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5:30 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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dems: E-mail bolsters Kagan on recruiting  —  Democrats say newly released documents bolster the argument of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan that she did not thwart military recruiting as dean of Harvard Law School, even though she barred recruiters from conducting interviews through …
Discussion: CNN
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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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Obama Says He “Won't Rest Until Leak Is Stopped”... Then Attends Nationals Baseball Game (Video) -Updated  —  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.
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 …
pbc.gov.cn:
Further Reform the RMB Exchange Rate Regime and Enhance the RMB Exchange Rate Flexibility  —  In view of the recent economic situation and financial market developments at home and abroad, and the balance of payments (BOP) situation in China, the People's Bank of China has decided to proceed further …
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:   China Signals a Gradual Appreciation of Currency
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Avoiding the Resource Curse  —  Chana Joffe-Walt has a worthwhile podcast about one solution for countries facing the resource curse: “Take all money that comes in from foreign companies — for lithium in Afghanistan, oil in Nigeria, natural gas in Bolivia — and give it to the citizens.
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Chana Joffe-Walt / NPR:
Resource Curse Solution: Give Money Away
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
Jules Crittenden:
Ding Dong Ditch  —  Wikileaks reportedly is preparing to release an Afghan “massacre” vid that is more shocking than the Iraq gun camera footage they popped a couple of months ago.  Now, does that mean it will be even more clueless, distorted and offensively biased than that one was?  Hard to say.
The Note:
Pelosi Throws Down — Won't Consider Senate Doc Fix  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi struck a combative tone tonight, rejecting the Medicare “doc fix” passed hastily through the Senate Friday until Senate Republicans allow a vote on jobs measures that have passed through the House.
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 and The Impolitic
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.
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.
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.
WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
Democrats Pledge to Make Joe Barton a Campaign Issue  —  The White House worked today to extend the damage of Rep. Joe Barton's apology to BP for the “shakedown” it received by the White House in setting up the $20 billion escrow fund to compensate victims of the oil spill.
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Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
‘Enough BP oil to spew for two years’
Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
The Killings in Kyrgyzstan  —  The grim news from Kyrgyzstan continues to roll in.
Ken Timmerman / NewsMax.com:
Left-Wing Lobbyists Orchestrate Gaza Campaign
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Immigrant Arrested After His Wife's Plea to Obama
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Michael Shain / New York Post:
Hooked up  —  Eliot Spitzer has found a new woman.
Susan K. Livio / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Chris Christie wants all N.J. medical marijuana grown at Rutgers
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Cubachi
Washington Post:
Pakistan, Afghanistan begin talks about dealing with insurgents
Discussion: The Foundry
 Earlier Items: 
George Monbiot / Guardian:
Matt Ridley's Rational Optimist is telling the rich what they want to hear |
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Excess Supply
Detroit News:
Detroit schools president: Health woes caused ‘poor judgment’
Discussion: theblogprof and Gateway Pundit
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
What Ever Happened to Ann Coulter?