text Messaging Outside Of School Hours With Up To 90-Day Suspension  —  NYCLU Slams Idea, Says It's A Violation Of Freedom Of Expression  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Parents and schools struggle with the role technology plays in kids' lives.
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
On Father's Day, hypocrites are all in the family  —  Family, marriage and the contribution of fathers come together as topics for reflection on Father's Day.  So I'd like to know why Barack Obama, a husband and a father in a family structure that encompasses bonds deemed essential to our society …
Justin Gillis / msnbc.com:
‘The grandaddy of all gushers’?  Not this spill  —  Obama's claim that Gulf crisis is ‘worst environmental disaster’ spurs debate  —  Morgan Edmonds plays in the surf as an oil clean-up crew combs the beach on Dauphin Island, Alabama, on May 10.  Scholars are debating where the spill …
Breitbart.tv:
WATCH ALAN SIMPSON SCHOOL A LEFTY  —  Alan Simpson, co-chair of the White House Debt Commission, provides a full and frank engagement with an activist questioning him on the proposed reforms of the Social Security system.  He doesn't duck.  He doesn't hide.  He doesn't grab the guy around the wrist or neck.
Detroit News:
Detroit schools president: Health woes caused ‘poor judgment’  —  Detroit —One day after facing accusations of fondling himself, Detroit Public Schools President Otis Mathis wrote a letter to colleagues today blaming “ongoing health problems” for his “poor judgment.”
Discussion: theblogprof and Gateway Pundit
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Republicans Blocking Progress  —  The President calls on Republicans in Congress to put scoring political points aside, and instead to focus on solving the problems facing the nation.  At the time of this address, the Republican leadership is blocking progress on a bill to boost the economy …
Chana Joffe-Walt / NPR:
Resource Curse Solution: Give Money Away  —  Afghanistan's big deposits of lithium, copper and gold have some economists worried.  As we noted earlier this week, the discovery of natural resources often leads to conflict and corruption, which in turn hurt economic growth.
Fox News:
Obama Administration Planning to File Suit Against Arizona Immigration Law  —  Shown here are Attorney General Eric Holder and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.  (AP Photos)  —  The Obama administration plans to file suit challenging Arizona's immigration law, officials told Fox News on Friday.
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George Monbiot / Guardian:
Matt Ridley's Rational Optimist is telling the rich what they want to hear |
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Stephen Gordon / Worthwhile Canadian Initiative:
On the lessons to be learned from the elimination of the Canadian …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Guerrilla-style interview tactics make ambushed lawmakers' blood boil
Discussion: Power Line
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Excess Supply
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michael Barone / Beltway Confidential:
They don't like the dog food
Discussion: Washington Post and RedState
New York Times:
Kagan's E-Mail at Clinton White House Reveals a Blunt, Savvy Legal Adviser
Discussion: The Politico, The BLT and TPMDC
New York Times:
A Tricky Balance for Oil-State Politicians
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and The Spot
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Police probe Facebook chief over ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
White House to Talk Range of Energy Ideas
Discussion: The Caucus and The Politico
Megan Chuchmach / ABCNEWS:
WikiLeaks Preparing to Release Video of Alleged U.S. ‘Massacre’ in Afghanistan
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Salon
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
U.S. Testing Pain Ray in Afghanistan (Updated)
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Marbury
Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
The Stealth Attack on America's Best-Loved Program
Discussion: Open Left