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9:45 AM ET, June 18, 2010


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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.
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
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.) …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
40 SENATE HOOVERS.... It's an election year, and the economy remains …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David Rogers / The Politico:
Budget crisis freezes Senate
Discussion: The Note and Liberal Values
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Rockefeller: Abandon climate legislation for now
Discussion: Coal Tattoo
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 …
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
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
NRSC: Keep cool on camera
Discussion: Marathon Pundit and Moe Lane
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.
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Utah Executes Murderer by Firing Squad
Discussion: The BLT
Jim Meyers /
Inhofe: Obama 'Hasn't Made Good Decision Yet' on Spill  —  Sen. Jim Inhofe tells Newsmax that President Obama “hasn't made a good decision yet” on the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and his Tuesday night speech about the spill was his “worst moment.”
Discussion: The Hill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Inhofe: Senate doesn't have votes to lift drilling moratorium
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” …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker demands Barton step down from top committee spot
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Dale Peterson Cuts The Best Political Endorsement Ad Ever Made (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … Gun-toting enemy of “thugs” Dale Peterson may have finished third in the GOP primary for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner, but he's not done being a YouTube star.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Aharding / CNN:
S.C. Dems keep Greene as Senate nominee  —  Democratic Party officials in South Carolina voted Thursday to uphold the result of their controversial Senate primary.  —  Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Democratic Party officials in South Carolina voted Thursday to uphold the result …
Discussion: The Politico
Wayne Washington / The State:
Greene will be Democrats' U.S. Senate nominee
Poll shows Etheridge trailing after video  —  RALEIGH (WTVD) — Days after North Carolina Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) was seen in a video confrontation with a man with a camera on a Washington street, a new poll seems to indicate the incident has damaged him with voters.
Chris Hayes /
Civitas Flash Poll: Etheridge Grabs Student, Ellmers Grabs Lead
Discussion: Riehl World View and AmSpecBlog
Curtis Brainard / CJR:
BP, Government Still Thwarting Press Access  —  Despite promises to facilitate oil spill coverage, limited transparency persists in the Gulf  —  Despite repeated promises to improve transparency, BP, the United States government, and their contractors are still inhibiting the media's ability …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Los Angeles Times:
Oil companies push for status quo on environmental regulations for deep-water drilling rigs  —  The pleas come as the White House Council on Environmental Quality is reviewing whether the federal drilling watchdog has appropriately followed the National Environmental Policy Act.
Discussion: The Swamp and Crooks and Liars
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama pushes world leaders on economic reforms ahead of G-20  —  President Barack Obama pushed world leaders to act to “safeguard and strengthen” a global economic recovery when they meet next week in Toronto.  —  The president laid out his top global economic priorities …
Discussion: CNN
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Olbermann leaves Daily Kos  —  Keith Olbermann announced Wednesday night that he will cease blogging for the liberal Daily Kos over a comment directed at the MSNBC host's coverage.  —  Olbermann and some of his MSNBC colleagues surprised their left-leaning fans on Tuesday with eviscerating critiques …
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
The Huffington Post:
White House Flip Flops On Reining In CEO Pay  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The White House is intervening at the last minute to come to the defense of multinational corporations in the unfolding conference committee negotiations over Wall Street reform.  —  A measure that had been generally agreed …
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Discussion: New York Magazine and DealBook
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Obama must keep to his Afghanistan deadline
Robert J. McCarthy / Buffalo News:
Cuomo brushes aside Lazio's claims
Discussion: Capital Tonight
Arizona governor: Government planning to sue over immigration law
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BP acknowledges it never followed blowout preventer law, blames MMS
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Pic of the Day: Afghan Woman Having Her Picture Taken For Voter Registration Card...
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Obama Effect
Discussion: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and Don Surber

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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Laurence Peter / BBC:
Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad

Sahil Patel / The Information:
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