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5:45 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.
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 …
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.
Molly Hooper / The Hill:
Top Republican joins chorus calling for Rep. Barton to step aside  —  Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) added his name to the list of Republicans calling on Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) to step aside as ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce committee.  —  The Gulf Coast lawmaker …
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The Fix:
Democrats on Joe Barton's oil spill comments: “It's not the end of this”
Peter Fenn / Pundits Blog:
Joe Barton's oil slick
Discussion: CNN
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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David Rogers / The Politico:   Senate passes ‘doc fix’
The Note:
Senate (sort of) Averts ‘Havoc’ Over Medicare Payments
ABCNEWS:
Medicare Payment Cuts to be Implemented Despite Senate Action
Discussion: The Note
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
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 and TPMDC
Sky News:
Exclusive: BP Chairman Talks To Sky  —  Pete Norman, Sky News Online  —  BP's chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has told Sky's Jeff Randall that embattled chief executive Tony Hayward is to have a changed role in dealing with the oil spill. … Asked by Randall about Mr Hayward's ongoing role …
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Yahoo! News:   Hayward relieved of managerial duties in BP shakeup
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:   BREAKING: Tony Hayward Relieved From Duties At BP (Video)
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.
Robert VerBruggen / The Corner on National …:
Did Kagan Compare the NRA with the KKK?  — By: Robert VerBruggen  —  It has become clear that Elena Kagan, Obama's most recent Supreme Court nominee, is no friend of gun rights, to say the least.  While clerking for Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall in 1987, she wrote the judge that she was …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Franken launches full-throated attack on ‘conservative activism’ on courts
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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Ezra Klein:
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Richard Rainey / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Daily Kos
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“You Ain't Got No Pancake Mix!”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Barton And The Right  —  The right-wing punditariat backs …
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Brown: Nazi comment off-the-record
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Elliot Abrams Denounces American Jews for Not Exhibiting Sufficient “Dual Loyalties”
Discussion: Swampland and Soccer Dad
Bob Parks / NewsBusters.org:
Newsweek's Reed: Obama ‘Out of His Cotton-Picking Mind’