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2:55 PM ET, June 19, 2010

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Mortimer B. Zuckerman / US News:
Mort Zuckerman: World Sees Obama as Incompetent and Amateur  —  The president is well-intentioned but can't walk the walk on the world stage  —  President Obama came into office as the heir to a great foreign policy legacy enjoyed by every recent U.S. president.  Why?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: ‘America will be watching’ to see if GOP will cooperate  —  President Barack Obama went on the attack against Republicans on Saturday, accusing the GOP of obstructing a litany of his legislative priorities in Congress.  —  The president struck a decidedly partisan note in his address …
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Obama Porkway: Road Built With Stimulus Money Will Bear President's Name  —  **Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers  —  I'm only guessing that, when it's completed, Pres. Barack Obama Parkway in Orlando, Florida will lead straight to the Magic Kingdom:
Michael Scott Moore / Spiegel Online:
Will Obama Be the ‘Jimmy Carter of the 21st Century’?
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Real Time Economics:
China Issues Statement on Yuan Exchange Rate Flexibility  —  The following is the full statement by the People's Bank of China on yuan flexibility.  (Read related article)  —  Further Reform the RMB Exchange Rate Regime and Enhance the RMB Exchange Rate Flexibility
Discussion: Washington Post and Free exchange
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Signals a Gradual Appreciation of Currency  —  HONG KONG — China's central bank announced on Saturday evening that it would allow greater flexibility in the value of the country's currency, in the clearest sign yet that China will allow the renminbi to appreciate gradually against the dollar.
Justin Gillis / msnbc.com:
‘The grandaddy of all gushers’?  Not this spill  —  Obama's claim that Gulf crisis is ‘worst environmental disaster’ spurs debate  —  Morgan Edmonds plays in the surf as an oil clean-up crew combs the beach on Dauphin Island, Alabama, on May 10.  Scholars are debating where the spill …
Mariah Blake / Washington Monthly:
Revisionaries  —  How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids' textbooks.  —  Don McLeroy is a balding, paunchy man with a thick broom-handle mustache who lives in a rambling two-story brick home in a suburb near Bryan, Texas.  When he greeted me at the door one evening last October …
Discussion: Think Progress
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Rand Paul Feels Sorry For Barton, While Limbaugh Doubles Down On Barton's ‘Shakedown’ Claims  —  While Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) has been mostly lampooned for apologizing to BP for the White House's alleged “shakedown” of the company to create a $20 billion escrow fund, some conservatives have been willing to defend the congressman.
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BBC:
Tea and coffee ‘protect hearts’  —  Drinking several cups of tea or coffee a day appears to protect against heart disease, a 13-year-long study from the Netherlands has found.  —  It adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting health benefits from the most popular hot drinks.
Martin Rogers / Yahoo! Sports:
Source: FIFA may sit Slovenia-U.S. referee  —  Follow Martin Rogers on Twitter at @mrogersyahoo  —  JOHANNESBURG - The referee who disallowed a potential game-winning goal for the United States will face an expedited performance review from FIFA and is likely to be excluded from the rest of the World Cup, according to a FIFA source.
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
Obama Jokes About Biden's “Big F-ing Deal” Comment  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - Trumpeting the 10,000th road project funded by his Recovery Act, President Obama borrowed two of three words made famous in March by Vice President Biden.  —  This is a “big....deal,” said Mr. Obama …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCaskill says she has votes to end Senate practice of secret holds  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Saturday she's secured the votes to force a rules change ending the Senate's practice of secret holds.  —  McCaskill said on Twitter that she had secured the support of two more senators …
Discussion: The Caucus
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
What Ever Happened to Ann Coulter?  —  Remember Ann Coulter?  Seems like just yesterday she was Queen of the Right, the whole political world hanging on her every bile-laced tirade.  Yet she's all but disappeared.  —  Not that she isn't trying.  She's still got her weekly column over at Human Events …
WCBS-TV:
NYC Going After Teen ‘Sexting’ — In The Home  —  Dept. Of Education Targets Sexually Explicit Text Messaging Outside Of School Hours With Up To 90-Day Suspension  —  NYCLU Slams Idea, Says It's A Violation Of Freedom Of Expression  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Parents and schools struggle with the role technology plays in kids' lives.
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
On Father's Day, hypocrites are all in the family  —  Family, marriage and the contribution of fathers come together as topics for reflection on Father's Day.  So I'd like to know why Barack Obama, a husband and a father in a family structure that encompasses bonds deemed essential to our society …
Washington Post:
Pakistan, Afghanistan begin talks about dealing with insurgents  —  ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Afghanistan and Pakistan are talking about how to make peace with insurgents fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan, including one faction considered the coalition forces' most lethal foe, according to Pakistani and U.S. officials.
Discussion: The Foundry
John Cheves / Bluegrass Politics:
Paul urges “tough love” for long-term jobless  —  Updated: 4:55 p.m. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul on Friday urged Americans who have been unemployed for many months to consider returning to the workforce in less desirable jobs rather than continue relying on government unemployment assistance.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Obama Says He “Won't Rest Until Leak Is Stopped”... Then Attends Nationals Baseball Game (Video)  —  Barack Obama announced back on May 14, 2010 that, … ... Except, of course, for the ball games, golf, vacations, parties, etc.  —  He shares your anger, Louisiana.  Remember that.
 
 
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Guerrilla-style interview tactics make ambushed lawmakers' blood boil
Discussion: Power Line
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Michael Barone / Beltway Confidential:
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JammieWearingFool:
Hundreds of Construction Workers Forced Into Unpaid Leave …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Police probe Facebook chief over ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest
Megan Chuchmach / ABCNEWS:
WikiLeaks Preparing to Release Video of Alleged U.S. ‘Massacre’ in Afghanistan
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Salon
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
U.S. Testing Pain Ray in Afghanistan (Updated)
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Marbury