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6:15 PM ET, June 21, 2010

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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House dismisses critics, defends Obama's golf outings  —  The White House is dismissing criticism that President Barack Obama shouldn't play golf during the Gulf oil spill.  —  White House spokesman Bill Burton on Monday said the president deserves some time to relax, and he doesn't …
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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Mika Admits: I'm ‘Working With White House’ On Oil Spill Talking Points  —  Cut out the middle-woman and install Obama's teleprompter on the Morning Joe set . . .  Give her high marks for candor: on today's show, Mika Brzezinski admitted that she has been “working with the White House” on oil spill talking points.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama's thuggery is useless in fighting spill
Discussion: Flopping Aces
The Hill:
White House jabs Hayward on attendance at yacht race
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
Times Square Car Bomb Suspect Pleads Guilty in NYC  —  Times Square car bomb suspect pleads guilty in NYC, says ‘we will be attacking US’  —  A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing, saying he wanted it known that unless …
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New York Times:
Times Square Bomb Plotter Pleads Guilty in Terror Case
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Mediaite
Paul Krugman:
Zombies Have Already Killed The Deficit Commission  —  It must have sounded like a good idea (although not to me): establish a bipartisan commission of Serious People to develop plans to bring the federal budget under control.  —  But the commission is already dead — and zombies did it.
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John M. Berry / The Fiscal Times:
Simpson's Comments Undermine Commission Efforts
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
W.H. bends truth on Joe Barton  —  The pitch: BP-apologist Joe Barton would head the Energy and Commerce Committee if Republicans win the House.  —  The salesmen: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.  —  The truth: Not so much.
Discussion: CNN
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Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Fact Checking Sarah Palin: Joe Barton Reflects The Philosophy …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Adventures in British Newspapering  —  Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan each had four chiefs of staff during the course of their eight years in office, and George H.W. Bush had three in a single term, so consequently I wouldn't find it shocking if Rahm Emanuel steps down sometime after the midterms …
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Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House
Arizona Republic:
Hayworth pitched ‘free money’ seminars in 2007 infomercial  —  Republican Senate challenger J.D. Hayworth appeared in a 2007 television infomercial in which he helped convince viewers that they could rake in big bucks by attending seminars that would teach them how to apply for federal grants that they wouldn't have to pay back.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Hayworth Starred In Infomercial Touting ‘Free’ Gov't Grant Money (VIDEO)
Ariel Levy / New Yorker:
PRODIGAL SON  —  Is the wayward Republican Mike Huckabee now his party's best hope?  —  Sun was bouncing off the miles of Jerusalem stone and the black hats of the Hasidim on the afternoon when Mike Huckabee went to visit the Wailing Wall, earlier this year.
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Emanuel defended Blagojevich, then sought grant  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — President Barack Obama's chief of staff, then a congressman in Illinois, apparently attempted to trade favors with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich while he was in office, according to newly disclosed e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Affirms Ban on Aiding Groups Tied to Terror  —  WASHINGTON — In a case pitting free speech against national security, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a federal law that makes it a crime to provide “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations, even if the help takes …
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Bork to publicly oppose Kagan for Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Failed conservative Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork is joining anti-abortion activists to publicly oppose confirming Elena Kagan as a justice.  —  Bork plans to detail his criticisms of Kagan during …
Discussion: Right Now and Main Justice
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.
Breitbart.tv:
EXCLUSIVE: KAGAN: Bork Hearings ‘Best Thing to Ever Happen to Constitutional Democracy’  —  Dateline:  —  From speech at Case Western Reserve, 1997: “And I, like Professor Toulouse, I loved what happened in the Bork hearings.  I wrote a review of Stephen Carter's book recently where I said, “no, he has it all wrong.
Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:
Tried to Boycott Israeli Ship, Blocked Chinese Ship Instead  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  Some 500 anti-Israel protestors arrived at the Oakland, California port early Sunday morning, hoping to block an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo.  However, the ship did not arrive …
Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
The Quiet Coup  —  The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States.  One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
WH moves ahead on IL prison purchase  —  The Obama administration will purchase the Thomson prison in rural western Illinois even if Congress doesn't approve the president's plan to lock up terror suspects there, a key official at the Justice Department said Monday.
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.
ABCNEWS:
Top Catholic Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing His Own Sons  —  Lawsuit Claims Pope, Vatican Covered Up Sordid Life of Legion of Christ Founder  —  A prominent Catholic priest, praised by Pope John Paul II as “an efficacious guide to youth,” Father Marcial Maciel, sexually abused …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Angela Merkel Lucky the Bar for “Worst German Leader” is Very High  —  The government of Germany has taken a consistently unhelpful attitude since the outbreak of the financial crisis, and today is no exception: … I would categorically dispute that excessive public debts are one of the main causes of the crisis.
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Crist's edge over Rubio appears to be growing  —  Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent for the U.S. Senate, is 11 points ahead of Marco Rubio, a poll says.  —  A new Florida Chamber of Commerce poll suggests Charlie Crist may be widening his lead over Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek in the U.S. Senate race.
Fox News:
Saudi Arabia Beheads and Nails Murderer's Body to Cross  —  Saudi Arabia executed two murderers including a Yemeni whose body was nailed to a cross after he was convicted of killing a fellow countryman and his daughter, the interior ministry said on Monday.  —  Shaaban al-Nasheri was beheaded …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Who Cares How Tony Hayward Spends His Free Time?
Discussion: Hot Air, Balloon Juice and First Draft
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Nader blasts Obama, won't rule out 2012 run
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Republican: Blow up the well
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
BP, Transocean tap a well of Washington lobbyists and consultants
Rasmussen Reports:
62% Say Politicians Want Government to Have More Power and Money
Discussion: FITSNews, Hot Air and YID With LID
Telegraph:
French prisoner ‘killed cellmate and ate his lung’
Discussion: National Post