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1:55 PM ET, June 20, 2010

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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama to keep heat on Barton  —  As the political aftershocks from Rep. Joe Barton's expression of sympathy for British Petroleum continue, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel promised Sunday that President Barack Obama hopes to make sure that voters don't forget the gaffe anytime soon.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems mount effort to label members of GOP study commitee as ‘The BP 114’  —  Democrats sought to bunch together House Republican members of a committee critical of a $20 billion oil spill relief account funded by BP, labeling them “The BP 114.”  —  Democrats are trying to explicitly tie …
Reihan Salam / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Shameless BP Shakedown  —  Blogs and Stories  —  GOP Rep. Joe Barton spoke the truth when he called the $20 billion agreement between the White House and BP a “shakedown,” writes Reihan Salam.  —  After taking a serious beating in the press for weeks over its handling of Deepwater Horizon …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Balloon Juice
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama hits golf course with Biden on another hot, humid weekend
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
An unexpected result for some census takers: the wrath of irate Americans  —  This is the scary season for the nation's census takers.  —  Since they began making follow-up house calls in early May, census takers have encountered vitriol, menace and flashes of violence.
David F. Nesenoff / Washington Post:
I asked Helen Thomas about Israel.  Her answer revealed more than you think.  —  On the night of May 26, I drove down to Washington from New York with my son, Adam, and his friend Daniel.  We arrived at 2:30 a.m. and crashed in a hotel.  A few hours later, we woke up and coaxed each other to prepare for a day at the White House.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Letter From Istanbul, Part 2  —  I leave Istanbul with four questions that Turks asked me echoing in my head.  Forget the answers, just these questions will tell you all you need to understand the situation here.  The four questions, which were asked of me by different Turkish journalists …
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Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
The Return of the Ottomans  —  The sick man of Europe …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and New York Times
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Democrats spend big to lure Obama's minority and young voters back to the polls  —  As political gambles go, it's a big and risky one: $50 million to test the proposition that the Democratic Party's outreach to new voters that helped make Barack Obama president can work in an election where his name is not on the ballot.
Michael Booth / Denver Post:
Poll: Buck, Bennet lead in U.S. Senate primary races  —  Ken Buck holds a large lead over Republican primary opponent Jane Norton in the race for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat, a Denver Post/9News poll shows.  —  Buck, the Weld County prosecutor buoyed by outside TV buys and Tea Party sentiment …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
CNN:
La. lawmakers: Prayer needed to stop oil disaster  —  You've seen the devastation.  Now it's your chance to help.  Tune in Monday night for a special “Larry King Live, Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help” telethon featuring an all-star panel of guests joining forces in the Gulf region.
CBS News:
Al Qaeda Lays Out Conditions for Peace With U.S.  —  American-Born Militant Spokesman Says Obama Must Withdraw Troops, Stop Backing Israel and Leave Muslims Alone  —  (CBS/AP) Al Qaeda's American-born spokesman has repeated the terror group's conditions for peace with America in a video released Sunday.
Discussion: Mediaite
Bill Quick / Daily Pundit:
The Useful Idiots Begin to Blubber  —  Instapundit » Blog Archive » PEGGY NOONAN: A Snakebit President: Americans want leaders on whom the sun shines.  “Mr. Obama is ...  You know, folks like Noonan and Mort Zuckerman whining about Obama, after they praised him, pushed him …
Discussion: The Other McCain and US News
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Lieberman warns against ‘false’ energy bill, sees 20 swing votes  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Sunday that he sees 20 swing votes in play for including greenhouse gas limits in energy legislation that the White House and Senate Democratic leaders hope to advance this summer.
Discussion: CNN
Ben / bsom:
Washington Post Alternate Reality: Public More Concerned About Deficit Than Jobs or Economy Overall  —  A stunning front-page article in Saturday's Washington Post moves the paper firmly into conservatives' dream universe on deficit policy.  “Stimulus plans run up against deficit fears” by Lori Montgomery serves up this whopper:
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Election-year deficit fears stall Obama stimulus plan
 
 
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Pauline Arrillaga / Associated Press:
Enraged to engaged: Tea party backers explain why
Discussion: Riehl World View
Mark Sappenfield / Christian Science Monitor:
A yachting trip? The 10 worst BP gaffes in Gulf oil spill.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Washington Wire
Jerusalem Post:
Women are the ‘secret weapon’
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Clean the Gulf, Clean House, Clean Their Clock
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: Obama Administration Only Accepted Help From 5 Countries …
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Ulf Laessing / Reuters:
25 Saudi Guantanamo prisoners return to militancy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Vianna Davila / Houston Chronicle:
Student pleased he's allowed to stay in U.S.
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Former watchdog Walpin loses suit over firing