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2:30 PM ET, June 18, 2010

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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 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.
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Angle speaks about doing battle  —  Hopeful puts focus on joblessness, bankruptcies during Reid's tenure  —  Sharron Angle said Thursday that she wasn't surprised by the ferocity of attacks on her by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's campaign since she won the Republican nomination more than a week ago.
Jennifer Robison / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada's unemployment rate tops in nation
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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: SCOTUSblog, Right Wing News and The BLT
Nate Carlisle / Salt Lake Tribune:
Firing squad: An eyewitness account of Gardner's execution
Discussion: Raw Story
Ray Sanchez / ABCNEWS:
Utah Firing Squad Executes Convicted Killer
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 …
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 …
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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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
VIDEO COMPILATION: Conservative Pundits Rush To Defend Barton, Praise Him As Courageous  —  Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) has been widely condemned for telling BP executives yesterday that he is “sorry” for the Obama administration's “shakedown” of their company, which resulted in a $20 billion …
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Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
All Republicans should apologize for the oil spill
Discussion: CNN
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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.
Bob Parks / NewsBusters.org:
Newsweek's Reed: Obama ‘Out of His Cotton-Picking Mind’  —  The left's strategy is clear: any opposition to President Obama is not driven by ideological and/or political disagreement.  No, it's driven by racism and whole groups of people have been strategically tarnished.
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Brown: Nazi comment off-the-record  —  California Attorney General Jerry Brown says that his recent comment comparing GOP rival Meg Whitman's ad campaign to Nazi propaganda was off the record and should not have been reported.  —  Asked about the incident Thursday during an interview …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Elliot Abrams Denounces American Jews for Not Exhibiting Sufficient “Dual Loyalties”  —  One of the hottest charges in any ethnic community with substantial ties to a foreign country is that its members are exhibiting “dual loyalties,” eager to advance the interests of Armenia or Ireland over those of the United States of America.
Discussion: Soccer Dad and Swampland
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Public Wants More Stimulus  —  It's become conventional wisdom on the Hill (see, e.g., Ben Nelson) that the public is opposed to additional government stimulus spending.  But the latest Gallup poll says otherwise:  —  Obviously just because the public supports something (health care repeal …
 
 
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Josh Nelson / The Huffington Post:
CNN Poll: 82% of Americans Approve of the Idea of a BP Escrow Fund
Alan Greenspan / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Debt and the Greece Analogy
Discussion: Open Left
Robert VerBruggen / The Corner on National …:
Did Kagan Compare the NRA with the KKK? — By: Robert VerBruggen
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and RedState
Ryan J. Reilly / Main Justice:
Holder: Review of CIA's Treatment of Detainees Nearly Complete
Leila Fadel / Washington Post:
Iraq ill-equipped to cope with an epidemic of mental illness
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John Derbyshire / The Corner on National Review Online:
No, We Can't — By: John Derbyshire
Ben Lieberman / New York Post:
$7-a-gallon gas?  —  President Obama has a solution …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate liberals threaten rebellion on energy bill
The Huffington Post:
Dale Peterson Cuts The Best Political Endorsement Ad Ever Made (VIDEO)
Discussion: Firedoglake
Globe and Mail:
Margaret Wente  —  After the sensational 2007 murder of Aqsa Parvez …