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10:05 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.
Discussion: Don Surber, The Mahablog and CNN
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Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House  —  Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his job later this year after growing tired of the “idealism” of Barack Obama's inner circle.  —  Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration …
Political Punch:
Emanuel on Barton and the GOP: ‘They see the aggrieved party here as BP, not the fishermen.’  —  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel asserted that Rep. Joe Barton's apology to BP was a political gift for Democrats - one the President will use in coming weeks to contrast his governing vision with Republicans, with Barton as a foil.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems mount effort to label members of GOP study commitee as ‘The BP 114’
Reihan Salam / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Shameless BP Shakedown
ColdWarrior / ColdWarrior's blog:
Obama tells Kyl in private Oval Office meeting: I won't secure border b/c then Republicans will have no reason to support “comprehensive immigration reform.”  —  promoted from the diaries because duplicity should be publicized  —  On June 18, 2010, Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl told …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
On The Border  —  The NY Times pushes to the border of statistical incoherence and tells us that in Arizona, crime is down even if the perception of crime is up: … Interesting.  I would have hoped that Arizonans had a better grip on the reality in their own state than some NY Times reporter.
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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:   On Border Violence, Truth Pales Compared to Ideas
Ynetnews:
Geert Wilders: Change Jordan's name to Palestine  —  Rightist Dutch leader wants to end Mideast conflict by finding Palestinians ‘alternate homeland’  —  Geert Wilders, who leads the right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV) in Holland, said last week he believes Jordan should be renamed Palestine.
Susan Gardner / Daily Kos:
A conversation with “Over the Cliff” authors: Hate talk, extremism and right-wing violence  —  John Amato and David Newiert, Crooks and Liars bloggers and authors of the new Over the Cliff: How Obama's Election Drove the American Right Insane (reviewed here last week) took time out of their schedules …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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: Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Jerusalem Post:
Women are the ‘secret weapon’  —  Organizer of flotilla: “thieving enemy” won't use arms against women.  —  Talkbacks (113)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Lieberman warns against ‘false’ energy bill, sees 20 swing votes on carbon caps  —  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
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Lieberman: Comprehensive energy bill can be done this year
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Laura June / Engadget:
Yissum develops potato-powered batteries for the developing world  —  Researchers in Jerusalem have just announced they've developed super simple, sustainable, organic electric batteries which are powered by treated potatoes.  Their findings have just been published in the Journal of Renewable …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Hilary Hylton / Time:
Texas Dems Grapple With Their Own Alvin Greene
Discussion: Don Surber and Betsy's Page
CNN:
McConnell: GOP filibuster of Kagan nomination possible
Steven Johnson / New York Times:
Yes, People Still Read, but Now It's Social
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Senators pledge to end secret holds
Pauline Arrillaga / Associated Press:
Enraged to engaged: Tea party backers explain why
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Sappenfield / Christian Science Monitor:
A yachting trip? The 10 worst BP gaffes in Gulf oil spill.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Washington Wire
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: Obama Administration Only Accepted Help From 5 Countries …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Letter From Istanbul, Part 2
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
An unexpected result for some census takers: the wrath of irate Americans
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Althouse