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1:50 AM ET, June 19, 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.
CNN:
Official: Justice Department plans to sue over Arizona law  —  (CNN) — Obama administration lawyers are planning to file a legal challenge to a controversial Arizona immigration law within a month, according to a senior administration official.  —  The Justice Department would not confirm the claim …
Discussion: Feathered Bastard and Mediaite
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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The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul Offers Sympathy For Joe Barton: I Know What A Pile-On Feels Like  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul declined to endorse Rep. Joe Barton's position that the Obama administration shook down executives at BP by forcing them to set …
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.
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
BP Moves Hayward to Lesser Role in Spill Response  —  A day after he came under relentless attack at a Congressional hearing, BP chief executive Tony Hayward was displaced as the man in charge of the company's response to the spill.  —  “It is clear Tony has made remarks that have upset people …
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Sky News:
Exclusive: BP Chairman Talks To Sky
Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
The Stealth Attack on America's Best-Loved Program  —  As Obama's Fiscal Commission prepares for its June 30 hearing, the Roosevelt Institute's New Deal 2.0 blog invited me to participate in its Social Security's Fiscal Fitness series, which examines the soundness of the program …
Discussion: Open Left
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New York Times:
Donations Create a Tricky Balance for Oil-State Politicians  —  WASHINGTON — The outburst by Representative Joe L. Barton of Texas in support of BP underscored the potential peril for lawmakers forced to respond to crises involving industries vital to their regions, and whose bountiful donations finance their political campaigns.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and The Spot
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The Fix:
Democrats on Joe Barton's oil spill comments: “It's not the end of this”
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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Jacob Greber / Bloomberg:
Greenspan Says U.S. May Soon Reach Borrowing Limit
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.
John Gizzi / Human Events:
Sharron Angle Goes on the Attack  —  Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, told HUMAN EVENTS in an interview that attacks against her are unfounded.  —  Responding to the charge that she wants to eliminate several federal agencies …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Franken launches full-throated attack on ‘conservative activism’ on courts  —  Republican senators and conservative jurists found themselves on the defensive after Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) blasted “conservative activism” on federal courts.  —  Franken, in a major speech Thursday evening …
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
N. Korea lifts restrictions 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.
Megan Chuchmach / ABCNEWS:
WikiLeaks Preparing to Release Video of Alleged U.S. ‘Massacre’ in Afghanistan  —  Iceland Votes for Strong Journalist and Whistleblower Protection Laws  —  As the founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks remains underground in fear that the U.S. will detain him …
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 …
New York Times:
Kagan's E-Mail at Clinton White House Reveals a Blunt, Savvy Legal Adviser  —  WASHINGTON — An enormous trove of e-mail messages from Elena Kagan's years in the Clinton White House released late Friday afternoon offered glimpses of a savvy, sharp-elbowed and sometimes salty-tongued lawyer …
Discussion: The Politico, The BLT and TPMDC
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 …
The Note:
Senate (sort of) Averts ‘Havoc’ Over Medicare Payments  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Senators acted Friday afternoon, slipping under the buzzer to avert a 21 percent pay cut for Medicare doctors.  The Senate's late action only gets the bill a third of the way into law …
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ABCNEWS:
Medicare Payment Cuts to be Implemented
Discussion: The Politico and Liberal Values
Versha Sharma / TPM LiveWire:
Utah Attorney General Uses Twitter to Announce Executions  —  I know that Twitter is becoming part of everyone's lives, but Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff may be taking it way too far by announcing executions in real time.  Three tweets about Ronnie Lee Gardner's execution by firing squad:
Discussion: CNN, The Moderate Voice, Guardian and BBC
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BBC:
Utah firing squad death announced on Twitter
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
U.S. Testing Pain Ray in Afghanistan (Updated)  —  The U.S. mission in Afghanistan centers around swaying locals to its side.  And there's no better persuasion tool than an invisible pain ray that makes people feel like they're on fire.  —  OK, OK.  Maybe that isn't precisely the logic …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Marbury
JammieWearingFool:
Breitbart.tv:
WATCH ALAN SIMPSON SCHOOL A LEFTY  —  Alan Simpson, co-chair of the White House Debt Commission, provides a full and frank engagement with an activist questioning him on the proposed reforms of the Social Security system.  He doesn't duck.  He doesn't hide.  He doesn't grab the guy around the wrist or neck.
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Fox News:
Obama's Stimulus Visit Results in Lost Payday for Construction Workers  —  President Barack Obama, accompanied by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, left, and others, delivers remarks at the groundbreaking of a road project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Friday, June 18, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
Eric Cantor's Investment  —  WSJ's Heard on the Street reported this nugget Thursday that caught Washington Wire's eye:
Cade Metz / The Register:
Police probe Facebook chief over ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being investigated by Pakistani police under a section of the penal code that makes blasphemy against Muhammad punishable by death.  —  BBC Urdu reports — according to a Google Translation …
 
 
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
White House to Talk Range of Energy Ideas
Discussion: The Politico
Howard Gleckman / TaxVox:
The Non-Jobs Bill  —  Congress' effort to pass a jobs bill stalled …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Ezra Klein:
Research desk reports: Do millionaires flee high-tax states?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Richard Rainey / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Barton And The Right  —  The right-wing punditariat backs …