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11:50 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
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 …
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Angle avoids ‘idiot’ press  —  Local TV in Nevada reports that Sharron Angle appears not to quite have figured out how to dodge questions about her past views, though she has absorbed enough advice to complain that reporters are making the campaign about her instead of — as she's been told to prefer — Harry Reid.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Alan Simpson: Cutting Social Security Benefits to “Take Care …
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Angle speaks about doing battle
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Plum Line
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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Nate Carlisle / Salt Lake Tribune:
Firing squad: An eyewitness account of Gardner's execution  —  Eyewitness account » Tribune reporter was one of nine media witnesses.  —  Draper » Ronnie Lee Gardner's head, covered by a black hood, remained upright.  His body sat straight in the chair to which it was strapped.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Utah Executes Murderer by Firing Squad  —  DENVER — A five-member firing squad at the Utah State Prison took aim and fired .30-caliber bullets at a target pinned on the chest of Ronnie Lee Gardner, a convicted murderer, just after midnight on Friday.  He was pronounced dead at 12:20 a.m. Mountain Time …
Discussion: Right Wing News and The BLT
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
The Politico:
Issa has eye on subpoena team  —  HERSHEY, Pa.—Rep. Darrell Issa, the conservative firebrand whose specialty is lobbing corruption allegations at the Obama White House, is making plans to hire dozens of subpoena-wielding investigators if Republicans win the House this fall.
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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” …
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 …
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
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Rockefeller: Abandon climate legislation for now
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Ben Lieberman / New York Post:
$7-a-gallon gas?  —  President Obama has a solution to the Gulf oil spill: $7-a-gallon gas.  —  That's a Harvard University study's estimate of the per-gallon price of the president's global-warming agenda.  And Obama made clear this week that this agenda is a part of his plan for addressing the Gulf mess.
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: Breitbart.tv and Hot Air
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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
NRSC: Keep cool on camera
Discussion: Marathon Pundit and Moe Lane
 
 
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jim Meyers / NewsMax.com:
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Discussion: The Hill
The Huffington Post:
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Aharding / CNN:
S.C. Dems keep Greene as Senate nominee
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