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3:05 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.
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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 …
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 …
Jack Date / ABCNEWS:
Emanuel Paints Republicans with Barton Brush
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Gizmodo
 
 
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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Senators pledge to end secret holds
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Lieberman warns against ‘false’ energy bill, sees 20 swing votes
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
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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Vianna Davila / Houston Chronicle:
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