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10:05 PM ET, June 18, 2010

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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Senior Official: Obama Administration Will Challenge Arizona Immigration Law  —  Updated 1:56 p.m. Eastern Time  —  As Hotsheet reported yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a television interview in Ecuador this month that the Obama Justice Department “will be bringing a lawsuit” …
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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.
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton should be Obama's vice president  —  Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden should switch jobs.  —  Really.  —  It makes sense for the Democrats, actually.  Clinton has done an incredible job as secretary of state.  First of all, she has worked harder than anyone should ever be expected to.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: WH will sue Arizona over SB1070  —  CBS News reports that a “senior administration official” has confirmed to them that Hillary Clinton was telling the truth in the interview with an Ecuadorian media outlet.  The Obama administration will file a lawsuit in federal court to block Arizona's …
CNN:
Official: Justice Department plans to sue over Arizona law
Discussion: Feathered Bastard and Mediaite
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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The Fix:
Democrats on Joe Barton's oil spill comments: “It's not the end of this”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Barton And The Right  —  The right-wing punditariat backs …
Molly Hooper / The Hill:   Top Republican joins chorus calling for Rep. Barton to step aside
Sharron Angle / 8newsnow.com:
GOP Senate Nominee Sharron Angle Breaks Her Silence … LAS VEGAS - As Sharron Angle greeted supporters at Stoney's Restaurant in Las Vegas, 8 News NOW Reporter Nathan Baca approached her to ask about her Social Security plan.  —  Her website calls for “transitioning out” Social Security and Medicare.
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John Gizzi / Human Events:
Sharron Angle Goes on the Attack  —  Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, told HUMAN EVENTS in an interview that attacks against her are unfounded.  —  Responding to the charge that she wants to eliminate several federal agencies …
Jennifer Robison / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada's unemployment rate tops in nation
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Franken launches full-throated attack on ‘conservative activism’ on courts  —  Republican senators and conservative jurists found themselves on the defensive after Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) blasted “conservative activism” on federal courts.  —  Franken, in a major speech Thursday evening …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Alan Simpson: Cutting Social Security Benefits to “Take Care of the Lesser People in Society”  —  Each time the Catfood Commission holds its secret meetings, Alex Lawson of Social Security Works has been outside with his camera, shooting video of the closed front door as FDL runs a live stream on our front page.
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Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
The Stealth Attack on America's Best-Loved Program
Discussion: Open Left
The Note:
Senate (sort of) Averts ‘Havoc’ Over Medicare Payments  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Senators acted Friday afternoon, slipping under the buzzer to avert a 21 percent pay cut for Medicare doctors.  The Senate's late action only gets the bill a third of the way into law …
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Center for Responsible Lending:
FORECLOSURES BY RACE AND ETHNICITY: THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF A CRISIS  —  Our new research shows that the foreclosure crisis is not over, and runaway foreclosures continue to drain hundreds of billions of dollars in wealth from families, hitting communities of color the hardest.
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
BP Moves Hayward to Lesser Role in Spill Response  —  A day after he came under relentless attack at a Congressional hearing, BP chief executive Tony Hayward was displaced as the man in charge of the company's response to the spill.  —  “It is clear Tony has made remarks that have upset people …
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Sky News:
Exclusive: BP Chairman Talks To Sky
John Krahnert III / Pilot:
Former Resident Recalls Run-In With Etheridge  —  A video of Rep. Bob Etheridge physically confronting a college student in Washington brought back unpleasant memories for one former Moore County resident.  —  Brandon Leslie, who moved away seven years ago and is now an attorney in Oxford …
Alan Greenspan / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Debt and the Greece Analogy  —  Don't be fooled by today's low interest rates.  The government could very quickly discover the limits of its borrowing capacity.  —  An urgency to rein in budget deficits seems to be gaining some traction among American lawmakers.  If so, it is none too soon.
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Jacob Greber / Bloomberg:
Greenspan Says U.S. May Soon Reach Borrowing Limit
Frank Newport / Gallup:
U.S. Voters Split on Obama Re-Election in 2012  —  Little change seen since March on this measure  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. registered voters remain split on whether President Obama deserves to be re-elected in 2012, with 46% saying he does and 51% saying he does not — little changed from earlier this year.
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
N. Korea lifts ban on private markets to prevent famine  —  SEOUL — Bowing to reality, the North Korean government has lifted all restrictions on private markets — a last-resort option for a leadership desperate to prevent its people from starving.  —  In recent weeks, according …
New York Times:
School Officials Say Candidate Overstated His Role  —  CHICAGO — A leader of the church in upstate New York where Representative Mark S. Kirk of Illinois claims he worked as a nursery school teacher said on Friday that he had overstated his role there.  —  The leader, Sally Grubb …
FITSNews:
ENDORSEMENT: HALEY FOR GOVERNOR  —  So let's get this straight ... we know for a fact that S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley is lying through her teeth every time she denies our founding editor's claim that she had an “inappropriate physical relationship” with him in the Spring of 2007.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Romney gives $42,000 to Haley
Discussion: CNN, Conservatives4Palin.com and TPMDC
Megan Chuchmach / ABCNEWS:
WikiLeaks Preparing to Release Video of Alleged U.S. ‘Massacre’ in Afghanistan  —  Iceland Votes for Strong Journalist and Whistleblower Protection Laws  —  As the founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks remains underground in fear that the U.S. will detain him …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Twisting Arms at BP, Obama Sets Off a Debate on Tactics  —  WASHINGTON — First there was General Motors, whose chief executive was summarily dismissed by the White House shortly before the government became the company's majority shareholder.  Chrysler was forced into a merger.
 
 
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