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6:45 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 and Hullabaloo
The Hill:
White House jabs Hayward on attendance at yacht race
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
White House Defends Obama Golfing: “Does Us All Good, As American Citizens”
Discussion: Hot Air and Breitbart.tv
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’  —  Calling himself a “Muslim soldier,” a defiant Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing …
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New York Times:
Times Square Bomb Plotter Pleads Guilty in Terror Case  —  The defendant in the Times Square bomb plot pleaded guilty on Monday for his role in the aborted attack, an abrupt and expedited end to a terror plot that extended into Pakistan and an Islamic militant group there.
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 and The Huffington Post
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
W.H. says Kyl story not true  —  The White House on Monday denied Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl's claim that President Barack Obama told him privately that he would not work to secure the border unless it was part of a comprehensive immigration reform package.  —  In a video that started circulating …
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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.
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.
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 …
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
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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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.
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.
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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Who Cares How Tony Hayward Spends His Free Time?  —  One depressing aspect of the economic crisis is that public outrage has been channeled into symbolic displays of populist outrage against CEOs rather than into intelligent public action to prevent the recurrence of disasters.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Yahoo! News:
Mystery deepens around alleged Bush poisoning incident  —  Did former First Lady Laura Bush hype a stomach flu, or some other viral disorder, into a mythical assassination attempt in order to sell books?  When Bush's memoir, Spoken From the Heart, was released last month …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Large majorities on Hill back Israel's flotilla raid
Discussion: New York Times and Wake up America
MarketWatch:
Andy Stern Joins SIGA's Board of Directors
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Republican: Blow up the well
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Telegraph:
French prisoner ‘killed cellmate and ate his lung’
Discussion: National Post