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11:00 AM ET, June 18, 2010

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ABCNEWS:
Who's In Charge?:  Against Gov. Jindal's Wishes, Oil-Sucking Barges Stopped by Coast Guard  —  59 Days Into Oil Crisis, Gulf Coast Governors Say Feds Are Failing Them  —  Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state's oil-soaked waters.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
More Incompetence... Crude-Sucking Barges Ordered By Gov. Jindal Shut Down By Feds  —  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal looks on as barges loaded with vacuums to clean oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill depart a marina in Empire, Louisiana June 17, 2010.  (REUTERS/Lee Celano)
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Curtis Brainard / CJR:
BP, Government Still Thwarting Press Access
ABCNEWS:
BP Oil Spill: Against Gov. Jindal's Wishes, Crude-Sucking Barges …
BBC:
Utah firing squad death announced on Twitter  —  Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff uses Twitter to get his message out  —  It was a very modern way to announce a very old-fashioned death.  —  Shortly after midnight in the US state of Utah, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff picked up his Apple iPhone …
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Ray Sanchez / ABCNEWS:
Utah Firing Squad Executes Convicted Killer  —  Convicted Killer Ronnie Lee Gardner is Executed in the Early Hours of Friday  —  After a quarter of a century on death row, convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed in a barrage of rifle fire Friday morning.
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse and Law Blog
Nate Carlisle / Salt Lake Tribune:
Firing squad: An eyewitness account of Gardner's execution
Discussion: Raw Story
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Utah Executes Murderer by Firing Squad
Discussion: The BLT
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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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Alan Simpson: Cutting Social Security Benefits to “Take Care …
Discussion: Open Left
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Republican Backpedals From Apology to BP  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Joe L. Barton had to be truly sorry by the time he apologized for his apology on Thursday.  —  In the four hours between his televised apology to BP — for what he called a $20 billion “shakedown” …
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Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base  —  FILE: Air traffic controllers from the 37th Operations Support Squadron prepare to navigate F-16 Falcons down the runway on Lackland Air Force Base.  —  A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members …
Washington Post:
Jobs bill blocked in Senate  —  The Senate effectively rejected a slimmed-down package of jobless benefits and state aid late Thursday, rebuffing President Obama's call for urgent action to bolster the economic recovery.  —  Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
40 SENATE HOOVERS.... It's an election year, and the economy remains …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gallup
David Rogers / The Politico:
Budget crisis freezes Senate
Discussion: The Note and Liberal Values
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
That '30s Feeling  —  Suddenly, creating jobs is out, inflicting pain is in.  Condemning deficits and refusing to help a still-struggling economy has become the new fashion everywhere, including the United States, where 52 senators voted against extending aid to the unemployed despite …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama and the vision thing  —  Barack Obama doesn't do the mundane.  He was sent to us to do larger things.  You could see that plainly in his Oval Office address on the gulf oil spill.  He could barely get himself through the pedestrian first half: a bit of BP-bashing, a bit of faux-Clintonian …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Pelosi yanks campaign finance bill  —  Following a rebellion by two important factions of rank-and-file House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has pulled a campaign-finance bill opposed by a broad coalition of special interest groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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Larry O'Connor / Big Government:
Giannoulias Campaign Aide Manhandles Videographer  —  More rough tactics were on display last night in Washington DC as a hotheaded campaign workerfor the Alexi Giannoulias campaign for Senator of Illinois confronted a man with a video camera at a fundraising event.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Breitbart.tv:
GIANNOULIAS CAMPAIGN AIDE MANHANDLES VIDEOGRAPHER
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
NRSC: Keep cool on camera
Discussion: Marathon Pundit and Moe Lane
Rich Miller / The Capitol Fax Blog:
UPDATED x2 *** OK, this is really starting to creep me out
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate liberals threaten rebellion on energy bill  —  Liberal Democrats in the Senate are threatening to vote against energy legislation if it does not address global climate change.  —  After watching centrist Democrats and Republicans shrink the 2009 economic stimulus package …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Rockefeller: Abandon climate legislation for now
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.
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 …
Globe and Mail:
Margaret Wente  —  After the sensational 2007 murder of Aqsa Parvez, the 16-year-old girl who disobeyed her traditional family, many Muslim girls in Canada discussed the story on Facebook.  “That's my story too,” some of them wrote.  —  This week, Aqsa's father and brother pleaded guilty …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Twists Arms at BP, Setting 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.
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Obama Admin. Argues in Court That Individual Mandate Is a Tax  —  In order to protect the new national health care law from legal challenges, the Obama administration has been forced to argue that the individual mandate represents a tax — even though Obama himself argued the exact opposite while campaigning to pass the legislation.
 
 
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Ben Lieberman / New York Post:
$7-a-gallon gas?  —  President Obama has a solution …
CNN:
Obama heads back to Ohio to tout stimulus
Discussion: The Swamp and D.C. Now
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Context on Etheridge Poll
David Brooks / New York Times:
Trim the ‘Experts,’ Trust the Locals
Discussion: Commentary
Michael Gerson / Real Clear Politics:
Mitch Daniels, Genial Jeremiah
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Right Now
Jim Meyers / NewsMax.com:
Inhofe: Obama 'Hasn't Made Good Decision Yet' on Spill
Discussion: The Hill
Los Angeles Times:
Oil companies push for status quo on environmental regulations …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama pushes world leaders on economic reforms ahead of G-20
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
Dale Peterson Cuts The Best Political Endorsement Ad Ever Made (VIDEO)
Discussion: Firedoglake
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Breakup  —  Did Obama just dump his best friend on Wall Street?
Discussion: New York Magazine and DealBook
CNN:
Arizona governor: Government planning to sue over immigration law
Aharding / CNN:
S.C. Dems keep Greene as Senate nominee
Discussion: The Politico
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Most Important Judicial Nomination You Never Heard Of Set For Vote Today
Discussion: Marathon Pundit
The Huffington Post:
Obama Lunches With Progressive Pundits: Maddow, Robinson, Collins
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Olbermann leaves Daily Kos
 

 
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