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10:40 AM ET, June 21, 2010


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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 …
Fox News:
White House Dismisses Emanuel Quitting Report as ‘Ludicrous’  —  File: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, left, stands with former White House Counsel Greg Craig and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at a White House briefing.  (AFP)  —  The White House Monday dismissed reports that Chief …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Meena Hartenstein / NY Daily News:
Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff to quit White House in six …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Political Punch:
Emanuel on Barton and the GOP: 'They see the aggrieved party …
New York Times:
Lax Oversight Cited in Failure of Oil Rig's Failsafe Device  —  It was the last line of defense, the final barrier between the rushing volcanic fury of oil and gas and one of the worst environmental disasters in United States history.  —  Its very name — the blind shear ram — suggested its blunt purpose.
Hilary Andersson / BBC:
BP ‘was told of fault on oil rig’  —  A Deepwater Horizon rig worker has told the BBC that he identified a leak in the oil rig's safety equipment weeks before the explosion.  —  Tyrone Benton said the leak was not fixed at the time, but that instead the faulty device was shut down and a second one relied on.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans' Midterm Voting Enthusiasm Tops Prior Years  —  Relative enthusiasm advantage for GOP over Democrats largest in Gallup history dating to 1994  —  PRINCETON, NJ — An average of 59% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have said they are more enthusiastic than usual …
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israeli Easing of Blockade of Gaza Draws Praise of U.S.  —  JERUSALEM — Bowing to worldwide pressure and condemnation, Israel on Sunday formally announced an eased blockade of Gaza that could significantly expand the flow of goods overland into the impoverished coastal Palestinian enclave, isolated by the Israelis for three years.
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Doctors limit new Medicare patients  —  WASHINGTON — The number of doctors refusing new Medicare patients because of low government payment rates is setting a new high, just six months before millions of Baby Boomers begin enrolling in the government health care program.
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Radicals, Islamists and Longshoremen blockade Israeli ship in Oakland  —  An Israeli cargo ship arriving in Oakland today was forced to sit idle and not offload its containers when longshoremen joined forces with a coalition of communist and Islamist groups who picketed the port in protest …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Budget Deficits: Spend Now, Save Later  —  Spend now, while the economy remains depressed; save later, once it has recovered.  How hard is that to understand?  —  Very hard, if the current state of political debate is any indication.  All around the world, politicians seem determined to do the reverse.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BARBOUR: MORATORIUM WORSE THAN SPILL.... As part of the federal response to the BP oil spill disaster, the administration imposed a six-month moratorium on drilling new deepwater wells.  The point, of course, was to prevent another crisis — Deepwater Horizon had undermined confidence in the industry and its practices.
Discussion: Confederate Yankee and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Banking Lobbyists Make Final Run at Reform Bill  —  As Congress rushes this week to complete the most far-reaching financial reform plan in decades, the banking industry is mounting an 11th-hour end run.  —  Industry lobbyists — and sympathetic members of Congress — are pushing for provisions …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Time, DealBook and The Page
Charles Babington / The Huffington Post:
New Republican Agenda, Or Lack Of One, Divides Party  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  WASHINGTON — It's not easy crafting an agenda for the fall elections.  Just ask Republicans in Congress.  They set up a website to solicit ideas, only to see liberals flood it with distinctly un-Republican suggestions.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Politico:
Tea party recalls could backfire  —  Tea party forces are seizing on a new strategy in their attempt to purge Senate incumbents from office: the recall.  —  While it's not entirely clear whether their approach will meet constitutional muster, that hasn't stopped determined groups …
The Politico:
Colleagues cool to Kerry on energy  —  John Kerry has been the most aggressive advocate of climate change legislation in the Senate this year — so aggressive that it's rubbed some of his colleagues the wrong way.  —  The Massachusetts Democrat is making his pitch with an almost religious fervor …
Discussion: The Page
ColdWarrior / RedState:
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 …
David / Crooks and Liars:
Lieberman tells internet to ‘relax’ about ‘kill switch’  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman is telling his critics to “relax” over a bill that would allow the president to disable parts of the internet as he deems necessary.  China has an internet “kill switch” and the U.S. should too, according to Lieberman.
Gina Smith / The State:
Runoff turnout expected to be low  —  Tuesday's runoff races must compete with the summer school break, family beach trips and long-awaited out-of-state vacations.  —  Thus, no one is expecting a high GOP turnout when U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster and state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington duke it out in Tuesday's runoff.
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Page
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu / Arutz Sheva:
US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal as an Iranian flotilla approaches Gaza.  Egypt closed the canal to protect the ships with thousands of soldiers …
Noel Sheppard /
Sunday Talk Shows All Start With BP Hayward's Yachting, Ignore Obama's Golfing  —  As NewsBusters previously reported, America's media on Saturday had a collective hissy fit over BP CEO Tony Hayward having the nerve to participate in a yacht race on his day off.
Oakland: More than 500 Block Israeli Ship From Unloading~ Video  —  You know the old saying “ignorance is bliss”, well when it comes to Islam ignorance will be the death of life as we know it.  What these protesters fail to understand is that the Palestine vs Israel conflict is not about land, it is about Islam.
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Iran bans 2 IAEA inspectors from entering Iran
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
House Dems prep alternative to budget that would avoid deficit vote
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Timberly Ross / Associated Press:
Nebraska town to vote on illegal immigration measure
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David Carr / New York Times:
Larry King's Endgame at CNN
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Chances dim for swift 9/11 decision
Justice Antonin Scalia / New York Post:
Advice for a new grad  —  On Thursday, Justice Antonin Scalia gave …
The Independent:
Clegg accused of ‘macho’ stance on cuts as Lib Dem unease rises
BP Estimates Spill Up to 100, 000 Bpd In Document
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Five governor's races could indicate GOP success in 2012
Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
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Fox News:
Congressman: Internal BP Document Shows Worst-Case Scenario …
Susan Gardner / Daily Kos:
A conversation with “Over the Cliff” …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
On The Border  —  The NY Times pushes to the border …